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Judge Colleen McMahon, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, at a session titled "Listening to #MeToo - Why Laws to Prevent Sexual Harassment Have Been Ineffective, and What Attorneys Can Do ," as part of the Presidential Summit, at the New York State Bar Association conference at the New York Hilton on Wednesday, January 16, 2018...(Photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ) U.S. District Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York. (Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ)

A group of Westchester County landlords cannot sue in federal court to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s temporary moratorium on evictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York said in a 37-page opinion that federal courts do not have jurisdiction to determine whether Cuomo violated New York state law by enacting his May 7 executive order pausing evictions through Aug. 19.

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