Issues: Housing

AVELLA STANDS WITH QUEENS CIVIC CONGRESS TO OPPOSE MAYOR’S EFFORTS TO LEGALIZE BASEMENT APARTMENTS

(BAYSIDE, Queens) On Friday, Senator Tony Avella stood with Mr. Richard Hellenbrecht, President of the Queens Civic Congress in addition to civic leaders in the area to oppose Mayor de Blasio’s plan to legalize basement apartments and “granny flats” throughout the City of New York.  “Granny flats” usually refer to a part of a house made into self-contained accommodations. 

May 5, 2014
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Kennedy, Ryan Unveil New Legislation to Protect Homeowners and Fight Blight in WNY Neighborhoods

New bills proposed by Kennedy and Ryan aim to hold slumlords accountable for their blighted properties and will add funding to the city’s weatherization and home-repair programs to help responsible homeowners.

Legislative effort at state-level inspired by Buffalo’s Project Slumlord.

May 1, 2014
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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 11:30 AM, Monday, April 28, 2014 Room 308 LOB

April 28, 11:30 AM - 11:38 AM
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Governor Cuomo’s Tenant Protection Unit Targets Rent Regulated Saboteurs

Governor Cuomo announced that the state’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) has served a subpoena on JBI Management to investigate allegations of intentionally sabotaging rent regulated apartments to drive tenants out.

Senator Dilan introduced legislation to bolster the state’s Tenant Protection Unit’s ability to root out unscrupulous landlords. The measure would make sabotage of a rent regulated unit a felony. Harassment of tenants is currently a felony under existing law.

April 24, 2014
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Next City Q&A: New York Senator Liz Krueger, Airbnb’s Doubter-in-Chief

Last week, Sen. Krueger spoke with Next City's Nancy Scola for an in-depth interview on Airbnb, New York's short-term rental laws, and the fight to protect residential housing. Read the full interview at Next City.

April 21, 2014
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Sen. Krueger's Statement on the Use of Airbnb for Floating Brothels

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to today's front-page New York Post story on the use of Airbnb to facilitate floating brothels: "When residential housing ceases to be residential -- via online businesses, like Airbnb, turning residential apartments into illegal, unregulated hotel rooms -- all kinds of undesirable and illegal activity can be brought into a residential building. Prostitution wasn't really at the top of our minds when we passed the 2010 law helping NYC enforce against illegal short-term rentals, but in hindsight it seems kind of obvious.

April 14, 2014
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Brooklyn lawmakers push to criminalize ‘rent sabotage’

By Ryan Hutchins

Capital New York

A bill in the state legislature would criminalize the act of “rent sabotage,” making it a felony for landlords to destroy their own buildings in the hopes of forcing out tenants living in rent-controlled units.

The measure was introduced this month following continued reports of hostilities between renters and property owners in increasingly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhoods. Tenants who've spent many years in the same apartments without problems have accused landlords of sending in men with sledgehammers and power saws to make the properties unliveable.

April 14, 2014
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Senator Dilan Introduces Measure to Make Sabotage of Regulated Rentals a Criminal Act

In response to the recent spate of rent regulated building owners  intentionally destroying units in attempts to drive tenants out,   Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) and Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) have introduced new legislation making the practice a criminal act.

S. 6941 would expand tenant protections by establishing the crime of Sabotage of Rent Regulated Accommodations, a class D felony. Existing tenant protections  prohibit the harassment of rent regulated tenants in an attempt to drive them out. However, the recent rise in intentional destruction of regulated units, and the severity of the damage, are well beyond the scope of current law.

April 14, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Speaks on the Senate's Passing of the 2014 - 2015 Budget

Commends funding for a number of important Health and Educational policies and programs; Expresses Disappointment Regarding Campaign Finance Reform and New Requirement for Bronx Hospital Projects

April 1, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY, IDC RELEASE SENIOR AFFORDABILITY REPORT

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee,  along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, released a report in support of the conference’s proposals making New York State more affordable for senior citizens. Each of these proposals were addressed in the Senate one-house budget resolution.

March 19, 2014
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NYLCVEF “Building Blocks for an Energy Efficient Home" at the Westchester Home Show

Senator Stewart-Cousins took the time from her busy Saturday schedule to stop by the Westchester Home Show on March 15th in White Plains, NY. Pictured with her are presenters of NYLCVEF “Building Blocks for an Energy Efficient Home" discusson forum.

March 17, 2014
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Housing Action Council Fair and Affordable Housing Expo

Senator Stewart-Cousins met with local constituents interested in finding out more information about affordable housing at the Housing Action Council Fair and Affordable Housing Expo on Saturday, March 15th in White Plains, NY. At the event, Senator took the opportunity to discuss and answer questions about affordable housing as it relates to the 2014-15 Executive Budget.

March 17, 2014
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Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of NYS Advocacy Day on Affordable Housing

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke at the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition "Affordable Housing" Rally on Monday, March 10th in Albany. Growing up in public housing, Leader Stewart-Cousins knows first-hand the struggles of finding a modestly-priced place to call home, and continues to fight to reduce homelessness in New York. At the rally, she discussed the importance of affordable housing for famillies, how organizations and individuals need to continue to bring issues of affordable housing to light, and how "we need to start thinking creatively about how we house our New York families".

March 11, 2014
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Senator Parker Hosts Free Financial Literacy Seminar

Brooklyn, NY – On Thursday, March 6th, Senator Kevin Parker partnered with Mission 2 Millions to host a free financial literacy seminar. The exciting program, held at the Flatbush YMCA, featured on-air financial journalist and author Stacey Tisdale, along with additional speakers and banking and agency partners.

March 10, 2014
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There's No Place Like Home

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

There's No Place Like Home

March 10, 2014
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Ribbon Cutting at Son House Apartments

I was pleased to join officials from the City of Rochester and New York State yesterday as we cut the ribbon on Providence Housing's latest development, Son House Apartments on Joseph Avenue. Son House Apartments offer 21 affordable one-bedroom apartments with nearby access to the RGRTA bus line and retail shopping.

February 25, 2014
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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  11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 26, 2014  Room 308 LOB

February 26, 11:30 AM - 11:38 AM
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Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio Announce Affordable Housing Protection for Low-Income New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Albany, NY (February 13, 2014)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a new affordable housing protection for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. With today’s announcement, New Yorkers who are permanently disabled by HIV/AIDS and receive rental assistance will pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward their rent. Without this protection, more than 10,000 New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS are denied affordable housing and required to pay upwards of 70 percent of their disability income toward their rent.

February 13, 2014
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