Issues: Housing

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. 

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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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Senator Montgomery and Community Leaders Call for Stronger Rent Laws

Representatives of PACC, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and the Fifth Avenue Committee met with Senator Montgomery to thank her for her support of tenant protection laws and all of her work to preserve affordable rental housing. Senator Montgomery is a sponsor of the Omnibus Tenant Protection Act (S.2783-A) that renews and strengthens safeguards for tenants.

March 11, 2011
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ALBANY PULSE - March 11, 2011

To read Senator Montgomery's March 11th ALBANY PULSE, click on the link below.

March 11, 2011
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Rents Through The Roof?

Thousands of East Siders could see their rent double or triple if rent regulation expires

By Megan Finnegan

New York City already has a notoriously high cost of living, but if current rent-regulation laws expire June 15, tens of thousands of Upper East Siders may face astronomical increases in their rents that could push them to the outer boroughs or even out of the state.

While many tenant advocates say it’s unlikely lawmakers will let this happen, they and other Democrats are pushing for a rent-reform package that will not only renew but also strengthen current laws, and hope that it passes as part of Governor Cuomo’s budget package.

March 10, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Works to Renew and Strenghten State's Rent Protection System

With rent regulation laws that protect over one million units of affordable housing in New York City and the surrounding counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland) dangerously close to expiring, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery and her Senate Democratic colleagues have called for the immediate extension and expansion of tenant protections.

March 8, 2011
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City's Rent Regulation Battle Already Brewing

At a housing rally on February 24th in support of Sen. Espaillat's recently introduced legislation S.2783A, which would extend and strengthen tenant laws in New York City, it was proposed that the budget should not be considered until the rent laws are passed.

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March 8, 2011
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Pols Seek Answers in Housing Crime Rise

State Senator Adriano Espaillat, with Sens. Bill Perkins and Jose Serrano, and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez called for an emergency meeting with NYC Housing Authority chairman, John Rhea in an open letter on February 10th.  The meeting is to address a spike in housing crime.

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March 8, 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, March 9, 2011 Room 308 LOB

March 9, 9:30 AM - 9:38 AM
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City Officials and Advocates to Rally for Rent Reform

 

With rent control rules set to expire in June, 2011, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, lead sponsor of legislation to extend tenant protections, held a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall on Thursday, February 24th. 

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March 1, 2011
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Extending and Expanding Tenant Protections to Avert an Impending Housing Crisis

Sen. Espaillat, Senate Dems, NYC Elected Officials, & Housing Advocates Call For Renewal and Strengthening of Rent Regulations to be Included in SFY 2011-12 Budget

March 1, 2011
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