Issues: Community Development

Legislative Update

I spoke with Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. Homeownership Director, Lisa Maldonado for this week's Legislative Update.

March 22, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Pushes for Historic Designation, Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Buffalo’s Old First Ward

 Kennedy announces the beginnings of commission to pursue historic designation – and the rehabilitation tax credits that come with it – for the Old First Ward.

Community leaders join Kennedy to encourage residents, local preservationists to participate in the effort. 

Kennedy: Buffalo’s First Ward is a relic to the hard work, sweat and endurance that our region is known for. It’s going to take similar determination to secure historic designation, but this extensive process begins today as we start forming our ‘green-ribbon commission’. 

March 15, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Release: STATE SENATOR TOBY STAVISKY, CONGRESSWOMAN GRACE MENG, AND ASSEMBLYMAN MICHAEL SIMANOWITZ INSTALL FRIENDS OF THE POMONOK LIBRARY BOARD

Congresswoman Grace Meng, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz

 swear-in the officers of the Friends of Pomonok Library

February 20, 2013
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SENATOR DAVID VALESKY NAMED CHAIRMAN OF SENATE COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky, Deputy Leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, was named Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee. 

January 25, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Martins Attends Northwest Civic Association of Hicksville Holiday Party

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Northwest Civic Association of Hickville Holiday Party, where he took part in the installation of officers. Senart Martins cnogratulates Joel Berse (President), Mary Garone (1st Vice President), Jeff Negron (2nd Vice President), Terri Carson (Recording Secretary), Barbara Berse (Corresponding Secretary), Subodh Batra (Treasurer), Jo-ann Broska (Sergeant at Arms), Prabha Batra (Trustee), Joey Pizzo (Trustee) and Len Ober (Trustee) for all of their work in helping Hicksville to remain a wonderful community.

December 13, 2012
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Speaking at the Central Community Celebration Dinner

Senator Gianaris spoke at the Central Community Celebration Dinner, held by Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, a non profit local organization, aimed at preserving and enhancing the profile of Astoria as a desirable neighborhood to live and work in.

December 3, 2012
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Senator Gianaris attended the PS 70 Groundbreaking ceremony

The PS 70 project will benefit students since it will add classes to the existing school building, including art, music and gym classes. Students at PS70 will have what every student deserves, a school that offers them the potential to develop their body and minds.

October 26, 2012
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Erie Harbor Apartments and Townhomes Grand Opening

Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for Erie Harbor Waterfront Apartments and Townhomes. Located on Mt. Hope Avenue, Erie Harbor is the newest urban living community unveiled by Conifer Realty. It has 131 appointed and designed apartments and townhomes, which include 28 unique floorplans. The development includes a community center which houses a fitness center. For more information on Erie Harbor, visit www.liveaterieharbor.com.

October 25, 2012
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Speaking at a Hunters Point town hall at MoMa PS1 on the two new schools, IS/HS 404 and PS 78/312, opening in our community

Senator Gianaris was one of the hosts of a town hall meeting in Hunters Point, where he discussed ,along with the parents, local electeds and the educational community, about the coming opening of the two new schools IS/HS 404 and PS 78/312  in the community.

October 18, 2012
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Senator Gianaris with members of Habitat for Humanity and some local kids at Astoria houses

Senator Gianaris spending time with members of Habitat for Humanity ,under the program "Brush with Kindness", for the repainting of the interior of Astoria Houses' community center.

September 24, 2012
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Brooks Court Ground Breaking

Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in a ground-breaking ceremony to kick off a $5.5 million redevelopment plan on Genesee Street in Rochester. Brooks Court will soon be the home of new single-family 1 1/2 - 2 story homes. These homes will have individual garages, front porches, and vinyl siding. They are estimated to be priced between $150,000 and $180,000. The homes are scheduled to be ready for occupancy in late fall. For more information on the project, visit http://www.woodstonecustomhomesinc.com/brookscourt.html.

August 22, 2012
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Marketview Heights Renovation Project

Recently, I had the opportunity to take a tour and see the renovation project for Marketview Heights. Marketview Heights Association (MHA) is a not-for-profit community service organization committed to improving the quality of life within northeast Rochester through underscoring the need for decent housing that is affordable to low and moderate income people. MHA is a HUD approved counseling agency providing Home buyer Counseling and Education for first time home buyers, Home ownership Counseling and Education, and Foreclosure Prevention Services. For more information, visit www.marketviewheights.org.

August 21, 2012
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Finding and Applying for Federal Grants | Free Training Workshop for Faith-based and Community Organizations

The Region II Federal Partners Council and Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Subcommittee are hosting a free training workshop for faith-based and community organizations on finding and applying for federal grants on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, from 9 am to 1 pm. at Mt.

August 14, 2012
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MTA announces partial restoration of Q79 bus

The NY Daily News reports on the MTA's announcement to restore transportation services in the Bronx and Brooklyn, which has lead Senator Gianaris to request the reinstatement of services to Queens as well.

Days after the MTA announced plans to expand service in Brooklyn and the Bronx, eastern Queens got some good news of its own on Thursday.

 

Agency officials said it will partially restore service along the former Q79 bus route by re-routing every other Q36 bus to run along the old Q79 route from Little Neck to Floral Park.

 

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris sent a letter to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota this week requesting that two major transit options in his district be reinstated.

 

July 27, 2012
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Astoria Sen. asks for W train revival

An article by the Queens Chronicle talks about Senator Gianaris' effort to bring the W train and QM22 express bus back to Queens.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) sent a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota on Monday asking for the reinstatement of the W subway line and the QM22 express bus.

 

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“My position is simple, we all sacrificed when the MTA said they had no money, but now they should be restored fairly between all five boroughs,” Gianaris said.

 

The MTA would not comment on whether the restoration of these two lines are being looked into.

 

July 27, 2012
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Smart Power For Astoria

The Queens Gazette wrote about the press conference held by Smart Power NY, a growing coalition that is focused on improving energy generation in the Queens community.

Smart Power NY, a coalition of business, labor and environmental groups along with local and state elected officials, announced that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined the group, which is advocating for access to safe and reliable sources of power, a reduction in carbon emissions, job creation and policies that will help New Yorkers save on their power bills.

 

July 27, 2012
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Bring Back the W Train, Astoria Pol Says

DNA Info reports that Senator Gianaris has called on the MTA to restore the W train and QM22 express bus to service.

After massive subway and bus service cuts two years ago, Western Queens residents have been forced to deal with fewer transit options, making their commutes to work longer and more inconvenient, state Sen. Michael Gianaris says.

 

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“Recent transit cuts have been a burden on western Queens residents, who rely heavily on mass transit to get to and from work every day,” Gianaris said.

Read the full article here.

July 27, 2012
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