Democrats in the state Senate announced Monday plans to hold a second public hearing on housing discrimination on Long Island later this week.
Lawmakers initially held a hearing earlier this year on the issue, spurred by a Newsday investigation that found realtors routinely discriminated against prospective homebuyers of color.
The hearing, first reported by the Times Union, will take place on Thursday.
Lawmakers have taken the rare step of issuing subpoenas to compel the testimony of realtors and other organizations had refused to attend the first hearing.
“There is no place in New York for housing discrimination and predatory practices, and the work of the Senate Majority continues despite the challenges of this pandemic,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.
“The individuals and groups subpoenaed by the Senate Majority refused to participate in our first hearing to discuss the Newsday investigation. With their participation, as well as the insight from fair housing experts, the Senate Majority will be better informed as we work to end racist and biased housing practices throughout New York State.”