Issues: Housing

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.

Click here for the full story on NY 1

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.

Click here for the  full Daily News Article

 

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. 

Click here to read the DNA Info article

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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Sen. Espaillat Leads Rally for Rent Reform

With rent regulation laws that protect over 1 million units of affordable housing in New York City dangerously close to expiring, Senator Adriano Espaillat was joined by his Senate colleagues, City elected officials, and over 150 advocates to call for the immediate extension and expansion of tenant protections.

February 25, 2011
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Senator Bill Perkins’ Thoughts On Enhancing New York’s Rent Regulations

The New York rent regulation laws protect the security of over one million household, which contributes a lot protecting the economic vitality of the region.  To allow these protections to lapse, eliminating our major source of affordable housing would mean certain disaster. Disaster has happened before and it can happen here, unless we work to avoid what’s obvious.

February 24, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Senate Democrats Join Advocates in Rallying for Rent Regulation

(New York, NY) – With rent regulation laws that protect over 1 million units of affordable housing in New York City dangerously close to expiring, Senator Liz Krueger and Senate Democrats were joined by City elected officials and advocates to call for the immediate extension and expansion of tenant protections.

February 24, 2011
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Senator Serrano Joins Senator Espaillat and Colleagues to Expand Tenant Protections to Keep New Yorkers in their Homes

(New York, NY) – With rent regulation laws that protect over 1 million units of affordable housing in New York City and the surrounding counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland) dangerously close to expiring, Senate Democrats were joined by City elected officials and advocates to call for the immediate extension and expansion of tenant protections. 

February 24, 2011
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Foes decry Park ‘tax’ scheme, push for revenue from Witness buildings

By Laura Gottesdiener

The Brooklyn Paper

 Brooklyn Bridge Park could raise one-quarter of its massive maintenance budget through a new tax on local businesses and residents — but that idea is dead in the water, say critics, who think there are better ways to raise the money.

A consultant hired last year to search for revenue to maintain the park without building residences within its waterfront footprint released a draft report on Tuesday that predicted that $1 million to $4 million towards the park’s $16-million maintenance budget could come from a new tax on residents and business owners within a quarter-mile of the park.

February 23, 2011
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Condo foes eye ways to fund Brooklyn waterfront park without towers

NY Daily News

BY Erin Durkin DAILY NEWS WRITER

February 23, 2011
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