Issues: Housing

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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Senator Martins Visits Apex Housing Complex in New Cassel

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Apex housing complex in New Cassel. The complex consists of Apex I and Apex II, two buildings that were built in recent years by the Kimmel Housing Foundation to provide housing for senior citizens, workforce families and the physically challenged.

Senator Martins met with Kimmel Housing Foundation Chairman Howard B. Kimmel, President Roberta Treacy and Patricia Bourne, EVP, Planning. Among the topics discussed were opportunities for housing in downtown areas and the proposed Apex III for New Cassel.

Residents from the complex were then invited to ask Senator Martins questions. Representatives from the Kimmel Housing Foundation thanked Senator Martins for visiting and for speaking to the residents of the housing complex.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Squadron Statement on Battery Park City Ground Rent Agreement

For Immediate Release May 10, 2011

"Today's ground rent agreement will provide stability and fairness in Battery Park City, ensuring the community will continue to be a great neighborhood in which to live and raise a family. I thank Speaker Silver for his leadership in bringing this resolution about and commend him and the Battery Park City Authority for reaching a solution for our constituents, our community and our city."

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May 11, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Forum on Rent Regulations, May 12 6:30 pm

Join me with Congressman Charles Rangel, Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Herman Denny Farrell, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, NYC Comptroller John Liu and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for a forum on rent regulations, tenants' rights and New York's housing needs.

Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm

Church of the Intercession

550 West 155th Street

 

May 12, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Forum on Rent Regulations, May 26 6:00 pm

Join me, with Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for a forum on rent regulations, tenants' rights and New York's Housing needs.

May 26, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Sen. Espaillat's Op-Ed on why the expiration of rent regulations would be a disaster for New Yorkers

West Side Spirit: Expiring Rent Regulation Spells Disaster for New Yorkers

By Senator Adriano Espaillat

Big corporations have benefited from record profits, while New York’s working class has struggled to recover from the aptly named “Great Recession.” All the while, low-income and middle-class families have been battered by brutal budget cuts on the federal and statewide level. We have seen deep cuts to education and health care, while billions in tax breaks have been given away to the wealthiest among us.

May 6, 2011
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May 6, 2011
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Video: Senate Dems want rent laws now

Times Union: Capital Confidential Blog

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm by Stephanie Lee in Rent Control

Senate Democrats have released a video urging their chamber to extend and strengthen the existing rent regulation laws, which will expire June 15. The bill has passed in the Assembly, but the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim majority, is pushing for a property tax cap first.

May 6, 2011
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Tenants Free Meeting Space

News From New York State

Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2011

Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senate Passes Bill Giving Tenants Free Meeting Space in Public Housing

Standing up for the rights of tenants to organize, the New York State Senate has voted to eliminate the financial burden to tenants who want to conduct meetings in public housing, announced New York State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica).

May 6, 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 11, 2011 Room 308 LOB

May 11, 9:30 AM - 9:39 AM
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STAR Rebate Extension

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 4, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Passage of Legislation to Extend Application Deadline for STAR Program Participants

May 4, 2011
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Senator Espaillat Highlights Push to Extend Rent Regulations

Senate Democrats release new video demonstrating urgency on rent regulations issues

 (New York, NY) – Today, Senate Democrats released an important video about the need to extend and strengthen rent regulations. The powerful video features Senator Adriano Espaillat and other advocates of rent regulations in the Senate, as well as everyday tenants who would be devastated if rent regulations are allowed to expire on June 15th.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Krueger and Senate Democrats Join Tenants to Beat the Clock: Release New Video Highlighting Dire Need to Extend and Strengthen Rent Regulations Before Time Runs Out

For Immediate Release | May 3, 2011

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

 

(Albany, NY) – With rent regulation laws that protect affordable housing for over 2.5 million tenants in New York City and the surrounding counties set to expire in less than two months, Senate Democrats joined with tenants to release a powerful new video highlighting the critical need to extend and strengthen rent regulation laws before time runs out.

May 3, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Giving Tenants FREE Meeting Space in Public Housing

May 2, 2011

Standing up for the rights of tenants to organize, the New York State Senate passed legislation to eliminate the financial burden to tenants who want to conduct meetings in public housing, announced Senator Velmanette Montgomery, a sponsor of the bill. 

The legislation (S.3114)  bans the imposition of a fee currently placed on tenants wishing to hold a group meeting. Under the bill, tenants would have access to a location owned by the authority which has been set aside as an area of common use for all tenants, including any community or social room.

May 3, 2011
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5/3/2011: Housing Works Lobby Day

Housing Works vistited Senator Huntley to discuss S. 2873: The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GEND) sponsored by Senator Duane. This bill is the first step to ending the legal discrimination and social barriers faced by transgender people.

GENDA will:

Ensure equality in education, housing, healthcare and employment regardless of gender expression or identity
Enhance safety for all transgender people, especially the poor and homeless at high risk of getting HIV
Promote culturally competent medical care and delivery

May 3, 2011
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Statement by State Senator Daniel Squadron on the Rent Guidelines Board preliminary vote:

For immediate release May 3, 2011 "The preliminary vote by the Rent Guidelines Board to increase rents by up to nine percent is nearly unprecedented and will make a tough time tougher for millions of tenants.  It's another reminder that we need to renew and improve our rent laws now.  We must end vacancy decontrol, fight fraud and abuse in so-called '1/40th' individual apartment increases and close loopholes that allow landlords to evict entire buildings for 'personal use.'  We can’t risk tenant protections by letting them linger until the frenzied end of the legislation session, when they are on the verge of expiration. It is time to extend and improve the rent laws now, to avoid the devastation and chaos that would result if the laws expired."

May 3, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SEN. PATTY RITCHIE AND ASSEMBLYMAN KEN BLANKENBUSH

"Coming in the wake of Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy's visit and announcement last week of a renewed state commitment to North Country housing, today's news from the Jefferson County Legislature is indeed welcome news for the future of jobs, Fort Drum, local communities and our entire region," said Senator Patty Ritchie. "I want to especially single out Legislature Chair Carolyn Fitzpatrick for her leadership in recognizing the importance of adequate and affordable housing to the success of Fort Drum."

May 2, 2011
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