Issues: Community Development

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 18, 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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Following Assembly Approval, Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Urge Senate Passage of Bill to Alleviate Parking Problems for Neighborhoods Near Medical Campus

While rapid development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has spurred much-needed job growth, it has also caused some frustrations for residents in neighborhoods nearby.

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes push residential parking program for Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood.

Fruit Belt Coalition, Roswell Park, BNMC, Buffalo Common Council and Council President Pridgen All Support Kennedy/Peoples-Stokes Bill for Fruit Belt Parking Program.

June 17, 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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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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Senator Kennedy Announces State Funding for Emergency Home Repairs for Seniors in Buffalo

$50,000 Grant from NYS Homes and Community Renewal for West Side Neighborhood Housing Services will Support Emergency Repairs for Homes Owned by Senior Citizens in Buffalo.

May 17, 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, May 19, 2014 Room 308 LOB

May 19, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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Hold Irresponsible Absentee Landlords Accountable: Share Your Slumlord Stories

Senator Tim Kennedy is asking Western New Yorkers to help him shed light on the need to hold irresponsible absentee landlords accountable. By sharing your slumlord story in the space below, you will help Senator Kennedy gather necessary information from community members who have lived in or lived near ignored or dilapidated properties that are owned by negligent absentee landlords.

“Through real-life, first-hand accounts of Western New Yorkers’ experiences dealing with blighted, deteriorating properties owned by irresponsible absentee landlords, we will ensure lawmakers across this state understand the urgency of this growing problem which is causing serious harm in otherwise strong and vibrant neighborhoods,” Senator Kennedy said.

May 9, 2014
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Senator Kennedy, Councilman Scanlon to Hold South Park Avenue Spring Clean Up Saturday, May 10

Senator Kennedy, Councilman Scanlon to Hold South Park Avenue Spring Clean Up Saturday, May 10

Additional volunteers are needed for clean-up event May 10 to help beautify the neighborhood and get the trees lining South Park Avenue ready for summer.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy is planning the South Park Avenue Spring Clean Up for Saturday, May 10 with Councilman Chris Scanlon. The clean-up will start at 10 a.m. and run until about 5 p.m., and Kennedy and Scanlon are encouraging the community to come out and help get the neighborhood ready for summer.

May 8, 2014
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Kennedy, Ryan Unveil New Legislation to Protect Homeowners and Fight Blight in WNY Neighborhoods

New bills proposed by Kennedy and Ryan aim to hold slumlords accountable for their blighted properties and will add funding to the city’s weatherization and home-repair programs to help responsible homeowners.

Legislative effort at state-level inspired by Buffalo’s Project Slumlord.

May 1, 2014
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Public Hearing: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship 
Chair: Senator Martin Golden 
Public Meeting: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program 
Place: Room 410, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 
Time: 4:00 P.M. 
Contact: Meg Brown (518) 455-2730 
Media Contact: John Quaglione (718) 238-6044 

 

April 28, 4:00 PM - 4:48 PM
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Governor Cuomo’s Tenant Protection Unit Targets Rent Regulated Saboteurs

Governor Cuomo announced that the state’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) has served a subpoena on JBI Management to investigate allegations of intentionally sabotaging rent regulated apartments to drive tenants out.

Senator Dilan introduced legislation to bolster the state’s Tenant Protection Unit’s ability to root out unscrupulous landlords. The measure would make sabotage of a rent regulated unit a felony. Harassment of tenants is currently a felony under existing law.

April 24, 2014
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Senator Avella Protests Industrial Construction in Little Neck

At a protest with Council Member Mark Weprin and Assembly Member Ed Braunstein, State Senator Tony Avella stated, “The new building being built by E.

April 22, 2014
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