Issues: Community Development

SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL BRONX JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

Klein honors community leaders for outstanding contributions to The Bronx and beyond

BRONX, NY - In celebration of more than 350 years of Jewish contributions to American history, society and culture, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Bronx civic leaders and hundreds of community members, hosted Jewish American Heritage Month celebrations across The Bronx this Sunday.  At the celebrations, held the at the Riverdale YM-YWHA and Bronx House in Pelham Parkway, Senator Klein honored important leaders in the community who are making a difference.

June 1, 2015
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Ortt's Bill For Asbestos Removal Incentive Passes in Senate

Asbestos Remediation Tax Credit Encourages Development of Blighted Buildings; Revitalizes Economy

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) would give tax credits to eligible taxpayers and developers who pay to have asbestos removed from their residential or commercial properties. The Asbestos Remediation Tax Credit bill (S2961), which passed in the Senate yesterday, would fight blight and help spur economic development across the state.

May 29, 2015
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Senator Klein, Madison Square Garden & New York Knicks Hold Basketball Clinic for P.S. 107 Students

Pro-Basketball Clinic is Slam Dunk for Bronx Students K-5

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today held a basketball clinic with New York Knickerbockers alum Felipe Lopez at P.S. 107 in the Bronx. The former professional athlete was on hand to show more than 100 students the ropes in shooting hoops, pro-style basketball drills and conditioning exercises.   

May 29, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING GROUP BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS TO HEADLINE RIVERFEST

RiverFest 2015 to Feature Beloved American Music Group, Local Artists, Scenic Boat Rides, Children’s Entertainment, Waterfront Activities & More

Klein, Bronx Elected Officials, KRVC and College of Mount Saint Vincent Come Together to Celebrate the Beauty of the Hudson River and Unity of the Riverdale Community

May 29, 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, June 1, 2015  Room 308 LOB

June 1, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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State Senators Klein, Savino, Golden, Peralta & Addabbo give communities a say in social service providers coming to town

State Senate passes bill requiring notification, hearings and giving City Planning Commission decision-making power

Albany, NY — State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today empowered neighborhoods across the five boroughs by passing legislation (S.4542a) compelling social service providers, like homeless shelters, to provide notification to local community boards and the City Planning Commission and requiring the CPC to hold hearings to gather local input. The CPC would rule on the siting of the facility.

May 27, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN & THE FLEETWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION HOST COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY

Klein, Fleetwood Neighborhood Association, Civic Leaders, Business Groups and Volunteers Join Together for Community Beautification Project

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with the Fleetwood Neighborhood Association, Goldman Sachs, Mt. Vernon Boys and Girls Scouts, and a variety of local church and business groups, hosted the annual Fleetwood Neighborhood Community Clean-Up Day in Mt. Vernon on Saturday.

May 18, 2015
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Senator Klein & Assemblywoman Weinstein call on Legislature to pass “zombie properties” act

Albany, NY— State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn) called on their colleagues today to pass the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act (S.4781/A.6932), which would require bank and mortgage companies to prevent residential properties in foreclosure from falling into disrepair — and would carry penalties for companies that neglect these homes.

The renewed call from Senator Klein and Assemblywoman Weinstein, who sponsor the legislation, comes on the heels of an announcement today by Governor Andrew Cuomo that 11 bank, mortgage and credit unions will voluntarily comply to maintain “zombie properties.”

May 18, 2015
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Senator Valesky Names Sharon Owens New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Sharon Owens, chief executive officer of Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2015 Woman of Distinction. Owens was recognized for her work in human services and community development in the city of Syracuse.

“Sharon Owens’ remarkable contributions to our community demonstrate her dedication and commitment to the Syracuse residents most in need of a strong advocate,” Sen. Valesky said. “Her leadership is strengthening the programs and services that Southwest Community Center offers, and I am pleased to honor her as this year’s Woman of Distinction.”

May 6, 2015
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State Legislators File Amicus Brief to Protect Parks from NYU’s Greenwich Village Expansion

State Sen. Brad Hoylman and 22 Members of the Legislature file ‘friend of the court’ brief in support of Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Greenwich Village residents

State lawmakers argue NYC and NYU violated legislative prerogative under Public Trust Doctrine, only Legislature can alienate parkland 

Hoylman: "The only thing NYU alienated was the goodwill of the Greenwich Village community"

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and 22 members of the New York State Legislature filed an amicus brief with the New York Court of Appeals in an effort to help protect state parkland from New York University’s massive expansion in Greenwich Village.

May 5, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Salina Crossing in Syracuse

This morning, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for Salina Crossing, a $14.8 million mixed-use development project comprised of 6,000 square feet of retail space and 49 housing units. Eight of these housing units will be reserved for people with traumatic brain injuries, with another seven units reserved for people with hearing impairments or mobility issues.

May 1, 2015
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KLEIN ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION STUDY TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT HUTCHINSON METRO CENTER IN THE BRONX

NYC DOT Design Study to Examine New Access Ramp to Hutch Metro Complex Via Hutchinson River Parkway

New Access Point Would Significantly Reduce Congestion, Improve Traffic Flow, Provide Emergency Exit for More Than 10,000 Employees & Visitors

May 1, 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, May 4, 2015  Room 308 LOB

May 4, 11:30 AM - 11:46 PM
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS 17TH ANNUAL THROGGS NECK COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP POSTER CONTEST

Hundreds of Bronx Students Enter Local “Eat Well, Play Well” Themed Competition

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP), today hosted their 17th annual poster contest – selecting twenty Bronx students as this year’s award winners in the “Eat Well, Play Well” themed competition.

April 24, 2015
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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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