Issues: Housing

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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Praising the Agreement on the Final Re-zoning for Redevelopment of Hudson Yards

On Monday, December 21st, Senator Duane spoke at a press conference announcing the final re-zoning for redevelopment of the Hudson Yards area.  The agreement on the Western Rail Yard sets the stage for a combined 12 million square feet of mixed-use development, including 1,300 affordable housing units in the Hudson Yards area, and will create thousands of permanent and construction jobs. 

December 21, 2009
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Landmark Senate Foreclosure Protection Bill Becomes Law

Governor Signs Schneiderman-Sponsored Bill To Protect Homeowners From Foreclosure Crisis

December 16, 2009
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Rallying for Public Housing

On Thursday, November 12th, I released a letter with Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, GOLES and more than 80 elected officials and community organizations, asking Governor Paterson to fully fund NYCHA housing in his budget proposal for next year. More than 80 elected officials and community organizations have joined our SOUND Housing Campaign for full funding for NYCHA.  Would you like to join?  Please contact Rosemarie Diaz in my office at 212-298-5565 or rdiaz@senate.state.ny.us.

December 1, 2009
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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver vows to protect funding for public housing

By Frank Lombardi

Feature issue in The Daily News

Despite the worst state fiscal crisis since the mid-1970s, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has vowed to safeguard state funding for the troubled New York City Housing Authority.

November 16, 2009
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Affordable Homes to be Constructed at 3 Cypress Hills Sites

Capital Funding Provided by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan

November 13, 2009
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Silver and Others Seek Millions for NYCHA

By Azi Paybarah

Feature article in The  New York Observer

Public housing advocates and elected officials rallied on the City Hall steps for more than a half hour this morning, demanding the city and state give more money to the New York City Housing Authority.

November 12, 2009
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Over 100 Elected Officials, Tenants, Workers, and Advocates Organize for Fully Funded Public Housing

SOUND Housing Campaign Releases Letter to Governor Paterson Calling For Full NYCHA Funding in 2010 Budget

November 12, 2009
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Public housing tenants demand repairs, full funding

By Lesley Sussman

Feature article in The Villager

Hundreds of residents who live in public housing throughout the city were expected to converge at City Hall on Thursday morning Nov. 12, along with politicians and organizers, to demand that Governor Paterson include ample funding for the New York City Housing Authority in the budget due for release in December.

November 11, 2009
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2009 Mid Year Report on Receipts and Disbursements

November 5, 2009
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Savino and other Coney Island Elected Officials Announce $21 Million in Funding for Luna Park Mitchell-Lama

Savino and other Coney Island Elected Officials Announce $21 Million in Funding for Luna Park Mitchell-Lama

November 5, 2009
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Statement from Senator Liz Krueger on Ruling in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties

“I am not surprised by the decision.  The Court has re-affirmed the clear intent of the legislature.  Building owners who receive large, long term property tax exemptions are obligated to uphold their side of the social contract by keeping their units affordable.  After all, the City is giving up tax payments that would otherwise go towards our schools, police and other critical public services.  Fair is fair.  No owner was obligated to apply for these tax breaks.  I have always submitted that the law was clear in this case.  Thankfully the courts agreed.&

October 22, 2009
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Statement of Senator Duane Re: New York State Court of Appeals Ruling in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties

"In fighting on behalf of tenants, I have long argued that under New York State law, landlords who receive New York City tax abatements for renovations must extend rent stabilization protections to their tenants during the abatement period.I am gratified that the New York State Court of Appeals, in upholding the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruling in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P., has affirmed it.

October 22, 2009
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November 4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Recording of Senator Squadron's October 14th community convention follow-up call

On October 14th, Senator Squadron hosted a conference call to give an update on the goals and priorities outlined at the first-ever 25th District Community Convention held in March. The discussion focused on Public Housing, Rent Regulations, Mitchell-Lama, Section 8, and Tenants’ Rights, Public Assistance and Social Services, Disability Access, Senior Citizens’ Concerns and Health and Health Care.

The call was the fourth and final call in a series of community convention update calls, all of which were open to the public.

October 15, 2009
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Senator Larkin Pleased Rural Ulster Preservation Company Will Receive Over $1 Million In Federal Stimulus Money

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) recently announced that Rural Ulster Preservation Company in Kingston has received $1,019,242 in funding from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). The funds are being provided by OTDA's Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

September 30, 2009
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