Issues: Housing

My Op-Ed in the Amsterdam News on Why We Must Continue Fighting Rent Regulations

Amsterdam News: Protecting New York’s tenants: a fight worth fighting


Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:05 AM EDT

Over the past decade, working families in New York have been battered by an economic recession we just can’t seem to shake and policies that reward the super-rich at the expense of the poor and middle class. Communities of color have been hit especially hard, suffering from a disproportionately higher rate of unemployment, incarceration and service cuts that strike at the heart of our social safety net.

May 24, 2011

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Continues to Insist Upon Decent Housing Laws

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) issued the following statement today in concert with today’s Rent Regulation Rally in Albany:

“There’s a lot of finger pointing about who will be responsible for New York rent control and rent stabilization laws that are still not extended and the pain it will cause for the poor and needy people of New York who rely upon these laws for decent housing.

Let’s consider two issues: the Millionaires’ Tax and Rent Control Laws. If Governor Cuomo would have included them both in his Budget, things might not be so bad.

Passing the Millionaires’ Tax could have helped New York’s government to prevent the loss of services in health care, education, senior citizen programs, etc.

May 24, 2011

NYS Senator Eric Adams Unites With Housing Advocates And Form A Human Chain Around A Rent Regulated Building

 On Sunday, May 23, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams united with elected officials, rent regulation reform advocates and tenants to urge Governor Cuomo to oppose the special interests groups by renewing the rent laws, set to expire on June 15, 2011.  Rent regulation laws currently protect the rights of millions of New York State tenants by guaranteeing them lease renewals and stable rent increases.  If these rent laws are not renewed, thousands of New Yorkers will be subjected to unaffordable rent costs and lack of protection from predatory landlords.  Rally participants will join hands and form a human chain around the rent regulated building as a sign of solidarity, so that others are aware of the expiring rent regulation laws.

May 23, 2011

Erie Harbor Wall Raising Ceremony

On Thursday, May 19th, I had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, a wall raising ceremony for the new Erie Harbor apartment building that is currently under construction on Mt. Hope Avenue. For more about this new venture, you can visit The project is expected to be complete this summer.


Photo courtesy: Communications Bureau, City of Rochester.

May 20, 2011

Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 308 LOB

May 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Coop and Condo Forum

Learn About

• The Role Of The Board

•The Role Of Management

•Shareholder/Owner Rights

•Confl ict Resolution


David L. Berkey, Esq., Partner

Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP

Kevin McConnell, Esq., Partner

Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue,

& Joseph LLP

Larry Simms, President

Alliance of Condo & Co-op Owners


For more information, contact Senator

Golden’s office: 718-238-6044

June 2, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

15 Buildings Cited in City Crackdown on Illegal Hotels

By am NY

With the power of a new state law behind him, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is cracking down on the city's illegal hotels.

The Office of Special Enforcement has shuttered or given citations to 15 of the illegal inns, defined as any residence with a "transient occupant" whose stay is less than 30 days. Under the previous law, a majority of the building's occupants had to be transient for the building to be illegal.

"Owners of illegal hotels put profits above safety, allowing renters to stay in extremely dangerous conditions and it’s disgraceful," Bloomberg said.

All of the buildings busted so far under the new law, which went effect on May, are in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

May 16, 2011

Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Room 308 LOB

May 18, 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM

First-Time Home Buyer Bill Passes State Legislature

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) today announced that legislation they sponsored to allow municipalities to continue the tax exemption for first-time home buyers of newly constructed homes has passed both chambers of the New York State Legislature.  The bill will now go before Governor Cuomo for signature.

“Young, working families have a very hard time trying to meet the costs associated with the purchase of their first home. This legislation will make it easier for families to move from renter to homeowner,” said Sweeney.

May 12, 2011

Senator Martins Visits Apex Housing Complex in New Cassel

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Apex housing complex in New Cassel. The complex consists of Apex I and Apex II, two buildings that were built in recent years by the Kimmel Housing Foundation to provide housing for senior citizens, workforce families and the physically challenged.

Senator Martins met with Kimmel Housing Foundation Chairman Howard B. Kimmel, President Roberta Treacy and Patricia Bourne, EVP, Planning. Among the topics discussed were opportunities for housing in downtown areas and the proposed Apex III for New Cassel.

Residents from the complex were then invited to ask Senator Martins questions. Representatives from the Kimmel Housing Foundation thanked Senator Martins for visiting and for speaking to the residents of the housing complex.

May 11, 2011

Senator Squadron Statement on Battery Park City Ground Rent Agreement

For Immediate Release May 10, 2011

"Today's ground rent agreement will provide stability and fairness in Battery Park City, ensuring the community will continue to be a great neighborhood in which to live and raise a family. I thank Speaker Silver for his leadership in bringing this resolution about and commend him and the Battery Park City Authority for reaching a solution for our constituents, our community and our city."


May 11, 2011

Forum/Town Hall: Forum on Rent Regulations, May 12 6:30 pm

Join me with Congressman Charles Rangel, Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Herman Denny Farrell, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, NYC Comptroller John Liu and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for a forum on rent regulations, tenants' rights and New York's housing needs.

Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm

Church of the Intercession

550 West 155th Street


May 12, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Forum/Town Hall: Forum on Rent Regulations, May 26 6:00 pm

Join me, with Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for a forum on rent regulations, tenants' rights and New York's Housing needs.

May 26, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sen. Espaillat's Op-Ed on why the expiration of rent regulations would be a disaster for New Yorkers

West Side Spirit: Expiring Rent Regulation Spells Disaster for New Yorkers

By Senator Adriano Espaillat

Big corporations have benefited from record profits, while New York’s working class has struggled to recover from the aptly named “Great Recession.” All the while, low-income and middle-class families have been battered by brutal budget cuts on the federal and statewide level. We have seen deep cuts to education and health care, while billions in tax breaks have been given away to the wealthiest among us.

May 6, 2011
May 6, 2011
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