Issues: Housing

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, February 27, 2013 Room 308 LOB

February 27, 11:30 AM - 11:42 AM

Senator Kennedy Calls on SUNY to Ensure Operable Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Every Dorm Room

After UB students sickened and dorm evacuated, Kennedy wants SUNY to ensure CO detectors are present and functional during more frequent inspections. 

Kennedy: A Stronger SUNY Policy on CO Detectors Will Help Students and Parents Breathe a Little Easier.

February 19, 2013

Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Releases Preliminary Report Outlining Recommendations on Storm Relief, Contingency Planning, and Disaster Mitigation

Less than three months after Senate Co-Leaders Jeffrey D. Klein and Dean G. Skelos launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley. Following each tour, the Task Force held roundtable discussions with over one hundred community, private sector, and government stakeholders, including major insurance carriers and senior members of the Cuomo administration.

February 4, 2013

Senator Stavisky, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, and Community Leaders Discuss Tax Abatement Legislation


Legislation Approved By Senate and Assembly Would Treat

Co-Ops and Condo Owners More Fairly

February 1, 2013

Senator Kennedy Proposes New Meth Lab Disclosure Rules to Protect Homeowners, Renters

Hazardous chemicals left behind in homes once used as meth labs pose serious health risks; Kennedy wants new disclosure requirements for sellers and landlords. 

At 148, a record-setting number of meth labs uncovered and broken up across N.Y. State in 2012. 

Kennedy: When Homeowners are Kept in the Dark on Meth Contamination, Serious Health Problems Take Entire Families by Surprise. It’s Time for New Rules to Protect Buyers and Renters. 

January 25, 2013

A Message from Senator Stavisky Regarding Co-op and Condo Abatements


Dear Friend,

Many of you have contacted me and other legislators to express your concern about the expiration of the Co-op and Condo tax abatement.

In Albany, we have been focused on resolving this issue for many months, and I am delighted to inform you that last night the Senate passed legislation, 56-7, extending the tax abatement.

January 25, 2013

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

Senator Klein’s Statement on Passage of Co-op/Condominium Tax Credit Renewal

Today, the New York State Senate passed the renewal of the co-op/condominium tax credit with overwhelming support. Senator Klein called the bill critical and commonsense.

January 23, 2013

Job Creation Projects In 51st Senate District Net $21 Million

ONEONTA, 12/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 50 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

“The Regional Economic Development Council approach provides our state with a real economic spark, capitalizing on a bottom up approach which maximizes creative and innovative ideas generated by local stakeholders,” said Senator Seward.  “I applaud Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”

December 19, 2012

Groundbreaking For 49 Townhomes In Buffalo's Historic Fruit Belt

Transformation of Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood continued on Dec. 14 when federal, state and local government officials joined religious leaders in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new townhome project.

The event was held at 145 Maple Street, where a three-bedroom, fully handicapped accessible unit is now under construction.

St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corp. is developing 49 new townhomes on properties near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The $15.3 million project will include 17 buildings, with two, three and four-bedroom townhomes that will be energy efficient. 

December 14, 2012


            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents about a free mortgage assistance program to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

            The “Hope for Long Island” program will be held this Saturday, December 15th from 10 am to 7 pm at the Joseph Barry Career & Technical Educational Center, located at 1196 Prospect Avenue in Westbury. The event is being sponsored by the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, the Long Island Housing Partnership, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, NeighborWorks America, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

December 13, 2012

Senator Serrano Joins Community Voices Heard in a walking-tour of George Washington Carver Houses

Senator Serrano joined Community Voices Heard (CVH) in a walking-tour of George Washington Carver Houses. CVH is an organization of low-income people working together throughout New York City and State to improve the lives of families and communities. Following the walking tour, Serrano engaged in a Q&A with tenants of the Washington Carver Housing Development and CVH. CVH's agenda includes advocacy in the issues of public education, grassroots organizing, leadership development, training low-income people about their rights, political education, civic engagement, and direct-action issue campaigns. 

December 12, 2012


Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012

NYCHA Reports on Heat and Hot Water Restorations

*** UPDATE*** NYCHA Reports on Heat and Hot Water Restorations

As of November 5 at 11:00 a.m.,  NYCHA reported that it has successfully restored heat and hot water to:

November 5, 2012

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

October 25, 2012

Senator Martins Attends Barbecue at Magnolia Gardens in Westbury

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a barbecue for the residents of Magnolia Gardens in Westbury. The facility providing housing for our seniors. Senator Martins enjoyed saying hello and reminding the residents that his office is always available to provide assistance at 746-5924.

October 1, 2012

Senator Zeldin & Assemblyman Graf Team Up with DFS to Bring Foreclosure Prevention Mobile Command Center to Islandia

Islandia, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook) partnered with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to bring the Department’s Foreclosure Relief Unit Mobile Command Center to Islandia this past Friday, September 21, 2012, to assist residents struggling with their home mortgages.

Pictured here are (from left to right): Senator Zeldin, George Haggerty, Executive Deputy Superintendent for Real Estate Finance at the NYS Dept. of Financial Services, Assemblyman Graf, and Village of Islandia Mayor Allan Dorman.

September 24, 2012

New Housing/Commercial Space at 44 Exchange Blvd.

This morning, I had the privilege to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil new commercial and residential property at 44 Exchange Blvd downtown. Funding from Restore NY went to the rehabilitation of the building. The total cost of the project was $6 million. There are 24 total apartments and one to two floors of commercial space. Many of the building's 1950s-era design features have been restored or duplicated.

September 18, 2012
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