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As Rent Regulations Expire, Senator Espaillat Denounces Political Gamesmanship With Lives of Millions of New Yorkers

 

Senator Espaillat Calls for Immediate Passage of Legislation to Extend and Strengthen Rent Regulations

June 16, 2011
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Senator Espaillat: Governor Right to Keep Legislators in Albany Until Rent Gets Done

 With New York’s rent laws expiring at midnight, Gov. Cuomo reiterates need to extend and strengthen rent regulations

June 15, 2011
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NY Times: Sen. Espaillat with Minority Leader Sampson continue the fight to strengthen rent laws

State Lawmakers Argue Over Rent Laws as Deadline Looms

 By THOMAS KAPLAN

Published: June 14, 2011

 Lawmakers accused Republicans of trying the same move this year. “This is an end-around to try to skip town,” said Senator Adriano Espaillat of Manhattan, the senior Democrat on the Senate housing committee. “We’ve seen it before. We’re not going to be fooled by it. We know what it is. It’s a cheap trick.”

June 15, 2011
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The Time Is Now

Dear Friends,

June 15, 2011
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NY Daily News: Sen. Espaillat local elected officials and clergy rally for stronger rent laws at Harlem Church

Scores of tenants unite in new push for stronger rent regulation laws

BY Erin Durkin and Kenneth Lovett DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Monday, June 6th 2011, 4:00 AM

Hundreds of tenants, clergy and politicians rallied in Harlem Sunday to push for stronger rent regulation laws.

The rules that keep rents in check for 2.5 million New Yorkers are set to expire June 15 unless Albany pols strike a deal to renew them.

"People like me would not be able to live there," said Delsenia Glover, president of the Lenox Terrace Association of Concerned Tenants. "Harlem would not be Harlem anymore."

June 9, 2011
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Merlin German

Merlin German, a United States Marine Sergeant in Iraq, became a symbol of recovery throughout the world, soon known as the "Miracle Marine," during the 17 months he spent hospitalized following a blast in 2005.  Sergeant German eventually regained the ability to walk, and set up a charity for child burn victims.  Sadly, just over three years after the blast, he died following a minor skin graft surgery.

June 9, 2011
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MSNBC.com: Sen. Espaillat's legislation will crack down on highly alcoholic "nutcracker" sales to minors, and impose harsher penalties on those who sell them

Bill Clamps Down on Bodega Booze Sales to Minors

By Zachary Kussin

Bodegas and stores that sell a sweetened alcoholic beverage known as "nutcrackers" to underage customers could soon face tough penalties --including fines and jail time.

June 9, 2011
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NY Daily News: Sen. Espaillat praises Gov. Cuomo's support for strengtheing and extending rent regulations

Espaillat Gives Cuomo Props On Rent Robocall

BY Celeste Katz

Minority state lawmakers have made no secret of the fact they consider rent regulation a defining issue in their relationship with Gov. Cuomo.

Our Glenn Blain reports:

Gov. Cuomo’s move today to launch robocalls pushing for stronger rent laws has earned him support from one key member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus – state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

Here's Espaillat's statement:

June 9, 2011
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DN Daily Politics: Sen. Espaillat states it would be a tragedy to only pass an extension of rent laws by June 15.

Nothing Up But Weinergate -- AND Rent Regs

BY Celeste Katz

That June 15th deadline for the expiration of rent regulations may not be such a hard deadline after all.

Our Glenn Blain reports:

“We can always do extensions,” state Sen. Dean Skelos told reporters this afternoon, casting doubt on whether a final agreement can be reached the existing laws expire next week.

Skelos said there have only been “very, very preliminary discussions” with the Assembly and Gov. Cuomo on the rent laws.

“Nothing of real substance,” Skelos said, before noting that the deadline is still “next Wednesday, that’s an eternity away.”

June 8, 2011
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DNA Info: NY State Senate Passes Bill Sponsored by Sen. Espaillat to Crack Down on "nutcracker" drinks

June 1, 2011

By Andrea Swalec

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

UPPER MANHATTAN —Businesses selling fruity alcohol drinks to minors are facing stiffer fines and longer jail sentences after an Upper Manhattan-led crackdown. State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who represents Washington Heights and Inwood, sponsored a New York State Senate bill which seeks to crack down on the fruity booze, known as "nutcrackers."

It was passed Monday. "Study after study has demonstrated that alcohol and minors simply do not mix," Sen. Espaillat said in a press release.

June 8, 2011
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Riverdale Press: Sen. Espaillat's op-ed on why we must strengthening and extend New York's rent laws

POINT OF VIEW

Don't let rent regulations expire

By Senator Adriano Espaillat

 June 01, 2011

Middle class and working families have always been New York’s economic engine. A steady supply of housing has served to fuel this engine, particularly during harsh fiscal times. With New York on the verge of losing rent laws that protect millions of tenants, there is a serious housing crisis staring middle-class and working families in the eye. 

June 8, 2011
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June 8, 2011
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Just in Time for Summer, Senator Espaillat’s “Nutcracker bill” to Protect Minors from Alcohol Abuse Passes in the Senate

(Albany, NY) – As temperatures heat up, the New York State Senate moved to crackdown on a dangerous summer practice where sugary, colorful alcoholic drinks are sold to minors, posing a health and safety risk for young people and communities throughout New York. The “Nutcracker Bill,” sponsored by Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) will severely stiffen penalties for those engaging in the practice, adding harsh fines and imprisonment for repeat offenders.

June 6, 2011
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Senate Democrats Push Jobs Package, Highlighting Senator Espaillat’s Job Creation Legislation

Espaillat’s proposed “Seed-NY” program will invest in growing businesses in the state and create tech sector jobs

(New York, NY) – With just nine days left in the legislative session, Senate Democrats are urging immediate action to get New York working again - announcing a workforce reinvestment plan to spur job creation and strengthen protections for the unemployed. As part of a larger job creation package, Senate Democrats are highlighting Senator Adriano Espaillat’s legislation (S. 1864) which creates the Seed-NY program.

June 3, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat Along With Minority Leader Sampson and Senate Democrats Push for Jobs Programs

Albany Times Union: Sen. Dems Push Jobs Programs

By Rick Karlin

June 02, 2011

Income tax revenues so far are running $214 million ahead of projections, Senate Democrats said, and they want to spend some of that money, about $100 million, on a series of initiatives designed to grow jobs across the state. Some of these bills have come up before, while some, such as a bill expanding electric power in Western New York, have the support of key Republicans. Mostly, the bills set up training tax credits, small business assistance and capital for new businesses.

June 3, 2011
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