Issues: Housing

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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Pols Seek Answers in Housing Crime Rise

Pols Seek Answers in Housing Crime Rise

By: Tina MooreDaily News Staff Writer Elected officials want an emergency meeting with Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea in response to a Daily News report on a crime spike in public housing.

"We believe there is much more crime than has been revealed," Harlem state Sen. Bill Perkins said yesterday.

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February 15, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat Announces Introduction of Bill to Extend Rent Control, Strengthening Tenant Protections

Call on Developers’ Tax Credit to be Linked with Rent Control Extension

February 13, 2011
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Sen. Adriano Espaillat Applauds Gov. Cuomo’s Selection of Assemb. Towns as Head of Housing Agency

As Top Democrat on Senate Housing Committee Sen. Espaillat to Work Closely with Assemb. Towns

February 10, 2011
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Tenants complain about MCI-based rent hikes

Queens Chronicle

More than 100 Queens residents, many recent immigrants, cast aside their cultural differences and language barriers at a meeting at Sunnyside Community Services last Thursday to campaign against rent increases they say landlords are making unjustly.

City rent guidelines state that when owners make what are considered major capital improvements to a building, they can increase the rent in accordance with the cost of the improvements. However, some claim tenants are being taken advantage of.

February 9, 2011
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Proposal to Operate 200-Bed Center in Greenpoint for City Homeless Withdrawn

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) applauded the recent announcement that the proposal to build a 200-bed transitional residence for New York City’s homeless in Greenpoint has been withdrawn by its developers after concerns with the proposal were raised by constituents.“It was never the intent of this facility to assist Greenpoint’s homeless population. Instead, it proposed bringing in 200 homeless men from outside the community,” said Senator Dilan.

February 9, 2011
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January 14, 2011
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SENATOR YOUNG TO CHAIR RURAL RESOURCES & HOUSING

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has been appointed to two leadership posts as Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, and Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Housing by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

January 11, 2011
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Pols Push to Punish Heartless Landlords

BY AISHA AL-MUSLIM

Elected officials are trying to find a tougher way to punish bad landlords who don’t provide heat to their tenants.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, State Senator Liz Krueger from Manhattan and members of the New York City Council are bringing awareness to the fact that many landlords are neglecting to provide tenants with basic services like heat and hot water.

They vowed to take necessary steps to ensure negligent landlords are compelled by harsher penalties and increased enforcement.

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January 3, 2011
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