Issues: Housing

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio Announce Affordable Housing Protection for Low-Income New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Albany, NY (February 13, 2014)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a new affordable housing protection for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. With today’s announcement, New Yorkers who are permanently disabled by HIV/AIDS and receive rental assistance will pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward their rent. Without this protection, more than 10,000 New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS are denied affordable housing and required to pay upwards of 70 percent of their disability income toward their rent.

February 13, 2014


Squadron Has Long Advocated to End Agreement, Which Makes NYCHA Only Residential Landlord Required to Pay for Police Protection and Essentially Charges NYCHA Residents Double

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron -- who has long urged the City to end the Memorandum of Understanding between the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the City that requires NYCHA to pay the New York Police Department (NYPD) for ongoing law enforcement services for NYCHA residents through "Police Service Areas" (PSAs) -- welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to end NYCHA's payments to the NYPD. 

February 12, 2014



By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

District 32 Bronx County, New York

Tel 718-991-3161

A Few Questions for Mayor Bill de Blasio Regarding the New York City Housing Authority

You should know that the problems within the New York City Housing Authority are among the biggest headaches that our new Mayor Bill de Blasio will have to confront during his tenure as New York City Mayor.

February 4, 2014

Senator Serrano Sponsors Important "Know Your Rights" Housing Court Community Forum

(Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano sponsored an important "Know Your Rights" Housing Court Community Forum in the Bronx. The forum included a presentation by a panel of housing experts: CASA/New Settlement, Housing Court Answers and the Urban Justice Center. These experts informed constituents on how to manage housing court issues. The Legal Aid Society also participated in the event, providing free legal advice to constituents. Attendees engaged in at Q&A session at the end of the event.

January 29, 2014

Gay City News: Cuomo Budget Doesn’t Solve AIDS Rent Cap Challenge

January 22, 2014 : By Paul Schindler

Despite a concerted drive in recent weeks by advocates and elected officials, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1 does not include appropriation of funds to ensure that New Yorkers living with AIDS and receiving government rental assistance will have the effective rent they pay capped at 30 percent of their monthly income.

In a public policy battle, dating back at least seven years, to close what State Senator Brad Holyman characterized as a loophole in New York law, AIDS advocates had hoped Cuomo would step up with funding of at least $5.8 million during his annual budget address in Albany on January 21.

January 22, 2014

Forum/Town Hall: Senator Serrano to Sponsor Housing Court Forum

Have you received an eviction notice? Is the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) seeking to terminate your lease? Do you need information about Housing Court? New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano, elected officials and community organizations are sponsoring a Know Your Rights Housing Court community forum. 

Attend this informational session and learn more about how to navigate the Housing Court System. Free legal advice will also be provided by the Legal Aid Society. 

January 29, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sen. Klein, Joined by Dozens of Victimized Bronx Homeowners, Announce Filing of Class Action Lawsuit Against Deceptive Contractors

BRONX, NY– Standing on the steps of the Bronx County Supreme Court, Senator Klein, joined by dozens of Bronx homeowners and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), announced that a lawsuit charging fraud, conspiracy, breach of contract and negligence had been filed against members of an elaborate scheme targeting first time, minority homeowners. Homeowners allege that the defendants, working in concert, (referenced to as the “Tota-Kash Group” in the complaint), bilked them for millions of dollars by inducing them to purchase homes in the Bronx without valid certificates of occupancy and with shoddy workmanship.

December 20, 2013

Land Bank Sales Controversy

While it was a big day for members of the Land Bank board, it was also a big day for Zahide Halimi. A day she's long waited for. Zahide and her husband immigrated from Bosnia more than ten years ago. Her parents have now followed her to Syracuse, but have been unable to find a home. YNN's Bill Carey has more on the story.

December 16, 2013

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

IDC Introduces Innovative Programs Like Family Leave Insurance for Working Mothers and Fathers and Launches Mitchell Llama 2020; Agenda Re-Focuses State Resources on Working Families



December 13, 2013

Making New York Affordable: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda

Before Senator Klein and the IDC crafted their legislative agenda, Senator Klein heard from real New York families on how their coping with our state's affordability crisis. This video shows some of what these working New Yorkers said. 

