Issues: Housing

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 2, 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 2, 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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Senate Passes Senator Adriano Espaillat’s Bill Making it Easier for Tenants to Hold Meetings in Housing Authority Developments

Today, the New York State Senate passed an important bill sponsored by Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) which makes it easier for tenants to hold meetings in buildings operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

The legislation (S. 3114) will permit tenants to hold meetings in a common area of NYCHA operated buildings without any fee. Currently, tenant groups and committees, that may not be able to afford a costly social room, sometimes hold meetings in individual apartments or open spaces in possible violation of building codes.

May 2, 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 4, 2011 Room 308 LOB

May 4, 9:30 AM - 9:52 AM
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Senator Perkins Urges Governor to Protect Tenants

News from ……                Senator Bill PerkinsFor Immediate Release: April 28, 2011Contact: Cordell Cleare 212 -222-7315

Senator Perkins Urges Governor to Protect TenantsSenator Bill Perkins, (D) 30th District Urges Governor to be a Real Reformer

April 28, 2011
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City Hall News: A Look At The Fight To Extend And Strengthen The Rent Laws

Rent Wars - Whether Cuomo can expand stabilization laws will hinge on Senate GOP

By Jon Lentz

In the 1980s, Andrew Cuomo launched a homeless program that was acclaimed for its innovative model of housing. In the early 1990s, he helped revamp New York City's housing policy for the homeless.   By the late 1990s, he was boosting affordable housing across the country as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The test looming for this housing advocate, now governor of New York, is where he'll come down on the state's rent regulation laws, which expire June 15.

April 25, 2011
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4/23/2011: Home Rescue Fair

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 28, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*Press Release*

Getting The Facts About Foreclosure

(D-Jamaica) On Tuesday, April 19th at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Saturday, April 23rd at York College.  Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Councilman Ruben Wills, and Councilman Leroy Comrie, Jr., in cooperation with the Connect Queens Campaign and many other sponsors held meetings and workshops discussing and helping educate residents about foreclosure prevention and preserving homeownership.

April 22, 2011
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Riverdale Review: Dems hope to extend rent regulations

 

By Brendan McHugh

Last week, state Senator Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock to remind Albany legislators about the urgency of passing rent regulations, slated to expire on June 15.

The Democratic-led Assembly approved an expansion of rent regulations two weeks ago, but the Republican-led Senate is hesitant to approve a broadening of the regulations. The Democrats' plan would reverse the state's policy enacted 18 years ago, of slow-motion deregulation of housing at the high end by increasing minimums on rent and tenant income.

April 21, 2011
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The Riverdale Press: Espaillat's Countdown

By Adam Wisniewski

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

On April 13th, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock that will be ticking away in Albany until Wednesday, June 15, the day rent regulations will expire if they are not renewed by the state legislature. 

April 20, 2011
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Senate Democrats Make Rent Regulations A Priority

"Albany Prepare for Recess, Even With Full Agenda"

From NY1 by Erin Billups April 13, 2011

"Meanwhile Senate Democrats are also pressuring Republicans not to wait until the last hour to make a deal on rent regulations, even putting up a clock to remind them of the looming June 15 deadline."

Read the full story: http://www.ny1.com/content/137364/albany-prepare-for-recess--even-with-full-agenda

April 19, 2011
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NY Daily News: Freshman Sen. Espaillat going to bat for more than 1M tenants from rent regulation changes

By Frank Lombardi

The regs, which shelter more than 1 million apartments in the city from full market-rate rents, expire June 14. They last came up for renewal in 2003, with awful results for pro-tenant forces.Uptown state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is technically a freshman, but he has become the Democratic pointman in Albany's tug-of-war over rent regulations.

April 19, 2011
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Counting Down To Rent Control Reform

Albany Times Union:

By Stephanie Lee

Democrat senators want rent control reform … and they want it in the next 63 days and 13 minutes, give or take.

A group of senators unveiled this morning an LCD clock that will count down to the end of June 15 — the day when current rent laws expire. Sens. Adriano Espillat, Bill Perkins and Daniel Squadron (not pictured), along with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, are calling for the Senate to pass a bill that extends and strengthens those laws so landlords can’t charge high rents and otherwise exploit loopholes that allow them to deregulate their units.

April 19, 2011
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Senator Peralta Holds Tenants’ Rights Forum

Apartment dwellers living in and around Lefrak City facing eviction or major capital improvement rent increases had their legal questions answered at a “Know Your Rights!” forum sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta. 

“With the economy the way it is, there are families struggling to make ends meet,” Senator Peralta said. “They’re getting hit with rent increases they can’t afford or are unable to pay the rent and face eviction. Tenants have rights and I want to make sure that they know what those rights are.” 

April 15, 2011
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Homeownership Preservation Town Hall Meeting

Southeast Queens is at the epicenter of the national mortgage crisis. Homeowners in the district, I represent continue to need access to information and quality services, at a time when the media and federal government’s attention are beginning to move away from the plight of homeowners. Our community is built around the institutions of church and family. We must draw on these strengths to build the supportive environment that homeowners at-risk of foreclosure will need now and in the future. The obstacles that many of them face prevents stable and long-term homeownership from occurring within our communities.

April 19, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Foreclosure Prevention Aid

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 15, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**Press Release**

Foreclosure Prevention Aid is Vetoed

April 14, 2011
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Senator Espaillat Unveils Rent Regulations Countdown Clock as Advocates Turn Up the Heat to Pass Rent Regulations

(New York, NY) – Today, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) unveiled a countdown clock to remind Albany legislators about the urgency of passing rent regulations, slated to expired on June 15th.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Perkins Stands Up with Colleagues to Advocate for Rent Regulation

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Senator Perkins held a press conference with Senate and Assembly colleagues to advocate for the continuation of rent regualtion in order to help protect over 2,000,000 New Yorkers.

 

April 13, 2011
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4/13/2011: Rent Control Expires Wednesday, June 15, 2011

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 15, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**Press Release**

Rent Control Expires June 15,2011

April 12, 2011
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