Issues: Housing

SENATE BANKS COMMITTEE SEEKS ANSWERS ON UNSPENT SUPERSTORM SANDY FUNDS

Thursday, February 28

1:00 PM Senator Joseph Griffo, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Banks, Hosts Public Hearing regarding Insurance Proceeds Disbursement

To inform and educate consumers on what they can do to expedite the release of any remaining insurance funds from Superstorm Sandy that are being held by banks and mortgage servicers.

March 1, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Room 308 LOB

February 27, 11:30 AM - 11:42 AM
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Senator Kennedy Calls on SUNY to Ensure Operable Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Every Dorm Room

After UB students sickened and dorm evacuated, Kennedy wants SUNY to ensure CO detectors are present and functional during more frequent inspections. 

Kennedy: A Stronger SUNY Policy on CO Detectors Will Help Students and Parents Breathe a Little Easier.

February 19, 2013
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Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Releases Preliminary Report Outlining Recommendations on Storm Relief, Contingency Planning, and Disaster Mitigation

Less than three months after Senate Co-Leaders Jeffrey D. Klein and Dean G. Skelos launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley. Following each tour, the Task Force held roundtable discussions with over one hundred community, private sector, and government stakeholders, including major insurance carriers and senior members of the Cuomo administration.

February 4, 2013
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Senator Stavisky, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, and Community Leaders Discuss Tax Abatement Legislation

 

Legislation Approved By Senate and Assembly Would Treat

Co-Ops and Condo Owners More Fairly

February 1, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Proposes New Meth Lab Disclosure Rules to Protect Homeowners, Renters

Hazardous chemicals left behind in homes once used as meth labs pose serious health risks; Kennedy wants new disclosure requirements for sellers and landlords. 

At 148, a record-setting number of meth labs uncovered and broken up across N.Y. State in 2012. 

Kennedy: When Homeowners are Kept in the Dark on Meth Contamination, Serious Health Problems Take Entire Families by Surprise. It’s Time for New Rules to Protect Buyers and Renters. 

January 25, 2013
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A Message from Senator Stavisky Regarding Co-op and Condo Abatements

 

Dear Friend,

Many of you have contacted me and other legislators to express your concern about the expiration of the Co-op and Condo tax abatement.

In Albany, we have been focused on resolving this issue for many months, and I am delighted to inform you that last night the Senate passed legislation, 56-7, extending the tax abatement.

January 25, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Klein’s Statement on Passage of Co-op/Condominium Tax Credit Renewal

Today, the New York State Senate passed the renewal of the co-op/condominium tax credit with overwhelming support. Senator Klein called the bill critical and commonsense.

January 23, 2013
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Job Creation Projects In 51st Senate District Net $21 Million

ONEONTA, 12/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 50 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

“The Regional Economic Development Council approach provides our state with a real economic spark, capitalizing on a bottom up approach which maximizes creative and innovative ideas generated by local stakeholders,” said Senator Seward.  “I applaud Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”

December 19, 2012
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Groundbreaking For 49 Townhomes In Buffalo's Historic Fruit Belt

Transformation of Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood continued on Dec. 14 when federal, state and local government officials joined religious leaders in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new townhome project.

The event was held at 145 Maple Street, where a three-bedroom, fully handicapped accessible unit is now under construction.

St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corp. is developing 49 new townhomes on properties near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The $15.3 million project will include 17 buildings, with two, three and four-bedroom townhomes that will be energy efficient. 

December 14, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS ABOUT UPCOMING MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents about a free mortgage assistance program to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

            The “Hope for Long Island” program will be held this Saturday, December 15th from 10 am to 7 pm at the Joseph Barry Career & Technical Educational Center, located at 1196 Prospect Avenue in Westbury. The event is being sponsored by the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, the Long Island Housing Partnership, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, NeighborWorks America, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

December 13, 2012
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Senator Serrano Joins Community Voices Heard in a walking-tour of George Washington Carver Houses

Senator Serrano joined Community Voices Heard (CVH) in a walking-tour of George Washington Carver Houses. CVH is an organization of low-income people working together throughout New York City and State to improve the lives of families and communities. Following the walking tour, Serrano engaged in a Q&A with tenants of the Washington Carver Housing Development and CVH. CVH's agenda includes advocacy in the issues of public education, grassroots organizing, leadership development, training low-income people about their rights, political education, civic engagement, and direct-action issue campaigns. 

December 12, 2012
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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NYCHA Reports on Heat and Hot Water Restorations

*** UPDATE*** NYCHA Reports on Heat and Hot Water Restorations

As of November 5 at 11:00 a.m.,  NYCHA reported that it has successfully restored heat and hot water to:

November 5, 2012
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Erie Harbor Apartments and Townhomes Grand Opening

Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for Erie Harbor Waterfront Apartments and Townhomes. Located on Mt. Hope Avenue, Erie Harbor is the newest urban living community unveiled by Conifer Realty. It has 131 appointed and designed apartments and townhomes, which include 28 unique floorplans. The development includes a community center which houses a fitness center. For more information on Erie Harbor, visit www.liveaterieharbor.com.

October 25, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Barbecue at Magnolia Gardens in Westbury

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a barbecue for the residents of Magnolia Gardens in Westbury. The facility providing housing for our seniors. Senator Martins enjoyed saying hello and reminding the residents that his office is always available to provide assistance at 746-5924.

October 1, 2012
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