Issues: Community Reinvestment

Klein Says Banks Must Maintain Foreclosed Properties

July 8 (Bloomberg) -- New York State Senator Jeff Klein talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the fiscal challenges facing the New York, the economic impact of the Marriage Equality Act and legislation to require lenders to maintain foreclosured properties. (Source: Bloomberg)(Bloomberg)

July 9, 2011
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Security gates get makeover to fight graffiti

Queens Courier wrote about the roll down gates press conference Senator Gianaris participated in.

New York City storefronts are getting a makeover.

July 6, 2011
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Battle on vs. LIC strip club: Decision on liquor license has been postponed

The Daily News wrote a story on the liquor license application for a LIC strip club, which Senator Gianaris opposes. He is glad the decision has at least been postponed.

A decision on whether to recommend a liquor license for a proposed strip club in Long Island City has been postponed.

Owners of the club, called Gypsy Rose, pledged to Community Board 2 on Thursday to follow a strict set of guidelines to avoid problems at the site, which sits at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge.

Local politicians and residents have denounced the club, saying it feeds into the seedy image Long Island City is trying to shake.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has asked State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen to reject the application.

June 27, 2011
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Strip club tries again for liquor license as Long Island City community voices opposition

The Daily News asked Senator Gianaris for his input on the attempted renewal of a liquor license for  a strip club located in Long Island City. The Senator vigorously opposes this application.

The owners of a planned Long Island City strip club are making their second bid for a liquor license, just months after their previous application was overwhelmingly rejected by local and state officials.

The firm, 21 Group Inc., plans to open a gentlemen's club called Gypsy Rose at 42-50 21st St. They will outline their plans tonight to members of Community Board 2, which will then vote on whether to support their application to the State Liquor Authority.

June 23, 2011
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Plans to bring trees to Sunnyside-Woodside on track

Senator Gianaris is hosting a meeting with area leaders to determine where the trees he requested to be planted in Sunnyside and Woodside should be located. Sunnyside Post wrote about the upcoming meeting.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris is holding a meeting on Friday with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and civic leaders to determine those areas of Sunnyside and Woodside where trees need to be planted.

The meeting comes after Gianaris sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg urging him to plant trees in the neighborhood arguing that there was a lack of trees in many parts of the area—particularly on the south side of Queens Blvd.

June 22, 2011
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S.4444-B, Permitting Temporary COs to be Issued to Partially Completed Condos Expected on Floor Today

S.4444-B (Dilan) is on today's rules committee and it expected to be voted on in today’s legislative session. The legislation permits the commissioner of the department of buildings to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy to residential condominiums when the building's owners have partially completed the necessary work to achieve compliance with city building codes.

Read about the "Saga of the Wothless Condo" at Citylimits.org. 

 

June 21, 2011
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HISTORIC LAND BANK BILL PASSES STATE SENATE

Land Banks are a Long-Term Solution to Problem of Vacant Properties

Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the unanimous passage of legislation (S663A) he sponsored in the State Senate that would allow for the creation of land banks in New York State. 

June 20, 2011
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Gianaris Applauds Increase In Film Production

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' prase for the increase in film productions planned for New York this year.

A record number of new television series are being scheduled to film in New York state this year due to the state Film Production Credit championed by state Senator Michael Gianaris. Eight new television series will be filmed in the state in 2011, creating more than 4,700 industry related jobs.

The Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development announced that the film tax credit lured 70 new projects to New York since January. These projects are expected to spend a total of more than $1 billion.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Sid Jacobson JCC

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center is East Hills, where he was given a tour of the facilities by Susan Bender.

The Sid Jacobson JCC is a community center that provides services for children, adults and seniors. It has health and wellness programs ehhanced by a full gymnasium and pool as well as camps for children and programs for seniors that enable them to stay active.

June 2, 2011
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2011 Women of Distinction | Barbara Medina

Barbara Median of Williamsburg was named this year's Woman of Distinction by Senator Dilan.

Read her bio here.

June 1, 2011
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Barbara Medina Bio

Barbara Medina was born in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to parents from the Island of Puerto Rico. Ms. Medina is single mother of three wonderful children and has spent fourteen successful years as an Executive in the Marketing business. Ms. Medina’s career allowed her to travel to different parts of the United States developing new businesses and venturing with other companies. The experience has helped her become a voice amongst the voiceless and the value of being an independent woman.

June 1, 2011
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Syracuse Resident Mary Nelson is NY Senate “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION”

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) named Mary Nelson, of Syracuse, as the 49th Senate District’s “Woman of Distinction” as part of the New York State Senate’s 14th Annual 2011 Women of Distinction celebration. 

May 24, 2011
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Senate Passes Interstate Compact For Juveniles

Agreement Will Formalize Procedures For Dealings With Youthful Offenders

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2551A) this week introduced by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), that would make New York State a full member to The Interstate Compact For Juveniles. The Compact is a legal contract between all 50 states, establishing formal procedures to facilitate the return of runaways, and a uniform system to manage juvenile offenders residing in other states.

May 19, 2011
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Senator Valesky and IDC Unveil Package To Strengthen NY Farms

 

With his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today unveiled a legislative package designed to preserve, promote and grow farming in New York State. 

May 18, 2011
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Asbestos Removal

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 18, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senator Huntley Aims to Help Homeowners Save on Asbestos Removal

Legislation will lower building renovation costs, help families stay healthy

May 18, 2011
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Ranzenhofer announces construction grant awards for City, Town of Tonawanda public libraries

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that public libraries in the City and Town of Tonawanda will receive funding from the Public Library Construction Grant Program.

The City of Tonawanda Public Library will receive $15,278 for water and energy conservation for three restrooms, improvements to patron access areas with lighting upgrades and more efficient plumbing and electrical fixtures.  The Kenmore Branch of the Town of Tonawanda Public Library will receive $76,805 for a new children’s area, new public computer space with electrical upgrades and ADA access to public service at circulation and computer distribution points.

May 13, 2011
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Ranzenhofer announces construction grant award for Richmond Memorial Library

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that Richmond Memorial Library will receive $3,500 in funding from the Public Library Construction Grant Program for a replacement window in the children’s room. 

“This grant will serve as a reinvestment in Richmond Memorial Library in the City of Batavia and will ultimately allow existing patrons and future generations to enjoy all the services the library has to offer,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget.  Grants can pay up to a maximum of fifty percent of total eligible project costs and libraries must provide funds to pay for the remaining costs of the project. 

May 13, 2011
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