Issues: Housing

Serrano Comments on La Marqueta Plan

 

Calls city plan “visionary” so long as it meets the needs of his constituents

Highlights need to incubate healthy and affordable food, immigrant entrepreneurs, and vibrant public space

August 12, 2009

August 11, 2009
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Flood Relief Assistance Contact Information

Here are some numbers to direct people in Chautauqua Co. to get help depending on what you may need:- If your home was damaged or destroyed, you should contact DSS in Dunkirk (716-363-3500) as well as Chautauqua Opportunities (716-363-3333).- If you are Seniors and need to be relocated due to unsafe conditions, you should contact one of the local offices for Office of the Aging. The Dunkirk office is 716-366-4465 (ask for Katie Finch).

August 11, 2009
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Point Park - Dedication

Senator Seward will attend the dedication of Point Park at the 5 Corners in downtown Old Forge.  Local town officials, business representatives and community groups involved in the construction are also scheduled to attend.

August 13, 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Senator Valesky Announces Passage of Main Street Program Legislation

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.)—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the passage by the State Senate of economic development legislation in the form of a strengthened Main Street Program.   “Strengthening the successful Main Street program will help to jump-start new projects to bring people and businesses back to our city and village centers, and help them to become the economic engines they once were,” Senator Valesky,Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, said.

July 31, 2009
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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 30, 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 16, 2009
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