Issues: Housing

Academy Building Renovations Begin

On Thursday, I spoke at a cermeony to announce the renovation of the Academy Building downtown. The $5.8 million dollar project will transform the building into commercial and residential space. An $800,000 grant from the Restore New York fund was secured for this project. Located at 13 Fitzhugh Street, the building housed Rochester's first high school.

June 29, 2012

Senate Approves Grisanti Bill to Offer Asbestos Removal Tax Credit

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6524A), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-North Buffalo), that will provide an asbestos removal tax credit to encourage the cleanup of old, unsafe properties, and spur investment throughout the State.

June 18, 2012


Queens, NY June 4, 2012 -- In order to crack down on illegal housing arrangements that can lead to overcrowding, serious safety issues, and burdens on municipal resources, New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) recently voted to support legislation (S.4285B) that would permit on-site inspections of suspicious advertised housing opportunities.  

June 5, 2012

Long Island City experiences new real estate boom

The New York Daily News wrote about the new upsurge in real estate development taking place in Long Island City.

Long Island City is undergoing another real estate boom, buoyed by a new batch of residential towers, hotels and high-profile property deals.


Local real estate experts said they believe the momentum — with an influx of waterfront high rises and almost 20 hotels — is due to the once industrial neighborhood’s soaring reputation and an improved economy.

Read the full article here.

June 4, 2012

Daily News: Manhattan Resident Wins 'Counter' Argument

The Daily News reports on East Side resident John Burke's legal victory:

The ruling means a disabled bartender who has lived in a dark, ground-floor Yorkville studio for 35 years...gets to keep his kitchen, while the rest of the tenants, including those in the $5,900 fifth-floor penthouse, have to keep climbing stairs.


“We won? I can’t believe it,” said John Burke, 67, the Irish immigrant who has occupied the rent-stabilized studio at 318 East 84th St. since 1977.


Burke, who worked as a hotel bartender and concierge until he became disabled in a 1995 accident, credited his lawyers and the staff of State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) for his legal victory.

May 29, 2012

Senator Grisanti sponsored-bill allows Buffalo Common Council to appoint one member of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I -60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.3133B to amend the public housing law to grant the Buffalo Common Council the power to appoint one commissioner to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority governing board. 

The Housing Authority will now be comprised of seven members including two elected by tenants, one member appointed by the common council and four members appointed by the mayor of the City of Buffalo.    The Mayor will designate the Chairman who will serve at his pleasure.  Members of the Municipal Housing Authority receive a designated salary and the two tenant members receive a monthly stipend of $250.

May 23, 2012

Statement from Senator David J. Valesky Regarding Syracuse/Onondaga County Land Bank Approval

“This is excellent news for Syracuse and Onondaga County. The creation of the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation will give us another tool in our arsenal to revitalize our neighborhoods, increase the tax base and spur economic development with the ultimate goal of strengthening the Central New York economy.

May 17, 2012

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 4, 2012 Room 308 LOB

June 4, 11:30 AM - 11:33 AM

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 14, 2012 Room 308 LOB

May 14, 11:30 AM - 11:35 AM


Tenants to Seek Permission to Appeal Decision That Makes Rent Regulation Optional for J-51 Landlords

 NEW YORK –State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Margaret Chin, and other elected officials joined Independence Plaza North (IPN) residents outside their building today to highlight the dangerous impact of a court decision that may jeopardize tens of thousands of tenants living in buildings that receive J-51 benefits.

May 3, 2012

Village Voice: Courts Will Stop Selling Information that Landlords Use in 'Tenant Blacklists'


Working with a coalition of fellow elected officials and tenants' advocates, Liz announced a victory in the fight against tenant blacklisting this week.

April 27, 2012

Victory for Tenants: Sen. Krueger Announces Courts to End Electronic Sale of Housing Court Data Used in “Tenant Blacklists”

New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today announced that the New York State Office of Court Administration will take a key step to end the practice known as “tenant blacklisting.” In a letter, Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti confirmed to Sen. Krueger that the names of individuals named as parties in housing court actions will no longer be sold in electronic form by the New York State Unified Court System as of June 1, 2012. Information regarding individual cases will continue to be available through the Unified Civil Courts’ eCourts website and in the Housing Court clerks’ offices. 

April 26, 2012

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, April 30, 2012 Room 308 LOB

April 30, 11:30 AM - 11:48 AM

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and officials from the New York State Department of Financial Services Foreclosure Prevention Relief Unit to host Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Day on April 27, 2012

WHO:        Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Officials from the New York State Department of Financial Services Foreclosure Relief Unit 

April 19, 2012

Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012

Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012

State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012

Senator Parker Interviews Bernell K. Grier, CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services NYC

State Senator Kevin Parker (D-21) Bernell K. Grier, CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services NYC

March 27, 2012

Discussion Topics:

First-time Homebuyer Education/Assistance, Neighborhood Preservation, Proposed 2012-13 Budget, Foreclosure Prevention Services


About Neighborhood Housing Services NYC:

April 3, 2012

Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012

Bronx Housing Forum: The State of Affordable Housing

This forum is a great opportunity for community leaders, activists, tenants and homeowners to meet, exchange ideas and discuss housing issues important to the Bronx.  Please join me  to tackle the current housing crisis head-on. 

Some of the housing topics we will cover include:

Rent Regulation and Tenant Organization

Housing Court

How to Convert Vacant Properties into Affordable Housing

Section 8 Issues

Foreclosure Prevention




April 21, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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