Issues: Housing

Riverdale Press: Sen. Espaillat's op-ed on why we must strengthening and extend New York's rent laws

POINT OF VIEW

Don't let rent regulations expire

By Senator Adriano Espaillat

 June 01, 2011

Middle class and working families have always been New York’s economic engine. A steady supply of housing has served to fuel this engine, particularly during harsh fiscal times. With New York on the verge of losing rent laws that protect millions of tenants, there is a serious housing crisis staring middle-class and working families in the eye. 

June 8, 2011
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Senator Bill Perkins at Rent Regulation Rally

Senator Bill Perkins, joined advocates and other elected officials, speaks at Rent Regulation Rally in support of Real Rent Reform.

June 7, 2011
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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 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 308 LOB

June 7, 9:00 AM - 9:22 AM
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NYS MEMBERS OF COLOR PUSH FOR REPEAL OF VACANCY DECONTROL TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF LOW- AND MODERATE-INCOME NEW YORKERS

Laws to sunset in two weeks; group urges Gov. Cuomo to strengthen rent regulation laws

June 1, 2011
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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 9:30 AM, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Room 308 LOB

Please note date and time change for this meeting

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Sponsor

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Bonacic

June 2, 9:30 AM - 9:57 AM
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Hundreds of NYC Tenants, Join Sen. Espaillat, Democratic Legislators in Rallying for Strong Rent Laws

Interactive forum, including online platforms, used to communicate urgent need to extend and strengthen rent regulations

(Albany, NY) – With rent regulations that protect affordable housing for over 2.5 million tenants set to expire on June 15th, hundreds of New York City tenants joined Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) to express the urgent need to extend and strengthen rent regulations.

Broadcast live over the Internet, via Twitter and Facebook, Senate and Assembly Democrats, led by Senator Espaillat, engaged housing advocates from across the state on the pressing need to pass a strong rent regulations bill before June 15th. In addition to the more than 200 tenants who came to the capital to participate in the forum and other day-long advocacy efforts, hundreds participated in the the forum online.

May 24, 2011
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My Op-Ed in the Amsterdam News on Why We Must Continue Fighting Rent Regulations

Amsterdam News: Protecting New York’s tenants: a fight worth fighting

By SEN. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT

Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:05 AM EDT

Over the past decade, working families in New York have been battered by an economic recession we just can’t seem to shake and policies that reward the super-rich at the expense of the poor and middle class. Communities of color have been hit especially hard, suffering from a disproportionately higher rate of unemployment, incarceration and service cuts that strike at the heart of our social safety net.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Continues to Insist Upon Decent Housing Laws

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) issued the following statement today in concert with today’s Rent Regulation Rally in Albany:

“There’s a lot of finger pointing about who will be responsible for New York rent control and rent stabilization laws that are still not extended and the pain it will cause for the poor and needy people of New York who rely upon these laws for decent housing.

Let’s consider two issues: the Millionaires’ Tax and Rent Control Laws. If Governor Cuomo would have included them both in his Budget, things might not be so bad.

Passing the Millionaires’ Tax could have helped New York’s government to prevent the loss of services in health care, education, senior citizen programs, etc.

May 24, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Unites With Housing Advocates And Form A Human Chain Around A Rent Regulated Building

 On Sunday, May 23, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams united with elected officials, rent regulation reform advocates and tenants to urge Governor Cuomo to oppose the special interests groups by renewing the rent laws, set to expire on June 15, 2011.  Rent regulation laws currently protect the rights of millions of New York State tenants by guaranteeing them lease renewals and stable rent increases.  If these rent laws are not renewed, thousands of New Yorkers will be subjected to unaffordable rent costs and lack of protection from predatory landlords.  Rally participants will join hands and form a human chain around the rent regulated building as a sign of solidarity, so that others are aware of the expiring rent regulation laws.

May 23, 2011
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Erie Harbor Wall Raising Ceremony

On Thursday, May 19th, I had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, a wall raising ceremony for the new Erie Harbor apartment building that is currently under construction on Mt. Hope Avenue. For more about this new venture, you can visit www.liveaterieharbor.com. The project is expected to be complete this summer.

 

Photo courtesy: Communications Bureau, City of Rochester.

May 20, 2011
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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 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 308 LOB

May 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Coop and Condo Forum

Learn About

• The Role Of The Board

•The Role Of Management

•Shareholder/Owner Rights

•Confl ict Resolution

Panelists:

David L. Berkey, Esq., Partner

Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP

Kevin McConnell, Esq., Partner

Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue,

& Joseph LLP

Larry Simms, President

Alliance of Condo & Co-op Owners

NO RSVP NECESSARY

For more information, contact Senator

Golden’s office: 718-238-6044

June 2, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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15 Buildings Cited in City Crackdown on Illegal Hotels

By am NY

With the power of a new state law behind him, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is cracking down on the city's illegal hotels.

The Office of Special Enforcement has shuttered or given citations to 15 of the illegal inns, defined as any residence with a "transient occupant" whose stay is less than 30 days. Under the previous law, a majority of the building's occupants had to be transient for the building to be illegal.

"Owners of illegal hotels put profits above safety, allowing renters to stay in extremely dangerous conditions and it’s disgraceful," Bloomberg said.

All of the buildings busted so far under the new law, which went effect on May, are in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

May 16, 2011
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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 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Room 308 LOB

May 18, 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
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First-Time Home Buyer Bill Passes State Legislature

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) today announced that legislation they sponsored to allow municipalities to continue the tax exemption for first-time home buyers of newly constructed homes has passed both chambers of the New York State Legislature.  The bill will now go before Governor Cuomo for signature.

“Young, working families have a very hard time trying to meet the costs associated with the purchase of their first home. This legislation will make it easier for families to move from renter to homeowner,” said Sweeney.

May 12, 2011
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