Issues: New York City

New York Post: Turning Your NY Apartment into a Hotel Is Illegal

Nicole Gelinas cuts through the Airbnb talking points with this thoughtful column on short-term rentals from Monday's New York Post:

Airbnb’s other argument is that its “hosts” need cash. We all need money, but we can’t break the law. Plus, by enabling rent-stabilized tenants to violate their leases as well as the law, Airbnb puts its “hosts” in danger of eviction...

Airbnb also says the money its hosts make helps them keep New York affordable. “This income is actually helping them to stay in their homes,” Airbnb policy director Molly Turner said last month.

But a landlord can get $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom legally, or $9,000 illegally. After he eventually cuts out the middleman — the tenant who thinks she’s smart in making a few extra bucks — that’s an apartment that someone can’t live in, pushing up rents for everyone.

You don’t have to believe in rent control to realize that the city should enforce laws to keep apartments as apartments.

November 5, 2013
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One Year After Sandy: Bronx Lawmakers Celebrate Re-Opening of Tony’s Pier Restaurant

CITY ISLAND, NY – Standing at the far end of City Island, elected officials, members of the City Island business community and the owners of Tony’s Pier, came together to celebrate its re-opening a year after a fire consumed the entire restaurant during the height of Superstorm Sandy.

At the press conference, Senator Jeff Klein, joined by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assemblyman Mike Benedetto and members of the City Island Chamber of Commerce highlighted the progress made following Superstorm Sandy, while noting there is more work to be done.

October 29, 2013
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Senator Dilan, Assemblyman Espinal Join Cypress Hills Local Development Corp., Students, Parents and Teachers in Opposition of Proposed I.S. 171 Co-Location

#NoColocation

Today Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) and Assemblyman Rafael Espinal (D-54th Kings) joined Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. (CHLDC), teachers and parents of I.S. 171 to protest the Department of Education's (DOE) decision to co-locate another middle school within the Cypress Hills school.

October 28, 2013
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FELDER PRESENTS $140,000 CHECK TO THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) received a warm reception yesterday at the Kings Highway Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library where he presented a $140,000 check payable to the Brooklyn Library System. The allocation, which was obtained with the assistance of Republican Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos, will be split between the six libraries in Felder’s district including the Borough Park, Kensington, Kings Highway, Mapleton, Midwood and Ryder branches.

October 25, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Steve Otis Celebrate New Child Labor Laws Aimed at Protecting Child Models

NEW YORK, NY- Today, New York State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Senate Labor Committee Chairwoman Diane Savino, and Assemblyman Steven Otis celebrated the signing of a sweeping new child labor law that promises to end widespread exploitation of underage models in New York’s fashion industry. Until today, minors in New York's fashion industry were forced to work without the protections of the state's child labor laws. But under a new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo late on Monday night, children in the fashion and modeling industries will now be provided the same protections afforded other young performers.

October 22, 2013
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Statement on Appeals Board Decision in the Nigel Warren Short-Term Rental Case

The following statement is attributable to State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan):

"The New York City ECB Appeals Board decision overturning fines levied against Airbnb host Nigel Warren's landlord is little more than the exception that proves the rule. The Appeals Board dismissed the fines because Mr. Warren's roommate, who was a permanent resident of the apartment, was present in the apartment during an Airbnb customer's stay. Situations like this one, where a permanent tenant remains living in a part of the home, were never the focus of the New York law against illegal hotels.

October 1, 2013
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The Verge: One Ruling Doesn't Make Airbnb Sublets Legal

Tech news site The Verge reported on the Airbnb-backed appeal that overturned fines in one illegal short-term rental case, and quoted Liz, putting the decision into perspective.

October 1, 2013
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The New York Times: Tenant's Fine for Renting to Tourist Overturned

Sen. Krueger was quoted in this New York Times piece, explaining that short-term rentals in multi-family residential buildings remain illegal, despite a small legal victory for Airbnb in an isolated, cherry-picked case.

October 1, 2013
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Public Hearing: Cybersecurity: Defending New York from cyber attacks

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on BanksChair: Senator Joseph GriffoSenate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallSenate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James SewardSenate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small BusinessChair: Senator David ValeskySenate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin GoldenSenate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and CorrectionChair: Senator Patrick M. GallivanPublic Hearing: Cybersecurity: Defending New York from cyber attacksPlace: The Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Dwight Evans (518) 455-3334Media Contact: Rayan Aguam (315) 793-9072ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

November 18, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Klein hosts First Annual Clam Chowder Festival on City Island

CITY ISLAND, NY - Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) hosted the first annual City Island Clam Chowder Festival during the annual City Island Chamber of Commerce Arts & Crafts Fall Fair this Sunday by Hawkins Park. Fair goers had an opportunity to try samples of sixteen different chowders from fourteen participating restaurants, having the opportunity to vote for their favorite.

