Issues: Community Development

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS FIRST EVER BRONX H.I.R.E. CERTIFICATION FAIR TO COMBAT UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE BRONX

Klein Secures Additional $200,000 in Funding for Bronx H.I.R.E.

500 Training Opportunities & Certificate Program Slots Available To Bronxites At No Cost

April 8, 2015
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Join Senator Perkins For HALT Solitary Confinement Advocacy Day In Albany | April 22nd

Solitary Confinement:  Inconceivably, we have a human rights crisis here in New York State, as over 4,000 individuals—many of the most vulnerable and defenseless among us—are subject to state-sanctioned torture, in the form of solitary confinement.  This is an unacceptable situation and thus we continue the fight that Martin Sostre—a political prisoner and revolutionary born and raised in Harlem—commenced over forty five years ago when he first legally and successfully challenged the practice of solitary confinement as cruel and inhuman punishment.  In 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur agreed with this assessment, calling solitary confinement “torture”—plain and simple.

 

April 22, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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RITCHIE: BUDGET INCLUDES $100,000 FOR RESTORATION OF PICKENS HALL

Funding Will Help Complete Reconstruction of the “Opera House”

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget will include $100,000 in funding to help complete the restoration of Heuvelton’s historic Pickens Hall.

The funding—which is included in a portion of the budget aimed at preserving historic properties—will be used to complete the restoration of the third floor of Pickens Hall, commonly known as the “Opera House.” Historically, the space was used for music and cultural performances.  Once restored, the third floor will again host musical performances, as well as meetings and other community events. 

March 30, 2015
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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, March 30, 2015  Room 308 LOB

March 30, 11:44 AM - 11:59 AM
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SENATOR KLEIN ANNOUNCES 50 NEW UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS TO OPEN IN THE BRONX – MORE THAN 2,600 NEW SEATS ADDED, OVER 1,000 SEATS CONVERTED TO FULL DAY INSTRUCTION

661 New UPK Seats in Hunts Point, Soundview, Castle Hill, Country Club and Throggs Neck; 470 in Riverdale/Kingsbridge; 535 in Woodlawn, Pelham Parkway, Morris Park and City Island

Klein Urges Bronx Families With Eligible Young Children to Register Ahead of April 24th Deadline

March 18, 2015
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Hundreds of NYCHA residents rally for a major investment from New York State to fix deplorable conditions in developments

State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Klein, New York Councilman Torres, the Chair of the Committee on Public Housing, and other elected officials back NYCHA residents call to fix developments

March 16, 2015
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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, March 16, 2015 Room 308 LOB

March 16, 11:30 AM - 11:43 AM
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More than 400 Neighborhood Residents Attend Housing Forum Co-Hosted by NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton and NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo

(Brooklyn, NY – February 25, 2015) More than 400 residents attended a housing forum co-hosted by State Senator Jesse Hamilton and City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Crown Heights last night.

The forum included panelists from the Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Code Unit, HPD’s Community Partnership Division, the NYC Department of Finance, the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, the Flatbush Tenants Coalition, the Fifth Avenue Committee, South Brooklyn Legal Services, and the Pratt Area Community Council.

February 25, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN LAUNCHES BRONX SENIOR CENTER “LISTENING TOUR” AND AFFORDABILITY SURVEY

As part of 2015 IDC “Invest New York” Agenda, Klein Pushes Critical Programs & Policies to Support New York’s Seniors

New Survey Gauges Most-Pressing Financial Issues Facing Seniors Today

February 20, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS BRONX H.I.R.E. CAREER BUILDING NIGHT

Bronx networking event prepares job seekers of all ages for the changing workplace environment

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), in partnership with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, hosted the Bronx H.I.R.E. (Help Identify Real Employment) Career Building Night on Wednesday, February 18th at the Hutchinson Metro Center. The two-part event focused on certificate programs and upcoming opportunities in childcare, healthcare and the security industry. Job candidates also took part in a resume and interview training workshop before engaging in real time networking activities.

February 19, 2015
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City of Niagara Falls Left Out of County Casino Revenue Equation; Ortt Says State Law Pertains to All Municipalities

A dozen organizations throughout Niagara County received a portion of casino revenue Tuesday night. The Niagara County Legislature decided that money will be used for community development projects. The City of Niagara Falls, however, was left out of the equation, because it already receives funds from the Seneca Niagara Casino. Senator Robert Ortt was asked what he thought about the Legislature excluding Niagara Falls. Ortt said state law does not forbid the county from sending casino cash to the Falls, but the county can divvy it up in a way it sees fit. 

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February 17, 2015
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State Senator Jeff Klein and NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres release “Worst Landlord in NYC?” joint investigative report detailing deplorable conditions in NYCHA buildings

Elected Officials and Housing Advocates call  for state funding with stronger accountability to repair and upgrade NYC’s public housing stock

New York, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) today released a joint report, “Worst Landlord in NYC?” detailing the deteriorating conditions of some of the New York City Housing Authority’s developments throughout the five boroughs.

February 12, 2015
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INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE RELEASES REPORT OUTLINING SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS OF NEW YORK’S SENIORS

IDC “Invest NY” Plan Aims to Expand Senior Housing Options and Enhance Consumer Protections Against Rising Utility Costs

February 10, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Re-Appointed Chair of Committee on Crime Victims, Crime & Corrections

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been re-appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. The former New York State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County has chaired the committee since 2013.  

February 6, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HONORS GRADUATES OF FIRST BRONX H.I.R.E. SECURITY GUARD TRAINING COURSE

Three Day On-The-Job Training Offered at No Cost to Local Community, Graduates Are Now Certified & Job Ready

Interviews for Full-Time Employment with NYC-Based Company to Begin Immediately

BRONX, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today honored graduates of the first Bronx H.I.R.E. (Help Identify Real Employment) Security Guard Training course at Olinville Arms Inc. on White Plains Road in the Bronx. At the ceremony, Senator Klein announced that all graduates would have the opportunity to interview immediately with Griffin Security Services Inc., who is currently looking to fill more than 150 open security guard positions.

February 4, 2015
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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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