Issues: Housing

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

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.

Fall 2010 Neighborhood Update - Fall.pdf

November 30, 2010
November 30, 2010

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.

Nov 2010 CB- PRINT.doc

November 30, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:


September 23, 2010

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:


Jeffrey D. Klein, SD-34

September 21, 2010

Statement of NYS Senator Duane RE: Governor Paterson's Veto of HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) 30% Rent Cap Legislation

September 19, 2010"Governor Paterson's veto of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) 30% rent cap bill is an incredible tragedy. Thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS who receive housing assistance from HASA will continue to be forced to live on $11 and change a day because all the rest of their monthly income – in some cases upwards of 70% – must go towards paying rent.

September 19, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: Town Hall Meeting on Section 8 Vouchers

Please join Senator Jose Peralta for a Town Hall on Section 8 vouchers. Members of the community, housing advocates and social service providers are encouraged to voice their opinions and ask questions.

The event is sponsored by:

Senator Jose Peralta

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras

New York Urban League Housing Program

NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)

NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Queens Library


Please share the event with friends and neighbors.  Click here to download the flyer.

October 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Yonkers Insider: 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 30, 2010

Espada Announces State Funding for Affordable Housing

BREAKING NEWSEspada Announces State Funding for Two Projects in the Bronx for Construction of $29.3 Million of New Affordable Rental Housing for Senior, Low-Income Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. today announced that the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) has awarded $4.6 million in state funds for the construction of 101 new affordable rental housing units targeted for very-low-to-low-income families and senior citizens for two projects in the Bronx. The state funds will leverage additional federal, city and private resources for total project costs of $29.3 million.

August 27, 2010
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