Issues: Housing

2009-10 REPORT

New York State Senate Majority Leader Chairman, New York State Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Vice President, New York State Senate Office for Urban Policy and Planning 2009-10 Report

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2009-10 REPORT

December 15, 2010
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Co-Op/Condo Ombudsman Bill Making Its Way Through State Senate

By Bill Morris

Dec. 10, 2010 — Some years ago, the satirical group Chicago City Limits presented a sketch in which two tough-talking neo-Nazis forced a confession out of a frightened prisoner. The gag? He was a co-op applicant. The image of co-op boards hasn't changed much since: power-hungry prima donnas, arbitrary and capricious, who give benefits to themselves that they don't give to others.

In response to this perception, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) this past May offered up the latest version of a legislation that has been introduced regularly since 1988. Her bill, S7958, which is now before the finance committee, would create an "Office of the Cooperative and Condominium Ombudsman."

December 14, 2010
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Turning Up the Heat

By Michael Howard Saul

Elected officials plan this week to redouble efforts to toughen penalties on landlords who violate city heat laws, breaking the economic incentive for building owners to withhold heat and hot water from tenants.

Officials confirmed Tuesday that the measure—targeting repeat and long-time offenders—has the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, giving the chances of passage a boost.

More than 114,000 New Yorkers filed complaints with the city about a lack of heat or hot water during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Such complaints have fluctuated between about 111,000 and 128,000 in recent years.

December 14, 2010
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Senator Krueger Joins Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to Help Tenants Left Out In the Cold

Today, Senator Liz Krueger joined Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and members of the New York City Council to bring awareness to the fact that far too many landlords are neglecting to provide tenants with basic services like heat and hot water.

Senator Krueger and Public Advocate de Blasio have vowed to work together to bring more attention to this matter and ensure that the necessary steps are taken so that landlords no longer have the financial incentives to break the law.

Learn more about H.E.A.T. Act.

 

December 8, 2010
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Keynote Address at Greyston Workforce Development Graduation Ceremony

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins delivered the keynote address at the Greyston Foundation’s Workforce Development Program (WD 2.0) Graduation ceremony, held in the Yonkers Public Library Riverfront Branch. Immediately preceding the ceremony, employers from throughout Westchester County met with graduates to assess employment possibilities.

December 6, 2010
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Senator Oppenheimer Asks New Yorkers to Remember Those in Need This Holiday Season

Celebrate the Holidays by Helping Others Stay Warm this Winter

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is urging families to open their hearts, closets, and attics to find donations that can help keep the homeless and needy warm and sheltered this winter.

December 2, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On World AIDS Day

AIDS has taken a breathtaking toll on our families and communities. It would be difficult to find any person today who has not been personally affected by HIV/AIDS – we have felt the strain and loss of illness and death, as well as the inspiration and courage of those living with and working to end this terrible pandemic.

December 1, 2010
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Fall 2010 Albany Update

Dear Friend,

In the last year, there has been a number of important developments in transportation, education, land use and housing in the 26th District that I want to make sure you are aware of. Additionally, in this newsletter, I have included some information about upcoming community events I am hosting, as well as opportunities for you and your family to get involved. I hope you find this information helpful.

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Fall 2010 Neighborhood Update - Fall.pdf

November 30, 2010
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November 30, 2010
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November 2010 Community Bulletin

Message from Liz . . .

As expected, this was a difficult election season. But thanks to the support of so many of you, I was reelected with 70 percent of the vote. First, thank you and know that even if you chose not to vote for me, I will do my very best to serve every constituent of the 26th Senatorial District for the next two years.

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Nov 2010 CB- PRINT.doc

November 30, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Co-Op/Condo Forum

Senator Jose Peralta, Councilmember Danny Dromm and The Alliance of Condo & Co-Op Owners present a forum on co-ops and condos.

The forum is an opportunity to have your questions answered. Learn about the role of the board, role of management and shareholder & owner rights.

