Issues: Housing

Senate Bill Guaranteeing Protections for Tenants of Foreclosed Buildings Signed into Law

Prior Law Allowed Tenants to be Forced from Homes without Notice

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) announced that a new law guaranteeing greater protections (S7139) for tenants of buildings in foreclosure has been signed into law. Under the new law, rent-regulated tenants are now required to receive a notice of their housing rights, along with a notice of the building owner’s foreclosure. The bill takes effect 30 days from the date of signing.

A review of the state’s prior notification requirement for renters revealed that existing law failed to effectively communicate to rent-controlled and rent-stabilized tenants that their housing rights are unaffected by a foreclosure proceeding.

August 19, 2010
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With Governor’s Signature, Senator Krueger Helps Secure Victories for Tenants

For Immediate Release | August 17, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

 

(New York, NY) This weekend Governor Paterson signed into law two bills that will strengthen tenants' rights and move New York one step closer towards resolving the many problems that continue to plague all-too-many New York residents. Both bills were strongly supported by Senator Krueger, a long-time advocate for tenants' rights.

August 18, 2010
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Q&A With Co-op/Condo Alliance's President

Earlier this month, a fledgling organization of New York City apartment owners launched a modest website with an Olympic-sized ambition:

“The Alliance of Condo & Co-op Owners aims to help owners achieve fair play, transparency, and accountability in condo and co-op governance and operations.”

Intrigued, we caught up with the ACCO’s president--Larry Simms, a 59-year-old ex- condo board president who consults with co-ops and condos on fiscal planning, communications, governance and ‘problem avoidance’—to find out more about the grassroots movement and its tactics.

Q. How did the ACCO get started?

August 17, 2010
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Co-op, Condo Owners Have to Back Bill Creating Ombudsman Agency

Having lived in a co-op for the past 15 years, I cannot speak out enough on supporting bill 7958-A, introduced by state Sens. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and George Onorato (D-Astoria). This bill would create a government agency that would hear the cries of hundreds of thousands of residents who own shares in co-ops.

Presently, our only course of action in the event of a conflict between shareholders and the board or management is to hire an attorney and be at the mercy of a corporate checkbook and the numerous ways of abusing the judicial system to protect what may not be in the best interest of shareholders.

August 17, 2010
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PROTECTING FAMILIES IN PUBLIC HOUSING FROM SEX OFFENDERS

Senator Klein Unveils New Data Showing Dozens of Registered Sex Offenders Still Illegally Living in NYC Public Housing

 

BRONX, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Assemblymembers Michael Benjamin (D-Bronx) and Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), Throggs Neck Houses Residents Council President Dwayne Jenkins and community members to unveil new data showing an increase in the number of sex offenders illegally living in public housing units in New York City from numbers reported earlier this year.

 

August 10, 2010
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8/9/2010: Senator Huntley To Address Baisley Houses Complaints

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2010

Contact: Lisa King | lisaking530@gmail.com | (518) 455-2415

**Media Advisory**

SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEY TO ADDRESS BAISLEY HOUSES COMPLAINTS

Calling on NYCHA to Take Action

(D-Jamaica) Senator Shirley L. Huntley will join the tenants of Baisley Houses in a press conference urging the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to take action on long-stalled maintenance issues as a follow up to May 19, 2010 Town Hall meeting..

August 9, 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Senator Huntley To Address Baisley Houses Complaints

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2010

Contact: Lisa King | lisaking530@gmail.com | (518) 455-2415

**Media Advisory**

SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEY TO ADDRESS BAISLEY HOUSES COMPLAINTS

Calling on NYCHA to Take Action

(D-Jamaica) Senator Shirley L. Huntley will join the tenants of Baisley Houses in a press conference urging the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to take action on long-stalled maintenance issues as a follow up to May 19, 2010 Town Hall meeting..

August 5, 2010
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Senator Peralta Tackles Foreclosure

Queens Chronicle

by Elizabeth Daley

7/29/2010

Inspired by the high foreclosure rate across the country and in Queens, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) joined allies City Comptroller John Liu and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Fort Greene) at City Hall on Tuesday to promote legislation requiring lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a document explaining the mortgage process, consumer rights and protections.

Peralta urged Gov. David Paterson to sign the legislation shortly after speaking to residents facing foreclosure in his district at a workshop last Thursday.

