Veto-proof council majority passes bills to expand access to housing vouchers, over mayor’s objections


The City Council on Thursday passed several controversial bills aimed at making it easier for homeless and very low-income New Yorkers to access city housing vouchers by a veto-proof majority, meaning the body can override a possible down-vote from Mayor Eric Adams, who opposes the package.

The bills’ passage over the mayor’s protests sets up a possible showdown between the two sides of City Hall, with the mayor’s press secretary, Fabien Levy, saying they’re “reviewing our options.” But each of the four bills in the package passed the 51-member body by a 41-7 vote, with no abstentions, during a Thursday afternoon meeting, meaning the council has the needed two-thirds majority to override Adams’ veto.