Forced out of their homes and onto the street for a crime they didn’t commit. It’s a new trend, based on an old law. Hundreds of New Yorkers have been evicted out of their homes under a little-known law called the Nuisance Abatement Action. The law was introduced back in the 70s when the sex industry was thriving in Times Square.
The law helped police shut down places it claimed were being used for illegal activity. But a recent investigation by ProPublica revealed the law is still repeatedly used and often abused today. We speak with Democratic New York City Councilman Mark Levine, who is calling for reforms to this law that is sending innocent residents into the street, many of whom are never convicted of wrong doing.