 

July 29, 2010
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10 Questions for Krueger and Gottfried on Illegal Hotel Bill

The campaign to crack down on illegal hotels is coming to a head. State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried will join tenants, housing rights advocates and other state and city officials at a rally tomorrow to urge Governor David Paterson to sign into law the illegal hotel bill they sponsored. The bill aims to free New York City agencies to enforce the law against illegal hotels -- apartments designated as permanent residences that are improperly used as transient hotel rooms. The legislation already passed the Senate and the Assembly. Krueger and Gottfried talked to The Real Deal about how illegal hotels have threatened the city's tenants, affordable housing stock and tourists, where they've spread and how this bill is designed to cease their expansion.

July 29, 2010
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NYCHA’S Fatherhood Initiative

NYCHA’S fatherhood initiative helps fathers of all ages reconnect with their children and strengthen New York City families.

For more information and to register, please contact Brooklyn Community Operations at (718) 453-1296.

NYCHA Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) builds on existing services and platforms in community centers to create a new network where fathers and their children will be supported and provided the tools they need to build strong relationships.

July 29, 2010
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Senator Peralta Calls on Governor Paterson to Sign Mortgage Bill of Rights Legislation Prompted by Record Number of Foreclosures

Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymember Hakeem  Jeffries and Comptroller John Liu are calling on Governor Paterson to sign the Mortgage Bill of Rights  Legislation, requiring  mortgage lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a detailed  document explaining the mortgage process and consumer rights and protections.  This bill will ensure that consumers receive ample information before they begin the voluminous mortgage  process. 

July 27, 2010
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Governor Signs Illegal Hotels Bill to Protect Residents, Increase Apartment Availability

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2010

Contact: Katie Kincaid - kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com - (646) 784-0485

(New York, NY) Tenants and tourists in New York City will be protected by a new law that makes it clear that operating a residential apartment as a transient hotel is illegal in New York City. The bill (S.6873/A.10008), sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, will put an end to the rampant spread of illegal hotels by clarifying ambiguities in State and City laws which made it impossible for government agencies to effectively crack down on offenders and protect residents. Governor Paterson signed the bill into law today.

July 26, 2010
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Tenants And Lawmakers Join Together to Urge Governor Paterson to Sign Bill to Crackdown on Illegal Hotels

(New York, NY) On Wednesday, July 21st, State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assembly Housing Committee Chairman Vito Lopez, as well as other key elected officials, tenants and housing advocates gathered at City Hall to urge Governor Paterson to sign legislation to enable New York City agencies to enforce the law against illegal hotels and to protect tenants.

July 26, 2010
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New York City’s Illegal Non-Hotels

New York Times Editorial

The Web sites show happy young travelers bunking within a few blocks of Broadway. And they offer a place to stay in such a glamorous, expensive city for only $15 a night. The problem is that a growing number of these “hotels” are unsafe, unsanitary and illegal.

Rogue hotels offer a quick buck for the landlords and a problem for almost everybody else — other residents who need affordable housing, the neighborhood that needs stability, the city that loses on hotel taxes and often even the visitor who goes home grumbling.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/opinion/10sat4.html?_r=1

July 12, 2010
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KLEIN WARNS BRONX RESIDENTS AGAINST USING UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS

Helps Middletown Resident After Contractor Bails on Bathroom Remodel

 

State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) sent a warning to all Bronx residents this week as many prepare to hire contractors for home improvements and remodeling during the summer season. The warning - to stay away from using unlicensed contractors - comes on the heels of a nearly three month battle on behalf of a Middletown resident whose contractor left her with a half-finished bathroom.

 

July 8, 2010
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Foreclosure Prevention

News From Senator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: July 8, 2010Contact: Ami Shah | shah@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-3531

Senate Moves To Empower Homeowners Facing ForeclosureLaw penalizes lenders who fail to engage in good-faithforeclosure settlement negotiations

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) along with the State Senate has passed legislation (S.7798A) empowering homeowners facing foreclosure to take action when lenders fail to meet their obligation of entering into good-faith settlement negotiations at “settlement conferences.”

July 7, 2010
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New Bill Allows City to Crack Down on Illegal Hotels, Put an End to "Nightmare" Situation

ALBANY - A bill passed by the Legislature would give the city greater power to crack down on illegal hotels being run out of apartment buildings.

The bill is designed to thwart a growing problem of landlords renting apartments as hotel rooms to get more money than rent laws allow. It has led to the removal of thousands of apartments "from an already tight housing market," said state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), the bill's sponsor.

July 7, 2010
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July 2, 2010
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Illegal Hotels Bill Passes Legislature Bill to Protect Residents, Increase Apartment Availability

Tenants and tourists in New York City would be protected by a new law that will make it clear that operating a residential apartment as a transient hotel is illegal in New York City.  The bill (S6873/A10008), sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Richard N.

July 1, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

 

June 28, 2010
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