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Senator Espaillat Commends Gov. Cuomo on Repeal of Secure Communities

Removing NY from flawed program will make state safer, more just

(Albany, NY) – Today, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) commended Governor Andrew Cuomo on his strong leadership, following the governor’s decision to rescind New York’s participation in “Secure Communities,” a  highly flawed program that has caused anxiety and insecurity around our state.

June 2, 2011
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Hundreds of NYC Tenants, Join Sen. Espaillat, Democratic Legislators in Rallying for Strong Rent Laws

Interactive forum, including online platforms, used to communicate urgent need to extend and strengthen rent regulations

(Albany, NY) – With rent regulations that protect affordable housing for over 2.5 million tenants set to expire on June 15th, hundreds of New York City tenants joined Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) to express the urgent need to extend and strengthen rent regulations.

Broadcast live over the Internet, via Twitter and Facebook, Senate and Assembly Democrats, led by Senator Espaillat, engaged housing advocates from across the state on the pressing need to pass a strong rent regulations bill before June 15th. In addition to the more than 200 tenants who came to the capital to participate in the forum and other day-long advocacy efforts, hundreds participated in the the forum online.

May 24, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat with Local Leader Maria Luna and "Honorary Chef" NYC Comptroller John Liu

Sen. Espaillat with District Leader Maria Luna and "Honorary Chef" NYC Comptroller John Liu

May 15, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat leads the way in protecting workers' rights by cracking down on exploitative employment agencies

New York Times: Despite City Crackdown, Immigrants Still Are Often Cheated by Job Agencies

By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ

Published: May 15, 2011

 From the article:

Some state lawmakers are proposing legislation to increase fines against employment agencies to $500, from $100, for each day a violation continues, and to make it a misdemeanor to accumulate three or more violations in a five-year span.

May 15, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Forum on Rent Regulations, May 26 6:00 pm

Join me, with Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for a forum on rent regulations, tenants' rights and New York's Housing needs.

May 26, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Sen. Espaillat's Op-Ed on why the expiration of rent regulations would be a disaster for New Yorkers

West Side Spirit: Expiring Rent Regulation Spells Disaster for New Yorkers

By Senator Adriano Espaillat

Big corporations have benefited from record profits, while New York’s working class has struggled to recover from the aptly named “Great Recession.” All the while, low-income and middle-class families have been battered by brutal budget cuts on the federal and statewide level. We have seen deep cuts to education and health care, while billions in tax breaks have been given away to the wealthiest among us.

May 6, 2011
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Riverdale Press: Tweet Tweet - Senator Espaillat responds to constituents via twitter

Got a neighborhood problem? Tweet your local pol.

After a Riverdale blogger communicated via Twitter with state Sen. Adriano Espaillat about the disrepair of the pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at West 235th Street, the Department of Transportation started fixing it. 

May 6, 2011
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Senator Espaillat Highlights Push to Extend Rent Regulations

Senate Democrats release new video demonstrating urgency on rent regulations issues

 (New York, NY) – Today, Senate Democrats released an important video about the need to extend and strengthen rent regulations. The powerful video features Senator Adriano Espaillat and other advocates of rent regulations in the Senate, as well as everyday tenants who would be devastated if rent regulations are allowed to expire on June 15th.

May 3, 2011
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Senate Passes Senator Adriano Espaillat’s Bill Making it Easier for Tenants to Hold Meetings in Housing Authority Developments

Today, the New York State Senate passed an important bill sponsored by Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) which makes it easier for tenants to hold meetings in buildings operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

The legislation (S. 3114) will permit tenants to hold meetings in a common area of NYCHA operated buildings without any fee. Currently, tenant groups and committees, that may not be able to afford a costly social room, sometimes hold meetings in individual apartments or open spaces in possible violation of building codes.

May 2, 2011
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Senator Adriano Espaillat Congratulates President Obama and U.S Armed Forces for Bringing Osama Bin Laden to Justice

**Statement**

Senator Adriano Espaillat Congratulates President Obama and U.S Armed Forces for Bringing Osama Bin Laden to Justice

(New York, NY) – Tonight, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement regarding the killing of Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the September, 2001 attacks in New York:

“Tonight is a great night for all New Yorkers and in fact all Americans who were victimized by Osama Bin Laden, a mass murderer and the leader of Al-Qaeda. I congratulate President Barack Obama and our heroes in the United States Armed Forces.

May 2, 2011
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The West Side Spirit: Gay Marriage Bill Nears the Goal Line

Gov. Cuomo’s push, plus public opinion shift, raises bill’s chance of passage

By Megan Finnegan

April 29, 2011
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Senator Espaillat, Assemblyman Dinowitz Cheer Quick Action in Local Bridge Repair

W. 235th Street Pedestrian Bridge in Riverdale on its way to being repaired following constituent complaints and work by local elected officials

April 26, 2011
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City Hall News: A Look At The Fight To Extend And Strengthen The Rent Laws

Rent Wars - Whether Cuomo can expand stabilization laws will hinge on Senate GOP

By Jon Lentz

In the 1980s, Andrew Cuomo launched a homeless program that was acclaimed for its innovative model of housing. In the early 1990s, he helped revamp New York City's housing policy for the homeless.   By the late 1990s, he was boosting affordable housing across the country as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The test looming for this housing advocate, now governor of New York, is where he'll come down on the state's rent regulation laws, which expire June 15.

April 25, 2011
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Riverdale Review: Dems hope to extend rent regulations

 

By Brendan McHugh

Last week, state Senator Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock to remind Albany legislators about the urgency of passing rent regulations, slated to expire on June 15.

The Democratic-led Assembly approved an expansion of rent regulations two weeks ago, but the Republican-led Senate is hesitant to approve a broadening of the regulations. The Democrats' plan would reverse the state's policy enacted 18 years ago, of slow-motion deregulation of housing at the high end by increasing minimums on rent and tenant income.

April 21, 2011
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The Riverdale Press: Espaillat's Countdown

By Adam Wisniewski

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

On April 13th, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock that will be ticking away in Albany until Wednesday, June 15, the day rent regulations will expire if they are not renewed by the state legislature. 

April 20, 2011
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