That is just so sad...This happened to me; the tenant did have family but it turns out he was estranged from them and they wanted nothing to do with him or his items when he passed away (I suspect they didn't want to assume the cost of a funeral). I was told to go through the steps of normally evicting him once rent was owed and at the end point his items were simply placed at the curb for disposal (in Georgia we do not need to store these during an eviction).
He ended up being buried in our "potters" field with only a number (no headstone) to mark this.
NY has no statutory provisions for a tenant's abandoned property. Landlords are expected to anticipate contingencies and address them in a lease or rental agreement or act reasonably when unanticipated contingencies occur.I am in NY. I have a tenant on a month to month lease. He is currently in the hospital. What happens to his belongings if he dies? He has no family and the emergency contact name and number will not get back to me.