Issues: Housing

Murphy authors and passes first bill, victim safety zones

ALBANY, NY - While discussion of so-called "child safety zone" legislation has recently shot to the forefront after a state appellate court decision striking down municipal laws to enact residency requirements for sex offenders, those who have been involved in the issue for years today celebrated a significant legislative victory in Albany.

The Senate passed two bills, one co-prime sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy that would allow a municipal local option to restrict residency for sex offenders, as well as a bill authored by Murphy that makes it unlawful for a convicted sex offender to reside near their victim.

February 26, 2015
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More than 400 Neighborhood Residents Attend Housing Forum Co-Hosted by NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton and NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo

(Brooklyn, NY – February 25, 2015) More than 400 residents attended a housing forum co-hosted by State Senator Jesse Hamilton and City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Crown Heights last night.

The forum included panelists from the Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Code Unit, HPD’s Community Partnership Division, the NYC Department of Finance, the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, the Flatbush Tenants Coalition, the Fifth Avenue Committee, South Brooklyn Legal Services, and the Pratt Area Community Council.

February 25, 2015
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New York City Rent Freeze Program (“SCRIE”)

Freeze Your Rent!! 

You may qualify for the NYC Rent Freeze Program if you meet both of these requirements:

Rent an apartment that is rent regulated (rent controlled or rent stabilized) hotel stabilized or Mitchell-Lama) and;
You are 62 or older or have a disability.

For more information, and to get help applying, call Senator Simcha Felder’s District Office at 718-253-2015

February 25, 2015
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Joint Statement from Sen. Krueger and NYC Councilmember Williams on Manhattan Housing Court Ruling Against Airbnb Host

NEW YORK: Today, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council's Housing and Buildings Committee, and State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), released the following statement afterManhattan Housing Court Judge Jack Stoller ruled against a Manhattan couple who rented out their rent-stabilized apartment on Airbnb for triple the price they paid.

February 20, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN LAUNCHES BRONX SENIOR CENTER “LISTENING TOUR” AND AFFORDABILITY SURVEY

As part of 2015 IDC “Invest New York” Agenda, Klein Pushes Critical Programs & Policies to Support New York’s Seniors

New Survey Gauges Most-Pressing Financial Issues Facing Seniors Today

February 20, 2015
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Senator Valesky plan sets aside $10m for supportive housing Upstate in IDC “Invest NY” agenda

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference have unveiled a comprehensive policy agenda that would include $10 million allocated specifically to Upstate New York for supportive housing development.

Supportive housing models include inclusive design for those who may have physical impairments and often offer a variety of services including activities, transportation, an on-site service coordinator, amenities, meals, and support for residents’ health-related services.

February 19, 2015
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Senate Passes "Homes for Heroes" Program

Legislation will assist service-disabled veterans making necessary improvements to their homes

 

ALBANY - Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2316/A.3795) sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that will assist veterans with physical challenges who need modifications to their homes in order to live independently.

 

The “Homes for Heroes” program will establish a fund to assist New York State’s veteran population so that they are able to live safely, comfortably and productively in the setting of their choice.

 

February 10, 2015
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Statement By Senator Liz Krueger On NYC Mayor’s Office Of Special Enforcement Suit Against Illegal Hotel Operators

 

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger released the following statement today in reaction to a lawsuit filed by the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (OSE) against the owners of four Manhattan residential buildings accused of operating illegal hotels:

February 6, 2015
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Statement from Senator Brad Hoylman on Illegal Hotel Fire in Hell’s Kitchen

New York, NY - Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "My heart goes out to all who were affected by this life-threatening incident, which was completely preventable and yet another example of why it’s essential that we crack down hard on illegal hotel operators like Highpoint Associates. 

February 6, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Re-Appointed Chair of Committee on Crime Victims, Crime & Corrections

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been re-appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. The former New York State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County has chaired the committee since 2013.  

February 6, 2015
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Senator Gianaris Decries DHS Placement of Sex Offender at Westway Hotel

Following recent reports of a convicted sex offender being housed at the Westway hotel, Senator Michael Gianaris expressed alarm and demanded the Department of Homeless Services do better by the surrounding community.

