Issues: Cities

Daily News: Brooklyn's Bridge Park will see fewer luxury condos and more community amenities after Albany deal

By Mark Morales

A complex deal that could wipe out the construction of two high-priced condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park was signed yesterday.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights) spearheaded a deal that could cut the number of luxury condos planned for the gleaming waterfront park down to none while also getting parkgoers a skating rink, a swimming pool and other perks.

"We found a path to address long-standing community concerns about housing on site, complete the park and increase the amenities," said Squadron.

August 4, 2011
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New York Observer: God Willing, Brooklyn Bridge Park Will Have Less Condos

By Matt Chaban

If they can reach a compromise on Capital Hill, why not on the Brooklyn waterfront?

After years of bickering over Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Bloomberg administration has finally struck a deal with two local pols who opposed plans to erect condos along the park to help pay for its maintenance. Instead of the two new condo towers, along with the hulking One Brooklyn Bridge Park, they have settled on one shorter tower, though maybe still a second one, along with a handful of additional funding mechanisms to make up the difference.

August 4, 2011
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Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Squadron & Assembly Member Millman Announce Agreement on Next Phases of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Memorandum of Understanding Enables Construction of 85-Acre Waterfront Park to Move Forward, Finds Common Ground to Reduce Housing and Utilize Alternatives

August 4, 2011
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New York Times: Housing Deal Ensures Park in Brooklyn Will Expand

 

By LISA W. FODERARO

After months of uncertainty over the fate of the popular Brooklyn Bridge Park, city and state officials plan to sign an agreement on Tuesday that would allow limited private housing to be built there, to help pay an expected annual operating cost of $16 million.

The agreement ensures that the park, which now measures 20 acres, will be completed, eventually expanding to 85 acres on five disused piers along the East River.

August 4, 2011
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CITY OF SALAMANCA RECEIVES EMERGENCY AID FROM NYS FOR 2011-12 FISCAL YEAR

             SALAMANCA, NY –Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that the state has provided $5 million in emergency funds to tide over the City of Salamanca during its fiscal crisis.

July 26, 2011
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HISTORIC LAND BANK BILL PASSES STATE SENATE

Land Banks are a Long-Term Solution to Problem of Vacant Properties

Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the unanimous passage of legislation (S663A) he sponsored in the State Senate that would allow for the creation of land banks in New York State. 

June 20, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 916 LOB

June 7, 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
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SENATE PASSES AIRPORT AUTHORITY BILL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3250A), which would create a Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, passed the New York State Senate today. 

“By creating this new entity, the airport could function more like a business and find ways to operate more efficiently,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “The savings realized from a more efficiently run operation could be passed on to the consumer in the form of lower air fares.” 

The bill calls for the Airport Authority to provide safe and efficient air transportation by enhancing the airport capacity and improving and expanding aviation and related facilities. 

May 25, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball and Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive: Fighting for the Repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax and Supporting a Full Forensic Audit of the MTA

 

YORKTOWN NY (April 27th 2011) Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess) was joined by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Westchester County Legislator John Testa and Yorktown Town Councilman Councilman Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) at a press conference today to support Senator Ball’s legislation fully repealing the MTA payroll tax, and providing for an immediate full forensic accounting of the MTA.

 Senator Ball’s legislation S4716, exempts self-employed persons, localities, school districts and not for profit corporations from the MTA mobility tax. The Senator is also proposing legislation which will repeal the MTA taxes on school districts by the end of 2016. As well as a measure that will require the MTA to attend the majority of public hearings on fare hikes in order to cast a vote.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Submitted Testimony on the Proposed East 91st St Marine Transfer Station

Testimony of State Senator Liz Krueger

Before the New York City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management

Regarding Funding for the Proposed East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station

in the FY 2012 Executive Budget

May 12, 2011

May 12, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Room 916 LOB

May 10, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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Senate Republicans’ Plan to Toll East River Bridges

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 27, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Statement from Senator Shirley L. Huntley onSenate Republicans’ Plan to Toll East River Bridges

April 26, 2011
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Homeownership Preservation Town Hall Meeting

Southeast Queens is at the epicenter of the national mortgage crisis. Homeowners in the district, I represent continue to need access to information and quality services, at a time when the media and federal government’s attention are beginning to move away from the plight of homeowners. Our community is built around the institutions of church and family. We must draw on these strengths to build the supportive environment that homeowners at-risk of foreclosure will need now and in the future. The obstacles that many of them face prevents stable and long-term homeownership from occurring within our communities.

April 19, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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4/13/2011: Rent Control Expires Wednesday, June 15, 2011

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 15, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**Press Release**

Rent Control Expires June 15,2011

April 12, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Room 916 LOB

April 5, 12:30 PM - 12:53 PM
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Should New York Be Separated into Two States?

Here is the story from the Democrat and Chronicle regarding bill S712, sponsored by Senator Robach, that would allow voters to decide on whether the state should be split into upstate and downstate.

Democrat and Chronicle March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Room 916 LOB

March 8, 12:30 PM - 12:56 PM
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Senator Ball Hosts Local Elected Officials Summit

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

February 14, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew J. Lanza, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, February 14, 2011 Room 124 CAP

February 14, 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
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