Issues: Housing

Senator Kennedy Announces New Plan To Encourage Homeownership, Providing Help for Young Professionals with Student Loan Debt

Kennedy’s Legislation Will Help Save First-Time Homebuyers Thousands of Dollars, Entice Young Professionals to Plant Roots in Western New York.

New Legislation Provides for Discounted Interest Rates to Help Young Professionals Balance Buying a Home with Heavy Student Loan Debt Burdens.

August 29, 2014
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Appalling Disrepair at Pomonok Houses after Maintenance Staff Slashed by Three-Quarters

 

Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Pomonok Residents Association President Monica Corbett, Council Member Rory Lancman and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz call on NYCHA to give Pomonok Houses adequate funding and personnel.

 

August 19, 2014
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Heritage Homes Phase II Groundbreaking Ceremony in New Rochelle

Democratic Conference Leader and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins helped break ground today on phase II of Heritage Homes in New Rochelle. These new buildings will replace the aging and outdated Hartley Houses. Phase II has 56 units. Funding assistance comes from the state's Department of Homes and Community Renewal for this unique public/private partnership between the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority and MacQuesten Development.

August 13, 2014
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MANHATTAN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S INVESTIGATION INTO LANDLORD STEVE CROMAN

MANHATTAN – Today, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, Borough President Gale Brewer, and Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin released the following statement regarding landlord Steve Croman:

August 1, 2014
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Geva Theatre Announces Agreement with Woodbury Place

I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and representatives from Geva Theatre this morning to announce Geva's agreement with Woodbury Place. Formerly Merkel Donohue warehouse, this building will be re-purposed to house actors and actresses performing at Geva Theatre. Located just steps away from Geva Theatre in the Washington Square neighborhood, this project enhance the revitalization of Downtown Rochester. 

To see more photos from this event, click here

July 22, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON PIER 6 HOUSING LAWSUIT

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin released the following statement on the Pier 6 housing lawsuit: 

July 18, 2014
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Sen. Krueger Discusses the Airbnb Controversy with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate

Liz joined Leonard Lopate to discuss the controversy over Airbnb in New York City, what’s legal, what’s not, and why. Audio available here

July 14, 2014
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Sen. Krueger's Housing Newsletter - Summer 2014

Sen. Krueger's summer newsletter and information pamphlet on housing issues is available here!

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Sen. Krueger's Housing Newsletter - Summer 2014

July 8, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Palumbo Report New Home Buyer Exemption Legislation Passes

Southold would now join East Hampton, Southampton, and Shelter Island in assisting first-time primary homebuyers

June 26, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo report that the legislation they sponsored to exempt first-home buyers from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) transfer tax in Southold has passed both houses of the Legislature.  The bill is designed to assist low and moderate-income residents in the purchase of their first, primary home. 

June 26, 2014
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Grant Park Apartments Phase II Groundbreaking Ceremony

Senate Stewart-Cousins joined State Housing Commissioner Darryl Towns, Mayor Mike Spano, and others at the Grant Park Apartments Phase II Ground Breaking Ceremony on Tuesday, June 24th on the site of the former Mulford Gardens located in Yonkers. Grant Park II is the fourth phase of the redevelopment of the public housing complex, and consists of two four-story buildings that contain a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments, totaling in 56 new units. They are being made available to individuals and households earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income.

June 25, 2014
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Klein/Weinstein Bill Extending Critical Foreclosure Protections for Homeowners Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo

ALBANY, NY – On the final day of the legislative session, Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein announced that Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation extending vital foreclosure prevention measures and homeowner protections for an additional five years beyond the February 2015 expiration date.

June 23, 2014
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Kennedy and Ryan Announce $1.4 Million for Affordable Housing in Erie County

New Round of Grant Funding from New York State Will Boost Revitalization of Homes and Communities in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, and the Southtowns

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, June 18, 2014, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced $1.4 million in state funding that will be coming to Erie County for affordable housing projects. The funding is provided through the Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC), which is a part of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR).

June 19, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Statement on Homeless Shelter at Pan Am Hotel

Elmhurst, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Eastern Queens) who is in Albany for the last week of the legislative session, gave this statement on the situation at the Pan Am Hotel:

 

June 18, 2014
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SENATE PASSES VALESKY LEGISLATION TO INCREASE NUMBER OF LAND BANKS IN NYS

ALBANY--Yesterday, the State Senate passed legislation (S.6731) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) increasing the maximum number of land banks in the state to 20.

Land banks, entities that take control of problem properties and then redevelop or dispose of them in a manner consistent with the public’s interest, are a proven strategic tool for cities and counties where the number of vacant properties outpaces the private market’s ability to deal with them. Land banks are proving to be effective tools to reduce blight and advance community revitalization.

June 11, 2014
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State Senate Passes Klein Bill Extending Critical Foreclosure Protections for Homeowners

ALBANY, NY – Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced Wednesday that the State Senate voted 56 - 1 in favor of his legislation that would extend vital foreclosure prevention measures and homeowner protections for an additional five years beyond the February 2015 expiration date.

June 10, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Legislation to Direct $10m in Supportive Housing Funds Upstate

ALBANY—The State Senate passed legislation (S.7305) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that specifically directs funding to Upstate New York from the supportive housing development program.

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.

June 10, 2014
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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, June 2, 2014 Room 308 LOB

June 2, 11:30 AM - 12:33 PM
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Answers for New Yorkers Concerned or Confused About the Illegal Hotel Law

In recent months, Airbnb and an organization calling itself “Peers” have started a major PR and lobbying campaign to overturn New York’s laws governing short-term rentals. With these businesses and groups circulating misinformation to residents, their own users, and the media, it’s important that we all know what the law is, why it’s important, and what our rights are. Please read on to learn more!

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Q&A on the Illegal Hotel Law for Concerned New Yorkers - Updated May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014
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Senator Parker Interviews Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO, NYS Homes and Community Renewal

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Senator Parker interviewed Darryl C. Towns, whom in 2011 was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to lead NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) as Commissioner/CEO. HCR includes all the state’s integrated housing and community renewal agencies and programs, and implements the Governor’s bold housing and community renewal agenda.

May 21, 2014
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