Issues: Housing

S.4444-B, Permitting Temporary COs to be Issued to Partially Completed Condos Expected on Floor Today

S.4444-B (Dilan) is on today's rules committee and it expected to be voted on in today’s legislative session. The legislation permits the commissioner of the department of buildings to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy to residential condominiums when the building's owners have partially completed the necessary work to achieve compliance with city building codes.

Read about the "Saga of the Wothless Condo" at Citylimits.org. 

 

June 21, 2011
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Legislature Authorizes SUNY Purchase to Build Senior Learning Community

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer is pleased to announce legislative passage of her bill, S. 1846A, which would allow SUNY Purchase to lease land for the development of a senior residential learning center on campus.  The senior facility would be operated by the Purchase College Advancement Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation.

University officials and interested seniors have long advocated for a residential learning community for seniors and sought legislators help in approving this public-private partnership.

“We are extremely grateful to Senator Oppenheimer and the NYS Senate for passage of the bill, which will provide for the ability of Purchase College to finally begin to develop a senior learning community. This is a win win for our students, faculty and the community," said SUNY Purchase President Thomas Schwartz.

June 21, 2011
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HISTORIC LAND BANK BILL PASSES STATE SENATE

Land Banks are a Long-Term Solution to Problem of Vacant Properties

Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the unanimous passage of legislation (S663A) he sponsored in the State Senate that would allow for the creation of land banks in New York State. 

June 20, 2011
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Bronx Sen. Gustavo Rivera Says Dems Want Strengthened Rent Laws, Not Just Extension of Old Ones

http://www.bronxnewsnetwork.org/2011/06/bronx-sen-gustavo-rivera-says-dems-want.html 

Last night, Democrats voted not to extend rent regulations because they say the status quo isn't good enough. Today, Bronx State Senator Gustavo Rivera, whose 33rd District includes a wide swath of the northwest Bronx and 72,000 rent regulated apartments, said they are holding out for strengthened rent regulations. Click here to see video.

June 17, 2011
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Hundreds From Across the City Gather in Harlem to Urge Stronger Rent Laws

Major Rally Features Scores of Elected Leaders, Clergy and Tenants United in the Call For Renewed Rent Protections and Repeal of Vacancy Destabilization 

June 16, 2011
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger Addressing Temporary Lapse of Rent Regulation Laws

For Immediate Release | June 16, 2011

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

“To every tenant in a rent regulated apartment and to every New Yorker concerned about the protection of affordable housing in our State, I say this: do not panic. While the rent regulations laws have technically expired, this lapse will surely be short-lived and will likely have no real effect on tenants. In fact, the Commissioner of the HCRC has pointed out that tenants will remain protected until the expiration of their leases.

June 16, 2011
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YNN State of Politics: Sen. Espaillat emails constituents about the long night ahead as the rent laws tick down to zero - states that senators will stay "as long as it takes"

By Liz Benjamin:

While we’re waiting for the Senate GOP to emerge from behind closed doors or send up some smoke signals on same-sex marriage, (we’re almost at the three-hour mark here), the fight over extending and/or strengthening the rent laws, which are set to expire at midnight, is continuing.

June 16, 2011
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As Rent Regulations Expire, Senator Espaillat Denounces Political Gamesmanship With Lives of Millions of New Yorkers

 

Senator Espaillat Calls for Immediate Passage of Legislation to Extend and Strengthen Rent Regulations

June 16, 2011
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Senator Espaillat: Governor Right to Keep Legislators in Albany Until Rent Gets Done

 With New York’s rent laws expiring at midnight, Gov. Cuomo reiterates need to extend and strengthen rent regulations

June 15, 2011
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NY Times: Sen. Espaillat with Minority Leader Sampson continue the fight to strengthen rent laws

State Lawmakers Argue Over Rent Laws as Deadline Looms

 By THOMAS KAPLAN

Published: June 14, 2011

 Lawmakers accused Republicans of trying the same move this year. “This is an end-around to try to skip town,” said Senator Adriano Espaillat of Manhattan, the senior Democrat on the Senate housing committee. “We’ve seen it before. We’re not going to be fooled by it. We know what it is. It’s a cheap trick.”

June 15, 2011
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The Time Is Now

Dear Friends,

June 15, 2011
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Senate Dems Join Protesters, Call for Stronger Rent Laws

By Jon Campbell

While the Senate was in session, a group of New York City senators joined a few dozen protesters outside of the Senate chamber, calling on the majority party to extend and strengthen the state’s rent stabilization laws, which are set to expire tomorrow.

The protesters have been heard throughout the Capitol much of the past two days, with some organizing a sit-in outside of the governor’s office yesterday that led to a dozen arrests.

Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, mostly from the affected downstate area, have pushed for a bolstering of the rent laws, while Senate Republicans has signified repeatedly—as recently as this morning—that they are only in favor of an extension.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Reverend Díaz Calls Upon Colleagues to Vote on Rent Regulation Laws Before Any Gay Marriage Vote

June 14, 2011

For Immediate Release

Senator Reverend Díaz Calls Upon Colleagues to Vote on Rent Regulation Laws Before Any Gay Marriage Vote

New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement regarding the New York Rent Regulation laws that are set to expire at midnight on June 15th:

"I am calling upon my colleagues in the Senate to withhold their votes on gay marriage until New York's Rent Regulation laws – which are set to expire tomorrow – are in place.

 

June 15, 2011
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Senator Perkins Stands Up for Tenants

On Monday, June 13th 2011 Senator Perkins produly stood in unity with many tenants and tenant rights advocates outside the Governor's office to fight for real rent reform. Shortly thereafter, many individuals including Senator Perkins, were arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct.

File: 
Vol.2 No.4 rent reform.pdf

June 14, 2011
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6/14/2011: Supporting Rent Control

On June 14, 2011 Senator Shirley L.

June 13, 2011
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NY Daily News: Sen. Espaillat local elected officials and clergy rally for stronger rent laws at Harlem Church

Scores of tenants unite in new push for stronger rent regulation laws

BY Erin Durkin and Kenneth Lovett DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Monday, June 6th 2011, 4:00 AM

Hundreds of tenants, clergy and politicians rallied in Harlem Sunday to push for stronger rent regulation laws.

The rules that keep rents in check for 2.5 million New Yorkers are set to expire June 15 unless Albany pols strike a deal to renew them.

"People like me would not be able to live there," said Delsenia Glover, president of the Lenox Terrace Association of Concerned Tenants. "Harlem would not be Harlem anymore."

June 9, 2011
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