Issues: Housing

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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Breakaway Senate Dems unveil 'Invest New York' policy agenda

BY KEN LOVETT, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 19, 2015, 1:48 PM

The breakaway group of five Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a 15-point policy agenda for the new legislative session that includes a call to give localities like New York City the power to set their own minimum wage rates.

Other proposals in the "Invest New York" package would be the creation of an education investment tax credit that private and parochial schools have been pushing for years, a $400 million school construction trust fund, and various housing initiatives.

January 23, 2015
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Senator Venditto Attends the Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP) and the Long Island Board of Realtors (LIBOR) Conference

New York State Senator Michael Venditto (R, C, I- Massapequa), recently attended a Housing Conference at Farmingdale State College, the conference was jointly hosted by the Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP) and the Long Island Board of Realtors (LIBOR). The conference provided the latest updates on local housing laws as well as an opportunity to meet with members of LIHP and LIBOR.

January 23, 2015
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Independent Democratic Conference Launches 2015 Policy Agenda

“INVEST NEW YORK”

IDC Unveils 15 Innovative Investments that will Create Long Term Stability, Security and Sustainability for all New Yorkers

Proposals Invest in New York Workers, Students, Seniors and Families and Support a Significant Expansion in New York State Schools, Housing, and Communities

January 20, 2015
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INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE LAUNCHES 2015 POLICY AGENDA “INVEST NEW YORK”

IDC Unveils 15 Innovative Investments that will Create Long Term Stability, Security and Sustainability for all New Yorkers

Proposals Invest in New York Workers, Students, Seniors and Families and Support a Significant Expansion in New York State Schools, Housing, and Communities

January 19, 2015
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Affordable Housing Crisis Community Meeting

“Affordable Housing Now!” was the cry on Thursday, January 15, at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Ft. Greene where Senator Velmanette Montgomery had called a Community Meeting with local and city officials, housing advocates, and several hundred local residents. “This year all the important rent laws and  many of the affordability stimulus programs are up for renewal,” Senator Montgomery explained. “Our people have to make their voices heard if we’re going to be sure of passing these bills, and that’s just trying to barely keep our heads above water on this issue!”

File: 
The 25th NYS Senate District Call To Action Guide to Preserving Affordable Housing 2015.pdf

January 16, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: ILLEGAL HOME CONVERSIONS

A public forum about the growing problem of illegal home conversions occuring in our community.

February 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Hoylman Applauds Reports of Investigation by Attorney General Schneiderman Into Alleged Tenant Harassment on W 49th Street

New York, NY - Today, state Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) released the following statement in response to a report in the New York Daily News that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating a Manhattan landlord for deluging rent-stabilized tenants with numerous frivolous lawsuits and eviction proceedings. Some of the tenants cited in the report currently live in apartments on West 49th Street in Hell's Kitchen, which is part of the 27th State Senate District that Hoylman represents.

January 13, 2015
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Griffo Helps Pass Women's Equality Agenda

 

Demonstrating his continued commitment to creating equality for women in the Empire State, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo’s first legislative action in 2015 was to vote in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda.

“In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged us to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I’m tremendously proud that me and my Senate colleagues have now met this challenge for each of the last the years.”

January 12, 2015
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Senator Venditto's Property Assessment Grievance Workshop

Senator Michael Venditto is sponsoring workshops to help residents file property tax assessment grievance applications. If you are a home owner who disagrees with the new tentative property tax assessment as shown on your Nassau County Property Tax Impact Disclosure Notice, you may dispute the assessed values during the formal grievance period from January 2nd through March 2nd 2015.

January 7, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Senator Venditto's Property Assessment Grievance Workshop

Senator Michael Venditto is sponsoring workshops to help residents file property tax assessment grievance applications. If you are a home owner who disagrees with the new tentative property tax assessment as shown on your Nassau County Property Tax Impact Disclosure Notice, you may dispute the assessed values during the formal grievance period from January 2nd through March 2nd 2015.

February 3, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Venditto's Property Assessment Grievance Workshop

Senator Michael Venditto is sponsoring workshops to help residents file property tax assessment grievance applications. If you are a home owner who disagrees with the new tentative property tax assessment as shown on your Nassau County Property Tax Impact Disclosure Notice, you may dispute the assessed values during the formal grievance period from January 2nd through March 2nd 2015.

February 19, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Encourages Western Queens Residents to Apply for Hunter’s Point South Affordable Housing

As the affordable housing lottery for Hunter’s Point South opened up for applications, Senator Michael Gianaris encouraged residents of western Queens to apply.

“The addition of 925 permanently affordable housing units in our community is exciting, and I urge all western Queens residents to take advantage of this opportunity and apply. As more and more New Yorkers flock to our neighborhoods to live, work, and raise their families, it is vital that western Queens remains affordable, and the Hunter’s Point South development represents a major step in that direction. I wish all applicants the best of luck in this process,” said Senator Gianaris.

December 17, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC HOUSING

Current New York City Housing Authority Ranking System Places Homeless Families First In Line For Public Housing; Thousands of Domestic Violence Victims Inadvertently Displaced Due to Unfair Priority System

December 15, 2014
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