Issues: Housing

SENATOR MALCOLM A. SMITH ACTS TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERS WHO APPLY FOR THE STAR REBATE PROGRAM

(ST. ALBANS, NY) Homeowners will have the peace of mind in knowing they will receive the property tax breaks they are entitled to under legislation (S3087) supported by Senator Smith which requires that taxpayers be given a receipt confirming they in fact applied for a STAR exemption.

Continuing to fight for comprehensive property tax relief, Senator Smith championed this legislation after learning some homeowners did not receive their STAR exemption because their assessor claimed the application was never submitted.

February 23, 2010
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Espada Bill Would Freeze Rent for Three-Quarters of a Million Tenants

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (cellular) 914-403-4072 New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. is throwing a major lifeline to tenants struggling to pay their rent.

February 17, 2010
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Senator Espada Introduces a Lifeline for Struggling Tenants

Sen. Espada, who also serves as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, today unveiled proposed legislation (S.6811) that would help poor, low and moderate income, and working families pay their rent.

His legislation would establish a rent relief assistance program that would freeze the rents of nearly 300,000 households of rent-stabilized apartments to the tune of $100 million in rent increase exemptions in the first year of the program, and gradually increasing to $130 million in rent increase exemptions by year ten.

February 17, 2010
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Housing Rally for Rent Freezes

     Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., who also serves as Chairman of the Senate Housing Committee, is deeply committed to providing affordable housing to poor, low-income and working families.

February 17, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Public Hearing: 2010-2011 JOINT BUDGET HEARING Housing

New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell will conduct a joint budget hearing to examine the Governor’s proposed budget relating to the development and preservation of housing across the state. When: February 3 @ 1 P.M. Where: Hearing Room B – Legislative Office Building Expected to TestifyNYS Division of Housing & Community Renewal: Brian Lawlor, Acting Commissioner               

February 3, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Housing

 New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell will conduct a joint budget hearing to examine the Governor’s proposed budget relating to the development and preservation of housing across the state. When: February 3 @ 1 P.M. Where: Hearing Room B – Legislative Office Building Expected to TestifyNYS Division of Housing & Community Renewal: Brian Lawlor, Acting Commissioner             

February 3, 2010
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State Senator Duane Joins Senator Schumer, Local Elected Officials and Advocates to Preserve Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village As Haven for Middle Class

SCHUMER LEADS RALLY WITH STUYVESANT TOWN AND PETER COOPER VILLAGE TENANTS TO PRESERVE MASSIVE COMPLEX AS HAVEN FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN NEW YORK Schumer, Garodnick, Duane Make Direct Appeal to Heads of Fannie and Freddie; Agencies Are Best Hope to Keep Complex Middle Class As They Are the Largest Creditors Fannie and Freddie Have Leverage Over Servicer CW Capital who Lawmakers Insist Must Install New Management that Keeps Building Affordable and Not Let Building Maintenance and Repairs Slip During Transition and Sale

January 30, 2010
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View Testimony from Joint Budget Hearings

 

Comment on our Budget Blog

Below you will find the list of combined testimonies from all of the Joint Budget Hearings in both written and video formats. This page will be updated as the materials become available.

January 28, 2010
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Tenants Rights Forum

You may be eligible for rent stabilization as a result of recent court decisions regarding buildings that received the J-51 or 421-g tax benefits. Come learn about what that could mean for you from housing experts and your local elected officials.

Time:   Thursday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m.Location:  St. John’s University               101 Murray Street            New York, NY

File: 
Lower.Manhattan.Tenant.Forum_.421g.pdf

January 26, 2010
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Statement of NYS Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Tishman Speyer and Blackrock Realty Surrender of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village to Creditors

 “Residents of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village (ST/PCV) and all who care about the future of this bastion of affordable middle-class housing in New York City are understandably concerned about the news that the complex will be turned over to its creditors. 

January 25, 2010
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SHUTTING DOWN FORECLOSURE MODIFICATION SCAMS

SHUTTING DOWN FORECLOSURE MODIFICATION SCAMS

Senator Klein unveils new proposal that cracks down on pervasive city wide scams

NEW YORK- Deputy Majority Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by Senator Brian Foley (D-Blue Point), NYS housing groups, Foreclosure Prevention Counselors from Community Homes Innovations and scam victims unveiled new legislation today that would significantly decrease, and in some cases eliminate, the pervasive practice of loan modification scams.

January 22, 2010
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Census 2010 PSA

A public service announcement about the 2010 Census.

January 15, 2010
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Sen. Espada Speaks on 2010 Priorites

January 11, 2010: Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. discusses two of his legislative priorities this year..."I am focused on bringing historic change to housing...and human rights to improve the working conditions of farmworkers."

Senator Espada's priorities for 2010 inlcude: "creating jobs and affordable housing, controlling government spending, providing tax relief, strengthening ethics reform and improving education for our children on behalf of the state's 19.5 million residents."

January 13, 2010
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En Espanol: Sen. Espada on 2010 Legislative Priorities

In Spanish: NYS Senator Pedro Espada discusses Governor David Paterson's 2010 State of the State address, his legislative priorities for the year ahead (including charter schools) and the Martin Luther King's legacy of service in a January 11, 2010 interview.

January 13, 2010
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Statement of Senator Duane RE: Tishman Speyer Properties’ Announcement of its Mortgage Default on Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village

January 8, 2010

“While not unexpected, it is sad and a cause of great concern that Tishman Speyer and Blackrock will miss a payment today on debt from their 2006 purchase of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village (ST-PCV).  This situation is another tragic result of the recent real estate boom, which has and will continue to negatively impact New York City’s residents. 

January 8, 2010
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Response to Gov. Paterson’s State-of-the-State Address

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) 518-455-3395 (at this number Jan. 6th)

“The action of the Senate Democratic Majority in recent months – for example, addressing issues in a bipartisan way, creating green jobs, controlling spending and preserving important resources for education – has demonstrated our commitment to the state’s 19.5 million residents.

January 6, 2010
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: LANDMARK SENATE FORECLOSURE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW; New Law Protects Homeowners, Prevents Similar Crises From Happening In The Future

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th Senate District) joined Governor Paterson today for a bill signing ceremony enacting landmark Senate legislation which protects homeowners from the ongoing foreclosure crisis, Senate bill 66007. 

December 22, 2009
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