Issues: Cities

Sen. Aubertine Secures $1.02 M for City of Oswego

Funding will enable to the city to meet pressing heavy equipment needs, save property taxpayers

 

October 6, 2009
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Small stores key to ’hoods’ health, some tell hearing

Feature article in The Villager

By Albert Amateau

Small, family-owned stores are facing a host of threats in Manhattan, including high rents, national chains overwhelming neighborhoods, oppressive enforcement of city regulations and, of course, the economic downturn.

September 25, 2009
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Recording of Senator Squadron's September 23rd community convention follow-up call

On September 23rd, Senator Squadron hosted a conference call to give an update on the goals and priorities outlined at the first-ever 25th District Community Convention  held in March. The discussion focused on buses, subways, MTA funding, and MTA issues, pedestrian safety, street changes, bicycle lanes, traffic control, environmental sustainability, alternative energy and parks and open space.

The call was the first in a series of community convention update calls, all of which are open to the public.

September 24, 2009
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Planning for Responsible Development in Carroll Gardens

As a resident and a representative of Carroll Gardens, I continue to support a comprehensive, contextual rezoning of the entire community, from the Gowanus Canal to the water. 

File: 
Carroll_Gardens_rezoning_CPC_testimony-1.pdf

September 18, 2009
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Public Hearing: Retail Diversity and Neighborhood Health Public Hearing

Senator Squadron, the Senate Standing Committee on Cities, and the Assembly Standing Committee on Cities will be hosting a Public Hearing on Retail Diversity and Neighborhood Health.

September 18, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Squadron, Chair of Senate Cities Committee, to host a hearing on Retail Diversity and Neighborhood Health

SUBJECT:           Retail Diversity and Neighborhood HealthPURPOSE:          To identify and disseminate best practices for supporting and               facilitating the preservation and revitalization of retail in urban neighborhoods.

August 28, 2009
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August 27, 2009
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR CATHY YOUNG REGARDING EMERGENCY DISASTER RELIEF REQUEST FOR FLOODED AND DAMAGED AREAS

“I am urging Governor Paterson to immediately declare emergency disaster areas for Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. 

August 10, 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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New York's State Senate approves Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Published in the Syracuse-Post Standard

Thursday, May 28, 2009

 By Greg MunnoA long-anticipated program that would help make it viable to restore historic buildings took a big step toward becoming reality on Wednesday.

The state Senate passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, a bill that Upstate leaders have been pushing for years.

"This is a game changer," said Robert Simpson, president of the Metropolitan Development Association, which has advocated for the credit for five years.

June 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky talks about the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

The New York State Senate passed landmark economic development legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky which would stimulate the Upstate economy and revitalize its communities through rehabilitation of historic properties.

The bill, S2960, would provide tax credits for redevelopment of qualified residential and commercial properties with the intention of creating an economic stimulus in distressed communities.

May 28, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is Critical Component of Upstate Revitalization

It is not hard to describe the economic trend for Upstate New York over the last few decades.  We have all watched as our main streets emptied out, our factories left town and our children moved away.   These losses only increased the strains on our communities, pushing property taxes up on the businesses and families who have stayed.  

May 27, 2009
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Landmark Economic Development Legislation Sponsored By Senator Valesky Passes State Senate; Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is unprecedented redevelopment incentive for Upstate New York

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The New York State Senate today passed landmark economic development legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which would stimulate the Upstate economy and revitalize its communities through rehabilitation of historic properties.

May 27, 2009
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Senator Squadron Adopts Brennan Center Recommendations for Robust Committee Meeting

The  New York State Standing Committee on Cities, Chaired by Senator Squadron Undertakes Open Dialogue on Tenants’ Rights Bill.

Read the full release here

May 21, 2009
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