Issues: Housing

Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Housing"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Housing

February 13, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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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, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 308 LOB

January 18, 11:30 AM - 11:42 AM
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Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin: January 2012

Senator Krueger's January Community Bulletin is available. You can download the bulletin as a PDF file from this page, or read it below:

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January 2012 Community Bulletin for Print.pdf

January 12, 2012
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Independent Democratic Conference Releases 2012 Legislative Agenda

 

NEW YORK, NY - The Independent Democratic Conference  released its 2012 legislative agenda Thursday aimed at strengthening this state's economy, improving the lives of New York residents, and preserving New York's progressive tradition.

The agenda was released on the anniversary of the IDC's formation and after a successful year that saw many of the conference's 2011 priorities made into law.

January 8, 2012
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CBS News: Sen. Espaillat and Elected officials help to provide housing to Octavio Estevez

NYC Father in need of life-saving kidney transplant gets new home

By Alex Silverman

Friday, December 24, 2011

 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Just days ago, he was pleading for his life on the steps of City Hall. Now on Christmas eve, Octavio Estevez and his family have a place to live and a chance at a future together.

Estevez is in need of a kidney transplant and had to leave his job because of his health. Because he couldn’t afford his rent, he and family have been living in a shelter.

Without a permanent home, hospitals have said they can’t perform the kidney transplant surgery Estevez needs to stay alive.

But now, that’s all changed.

December 27, 2011
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Manhattan Times: Sen. Espaillat and elected officials help Octavio Estevez recieve housing one day before Christmas, hopefully saving a life

A Christmas Miracle

By Sandra García 

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

Christmas came a day early for Octavio Estevez.

Estevez, 54, in the terminal stages of renal disease, is in dire need of a kidney.

For the last week, and long before, Estevez’s life has taken a series of dramatic, and sometimes harrowing, turns.

But this past Sat., Dec. 24th, on “Nochebuena,” or Christmas Eve, Estevez, who’d been living with his family in a Bronx shelter for months, received keys to a new apartment in Washington Heights – keys which may very well save his life.

December 27, 2011
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Homeless Man Needing Organ Transplant Given Keys to New Apartment, One Day Before Christmas

Octavio Estevez has been struggling to find housing for over a year, after learning that transplant surgery would require stable housing

Mr. Estevez, his wife and two young children were brought to see their new apartment for the first time

New York, NY – Christmas came a day early today for Octavio Estevez and his family, who were today presented with the keys to a new apartment after over a year in the shelter system.  Mr. Estevez's case recently gained prominence with reports on his life-and-death struggle with regulations for city housing and organ transplants. 

December 27, 2011
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After Stints in Hospital, a Struggle With Bills

By NICOLE HIGGINS DeSMET

This May, when James Connolly, a slim New York City native with a slight stoop and a shock of white hair, started life anew, he took the downtown E train, carrying bags of his clothes and all the history books he could fit.

He had said goodbye to a five-story walk-up on East 50th Street that put a terrible strain on his heart, to constant worries about how he was going to pay his rent and to notices from his landlord to get out.

Mr. Connolly, 71, known as Jay, used to work in telecommunications until the Internet changed the industry overnight and left him “a dinosaur,” he said. He retired in 2001, but found occasional acting work as an extra and volunteered at the Holy Family Shelter on East 47th Street.

December 16, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE SECURES $200,000 FOR FORT DRUM HOUSING

Senate Investment Will Help Ease Housing Crunch from Returning Troops

November 29, 2011
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New hotels in Queens sign of tourism boom: Mayor

Times Ledger wrote on Mayor Bloomberg's praise for the tourist boom, stating the increase in hotels in Long Island City as one of the pimrary reasons for such an improvement. Senator Gianaris is proud of Long Island City's many hotels and its achievement in establishing itself as a tourist hot spot.

Surrounded by a spectacular rooftop view of Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the increase in hotels in Long Island City and elsewhere in the five boroughs during a visit to Z NYC at 11th Street and 43rd Avenue, saying the tourism industry has earned the city $31 billion.

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“It’s a great sign that Long Island City is desirable to come to,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said.

November 22, 2011
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NY State leasing space despite vacant buildings

Senator Gianaris was interviewed on ABC Channel 7 by Jim Hoffer. He discussed poorly managed state-owned property and the issue of New York State leasing space for its agencies despite several vacant properties.

Click here to watch the interview.

November 22, 2011
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11/18/2011: Celebratory Breakfast for Maintenance Work completed at South Jamaica Houses

 

NYCHA, elected officials and residents acknowledge the excellent work done by the Maintenance Work Order Taskforce at South Jamaica Houses to address the backlog of repairsNearly 3,000 work orders were addressed and completed

November 18, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR STORM VICTIMS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE

Additional Housing, Business and Infrastructure funds available following tour by Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by his Cabinet, announced additional resources for storm victims following a tour by the Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force of the areas affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

"This summer, our state suffered from two natural disasters that devastated communities across New York," Governor Cuomo said. "I recently deployed the Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force to assess the most pressing concerns on the ground and report back so we can coordinate on providing additional resources where they are most needed." 

November 16, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Hosts Home Mortgage Information Seminar for Residents of the 3rd Senate District

Central Islip, N.Y. – Recognizing that many communities within the 3rd Senate District were among the hardest hit by the recent foreclosure crisis, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) hosted a Home Mortgage Informational Seminar this past Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at the Central Islip High School.

Representatives from the Economic Opportunity Council (E.O.C.) of Suffolk County and the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc., were on hand to provide one-on-one counseling with the many individuals who were in attendance. Presentations were also made on various topics, including the Federal Homes Affordable Act (HAMP) modification loan procedures, short sales, deed in lieu of foreclosure, mortgage redemption, and forbearance.

November 7, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Albany Update Fall 2011: Your Housing Rights

Dear Neighbor,

With the growing shortage of affordable housing—for both renters and homeowners—there has never been a more important time to understand your rights and how current housing laws apply to you. There is not enough space to address all the pertinent facts, rights, and obligations so this newsletter covers the issues which come up most often in my District Office. You should be aware, however, that there are exceptions to many of the regulations and programs outlined here.

File: 
Fall 2011 Housing Rights Newsletter.pdf

November 4, 2011
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Foreclosure and Homeownersip Preservation

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyContact: Bryant G.

November 3, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS ENCOURAGES WESTERN QUEENS RESIDENTS TO APPLY FOR HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Queens, NY – As winter approaches, Senator Gianaris reminds western Queens residents of a federal program offering low income households assistance to pay their energy bills. The program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), particularly helps those households with the lowest incomes paying a high proportion of household income for energy.

“During these difficult economic times, energy costs are an increasing burden for all New Yorkers, particularly for those in need,” Senator Gianaris said. “Programs like LIHEAP are vital to many members of our community who struggle to keep warm during the cold winter months. I strongly encourage all who are eligible to see how this program can help their families.”

October 28, 2011
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