Issues: Community Development

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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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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Fire safety campaign launched at Queens complex after tragic New Year's Eve fire

As reported by the Daily News:

Knowledge is power — and it could save lives.

That’s the message behind a fire safety campaign a Queens lawmaker is launching Thursday at the housing complex where a tragic New Year’s Eve blaze killed three people cooking a traditional Haitian soup.

The FDNY will lead a series of workshops at LeFrak City to educate residents.

“Sometimes these lifesaving tools are as simple as making sure the battery of a smoke detector works,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens).

For full article, click here.

January 12, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN DONATES MORE THAN 2,000 TEXTBOOKS TO STUDENTS OF P.S. 107

Klein Secures New Social Studies Books  & Digital Readers for Elementary School Students

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), today visited P.S. 107 to donate more than 2,000 textbooks and e-readers to students for the holidays. Upon arrival, Senator Klein was met with a welcome reception in the auditorium, featuring a special holiday performance by the school choir. Senator Klein then visited with numerous classrooms grades K-5, and took a tour of the elementary school’s library and science laboratory.

December 23, 2014
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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 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. 

Click here for more pictures from this exciting opening.

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.

Click here to see more pictures from the College Town celebration.

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. 

Click here to see more pictures from this event.

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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