Issues: Housing

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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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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March 26, 7:30 PM - 7:35 PM
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March 20, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM
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March 17, 2:00 PM - 2:12 PM
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Senator Serrano Joins Elected Officials and Community Advocates In Calling for Changes to the Bronx Housing Court System

(New York, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined other elected officials and members of the legal services field to meet with Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State, Judge A. Gail Prudenti. The meeting provided a collaborative space for those present to advocate for changes in the Bronx Housing Court system. Senator Serrano called for key changes, ensuring that tenants know their rights and options, are treated fairly and are not unnecessarily evicted.

“Unfortunately, about 2,000 tenants go through the Bronx housing court every day and an alarming 10,966 Bronx households lost their homes,” said Senator Serrano. “Most tenants find housing court confusing and intimidating,” continued Serrano.

November 27, 2013
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Senator Zeldin and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board Address the State of Sober Homes in Suffolk

  

Senator Zeldin and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board Address the State of Sober Homes in Suffolk

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), in conjunction with Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board, held a successful event yesterday to examine and discuss the state of Sober Living Homes in Suffolk County.

October 16, 2013
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October 12, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Klein, Assemblyman Dinowitz, and Riverdale Community Announce New Start for Proposed Development at 6469 Broadway

Senator Klein, Assemblyman Dinowitz, and Riverdale Community Announce New Start for Proposed Development at 6469 Broadway

 

September 20, 2013
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Financial Fitness Workshop Helps Homeowners and Families Take Control of Their Finances

Event Co-Hosted by Senator Stewart-Cousins, Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations and Attorney General Schneiderman's Office Offers Information about Budgeting, Credit Issues and Mortgage Modifications

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) co-hosted a “Financial Fitness Workshop," Tuesday at the Riverfront Library, to help individuals and homeowners learn how to take control of their finances. The Senator co-hosted the event with Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office.

September 19, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein Take Aim at Big Banks Exploiting Foreclosure Victims

BRONX, NY – Alongside Bronx foreclosure victim Daisy Vargas—and the four generations of family members who call her Castle Hill residence home—top elected leaders highlighted recently passed legislation aimed at preserving important homeowner rights during the foreclosu

July 25, 2013
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Senate Passes Klein Bill Empowering D.A.'s to Evict Drug Dealers and Violent Criminals from Neighborhood Homes

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Monday afternoon, the New York State Senate passed legislation enabling District Attorneys to expedite eviction proceedings against individuals who use their home as a base for criminal operations. Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) is the prime sponsor of the legislation. 

May 7, 2013
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Legislative Update

I spoke with Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. Homeownership Director, Lisa Maldonado for this week's Legislative Update.

March 22, 2013
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Habitat for Humanity Dedicates New Home

Recently, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the dedication ceremony for a Habitat for Humanity Home in Rochester. Seven churches were involved in fundraising and volunteering to build the home.

 

The churches involved in this home were Aldersgate United Methodist, Bethany Presbyterian, Greece Baptist, Greece United Methodist, Hope Lutheran, Messiah Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal, with help from Holy Cross Roman Catholic.

March 12, 2013
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March 12, 3:45 PM - 3:56 PM
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Meeting with Seth Diamond, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. 3-8-13

Meeting with Seth Diamond, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. 3-8-13

March 8, 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 Mike Nozzolio Calls for Repeal of Utility Tax Surcharge

 

Continuing his aggressive efforts and commitment to lower taxes for New York’s hardworking families, senior citizens and job-producing business, State Senator Mike Nozzolio has called for the repeal of New York’s job killing Utility Tax Surcharge.   The proposed five-year extension of this 2% tax on all utility bills, would cost homeowners and businesses a total of almost $3 billion dollars.

February 6, 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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