Issues: Community Reinvestment

Senator Klein & Assemblywoman Weinstein call on Legislature to pass “zombie properties” act

Albany, NY— State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn) called on their colleagues today to pass the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act (S.4781/A.6932), which would require bank and mortgage companies to prevent residential properties in foreclosure from falling into disrepair — and would carry penalties for companies that neglect these homes.

The renewed call from Senator Klein and Assemblywoman Weinstein, who sponsor the legislation, comes on the heels of an announcement today by Governor Andrew Cuomo that 11 bank, mortgage and credit unions will voluntarily comply to maintain “zombie properties.”

May 18, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $18,000 IN PROJECT BOOST FUNDS FOR P.S. 14

New Funding Boosts Local School’s Enrichment Opportunities for Students K-5

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 150 local parents, school administrators and students, announced $18,000 in Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) funding for P.S. 14 in the Bronx. The announcement came at P.S. 14’s annual parent teacher conference night on Wednesday evening.

May 14, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $170,000 IN STATE FUNDING FOR PENNINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN MT. VERNON

New Funding Secured By Klein Will Add Playground, Improve Baseball Diamond and Outfield, Provide Soccer Goals and Install New Benches at Pennington School

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Pennington School Principal Danielle Davis-Marrow, President of the Fleetwood Neighborhood Association Mike Justino, and over 200 parents and students, announced more than $170,000 in state funding for the Pennington Elementary School to make improvements to its recreational facilities at the school’s annual spring concert on Wednesday evening.

May 14, 2015
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Senator Valesky Names Sharon Owens New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Sharon Owens, chief executive officer of Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2015 Woman of Distinction. Owens was recognized for her work in human services and community development in the city of Syracuse.

“Sharon Owens’ remarkable contributions to our community demonstrate her dedication and commitment to the Syracuse residents most in need of a strong advocate,” Sen. Valesky said. “Her leadership is strengthening the programs and services that Southwest Community Center offers, and I am pleased to honor her as this year’s Woman of Distinction.”

May 6, 2015
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KLEIN ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION STUDY TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT HUTCHINSON METRO CENTER IN THE BRONX

NYC DOT Design Study to Examine New Access Ramp to Hutch Metro Complex Via Hutchinson River Parkway

New Access Point Would Significantly Reduce Congestion, Improve Traffic Flow, Provide Emergency Exit for More Than 10,000 Employees & Visitors

May 1, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HONORS LOCAL PARENT LEADERS AT ANNUAL EDUCATORS BREAKFAST

Awards Breakfast Celebrates Achievements and Contributions of More Than 50 Parent Leaders in the Bronx

BRONX, NY - Celebrating the remarkable achievements and positive contributions of parent leaders in the 34th Senate District, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 200 education officials, local teachers and parents, today hosted his annual Educators Breakfast at F&J Pine Restaurant in the Bronx. More than 50 parent leaders received certificates of appreciation for their dedication to local schools.

April 24, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS 17TH ANNUAL THROGGS NECK COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP POSTER CONTEST

Hundreds of Bronx Students Enter Local “Eat Well, Play Well” Themed Competition

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP), today hosted their 17th annual poster contest – selecting twenty Bronx students as this year’s award winners in the “Eat Well, Play Well” themed competition.

April 24, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN DONATES ORCHIDS TO SENIORS AT BRONX HOUSE

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today donated more than 30 orchids from the New York Botanical Garden to seniors at Bronx House. The flowers, which were given away in a raffle, included a wide variety of species and colors.

April 24, 2015
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Senator Young Secures $150,000 Grant To Assist With Renovations to Bradner Stadium

SAM grant funding will help the City of Olean with the next phase of renovations to the facility

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced today that she has secured a $150,000 grant to assist the City of Olean with completion of the renovation and rehabilitation of Bradner Stadium.

 

The city will receive the new grant, made available through the State & Municipal Facilities Capital Program (SAM), to complete the rehabilitation and improvement of the historic stadium which currently plays home to athletic teams from the Olean City School District, the Jamestown Community College Jaguars’ soccer team, the Olean Oilers, and the Southern Tier Diesel.

