Issues: Housing

In Light of Disturbing Local Reports of Housing Discrimination, Kennedy Proposes Bill to Strengthen Protections for Veterans with Therapy Dogs

Senator Stands with WNY Heroes & HOME to Outline New Bill Focused on Veterans Who Have Medically-Prescribed Therapy Animals to Help Treat Trauma 

Kennedy Says it is Our Duty to Protect Those Who Have Served So Bravely to Protect Us

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) stood with Iraq War Veteran and President of WNY Heroes Chris Krieger, Scott Gehl of Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and other local advocates today to outline newly-created legislation (S.6031) designed to strengthen protections for veterans and individuals with disabilities who rely on and own therapy dogs from housing discrimination. The bill strengthens New York State’s Human Rights law, better aligning it with applicable federal laws.

August 25, 2015
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SUNY NEW PALTZ CUTS RIBBON ON NEW 225-BED RESIDENCE HALL

Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon on the campus of SUNY New Paltz for Ridgeview Hall, a modern 225 bed residence hall that will begin housing students this fall. The 69,000 square foot facility is the 14th residence hall on campus, and with its completion, will allow SUNY New Paltz to house 3,250 students. Construction of the $33 million residence hall got underway in December of 2013 and created 170 construction jobs.

August 11, 2015
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YWCA of Niagara & Housing Visions Transform Niagara Falls Neighborhood

Progress can be seen along Walnut Avenue in Niagara Falls thanks to the partnership of the YWCA of Niagara and Housing Visions. Senator Ortt took a walking tour of the latest project that’ll stabilize and revitalize the neighborhood. Construction is underway on seven new buildings and renovations are ongoing for a vacant school administrative building that’ll serve as quality, affordable housing for low and moderate-income families in Niagara Falls. Ortt said the Walnut Avenue Homes project will not only transform the neighborhood, but also the quality of life for our residents.  

August 11, 2015
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Emergency Town Hall Meeting on Rent Regulation on July 29, 2015

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In Partnership with:

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Senator Jesse Hamilton

Senator Daniel Squadron Assembly Member Maritza Davila

Assembly Member Walter T. Mosley

Assembly Member Diana Richardson

Assembly Member Annette Robinson

Assembly Member Latrice M. Walker

NYC Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr.

NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso

NYC Council Member Jumaane D. Williams

July 29, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Tenant Harassment Hearing

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In cooperation with:

Brooklyn Borough President Adams

July 28, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Rallies with Tenants of 60 Clarkson Ave, Colleagues, Housing Advocates, and Neighborhood Residents

(Brooklyn, NY - July 16, 2015) - Yesterday, Senator Jesse Hamilton spoke out at a rally with tenants, colleagues, housing advocates, and neighborhood residents. Senator Hamilton said, "I stand in support of the tenants of 60 Clarkson – in solidarity with neighbors, advocates, and other elected officials. I am committed to stopping the marginalization of residents of our neighborhoods. I salute all the groups gathered here today that work so diligently to ensure tenants can vindicate their right to safe, affordable, and livable housing." Groups that organized the rally include: Tenants & Neighbors, Crown Heights Tenant Union, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association.

July 16, 2015
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Senator Serrano Applauds Mayor de Blasio's Affordable Housing Expansion

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano participated in Mayor Bill de Blasio's press conference announcing that New York City is on track to complete 20,325 units of affordable housing by the end of 2015. The City broke an all-time record for the most new affordable apartments underway. 

July 13, 2015
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK ANNOUNCEMENT

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Squadron, Congresswoman Velázquez, Assemblymember Simon, Councilmember Lander, and Councilmember Levin released the following joint statement regarding the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's announcement:

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SECURITY UPGRADE TO SMITH HOUSES

Squadron Details Over $450K In State Funding He Secured For Improvements

Squadron Engages NYCHA Residents in Security Discussion

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron engaged residents of Alfred E. Smith Houses Wednesday at a meeting to discuss the implementation of over $450,000 in State funding that he allocated for security improvements. The event included Smith Resident Association President Aixa Torres, NYCHA’s Deputy Director for City Capital Michael Clandorf, and NYCHA Security Manager Irving Anglada. It was co-hosted by the Smith Resident Association and NYCHA.

July 2, 2015
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Rent Guidelines Board Votes to Freeze Rents/ Albany Passes Rent laws

The Rent Guidelines Board, which determines rent increases for more than one million rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, voted on Monday night for an historic rent freeze on one-year leases and a two percent increase for two year leases.

While I believe a rent role back is appropriate, the Rent Guidelines Board's historic decision to freeze rents for one year leases will help keep New York affordable for over two million tenants. Who are being asked to pay an ever increasing percentage of their income towards rent, while landlords have increased their profits due to relatively flat operating costs.

June 30, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Praises Rent Freeze, Urges Further Measures to Tackle Affordability Crisis

(Brooklyn, NY) – Senator Hamilton said, “The Rent Guidelines Board's vote last night delivered a historic victory for tenants – the first rent freeze in 46 years. Any fair-minded look at the Board's research shows they reached the right conclusion, freezing rents for one-year leases and deciding on a 2% increase on two-year leases. Published in April, their 22-page study shows that tenants’ incomes have roughly remained flat or decreased, while landlords have benefited from an easing in cost rises. These facts warrant the Board's historic decision last night.”

June 30, 2015
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Senator Dilan Rent Guidelines Board Testimony

Tamara Slogosky, Esq., Community Liaison to Senator Dilan delivered the following remarks during the Rent Guidelines Board, June 18, 2015 public hearing regarding proposed adjustments to affect renewal leases commencing between October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

On Monday, June 29 the Rent Guidelines Board approved a freeze on one-year leases. It’s the first rent freeze the board has approved since its formation in 1969.

June 30, 2015
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Senator Espaillat on Rent Guidelines Board Decision

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June 30, 2015
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June 25, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN CALLS ON NEW YORK CITY & STATE TO INVESTIGATE UNSCRUPULOUS BRONX LANDLORDS

As rent law negotiations loom large, Klein calls for crooked landlords to be stripped of vacancy bonus

Hundreds of Bronx tenants forced out of rent-stabilized apartments while greedy landlords pad their pockets

June 22, 2015
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