Black Westchester reported last week, Black-Owned Bronxille Boutique, Weezie D Ladies Boutique received a non-court ordered 30-day notice, Wednesday, April 29th, directing her to vacate by May 31st, despite a state eviction moratorium by Governor Cuomo. The owner of the boutique reached out to BW and we did an exclusive interview, Monday, May 4th to allow her to share her story.
Well, it is our pleasure to report after the story ran, she received overwhelming support from the community and several local elected officials. On Thursday morning the landlord withdrew the notice to vacate by May 31st.
“The LandLord has withdrawn the notice to terminate and vacate by May 31, 2020,” McTurner’s attorney Lauren Raysor tells Black Westchester, “We are currently working with the landlord to reach a mutually agreed-upon resolution. We want to thank the community, elected officials, the public, the press – especially Ty Milburn (News 12) and Black Westchester – and of course the Westchester County Executive George Latimer for his support. We hope that Weezie D will continue as a viable business in the community.”
A few readers have commented what’s the big deal, what Louisa McTurner received was just a notice was not an eviction, but John Nonna, the Westchester County Attorney informed Black Westchester there really isn’t a difference. The County attorney explained that this notice and any other notices like this sent out during this period violates the spirit and intent of the Governor’s Executive Order.
The notice is clearly a first step in the process of eviction. The notice demanding that the tenant quit the premises by May 31. As you may know, the Governor has issued an Executive Order, 202.8 staying all evictions. This order was first issued on March 20, and has now been extended to August 20. The notice demands that the tenant quit the premises violates the spirit and intent of the Governor’s Executive Order, which has the force of law. There is no practical difference between serving an eviction notice and a notice to quit the premises. They are functionally equivalent because they require a tenant to leave her home or business.
The good news is the landlord withdrew the notice. We share the County Attorney’s reading of the moratorium to alert any other renters who may not know what their rights are. The moratorium was extended Thursday morning by Gov. Cuomo another 60 days.
The moratorium covers both residential and commercial tenants and will be in place until at least August 20. If you had a pending eviction case those proceedings have been temporarily adjourned. If you recently received a notice of eviction, that by itself is not enough for your landlord to evict you; a landlord must get an order from the court to legally evict a tenant, even if their lease has expired or they are behind on rent. Now that evictions are halted, the moratorium defers those proceedings and temporarily protects tenants.
While the McTurner’s business is still shuttered as it observes social distancing measures, you can still support Weezie D Ladies Boutique online by shopping on their website and making a donation on its GoFundMe page.
BW Entertainment Feature Writer Samantha Hunter included Weezie D in her column ‘These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things” in Black Westchester’s January 2018 issue of the newspaper.
The place to “find a wide variety of fun, flirty designer-inspired dresses, fashion-forward tops, must-have handbags, and up-to-the-minute accessories at this trendy yet classic boutique for fashionable women of all ages and budgets,” – Westchester Magazine
Weezie D. offers everything from women’s clothing to jewelry, handbags, scarves, and hair accessories, and is Westchester’s premier one-stop-shop for trendy women of many ages. Weezie D. opened in 2005 in Bronxville, New York, and just celebrated its 15-year anniversary this past October.
The quaint boutique shop has been named Best of Westchester in the
Ladies Clothing Store category for three years –2014, 2015, and 2017. The shop participates in community service including its Holiday Toy Drive benefiting Providence House in New Rochelle. Throughout the year it also hosts several “Sip & Shop” events for local non-profit organizations and donates proceeds of sales to each organization.
The shop’s mantra is “Get out of the Box and Into Weezie D.” For those who want to support this business, make a donation at her GoFundMe page. You can also support Weezie D by going to their website www.weezied.com