Issues: Housing

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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Democrats Press Cuomo on Rent Regulations

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

A coalition comprising nearly every Democratic state lawmaker from New York City urged Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a letter, posted below, on Wednesday to press for extending and tightening the state’s rent regulation laws as part of the budget deal he is negotiating with the Legislature.

“If the state does not act, millions of working- and middle-class New Yorkers will be at immediate risk of losing their homes,” warned the lawmakers, about 90 of whom signed the letter to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat. “We ask that you act boldly on tenants’ behalf by requiring these reforms to be a part of any budget agreement.”

March 21, 2011
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Senators Rivera and Klein Call to Add Funds for Foreclosure Prevention Services Program to the Budget

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) joined Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) and Foreclosure Prevention Providers at the Bronx County Courthouse on Friday to call for the renewal of funds for the Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in the 2010 Executive Budget.

“We know the foreclosure crisis isn't over because our neighbors, family and friends are feeling squeezed and struggle with issues of foreclosure every day in the Bronx, but if that weren’t enough, experts are telling us that we are only one third of the way through the foreclosure crisis,” said Senator Rivera.

March 18, 2011
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KLEIN CALLS FOR ACTION TO RENEW FUNDING FOR FORECLOSURE PREVENTION SERVICES

Elected Officials and Foreclosure Prevention Providers push for immediate action in the 2012 Executive Budget

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) and Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) joined Foreclosure Prevention Providers at the Bronx County Courthouse on Friday to call for the renewal of funds for the Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in the 2012 Executive Budget.

March 18, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat Applauds Gov. Cuomo for Linking Rent Regulations to the Budget

Senator Espaillat has been advocating to include Rent Regulations in the budget since being tapped as Ranking Democrat on Housing Committee

March 17, 2011
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Democrats Press Cuomo on Rent Regulations

March 16, 2011, 2:25 pm

New York Times City Room Blog

By Nicholas Confessore

9:00p.m Updated ALBANY — A coalition comprising nearly every Democratic state lawmaker from New York City urged Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a letter, posted below, on Wednesday to press for extending and tightening the state’s rent regulation laws as part of the budget deal he is negotiating with the Legislature.

“If the state does not act, millions of working- and middle-class New Yorkers will be at immediate risk of losing their homes,” warned the lawmakers, about 90 of whom signed the letter to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat. “We ask that you act boldly on tenants’ behalf by requiring these reforms to be a part of any budget agreement.”

March 16, 2011
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