December 13, 2013

Livestreaming "Affordable New York" Legislative Roll Out Today at 11am

Majority Coalition Leader, IDC Conference Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will announce “Affordable NY,” a bold new set of legislative proposals aimed at making New York affordable for working families. Affordable NY will reinvest $1.75 billion into programs, services, and tax credits that directly benefit working families and retirees. 

December 13, 2013

State Legislators Sponsor Disaster Recovery Fund Bill

Observer-Dispatch Posted Dec 02, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have co-sponsored a bill that would create disaster recovery funding.

December 10, 2013

Senator Serrano Writes letter to NYCHA Urging for Repairs at Mitchell Houses Senior Center

(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano wrote a letter to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) expressing his concerns with regards to the lack of repairs at Mitchell Houses Senior Center in the Bronx. Serrano visited the center in November of last year and noticed the concerning and hazardous large opening in the ceiling adjacent to the entrance, which was the result of water damage. Serrano urged NYCHA to take into consideration the health and well-being of the seniors at the center being exposed to these health hazards. See below for letter.  

December 9, 2013

In Wake of 2013 Flood, Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Bill to Create Disaster Fund

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has joined other state legislators who represent areas affected by severe flooding in July 2013 in introducing legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund aimed at expediting assistance to victims and municipalities.

“We have seen too many instances of flood victims lacking basic necessities months after a disaster hits because they are waiting for government to act,” Senator Valesky said. “That is unacceptable, and I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation that will ensure expeditious distribution of aid and resources through a disaster recovery fund.”

December 2, 2013


Legislation Would Open Black Box of NYPD Policing at Private Businesses, Including Use of Racial Profiling

Squadron-Mosley Bill Would Also End MOU Requiring NYCHA to Pay $74 Million a Year for "Additional Police Services"

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Walter Mosley announced the Retail Anti-Profiling Act, which would require transparency on additional policing provided to private businesses by the New York City Police Department -- such as the NYPD's role in potential racial profiling at Barneys and Macy's -- and end the 1994 MOU under which the New York City Housing Authority is charged for "additional police services."

November 26, 2013

Senator David Valesky Welcomes DFS Mobile Command Center to CNY

Department of Financial Services' Assistance Available for Homeowners during Mobile Command Center Visits to Syracuse on Thursday and Liverpool on Friday

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced that the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Mobile Command Center (MCC) will be in Central New York this week to help provide foreclosure prevention assistance to struggling homeowners.

Department representatives will be available to meet homeowners in the MCC at two locations:

November 21, 2013

Westchester Residential Opportunities 45th Anniversary Benefit

Senator Stewart-Cousins at the Westchester Residential Opportunities 45th Anniversary Benefit on Thursday, November 14th at the Ritz-Carlton Westchester. The Senator spoke about the importance of non-profit organizations like WRO and her own upbringing in public housing. Also at the event were (photo above, left-right) Honoree John Becker, former New York Giants' runningback Tiki Barber, Honoree John Nonna, Honoree Geoffrey Anderson, and News Channel 12 Westchester Anchor Michelle Brown.

November 18, 2013


NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the news that Governor Cuomo has signed Squadron's legislation to make the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program more accessible to middle class families.Squadron released the following statement:

"Now, thanks to our legislation, more families will have the chance to make a life here, no matter what their family looks like. This is a big win for New Yorkers, especially as our city faces an affordability crisis."The Mitchell-Lama program was created to ensure that more New Yorkers have access to middle class and affordable housing -- so that fewer New Yorkers, including cops, teachers, and firefighters, are not driven out."Thank you to the Governor for signing our bill into law. And I am grateful to Speaker Silver and Assemblywoman Millman for their vital leadership, and to Cadman Towers tenant leader Toba Potosky, who came to me with this idea and helped make it a reality."

November 14, 2013
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