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Powers and limitations
Private Housing Finance (PVH) CHAPTER 44-B, ARTICLE 6-A
§ 254. Powers and limitations. 1. Except as is inconsistent with the
provisions of this article, a community development corporation shall
have, in carrying out the purposes of this article, the powers conferred
on corporations by the general corporation law and the business
corporation law, and shall be subject to the limitations contained

2. Community development corporations shall have the following
additional powers:

(a) To construct, reconstruct, improve, alter, repair, lease, manage,
operate and otherwise provide projects;

(b) To enter into contracts with the New York state housing finance
agency for mortgage loans;

(c) To receive assistance from the state, the federal government,
municipalities and any person, firm or corporation, by contract or
otherwise; and to comply, subject to the provisions of this article,
with the terms and conditions of such assistance;

(d) Subject to the approval of the commissioner, to sell, lease or
otherwise dispose of any of its real property, or any appurtenances
thereto or any interest therein, to the municipality or to any person,
firm or public or private corporation approved by the municipality by
resolution of its local legislative body. In the case of a lease or
other disposition not divesting such corporation of title, such approval
of the municipality may be conditioned upon the making of pro rata
payments in lieu of taxes to the municipality;

(e) To borrow money and give mortgages and other liens on its real and
personal property to secure the repayment thereof, and to issue its
notes, bonds or other obligations and to provide for the rights of the
holders thereof;

(f) Subject to the approval of the commissioner, to enter into
agreements to pay annual sums in lieu of taxes to any political
subdivision of the state with respect to any of its real property;
provided, however, that the amount so paid for any year upon any such
property shall not exceed the sum last paid as taxes on such property
prior to the time of its acquisition by the corporation, or by the
municipality if such property has been conveyed by the municipality to
the corporation, plus any sum or sums attributable as taxes to such
parts or portions of such real property as may be operated for profit,
under lease or otherwise by or for the benefit of any private person,
firm or corporation.

3. No community development corporation shall:

(a) Acquire any real property or interest therein unless such
corporation shall first have obtained from the commissioner a
certificate that such acquisition is consistent with the purposes of
this article.

(b) Pay interest on its mortgage indebtedness at a rate higher than
six per centum per annum or upon its notes, bonds or other obligations.

(c) Issue notes, bonds or other obligations relating to any project in
an aggregate amount greater than the project cost.

(d) Without first having obtained the written consent of the

(i) Construct, reconstruct, improve or alter any project, or enter
into any contract therefor.

(ii) Sell, transfer or assign any real property, except that no such
consent shall be necessary in any sale in foreclosure.

(iii) Except as otherwise provided in this article, encumber or lease
all or any part of its real property to any other person or corporation.

(iv) Enter into contracts for the operation of the project.

(v) Enter into contracts for the payment of salaries to officers or

(vi) Make a guaranty of payment or pledge any or all of its assets,
income or revenues to secure payment of its obligations.

(vii) Voluntarily dissolve.