Panel Participants:

Lucas A. Ferrara, Esq - Finkelstein Newman Ferrera LLP

Kevin McConnell, Esq - Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP

Larry Simms, President of The Alliance of Condo & Co-Op Owners

Download the flyer here.

December 6, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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El Camino Estates Opens in Rochester

On Tuesday, Senator Robach spoke at, and cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to mark the completion of the 25-unit, $7.3 million rental housing development, El Camino Estates. Currently home to 21 families, El Camino Estates is a new affordable housing community for low-income city residents.

November 23, 2010
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Sponsoring an Informational Tenants' Meeting on Rent Regulation

On October 29, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler and I sponsored an informational meeting on rent regulation facilitated by the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition.  Rent regulation benefits all New Yorkers, whether or not they live in a rent-regulated apartment, and is one of the main reasons that New York is such a racially and economically diverse, dynamic, vibrant and exciting place.  At the meeting, Mary Tek of Tenants & Neighbors discussed with an enthusiastic group of tenants recent housing bills passed by the New York State Legislature and New York City Council, the campaign for rent regulation reform and pending legislation, and how to become involved in the fight to strengthen and preserve affordable housing.

October 30, 2010
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Environmental Groups, Community Advocates and Elected Officials Herald Enactment of New Smart Growth Law

Leading environmental advocates, elected officials and community groups joined together to celebrate enactment of the Smart Growth Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B). On August 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed this important legislation into law, which establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

The law requires the relevant state agencies to form smart growth advisory committees that will consult with residents, environmental groups, local officials and other stakeholders before approving state construction projects.

October 19, 2010
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Press Conference to Announce the Signing of the Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act

On August 30, 2010, Governor David Paterson signed into law the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act. This groundbreaking new law will fundamentally change the way that state agencies fund public infrastructure projects by requiring the use of smart growth principles to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development. Passage of the law was a top legislative priority of environmental groups throughout the state.

October 18, 2010
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The government will pay 40% of your renovation costs…

The government will pay 40% of your renovation costs…

Written by Jay Harper on October 8th, 2010

It’s amazing how much we didn’t know when we bought our place. I was doing TONS of research, thought I knew a fair amount, but first I didn’t know we were buying into the roughest block in the neighborhood, and now I find out there are government programs that will pay up to 40% of our renovation costs. 40% makes a REAL difference and we had no clue when we went into contract… If we had picked the “wrong” building we would have gotten nothing....

 

October 15, 2010
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Convening a Forum for Harassed Tenants of Shalom Buildings

On September 23, I along with other elected officials and tenants advocacy organizations co-sponsored the Shalom Tenants Alliance’s (STA) City-wide tenant organizing meeting for tenants of buildings owned and managed by the notorious Shalom family, as well as for tenants of other landlords known for buying rent-regulated buildings, systematically dismantling required building services, and forcing out legal residents through harassment, intimidation, negligence, and deception.

September 24, 2010
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Help Beautify New York City!

The urbancanvas Design Competition is an innovative contest to develop creative artwork for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoons in New York City. The designs will be used for these different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property.

To vote for your favorite design and learn more about the urbancanvas project please visit: nyc.gov/urbancanvas.

 

September 23, 2010
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Sign Senator Klein's Petition to Bring Property Tax Cap Legislation to Assembly Floor

Dear Homeowners,

The State Senate twice this year has passed a cap to reign in skyrocketing property taxes, only to have our proposals blocked from a vote in the Assembly. I have met with numerous property taxpayers from not only Westchester, but from across New York State. These hard working New Yorkers have been demanding property tax relief for some time and have received no help from Assembly leadership. Please join me in signing this petition and demand that the Assembly put this critically important legislation to a vote on their floor. The legislation can be viewed here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/api/1.0/html/bill/S67005

Sincerely,

Jeffrey D. Klein, SD-34

September 21, 2010
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