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Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the tenant legal advocacy legislation on Friday. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the tenant legal advocacy legislation on Friday.

NEW YORK CITY—With the stroke of his pen, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is evening the playing field for low-income tenants throughout the city facing eviction in housing court.

The mayor signed into law Intro.214-B on Friday, which was approved by the City Council on July 20. The legislation commits the city to provide all low-income tenants facing eviction access to legal representation in housing court. The program overseen by the Civil Justice Coordinator at the Human Resources Administration will serve 400,000 tenants when it is fully implemented in five years.

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