"A media report this morning suggests a widespread practice of housing discrimination against tenants with children that is repulsive and against the values New York was founded upon. To be clear, these practices are illegal and will not be tolerated.
"Last month, I ordered the Department of Homes and Community Renewal and the Division of Human Rights to open an investigation into landlord policies and practices that discriminate against individuals based on their immigration status, national origin, ethnicity or race.
"I am now directing this probe to be immediately expanded to include discrimination against families with children. This review will include this specific situation and an examination to determine the breadth of this unacceptable practice.
"Housing discrimination violates our core New York values of equality and fairness, and we will not stand idly by and allow this intolerable behavior to continue. Rest assured, New York will always stand up for renters and fight for their rights and protection."