Issues: Housing

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, April 6, 2011 Room 308 LOB

April 6, 9:30 AM - 9:34 AM
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March 30, 2011
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Senator Krueger: "Don't Play Politics With Homeless Families"

 The following is an opinion piece penned by Senator Liz Krueger for Huffington Post:

Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.

Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors -- from cities big and small -- who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Liz Krueger Joins Capital Tonight to Discuss Budget Deal & Rent Regulation

Senator Liz Krueger is the new ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. She joined Liz Benjamin to discuss the progress being made toward reaching a budget deal – possibly ahead of schedule and how rent control could cause Democrats to vote against any budget, if the issue is not included.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz Urges His Colleagues to Oppose Any Budget Without Rent Control

New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) has released the following statement calling upon all of his Black and Hispanic colleagues in the Senate and in the Assembly to vote against any budget that does not include rent regulation.

“I am calling upon all of my colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly – especially my colleagues who are Black and Hispanic – to refuse to vote for any Budget without rent regulation protection. These protections limit rent and rent hikes that landlords can charge on more than a million apartments in New York.

March 28, 2011
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Foes say ‘No Housing’ committee report is lowballing them

The Brooklyn Paper

By Laura Gottesdiener

March 25, 2011

Show us the money!

Community members and elected officials are furious that a report studying ways to fund Brooklyn Bridge Park’s massive maintenance budget may be leaving good cash on the table.

A consultant hired to search for revenue to maintain the park without building residences within its waterfront footprint released a draft report last month that predicted non-housing options could generate $2.5 million to $7 million — not even half of the ballooning $16-million maintenance budget.

March 25, 2011
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Senator Rivera Speaks on Including Rent Regulations in Budget

Senator Rivera joined his Senate and Assembly Democratic colleagues in Albany at a press conference to discuss the importance of including rent regulation legislation in the budget.

Denouncing Majority Leader Skelos for delaying the extension and the strengthening of rent regulation, Senator Rivera said, "When we did that the last time, we got weaker laws."

March 24, 2011
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Extending and Expanding Tenant Protections to Avert an Impending Housing Crisis

 Senate and Assembly Democrats Join with Housing Advocates to Call for Saving and Strengthening of Rent Regulations in the State Budget

March 23, 2011
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Squadron Urges Extension and Strengthening of Rent Regulations, End of Vacancy Decontrol

Brooklyn Hieghts Blog

by Claude Scales on 23. Mar, 2011

The Emergency Tenant Protection Act, the state statute under which residential rent regulation in New York City is authorized, expires on June 15. Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget amendments released earlier this month do not provide for its renewal. This is a matter of concern for many Brooklyn Heights residents who rent instead of own, including tenants in the Alfred T. White Riverside Apartments on Columbia Place between Joralemon and State streets. In response, State Senator Daniel Squadron has written a letter to the Governor urging his support for extension of ETPA, as well as measures to strengthen tenant protection, including the elimination of vacancy decontrol. His letter was signed by 23 other state senators, and by 63 members of the State Assembly, including Assembly Member Joan Millman. The full text of the letter follows the jump.

March 23, 2011
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Extending and Expanding Tenant Protections to Avert an Impending Housing Crisis

Senate and Assembly Democrats Join with Housing Advocates to Call for Saving and Strengthening of Rent Regulations in the State Budget

March 23, 2011
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Senator Krueger and Senate and Assembly Democrats Join with Housing Advocates to Call for Saving and Strengthening of Rent Regulations in the State Budget

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2011

Contact: Katie Kincaid - kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com

(Albany, NY) – With rent regulation laws that protect affordable housing for over 2.5 million tenants in New York City and the surrounding counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland) dangerously close to expiring, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) joined Senate and Assembly Democrats and housing advocates to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to include tenant protections in this year’s State Budget.

March 23, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Town Hall Event at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

In the face of some of the most significant and potentially damaging government budget cuts in recent memory, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 pm at its headquarters in the Queensbridge Houses at 10-25 41st Avenue in Long Island City.

The following proposed cuts will be the main topic for discussion:

Senior Services: Cuts to Title XX funds in the Governor's Executive Budget would force the NYC Department for the Aging to close 105 senior centers. The loss of $24 million in these funds would be devastating, and affect over 8,000 seniors in New York City.

March 23, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Rent Regs In The State Budget? Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver Doesn't Sound So Sure

Sen. Adriano Espaillat responded to Sen. Majority Leader Skelos's denial of the urgency to extend rent laws, and stresses the need to be included in the budget. 

(Click here for the full NY Daily News Article)

March 22, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat Calls on Sen. Skelos & Republicans to Drop Their Opposition to Extending & Strengthening Rent Regulations

In response to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ assertion that rent regulations should not be part of the budget, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement:

March 22, 2011
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