Issues: Community Development

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 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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SENATOR KLEIN CONGRATULATES BRONX REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WINNERS ON $1.3 MILLION FUNDING AWARD

BRONX, NY – At the Regional Economic Development Awards, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the allocation of $1.3 million in funding for community-based organizations and non-profits in the 34th Senate District. The four winners included: the North Riverdale Merchant Business Association, the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Bronx River Alliance.

December 11, 2014
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Welcome to the Gardens at Town Center

Just thirteen months ago, I helped break ground on the Gardens at Town Center on Latta Road in the Town of Greece. Yesterday, I helped cut the ribbon on this state of the art senior living center, which will provide seniors in our community with affordable housing and all of the great amenities that come with it! Congratulations to Nelson Leenhouts and everyone at Home Leasing on this great project. 

December 5, 2014
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Carriage Factory Apartments by DePaul

Congratulations to Mark Fuller and DePaul on the completion of their latest project, the Carriage Factory Apartments. Located in the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood in the City of Rochester, these studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments will offer affordable housing tenants in the former Cunningham Carriage Factory building. This is an incredible transformation of this building and site, and will help the revitalization of this area of the City of Rochester. 

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December 5, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN & BRONX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOST VETERANS JOB FAIR

Bronx H.I.R.E jobs program draws more than 100 former service men and women looking for work

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), along with members of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, hosted a Bronx H.I.R.E. job fair at Hutchinson Metro Center Wednesday afternoon aimed at helping veterans secure employment. The job fair drew more than 100 job seekers. The event followed the Bronx Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Veterans Luncheon at F & J Pine Tavern in Bronxdale.

November 19, 2014
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Lawmaker wants to end the divide of Roosevelt Avenue

As reported by the Times Ledger:

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) believes there is an easy way for the city to improve conditions on Roosevelt Avenue: single command of the commercial corridor by a single police precinct.

The senator sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton explaining the problem along his district’s main business corridor.

“At present, the 115th Precinct is responsible for policing the north side of Roosevelt Avenue, while the 110th handles the south side,” he wrote. “A dividing line running miles down the center of a busy street makes no sense and almost certainly stretches resources thin. It also makes it more difficult to institute community policing measures when smaller neighborhood enclaves are split in half. Worse yet, it creates a situation where an officer is not technically responsible for responding to a crime taking place across the street.”

For full article, click here.

November 12, 2014
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Redeveloping the Bevier Building

I was pleased to join officials from the City of Rochester, Monroe County and area developers to announce details about the redevelopment of the historic Bevier Building in downtown Rochester. I have been to countless groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings, but this was my first Tape and Spackling ceremony! When completed, this project will feature office space and 15 loft-style apartments, and is the latest example of the revitalization of downtown Rochester!

November 6, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN SECURES $1.5 MILLION TO CONSTRUCT NEW BASEBALL FIELD AT THROGS NECK HOUSES

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that he has secured $1.5 million in state funding that will go towards the construction of a new baseball field at the Throgs Neck Houses. Klein delivered the exciting news to those in attendance at the Throgs Neck Resident Council meeting which took place Thursday evening at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. The funding, which has been appropriated to the New York City Housing Authority, will enable residents of the housing complex to enjoy new recreational and athletic activities in their own backyard.

October 24, 2014
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MARRIOTT TO OPEN ITS FIRST HOTEL IN THE BRONX

Well-known international hotel chain invests in Bronx County, expected to provide hundreds of good jobs for Bronxites in the process

BRONX, NY  - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Bronx Chamber of Commerce members and Residence Inn by Marriott hotel representatives hosted the first job fair for the new Residence Inn by Marriott Bronx at Metro Center Atrium, expected to open in early 2015. The new hotel will be located at the Hutchinson Metro Center Atrium, 1776 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461.  The job fair was held in conjunction with Bronx H.I.R.E. - an innovative and targeted jobs program developed by the Office of Senator Klein and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce.

October 21, 2014
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New Laws Open Doors For Oneonta Housing

ONEONTA, 10/21/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, authorizing the City of Oneonta Common Council to provide tax exemptions for those building new homes in the city has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  Senator Seward’s bill (S.5991) follows a home rule request from the City of Oneonta.

October 21, 2014
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Welcome to College Town!

The University of Rochester celebrated a historic day today with the opening of College Town on Mount Hope Avenue. This mixed use development will not only benefit UR students and faculty, it will be a retail and dining destination for people from all over our region. College Town provides that small town college feeling in the City of Rochester and will be a major economic engine for our community.

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October 17, 2014
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Breaking Ground on Long Pond Senior Housing

I recently helped break ground on an exciting senior housing project off Long Pond Road in the Town of Greece. Located on excess property behind Greece Baptist Church, Long Pond Senior Housing will offer 54 units of supportive rental housing for seniors 55 and older.

October 17, 2014
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Ground Breaking at Stadium Estates Apartments

I recently joined officials from the City of Rochester and New York State to help break ground on the Stadium Estates Apartments. Located in the JOSANA Neighborhood near Sahlen's Stadium, this project consists of 45 rental units and will be supported by the Charles Settlement House. This is a great development for the JOSANA Neighborhood and the City of Rochester. 

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October 7, 2014
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Senator Serrano Joins Bette Midler for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Newly Renovated Willis Avenue Community Garden in Mott Haven

(South Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded by Bette Midler, local community leaders and supporters for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly renovated Willis Avenue community garden in the South Bronx.

September 17, 2014
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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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Kennedy: $250,000 in Funding to Boost Buffalo’s Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

Senator Tim Kennedy joined local and state leaders to highlight a $250,000 funding award for the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission. The corridor is a nationally and internationally recognized Buffalo neighborhood, serving as a focal point to residents and visitors learning about Buffalo’s rich and diverse history. The efforts will increase the ability of the corridor to serve as an anchor for tourism.

August 8, 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. 

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July 22, 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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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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