 

April 21, 2015
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Ribbon-cutting for LeFrak City’s newly refurbished West Courtyard

As reported by Times Ledger:

The first phase of renovations of the outdoor amenities at LeFrak City, in Corona, is complete just in time for spring.

Elected officials and community leaders joined Jamie LeFrak, the president of the 20-building complex, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the newly revamped West Courtyard April 7.

“Exciting changes are underway at LeFrak City, and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” LeFrak said. Within two years the ongoing multimillion-dollar capital improvement program will bring renovations to lobbies, mail rooms, facades, laundry rooms, elevators and garages, but for now the nearly 40,000-square-foot space is considered to be a milestone.

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April 21, 2015
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SQUADRON'S COMMUNITY CONVENTION GATHERS MORE THAN 350 COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO ENGAGE IN GOVERNMENT

Squadron, Keynote Speaker Schumer Highlight Community Engagement

Community Members Participated in 14 Discussion Groups on District and Statewide Issues

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted his seventh annual 26th District Community Convention on Sunday afternoon, bringing together over 350 community members to make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them.

April 16, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $18,000 IN PROJECT BOOST FUNDS FOR COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FOR MATH & SCIENCE

New Funding Boosts Local High School’s Enrichment Opportunities for Hundreds of Students

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 100 school administrators, parents and students announced $18,000 in Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) funding for the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science on Wednesday, April 15th in the Bronx. The announcement came at the school’s annual spring art show.

April 16, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN, THROGGS NECK HOUSES RESIDENTS’ COUNCIL & COMMUNITY BOARD 10 HOST FIRST EVER SPRING COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY IN THE BRONX

Klein, Local Volunteers, Police Service Area #8 Explorers Join Together to Beautify Throggs Neck Houses

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Assemblyman Benedetto (D-Bronx), the Throggs Neck Houses Residents’ Council, Community Board 10 and volunteers from the Police Service Area #8 Explorers, today held the first ever spring community clean-up day at the Throggs Neck Houses in the Bronx. Senator Klein co-sponsored the event, joining in the fun with local volunteers as they collected trash and debris, cleared walkways and picked up after the long winter.

April 10, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS FIRST EVER BRONX H.I.R.E. CERTIFICATION FAIR TO COMBAT UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE BRONX

Klein Secures Additional $200,000 in Funding for Bronx H.I.R.E.

500 Training Opportunities & Certificate Program Slots Available To Bronxites At No Cost

April 8, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN FUNDS FREE SPRING BREAK CAMP FOR STUDENTS AT P.S. 83

Klein, United Federation of Teachers, P.S. 83 Partner to Provide Week-Long Camp to Students and Families Through NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative

April 7, 2015
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Senators Gallivan and Young Secure Funding to Replace "Old Route 219 Bridge”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I- Olean) announce they have secured $20 million to build a state of the art bridge to replace the existing span over Cattaraugus Creek along “old Route 219.”  In addition, they have inserted $300,000 in the state budget to be deposited in an escrow account that will cover Erie and Cattaraugus counties’ costs for maintaining the structure for the first 22 years.  

April 2, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $18,000 IN PROJECT BOOST FUNDS FOR P.S. 175 CITY ISLAND

New Funding Boosts Local School’s Enrichment Opportunities for Students K-8

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 200 local parents and school administrators, today announced $18,000 in Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) funding for P.S. 175 City Island in the Bronx. The announcement came at P.S. 175’s annual spring card party on Thursday, March 26th.

March 30, 2015
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Hudson Valley contributes more sites to State and National Register of Historic Places

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding two sites in the 40th Senate District to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The properties to be added include the Waccabuc Historic District in Lewisboro and the Murphy Grist Mill in Beekman. State Senator Terrence Murphy noted that being listed in the State and National Register is a boost for property owners to revitalize their buildings, as it makes them eligible for various public preservation programs and services such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

March 25, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: CONSUMER PROTECTION FORUM: Do You Know Your Consumer Rights?

Please join us for a special informational forum on: KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS AS A CONSUMER

March 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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