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.
ALBANY, NY – Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced Wednesday that the State Senate voted 56 - 1 in favor of his legislation that would extend vital foreclosure prevention measures and homeowner protections for an additional five years beyond the February 2015 expiration date.
ALBANY—The State Senate passed legislation (S.7305) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that specifically directs funding to Upstate New York from the supportive housing development program.
Supportive housing models include inclusive design for those who may have physical impairments and often offer a variety of services including activities, transportation, an on-site service coordinator, amenities, meals and support for residents’ health-related services.
In recent months, Airbnb and an organization calling itself “Peers” have started a major PR and lobbying campaign to overturn New York’s laws governing short-term rentals. With these businesses and groups circulating misinformation to residents, their own users, and the media, it’s important that we all know what the law is, why it’s important, and what our rights are. Please read on to learn more!
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.
Sen. Krueger issued the following statement on Acting Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly's decision in the litigation between the Attorney General and Airbnb:
"Today's decision gives Airbnb a little time, but it looks like that's all it gives them. Judge Connolly ruled for the Attorney General on every substantive point, save a technical issue with the breadth of the subpoena. I'm no lawyer, but this looks like the definition of a pyrrhic victory for Airbnb."
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.
(BAYSIDE, Queens) On Friday, Senator Tony Avella stood with Mr. Richard Hellenbrecht, President of the Queens Civic Congress in addition to civic leaders in the area to oppose Mayor de Blasio’s plan to legalize basement apartments and “granny flats” throughout the City of New York. “Granny flats” usually refer to a part of a house made into self-contained accommodations.
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.
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.
Last week, Sen. Krueger spoke with Next City's Nancy Scola for an in-depth interview on Airbnb, New York's short-term rental laws, and the fight to protect residential housing. Read the full interview at Next City.
Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to today's front-page New York Post story on the use of Airbnb to facilitate floating brothels: "When residential housing ceases to be residential -- via online businesses, like Airbnb, turning residential apartments into illegal, unregulated hotel rooms -- all kinds of undesirable and illegal activity can be brought into a residential building. Prostitution wasn't really at the top of our minds when we passed the 2010 law helping NYC enforce against illegal short-term rentals, but in hindsight it seems kind of obvious.
A bill in the state legislature would criminalize the act of “rent sabotage,” making it a felony for landlords to destroy their own buildings in the hopes of forcing out tenants living in rent-controlled units.
The measure was introduced this month following continued reports of hostilities between renters and property owners in increasingly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhoods. Tenants who've spent many years in the same apartments without problems have accused landlords of sending in men with sledgehammers and power saws to make the properties unliveable.
In response to the recent spate of rent regulated building owners intentionally destroying units in attempts to drive tenants out, Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) and Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) have introduced new legislation making the practice a criminal act.
S. 6941 would expand tenant protections by establishing the crime of Sabotage of Rent Regulated Accommodations, a class D felony. Existing tenant protections prohibit the harassment of rent regulated tenants in an attempt to drive them out. However, the recent rise in intentional destruction of regulated units, and the severity of the damage, are well beyond the scope of current law.