Issues: Housing

Revitalizing Upstate Begins on Main Street

For too long, Upstate New Yorkers have watched as our plants closed, our children moved away and our Main Streets emptied.  We were all again disheartened to see recently that Forbes magazine listed Syracuse as one of the cities in distress, citing in part shrinking population within the city.  To change this, we have to stop and reverse the population loss and economic trends that have driven people and businesses from our city and village centers. Today, there is renewed reason for hope.   Earlier this week, Governor Paterson signed into law a bill I spons

July 31, 2009
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Brennan / Krueger Bill to Force Correction of Dangerous Construction Violations Signed by Governor Paterson

A bill to improve construction safety sponsored by Assemblymember Jim Brennan and State Senator Liz Krueger was signed into law on July 29th by Governor Paterson. The legislation, developed out of 2005 and 2008 hearings by the Assembly Cities and Codes committees on construction safety, requires contractors and developers to certify correction of violations posing an imminent threat to public safety or face shutdown of their worksites, as well as significant penalties.

July 31, 2009
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In Major Victory for Upstate, Governor Signs Valesky-Sponsored Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—In a significant victory for Upstate New York, Governor Paterson today signed into law the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC), sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that will encourage development, stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of life in cities like Syracuse and Utica.

July 29, 2009
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Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study

A 2008-2009 Studio Project by Hunter College, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

The Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study was a studio project conducted for 2008-2009 at the request of New York State Senator Jose Serrano’s office.

The report is available for download from the AccessRI page at  http://accessri.blogspot.com/.

If you have comments about the report or any aspects of the studio project, please feel free to write to:

July 28, 2009
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Sign the rehab bill

Buffalo News, published June 28, 2009

Now that the State Legislature once again passed a rehabilitation tax credit, Gov. David A. Paterson should sign that bill.

For the past few years, New York has had the opportunity to breathe life into urban neighborhoods and downtown cores, a chance to revitalize deteriorating housing and commercial property. The opportunity also offers the possibility of revitalizing historic structures.

July 28, 2009
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Sound Investment: Governor should sign bill to help downtowns

Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, published June 23, 2009

Gov. David Paterson announced Wednesday that he had vetoed 14 bills that he said would have cost taxpayers a total of $5.7 million. "This is not a time to add to the state's spending or to increase the burden on the state's taxpayers," he said. "This is the time for fiscal responsibility, and that means vetoing bills that increase costs to taxpayers."

July 28, 2009
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Senator Thompson Joins Ken/Bailey Neighborhood Services For Their 1st Annual Health, Housing And Safety Fair

For Immediate Release Contact: Heather Zeisz | zeisz@senate.state.ny.us | 716.854.8705

Buffalo, NY- New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) and Kensington Bailey Neighborhood Services present the 1st annual Health, Housing and Safety Fair.  This event will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 995 Kensington Avenue in Buffalo.

July 22, 2009
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Long Island Press: Foley Looks to Assist Veterans Facing Foreclosure

By Lindsay Christ

July 15, 2009

Senator Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point) announced to a small group of veterans outside American Legion Post 269 in Patchogue that he was waiting on Governor David Paterson to sign his veteran’s foreclosure bill, which has earned a significant amount of bipartisan support.

July 16, 2009
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Senator Serrano on All Things New York (WWRL 1600)

Senator Serrano will discuss his advocacy for the inclusion of two Muslim holy days in the city’s public school holiday calendar, as well as affordable housing policy and other important issues affecting the 28th Senate District.

July 14, 2009
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Senator Bill Perkins & Advocates for Repealing Vacancy Decontrol (full clip): Watch Thursday 7/9/09 at 8:00 PM on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network--Ch. 56 Time Warner, Ch. 83 RCN, & Ch. 34 Verizon

On Monday, June 30, 2009 advocates for repealing vacancy decontrol legislation traveled  to Albany to lobby for the bill.  Senator Perkins meets with them outside the Senate Chamber. The advocates voice their concerns over the Senate coup and how it affects their lives and the lives of people all across the state.

Watch Thursday 7/9/09 at 8:00 PM on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network--

Ch. 56 Time Warner

Ch. 83 RCN

Ch. 34 Verizon

July 3, 2009
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Senator Bill Perkins & Advocates for Repealing Vacancy Decontrol

On Monday, June 30, 2009 advocates for repealing vacancy decontrol legislation traveled  to Albany to lobby for the bill.  Senator Perkins meets with them outside the Senate Chamber. The advocates voice their concerns over the Senate coup and how it affects their lives and the lives of people all across the state.

July 3, 2009
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Senator Thomas K. Duane 2009 Rent Guidelines Board Testimony

Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Rent Guidelines Board Hearing On Proposed Rent Increases
June 17, 2009

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes the Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and parts of the East Side, including the East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza.

June 17, 2009
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Legislative Gazette: State, local Suffolk leaders meet on subsidized housing

By ANAND BALASARLegislative Gazette Staff WriterMon, Jun 8, 2009Officials from Suffolk County met with state legislators last month to lobby for the reform of social service laws that affect public housing. The meeting, conducted by Sen. Brian X. Foley, D-Blue Point, and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., R-Sag Harbor, focused on bills meant to address housing problems faced by towns and hamlets throughout Suffolk County.

June 8, 2009
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June 9, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
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Housing Committee Meeting

Printed No. Sponsor Title 3067A  Oppenheimer An act to amend the private housing finance law, in relation to enacting the affordable rental housing siting act and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof  3457 Refer to Finance Espada An act to amend the private housing finance law, in relation to the

S5705 SAVINO   Extends the period of time during which certain real property tax exemptions apply

June 9, 12:00 PM - 12:28 PM
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STATE APPROVES $300,000 GRANT FOR HOME HEADQUARTERS TO RENOVATE 30 HOMES IN SYRACUSE

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) today approved a $300,000 grant to Home HeadQuarters (HHQ) to help finance home improvements for 30 homes in the City of Syracuse.

“This funding will help to improve the aging housing stock in Syracuse, and help make the city a better place to live,” said Senator DeFrancisco.  “In addition, it will improve the safety and value of thirty homes in the City of Syracuse, and most importantly, it will benefit thirty local families.”

June 4, 2009
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Senate Measure Opens Eligibility for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption

Law excludes certain medical expenses from income

June 3, 2009
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Senate Ups Property Tax Breaks For Cold War Veterans

Measure equalizes vet tax break & extends it to co-op apartments

Cold War veterans will be eligible for the same property tax breaks as veterans of foreign wars under legislation the state Senate approved Monday.

The measure, sponsored by Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Queens), lets towns and cities offer higher property tax exemptions to Cold War veterans, bringing them in line with the tax breaks offered to other vets.  It also covers veterans in owner-occupied co-op apartments as well.    

June 3, 2009
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