Issues: Building or Inspections

Brooklyn lawmakers push to criminalize ‘rent sabotage’

By Ryan Hutchins

Capital New York

A bill in the state legislature would criminalize the act of “rent sabotage,” making it a felony for landlords to destroy their own buildings in the hopes of forcing out tenants living in rent-controlled units.

The measure was introduced this month following continued reports of hostilities between renters and property owners in increasingly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhoods. Tenants who've spent many years in the same apartments without problems have accused landlords of sending in men with sledgehammers and power saws to make the properties unliveable.

April 14, 2014
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Senator Dilan Introduces Measure to Make Sabotage of Regulated Rentals a Criminal Act

In response to the recent spate of rent regulated building owners  intentionally destroying units in attempts to drive tenants out,   Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) and Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) have introduced new legislation making the practice a criminal act.

S. 6941 would expand tenant protections by establishing the crime of Sabotage of Rent Regulated Accommodations, a class D felony. Existing tenant protections  prohibit the harassment of rent regulated tenants in an attempt to drive them out. However, the recent rise in intentional destruction of regulated units, and the severity of the damage, are well beyond the scope of current law.

April 14, 2014
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Sen. Klein, Joined by Dozens of Victimized Bronx Homeowners, Announce Filing of Class Action Lawsuit Against Deceptive Contractors

BRONX, NY– Standing on the steps of the Bronx County Supreme Court, Senator Klein, joined by dozens of Bronx homeowners and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), announced that a lawsuit charging fraud, conspiracy, breach of contract and negligence had been filed against members of an elaborate scheme targeting first time, minority homeowners. Homeowners allege that the defendants, working in concert, (referenced to as the “Tota-Kash Group” in the complaint), bilked them for millions of dollars by inducing them to purchase homes in the Bronx without valid certificates of occupancy and with shoddy workmanship.

December 20, 2013
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One Year After Sandy: Bronx Lawmakers Celebrate Re-Opening of Tony’s Pier Restaurant

CITY ISLAND, NY – Standing at the far end of City Island, elected officials, members of the City Island business community and the owners of Tony’s Pier, came together to celebrate its re-opening a year after a fire consumed the entire restaurant during the height of Superstorm Sandy.

At the press conference, Senator Jeff Klein, joined by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assemblyman Mike Benedetto and members of the City Island Chamber of Commerce highlighted the progress made following Superstorm Sandy, while noting there is more work to be done.

October 29, 2013
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Grisanti And Ryan Announce New Law To Improve Erie County Land Bank

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I- Buffalo) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D,WF- Buffalo) announced that legislation they sponsored in the Senate and Assembly to improve Erie County's Land Bank, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The legislation (S5167, A7245) makes corrections to the statewide land bank legislation that was passed in 2011. To combat the continuing problem of vacant homes, New York State passed the land bank legislation, which empowered counties and municipalities to create land banks to purchase vacant and abandoned properties.

September 30, 2013
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ADDABBO WILL INTRODUCE BILL TO ADDRESS SERIOUS FIRE HAZARDS OF COCKLOFTS IN AGING ROW HOUSES

Bill Would Provide Tax Incentives to Homeowners to Eliminate Fire Hazards

September 11, 2013
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SENATOR GRIFFO TO PARTICIPATE IN NEW YORK RISING STORM RECOVERY CONFERENCE

(Utica)- State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today confirmed that he will be participating in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising Storm Recovery Conference this Thursday in Albany. Last week, Griffo was joined by fellow Senators James Seward, Hugh Farley and David Valesky in asking President Obama, FEMA, and federal officials for greater consideration in helping the residents of central New York and the Mohawk Valley who had been devastated by the catastrophic flooding.

July 16, 2013
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Hurricane Sandy Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness.

June 17, 2013
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AGC NYS Offering Scholarship Opportunities to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS) today announced that the AGC NYS Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for their undergraduate, graduate and diesel technology scholarship programs.

Since 1998 the program has awarded 448 scholarships nearing $1 million to students pursuing degrees in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Construction Management and Diesel Technology.

AGC NYS Scholarship

April 16, 2013
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Senator Montgomery Publishes Guide to New FEMA Flood Maps and Insurance Program Changes

 

Senator Velmanette Montgomery today released a new brochure that informs constituents in flood zone areas such as Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Gowanus about new flood maps being prepared by FEMA, their implications for future insurance coverage, and what it might mean to property owners rebuilding from super storm SANDY.

 

March 7, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Proposes New Meth Lab Disclosure Rules to Protect Homeowners, Renters

Hazardous chemicals left behind in homes once used as meth labs pose serious health risks; Kennedy wants new disclosure requirements for sellers and landlords. 

At 148, a record-setting number of meth labs uncovered and broken up across N.Y. State in 2012. 

Kennedy: When Homeowners are Kept in the Dark on Meth Contamination, Serious Health Problems Take Entire Families by Surprise. It’s Time for New Rules to Protect Buyers and Renters. 

January 25, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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New Yorkers Can Now Register for Federal Disaster Assistance

New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy can now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

November 5, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Long Island Builders Institute Dinner

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Long Island Builders Institute meeting to discuss issues important to its members.The Long Island Builders Institute, formed in 1941, is an association of building industry professionals who are dedicated to making Long Island a better place to live and work, by creating a balance between the economy, the environment and development opportunities for all communities and residents.

 

October 18, 2012
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SQUADRON, GOTTFRIED, FIREFIGHTERS URGE IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF MAJOR GAPS IN SAFETY CODE AT HUNDREDS OF STATE-OWNED BUILDINGS AROUND CITY

Squadron-Gottfried Legislation Created Task Force to Avoid Tragedies Like Deutsche Bank Fire; Now as Council Holds Hearing, Recommendations Must be Acted On

Squadron, Gottfried: Every Day We Don't Act Means Another Day Lives May Be at Risk

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and firefighters urged immediate action to close major gaps in the fire and safety codes at hundreds of State-owned buildings around New York City, today outside the scene of the tragic Deutsche Bank fire. 

September 19, 2012
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SQUADRON URGES CLOSURE OF MAJOR GAPS IN SAFETY CODE AT HUNDREDS OF STATE-OWNED BUILDINGS AROUND CITY

Following Deutsche Bank Fire, Squadron-Gottfried Legislation Created Task Force to Address Discrepancies Between City, State Building Code; New Report Highlights Risk

Squadron: Different Standards Create Risk for First Responders, Public

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging state and city agencies to immediately close major holes in the safety code at hundreds of state-owned buildings throughout the city, after a task force created by Squadron-Gottfried legislation underscored the risk facing New York's first responders and the public.

July 30, 2012
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