Sen. Espada, who also serves as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, today unveiled proposed legislation (S.6811) that would help poor, low and moderate income, and working families pay their rent.
His legislation would establish a rent relief assistance program that would freeze the rents of nearly 300,000 households of rent-stabilized apartments to the tune of $100 million in rent increase exemptions in the first year of the program, and gradually increasing to $130 million in rent increase exemptions by year ten.
In tribute to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. was joined by clergy representing all religions, students of schools and members of athletic teams throughout the Bronx, and borough community leaders and residents in a massive “MLK March for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence.” Before the parade, with pledge cards in hand, Sen. Espada asked the borough’s youth to sign on to an anti-gun/gang pledge to help end violence and hate/bias crimes among young people in the Bronx.
January 11, 2010: Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. discusses two of his legislative priorities this year..."I am focused on bringing historic change to housing...and human rights to improve the working conditions of farmworkers."
Senator Espada's priorities for 2010 inlcude: "creating jobs and affordable housing, controlling government spending, providing tax relief, strengthening ethics reform and improving education for our children on behalf of the state's 19.5 million residents."
Senator Espada speaks on increasing the cap on charter schools, which will benefit thousands of children in the Bronx and throughout the State, as well as bring vital federal dollars into the State's public school system.
In Spanish: NYS Senator Pedro Espada discusses Governor David Paterson's 2010 State of the State address, his legislative priorities for the year ahead (including charter schools) and the Martin Luther King's legacy of service in a January 11, 2010 interview.