Issues: Housing

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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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA TO HOST A HOUSING PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FEATURED SPEAKER STATE SENATOR ADRIANO ESPAILLAT

(BRONX, NY) - State Senator Gustavo Rivera will host a panel discussion on housing featuring State Senator Adriano Espaillat, ranking member on the New York State Senate Housing Committee, on Thursday, April 16 at the Bronx Library Center. Housing experts will join the Senators to discuss affordable housing, rent regulation and tenants’ rights.

April 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA TO HOST A HOUSING PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FEATURED SPEAKER STATE SENATOR ADRIANO ESPAILLAT

(BRONX, NY) - State Senator Gustavo Rivera will host a panel discussion on housing featuring State Senator Adriano Espaillat, ranking member on the New York State Senate Housing Committee, on Thursday, April 16 at the Bronx Library Center. Housing experts will join the Senators to discuss affordable housing, rent regulation and tenants’ rights.

April 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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amNY: Evicted Upper East Sider gets her apartment back after a 20-month nightmare

On Friday, amNY reported the story of an Upper East Side resident who went through a nearly two-year ordeal of eviction before regaining her apartment.  Particular praise goes to MFY Legal Services and all those who helped Ms. Morisada through the process of challenging her eviction and subsequent actions by the landlord.

April 10, 2015
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State Budget Includes Nearly Half a Billion Dollars for Affordable Housing

State Budget Includes Nearly Half a Billion Dollars for Affordable Housing

$100 million for NYCHA, first state investment since 1998

 

April 2, 2015
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State Budget Addresses Local Opioid Crisis

Improvements coming to WCA that will increase addiction treatment services, alleviate jail overcrowding

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I– Olean) has delivered a $350,000 capital grant in the state budget to establish a supportive housing program at WCA Hospital’s Jones Hill site in Jamestown.

 

“The new program will be a big step towards addressing the region’s opioid and heroin epidemic, placing people with addiction problems in a specialized housing facility instead of the county jail,” Senator Young said.

 

March 31, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton, 43rd Assembly District Leader Shirley Patterson, housing advocates, and tenants of Reid Apartments rally in support of NYCHA tenants

Rally brings focus on need to fund NYCHA repairs and properly maintain NYCHA buildings

 Brooklyn, NY – Senator Hamilton and District Leader Patterson held a rally and press conference in support of NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenants. Joined by housing advocate Tiara McLaughlin, Lead Organizer with the Pratt Area Community Council, and neighborhood residents, the rally highlighted the shocking living conditions residents in William Reid Apartments (East Flatbush) face.

March 27, 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, March 30, 2015  Room 308 LOB

March 30, 11:44 AM - 11:59 AM
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Senator Comrie's remarks on the Senate Budget Resolution

Senator Comrie spoke on the Senate Floor in support of additional resources to assist Queens homeowners affected by the foreclosure crisis. Decrying insufficient funding diverted from the half a billion dollars the State won from the JP Morgan Chase settlement, Senator Comrie advocated that monies received from the settlement be used for those most affected by bad banking and lending practices.

March 20, 2015
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March 19, 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Affordable Housing Workshop During SOMOS El Futuro Conference Weekend in Albany

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano and Assemblyman Guillermo Linares sponsored an important workshop entitled, "The Future of New York: Affordable Housing Preservation and Creation," for the 2015 SOMOS El Futuro Conference weekend in Albany. Experts in the field of housing provided information regarding the challenges our city faces in our fight to preserve affordable housing.

March 18, 2015
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Senator Sanders' Photo of the Week - NYCHA Housing Rally

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village), a champion of housing rights, listened intently to the concerns of hundreds of NYCHA residents who descended on Albany on Monday. They were there to demand increases in state funding for public housing developments, money which is needed to make important repairs and correct dangerous conditions.

March 17, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Prohibit Sex Offenders From Living in Community Residences With Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living with individuals with developmental disabilities in community residences operated or licensed by the state. The bill (S2885), sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), strengthens current protections and helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are living in a safe environment.

March 16, 2015
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Senator Hamilton serves as panelist on Mitchell-Lama Task Force Legislative Summit at Brooklyn Borough Hall

(Brooklyn - March 13, 2015) Senator Hamilton served as a panelist at the Mitchell-Lama Task Force Legislative Summit at Brooklyn Borough Hall last night. Along with other housing policy experts on the panel, New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams served as moderator. 

Senator Hamilton highlighted the importance of protecting the long-term rights of Mitchell-Lama residents and keeping Mitchell-Lama affordable. Senator Hamilton also underscored the need for both affordable housing and an affordable ownership component -- permitting prospective owners to build wealth and pass on an asset to children. 

March 13, 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, March 16, 2015 Room 308 LOB

March 16, 11:30 AM - 11:43 AM
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CITY AND STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS LAUNCH THE WEST BRONX HOUSING COALITION

Nine Elected Officials Join Forces to Address West Bronx Housing Crisis through Homegrown Solutions

March 12, 2015
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March 12, 2015
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Neighborhood Preservation Coalition Rally

(Albany - March 9th) The Leader attended the Housing rally where members from the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition gathered to emphasize the importance of housing in New York State. In her address to the crowd, the Leader recollected memories of her youth growing up in affordable housing, remembering it as always being “a place that was safe, secure, and consistent.” where “all of the injustices that plagued the world outside were left at the door.

March 10, 2015
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