Issues: Housing

Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Major Housing Reform Initiatives

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of major housing reform legislation on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:45 AM.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Housing Committee Ranker, Senator Adriano Espaillat, Senator Liz Krueger, Senator Jose Serrano, Senator Daniel Squadron, and Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27 at 11:45 AM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315, State Capitol, Albany

May 27, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SECURITY UPGRADE TO BARUCH ADDITION

Squadron Details Over $240K In State Funding He Secured For Improvements

Squadron Engages NYCHA Residents in Security Discussion

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron engaged Baruch Addition residents today at a meeting to discuss the implementation of over $240,000 in State funding that he allocated for security improvements. The event also included NYCHA City Capital Projects Director Kate Seely-Kirk, and was co-hosted by the Baruch Addition Resident Association, New York City Housing Authority and Grand Street Settlement.

May 21, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Honor and Help Veterans in New York

The New York State Senate today passed 14 measures dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and honoring them for their exceptional service. The Senate today also celebrated the achievements of veterans from across the state during the Senate’s annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

May 19, 2015
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Senator Valesky Names Sharon Owens New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Sharon Owens, chief executive officer of Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2015 Woman of Distinction. Owens was recognized for her work in human services and community development in the city of Syracuse.

“Sharon Owens’ remarkable contributions to our community demonstrate her dedication and commitment to the Syracuse residents most in need of a strong advocate,” Sen. Valesky said. “Her leadership is strengthening the programs and services that Southwest Community Center offers, and I am pleased to honor her as this year’s Woman of Distinction.”

May 6, 2015
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State Legislators File Amicus Brief to Protect Parks from NYU’s Greenwich Village Expansion

State Sen. Brad Hoylman and 22 Members of the Legislature file ‘friend of the court’ brief in support of Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Greenwich Village residents

State lawmakers argue NYC and NYU violated legislative prerogative under Public Trust Doctrine, only Legislature can alienate parkland 

Hoylman: "The only thing NYU alienated was the goodwill of the Greenwich Village community"

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and 22 members of the New York State Legislature filed an amicus brief with the New York Court of Appeals in an effort to help protect state parkland from New York University’s massive expansion in Greenwich Village.

May 5, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Salina Crossing in Syracuse

This morning, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for Salina Crossing, a $14.8 million mixed-use development project comprised of 6,000 square feet of retail space and 49 housing units. Eight of these housing units will be reserved for people with traumatic brain injuries, with another seven units reserved for people with hearing impairments or mobility issues.

May 1, 2015
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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, May 4, 2015  Room 308 LOB

May 4, 11:30 AM - 11:46 PM
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Launches Legislation Against Abusive Landlords and Announces Housing Task Force at Housing Forum

Brooklyn, NY – At a Housing Forum yesterday, State Senator Jesse Hamilton unveiled new legislation to tackle the scourge of tenant harassment. The Abusive Landlord Act (S. 4997) will allow for prison sentences on landlords who harass tenants, increase the fine levied against unscrupulous landlords to up to $10,000, and bolster collaboration between District Attorneys’ offices and the Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

April 30, 2015
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Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Community Meeting for River Park Towers Residents

(Bronx, NY)-  Senator Serrano, along with Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, co-sponsored Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson's Community Meeting for River Park Towers residents. The town hall meeting was held at Roberto Clemente State Park in the Highbridge section of The Bronx and gave residents and officials an opportunity to discuss current conditions and areas in need of improvement.

April 30, 2015
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Ribbon-cutting for LeFrak City’s newly refurbished West Courtyard

As reported by Times Ledger:

The first phase of renovations of the outdoor amenities at LeFrak City, in Corona, is complete just in time for spring.

Elected officials and community leaders joined Jamie LeFrak, the president of the 20-building complex, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the newly revamped West Courtyard April 7.

“Exciting changes are underway at LeFrak City, and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” LeFrak said. Within two years the ongoing multimillion-dollar capital improvement program will bring renovations to lobbies, mail rooms, facades, laundry rooms, elevators and garages, but for now the nearly 40,000-square-foot space is considered to be a milestone.

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April 21, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Senator Serrano Reacts to Mayor de Blasio Expanding Programs to Keep New Yorkers in their Homes

(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano expressed his thoughts on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to expand programs to keep New Yorkers in their homes and keep neighborhoods affordable.

April 14, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA TO HOST A HOUSING PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FEATURED SPEAKER STATE SENATOR ADRIANO ESPAILLAT

(BRONX, NY) - State Senator Gustavo Rivera will host a panel discussion on housing featuring State Senator Adriano Espaillat, ranking member on the New York State Senate Housing Committee, on Thursday, April 16 at the Bronx Library Center. Housing experts will join the Senators to discuss affordable housing, rent regulation and tenants’ rights.

April 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA TO HOST A HOUSING PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FEATURED SPEAKER STATE SENATOR ADRIANO ESPAILLAT

(BRONX, NY) - State Senator Gustavo Rivera will host a panel discussion on housing featuring State Senator Adriano Espaillat, ranking member on the New York State Senate Housing Committee, on Thursday, April 16 at the Bronx Library Center. Housing experts will join the Senators to discuss affordable housing, rent regulation and tenants’ rights.

April 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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amNY: Evicted Upper East Sider gets her apartment back after a 20-month nightmare

On Friday, amNY reported the story of an Upper East Side resident who went through a nearly two-year ordeal of eviction before regaining her apartment.  Particular praise goes to MFY Legal Services and all those who helped Ms. Morisada through the process of challenging her eviction and subsequent actions by the landlord.

April 10, 2015
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State Budget Includes Nearly Half a Billion Dollars for Affordable Housing

State Budget Includes Nearly Half a Billion Dollars for Affordable Housing

$100 million for NYCHA, first state investment since 1998

 

April 2, 2015
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State Budget Addresses Local Opioid Crisis

Improvements coming to WCA that will increase addiction treatment services, alleviate jail overcrowding

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I– Olean) has delivered a $350,000 capital grant in the state budget to establish a supportive housing program at WCA Hospital’s Jones Hill site in Jamestown.

 

“The new program will be a big step towards addressing the region’s opioid and heroin epidemic, placing people with addiction problems in a specialized housing facility instead of the county jail,” Senator Young said.

 

March 31, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton, 43rd Assembly District Leader Shirley Patterson, housing advocates, and tenants of Reid Apartments rally in support of NYCHA tenants

Rally brings focus on need to fund NYCHA repairs and properly maintain NYCHA buildings

 Brooklyn, NY – Senator Hamilton and District Leader Patterson held a rally and press conference in support of NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenants. Joined by housing advocate Tiara McLaughlin, Lead Organizer with the Pratt Area Community Council, and neighborhood residents, the rally highlighted the shocking living conditions residents in William Reid Apartments (East Flatbush) face.

March 27, 2015
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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, March 30, 2015  Room 308 LOB

March 30, 11:44 AM - 11:59 AM
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Senator Comrie's remarks on the Senate Budget Resolution

Senator Comrie spoke on the Senate Floor in support of additional resources to assist Queens homeowners affected by the foreclosure crisis. Decrying insufficient funding diverted from the half a billion dollars the State won from the JP Morgan Chase settlement, Senator Comrie advocated that monies received from the settlement be used for those most affected by bad banking and lending practices.

March 20, 2015
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