Issues: Codes

TimesLedger: City seeks to modernize rules to bolster affordable housing

Community leaders are up in arms about the city’s plans to update existing zoning regulations to accommodate its affordable housing goals, which they say will undo more than a decade of progress in zoning.

In May, the city released the Housing New York plan, which identified the need for 200,000 affordable housing units over the next decade.

Among the issues identified in the plan is the need to upgrade outdated zoning regulations that impede the production of affordable housing, according to the city Department of City Planning.

“Certain units may be too large at the moment,” said city planner Stephen Everett.

March 31, 2015
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Statement from Senator Tony Avella on DCP's Proposed Zoning Changes

“As the former Chair of Zoning and Franchises, I worked hard, along with my colleagues, community boards and civic groups throughout the city, to rezone as well as create new zoning laws to preserve the residential character of our many unique neighborhoods. 

The changes proposed by the Department of City Planning now pose a serious threat to those efforts which took years, and in some cases decades, to achieve. It is outrageous that the City now wants to undo all of those efforts and destroy the quality of life in these communities.

It is no secret that there is an ever-increasing need for senior and affordable housing in New York City, but weakening the zoning protections citywide is not the solution to this problem.

March 26, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Require Review of State Rules & Regulations

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has approved legislation that would require the state to review existing rules, regulations and licensing procedures that apply to businesses and other entities throughout New York.  The bills (S.401 & S.406), which were introduced by Senator Gallivan, would establish a task force to examine the rulemaking process and require a five year review of all rules under the State Administrative Procedure Act.

March 19, 2015
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Public Hearing: Joint Budget Legislative General Conference Committee: Topic "Public Protection"

Public Protection / Criminal Justice / Judiciary Hearing Room A

March 19, 1:15 PM - 1:48 PM
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Public Hearing: Joint Budget Legislative General Conference Committee: Topic "Public Protection"

Public Protection / Criminal Justice / Judiciary Hearing Room A

March 16, 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
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Avella hopes to stop plans of overdevelopment on massive Whitestone vacant sites

Winter may be coming to an end, but state Sen. Tony Avella isn’t planning a warm welcome for anyone who purchases a controversial site in Whitestone if they plan on overdeveloping the property or building something that doesn’t comply with zoning.

The large property, which comprises six acres of vacant land near the intersection of 150th Street and Fifth Avenue, will be up for sale on April 10 in an auction. The site was part of the former Cresthaven Country Club and then was owned by real estate firm Whitestone Jewels LLC, but has been in foreclosure since 2007.

March 11, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Codes Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Codes Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Room 124 CAP

March 10, 1:00 PM - 1:33 PM
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Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on sex offenders living near pre-schools in Westchester

ALBANY, NY –  The New York State Senate Coalition today unveiled a new alarming joint-investigative report, “Keeping Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders,” conducted by the offices of State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Nassau), which uncovered sex offenders living dangerously close to pre-schools in Westchester and Rockland.

The second investigation comes a day after the State Senate passed nine key sex offender bills — including a measure to close the loophole allowing dangerous sex offenders to reside near pre-schools and legislation granting localities the right to toughen residency restrictions for sexual predators.

These bills all await passage by the New York State Assembly.

File: 
Keeping Our Children Safe

February 27, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO HOLDS FIRST HEARING ON POLICE SAFETY AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

Senator Michael Nozzolio, Chairman of the New York State Senate Codes Committee, today held the first in a series of public hearings to provide a thorough review of issues affecting the safety of law enforcement, first responders, and the public in New York State. The hearing was jointly convened in New York City by four Senate Committees to address serious concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, and Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

February 4, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York City

Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and PensionsChair: Senator Martin J. GoldenPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York CityPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Lisa Mooney (518) 455-2597Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York City

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York CityPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Lisa Mooney (518) 455-2597Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York City

Senate Standing Committee on CodesChair: Senator Michael F. NozzolioPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York CityPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Lisa Mooney (518) 455-2597Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York City

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and CorrectionChair: Senator Patrick M. GallivanPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York CityPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Lisa Mooney (518) 455-2597Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Codes Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Codes Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Room 124 CAP

February 3, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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February 26, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Daily News: Senate approves package of bills to toughen penalties for sex offenders

New York state would have to notify a local municipality whenever a sex offender is transferred from a state facility to a community program or residence, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

January 27, 2015
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on CodesChair: Senator Michael F. NozzolioPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and PensionsChair: Senator Martin J. GoldenPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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