Mayor Adams floats legal challenge if Council overrides his veto and passes housing voucher bills


Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday said he is considering a legal challenge against the City Council over a package of bills it passed in May that would expand eligibility for city housing vouchers.

The mayor’s statement comes amid an ongoing back and forth over the legislation, with Adams vetoing the bills last month and the council set to override his downvote later this week.

Adams has said he vetoed the bills based on their estimated price tag — roughly $17 billion over the next five years — and because they would create more competition for a limited number of apartments by vastly broadening eligibility. He also argues that the council doesn’t have the “legal authority” to enact the legislation in a statement he released along with his veto and a subsequent op-ed he penned in the New York Daily News. However, council leadership disputes all of the mayor’s arguments.