Three awards were given. The Lobster House won the People’s Choice Chowder, Sammy’s won for the best Manhattan Clam Chowder and the Sea Shore won for the best New England Clam Chowder. Senator Klein, Assemblyman Benedetto, Food Network Star and City Island Native Michael Proietti and City Island Current Fleet Captain Chris Cullen judged the competition.

September 23, 2013
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Senator Klein Honors First Responders at Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ on Orchard Beach

Senator Klein with honorees at the Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ.

From left to right, Sgt. Dennis Tierney, Bronx 43rd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Kevin Burke, Former Bronx 50th Precinct Captain and New C.O. of World Trade Center Command, Police Officer Jairo Vasquez of the Port Authority NY and NJ Police Department, Firefighter Dominick Libonati of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Senator Klein, Firefighter Kevin Adams of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Firefighter Phil Pillet of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Lt. Julian Keiser, Pelham Fire Department

September 23, 2013
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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Meeting

Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

On September 25, Greenpointers will have the opportunity to learn more about local environmental improvement grants made available through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and how the program is proposed to work. Furthermore, residents will have the opportunity to learn about similar environmental improvement projects, and offer their opinions on how best as a community we can implement similar improvements to Greenpoint.

As the result of a 2010 settlement between New York State and Exxon Mobil, the $19.5 million Fund was created to make new environmental investments in Greenpoint.

September 23, 2013
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September 10, 2013
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FELDER TELLS NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT: “PREPARE FOR LARGE INFLUX OF VISITORS DURING CHOL HA’MOED SUKKOS”

In advance of the Sukkos holiday, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has contacted New York City Parks Department Commissioner Veronica White to advise her to prepare for the large influx of Orthodox Jewish families who will visit the City’s parks and attractions during Sukkos. A copy of the letter was also distributed to parks in each borough, and to local attractions including zoos, aquariums, and museums.

September 9, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER DENOUNCING NEW PLASTIC BAG TAX PROPSAL

“I am completely opposed to the legislation introduced by Coucilmembers Chin and Lander requiring retail and grocery stores to charge at least 10 cents for paper and plastic bags at retail and grocery stores,” said Senator Felder. “New Yorkers cannot afford the basics, and now the City Council is essentially telling the average New Yorker whose in trouble, ‘not only are you suffering, but we’re really going to stomp on your head by charging you 10 cents extra per bag.’ This is nothing more than a tax and an attempt to make money. People are already overtaxed and overburdened. While the City Council is busy seeing green, New Yorkers will be seeing red. 

August 20, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Celebrates Federal Judge Scheindlin Finding the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy to be Unconstitutional

(Brooklyn, NY) “Today, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin concluded that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s Stop-and-Frisk program has violated the Fourth and 14th Amendment constitutional rights of potentially millions of Blacks and Latinos in New York City.

August 14, 2013
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STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON FLOYD V. THE CITY OF NEW YORK RULING

STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON FLOYD V. THE CITY OF NEW YORK RULING

“I am pleased that today’s court ruling recognized NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics for what they are – discriminatory and unconstitutional. While it is essential that we keep finding innovative ways of keeping our City safe, our efforts cannot be at the expense of New Yorkers’ civil rights. I am hopeful that the remedies put in place by today’s ruling will put an end to the discriminatory practices that have disproportionately violated the constitutional rights of thousands of minorities in New York.”  

August 12, 2013
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Senator Stavisky, Congresswoman Meng, Councilwoman Koslowitz Speak Out to Save Community Garden

Elmhurst, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) gathered at the Elmhurst Community Garden today to call for a delay of the property sale so that community members have an opportunity to conserve or relocate the garden, which is located on private property.

July 26, 2013
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Sen. Jeff Klein and NYC DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan Join Forces to Highlight Dangerous Speeding at PS 81 in Riverdale

RIVERDALE, NY — Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and PS 81 parents today to release new statistics demonstrating a pattern of dangerous speeding near PS 81, an elementary school in Riverdale. To combat the danger posed by this consistent speeding, Senator Klein has introduced legislation in the Senate that would authorize the use of speed cameras in New York City school zones where dangerous speeding is most prevalent. The legislation, S.4459A/A.4327A, is being considered in both the Assembly and the Senate in the final weeks of this year’s legislative session.

June 14, 2013
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Senate Unanimously Passes Klein Bill Aimed at Fighting Childhood Obesity in High Risk Communities

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Monday night, the New York State Senate passed legislation to combat childhood obesity by implementing a wide array of initiatives. These initiatives include: expanding community gardens where fresh produce is grown, kick-starting new obesity programs that encourage schoolchildren to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and launching new services through Cornell University that provide obesity and respiratory disease prevention programs in high risk areas. Additionally, New York State will establish direct marketing campaigns aimed at encouraging children in high-risk neighborhoods to consume healthy foods.

June 4, 2013
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