NEW YORK (CBS New York) – The eviction moratorium that was put in place to help hundreds of thousands of struggling tenants during the pandemic is due to expire on Saturday in New York.

Crowds came to Manhattan on Wednesday to protest the move as lawmakers say they are working on ways to get more relief.

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Protesters demanding rent relief marched on so-called Billionaire’s Row on 57th Street, where some of the city’s most expensive homes are located. They are furious that the eviction moratorium expires on Saturday.

“I just feel like I don’t know how to get myself out of all this weight, you know? It’s a really frustrating and dangerous place,” said Crown Heights resident Esteban Giron.

He told CBS2’s Dick Brennan that he was behind on rent and suffering from long-term COVID.

“Nobody wants to pay rent. Nobody likes to be in this position. We want to be able to pay for decent accommodation, but it’s kind of impossible to do right now,” Giron said.

Giron and the walkers say they need more time to get more money, but with the eviction ban expiring, pressure is mounting from all sides, including landlords.

“How have the past two years been for you?” Brennan asked owner Lincoln Eccles.

“Extremely difficult. There was barely enough money to stay afloat and cover my obligations,” Eccles said.

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Eccles has 14 units in Crown Heights and says he’s over $300,000 in debt.

“It’s just a dance, every day, every month. What can I pay? How much can I pay? Who can I contact, where can I go to get funds to cover the costs ahead of me? ” he said.

Governor Kathy Hochul says she will ask the federal government for more money. The federal government said it was setting aside money that other states weren’t using.

“We asked the Treasury Department for $978 million of that money to come to New York,” Hochul said. “That money, despite our best efforts, brought in $27 million…so it won’t get us over the finish line.”

The governor says she is now consulting with the legislature on next steps.

“What does this mean for politicians?” Brennan asked political analyst Hank Sheinkopf.

“It’s a lose-lose all around. Why? If they vote for the moratorium, the small owners are the losers. If they vote against the moratorium, some of the people who live on these properties think they will lose. It’s just not a win-win situation under any circumstances,” he said.

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With the moratorium expiring, the state has reopened its rent relief portal, which may slow eviction proceedings, but the state will need more federal money to help save tenants.