February 4, 2015
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Senator Brad Hoylman Applauds Public Advocate's Report On Illegal Hotels

New York, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said, “I applaud Public Advocate Letitia James for her work cracking down on illegal hotels and the unscrupulous landlords who run them. My district has one of the highest illegal hotel concentrations in the city, and it's despicable that these shady landlords fail to abide by basic fire, safety and zoning laws. I will continue to stand with my colleagues in government to protect the rights of New York City tenants and finally put an end to illegal hotels."

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February 4, 2015
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Statement from Senator Brad Hoylman On Mayor De Blasio’s State of the City Address

New York, NY - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "I‘m extremely pleased the Mayor focused his State of the City on the single biggest challenge facing working families in New York: affordable housing. I particularly welcome his plans to protect and strengthen rent regulations in Albany, provide free legal defense to tenants in rezoning areas, help homeless veterans, create and preserve senior housing and provide housing for artists. These initiatives are key to my district in Manhattan, where skyrocketing rents, porous regulations and aggressive landlords are forcing longtime tenants out of their homes.

"I look forward to working with the Mayor and my colleagues at both the state and city level to tackle these issues in the weeks and months ahead." 

February 3, 2015
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Future of Sunnyside Yards

(Queens, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris issued the following statement regarding any possible development at Sunnyside Yards.

“Mayor de Blasio is right that western Queens needs more affordable middle class housing so we can maintain the character of our growing neighborhoods,” said Senator Gianaris. “It is critical that the discussion regarding Sunnyside Yards includes the community and focuses on providing the additional infrastructure we desperately need. Any future development must bring with it more and better schools, new parks and open spaces, and vastly improved mass transit, particularly on the 7 line. I look forward to working with the Mayor to ensure our existing community is consulted and protected as this process unfolds.”

February 3, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 11:30 AM, Monday, February 2, 2015 Room 308 LOB

February 2, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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Independent Democratic Conference: More education, housing, child care, smart growth

By Rachel Shapiro on January 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --  The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate released a 15-point plan Monday to invest in the state's workforce, education, housing, child care and smart growth communities.

The IDC, a five-member group of Democrats, including state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), has had a coalition with Republicans to give them a working majority in the chamber and give the IDC a larger role in Senate business as co-leaders. Now with an outright majority, Republicans continue to work with the IDC, no longer sharing co-leader roles.

January 28, 2015
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Senator Jeff Klein's Session Remarks on Senate Bill S.0851

Senator Klein’s legislation (S.851-2015) prohibits level two and level three sex offenders from being housed in family shelters and requires by law that they be placed in adult-only shelters or shelters without children. 

January 27, 2015
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Young Named Chair of Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Will Be an Active Member on Ten Senate Committees

 

 

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) will again serve in multiple leadership positions as the Chairwoman for the Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Senator Young, who serves as the Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs, also will serve on the Senate’s Committees on Agriculture, Children and Family Services, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Health, Insurance, Rules, Transportation, and the Select Committee on State-Native American Relations.

 

January 26, 2015
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STATE SENATE PASSES KLEIN BILL BANNING SEX OFFENDERS FROM FAMILY HOMELESS SHELTERS

Legislation Prevents Level Two & Three Sex Offenders From Residing in Shelters With Families and Children 

ALBANY, NY – Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester)today announced that the State Senate overwhelmingly passed (52-0) legislation he sponsors that prohibits level two and level three sex offenders from living in temporary emergency housing and homeless shelters used to house families with children.

January 26, 2015
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KLEIN, BENEDETTO, VACCA CALL ON NYC DEPARTMENT OF HOMELESS SERVICES TO BAN SEX OFFENDERS FROM FAMILY HOMELESS SHELTERS

Bronx Elected Officials Back Legislation That Would Keep Level Two & Three Sex Offenders Out of Shelters Where Families With Children Reside

BRONX, NY – State Senator and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), members of Community Board 10, the Ferry Point Civic Association and Friends of Ferry Point Park today called on the New York City Department of Homeless Services to ban level two and level three sex offenders from temporary emergency housing and homeless shelters used to house families with children.

January 23, 2015
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