Yearly Archives: 2017

Maloney Announces Nearly $3 Million in Unused Federal Funding Going to Two Flood Mitigation...

Three years after he stood at Maple Avenue Park to announce that $11.5 million worth of unused Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) funding would remain available to Orange County for flood mitigation in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced two flood mitigation projects totaling $2.8 million.

GOVERNOR CUOMO UNVEILS 6TH PROPOSAL OF THE 2018 STATE OF THE STATE: CONTINUE TO...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 6th proposal of the 2018 State of the State: the 2018 taxpayer savings plan to continue to combat New York's most burdensome tax - the local property tax.

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $56.6 Million Rehabilitation of 320 Affordable Housing Units in...

Project Preserves Affordability for 700 Residents at "Cedars of Chili" for 40 Years. Investment Complements 'Finger Lakes Forward' - Region's Successful Upstate Revitalization Initiatives to Grow Economy, Create New Opportunities

Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito Announce Major Investments to Fill East Harlem Greenway...

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito today announced a major investment to advance construction of a brand new section of the Greenway, between East 125th and East 132nd streets. This investment would close one of the last remaining gaps in the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a major step towards completing a contiguous 32-mile waterfront pedestrian promenade and bicycle path around Manhattan.

HPD JOINS AAFE AND ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO PRESERVE HISTORIC AFFORDABLE BUILDING IN CHINATOWN

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), and Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc. (ECLF) today unveiled 81 Madison Street, a 20-unit building in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood that was one of the first buildings to undergo HPD’s Green Housing Preservation Program, which provided financing for improvements to the non-profit-owned building

HPD ANNOUNCES THE AWARD OF $14.5 MILLION IN TAX CREDITS TO CREATE NEARLY 800...

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer today announced the allocation of $14.5 million in housing credits for nine affordable housing developments in Brooklyn and the Bronx, creating and preserving nearly 800 affordable apartments for New Yorkers throughout both boroughs

Governor Cuomo Announces $11.4 Million for Supportive Housing for Older Adults, Youth and Families

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $11.4 million in state funding has been awarded to two supportive housing projects in Oneida County and one in Brooklyn. These three projects will create 103 units of emergency and permanent housing for homeless older adults, youth, families and individuals with mental illness, with funding from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program

HOUSING 2.0: MAYOR DE BLASIO LIFTS AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP

Mayor Bill de Blasio detailed two new programs that will help New Yorkers achieve and maintain the American Dream – owning their own home. Open Door aids first-time homeowners buy a condo or coop, and HomeFix helps New Yorkers make capital improvements to their homes. These two programs will reach at least 2,100 households in eight years.

NEW TOOL TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS: MAYOR DE BLASIO MOVES TO CONVERT CLUSTER BUILDINGS INTO...

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the City will help not-for-profit developers acquire and rehab residential “cluster site” buildings, currently used to house homeless families, and convert them into permanent affordable housing in a historic move to address the homelessness crisis in New York City. If negotiations to buy cluster site buildings are not successful, the City will use eminent domain to acquire them

SCHUMER: BUFFALO’S NORTHLAND CORRIDOR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT IS AT RISK IF CONGRESS ELIMINATES HISTORIC TAX...

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today called on the National Park Service (NPS) to approve the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project’s request for inclusion of a key property to the National Register of Historic Places. Schumer said the vital designation of the former Niagara Machine and Tool Works Factory would allow the project to become eligible for an estimated $16 million historic tax credit, and help spur economic development on the East Side of the City of Buffalo.

Former Head of Niagara Falls Housing Authority Pleads Guilty to Stealing Government Funds; Son...

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Stephanie W. Cowart, 58, of Grand Island, NY, pleaded guilty to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, Cowart’s son and daughter-in-law, Allen, 31, and Fredia, 28, both of Niagara Falls, NY, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of theft of government funds which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine

New York Department of State to Hold Public Hearing and Meeting of Real Estate...

The New York Department of State will hold a public meeting followed immediately by a public hearing on December 11 at 2:00 p.m, regarding the profession of real estate salespersons and brokers.  The meeting will take place at the following office locations: 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, 276 Waring Road, Rochester; and, 123 William Street, New York City. 

HOMELESSNESS DECLINES IN MOST COMMUNITIES OF THE U.S. WITH INCREASES REPORTED IN HIGH-COST AREAS

Homelessness crept up in the U.S., especially among individuals with long-term disabling conditions according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 553,742 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, an increase of .7 percent since last year. Homelessness among families with children declined 5.4

Roe Announces Federal Grants for Reconstruction from Natural Disasters

Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program will reimburse the U.S. Forest Service $335,408 and $160,000, respectively, to reconstruct federally-owned roads damaged by heavy rains in December 2015. Roe released the following statement

Partnership for New York City Defends NYCHA at City Council Hearing

Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony today. We all agree that there can be zero tolerance for exposing children to lead paint poisoning and recognize that this hearing responds to very legitimate concerns about conditions that should not exist in public housing. At the same time, the focus should be on fixing the underlying conditions, not on chastising NYCHA management or the Administration for a bureaucratic error. This is an opportunity for the City Council and all of us to support Shola Olatoye and her team as they struggle against great odds to preserve and renew the nation’s largest inventory of publically-owned affordable housing.

Statement on City Council Approval of Bedford Union Armory Redevelopment Project

The New York City Council approved the de Blasio Administration's plan to redevelop the Bedford Union Armory into a community recreation center, space for non-profits, and 250 units of affordable housing. New York City Economic Development Corporation issued the following statement

Governor Cuomo Announces Start of Construction for $150 Million Road, Transit & Economic Development...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction for the $150 million design-build project at the Woodbury Road, Transit and Economic Development Hubin Orange County. Construction is expected to be completed in November 2019 -- or five years ahead of schedule. The state will use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), with the new road, transit and economic development hub expected to create 700 jobs over the course of the project.

SCHUMER: DURING ROUNDTABLE IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY, SENATOR REVEALS TWISTED FED PLAN THAT WILL UNDERCUT...

FCC Rules That Promote More High-Speed Internet Access Are Threatened; Senator Says, If Approved, Internet Under New Standard Will Be Like Driving Tractor Instead Of A Trans Am And Calls For More Federal Investment In Broadband Infrastructure

Statements on the Approval of the Bedford Union Armory Project by the City Council...

On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the City Council Land Use Committee and Planning Subcommittee approved the de Blasio Administration's plan to redevelop the Bedford Union Armory as an affordable recreation center, space for non-profits, and 250 units of affordable housing. New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development issued the following statements

Six Companies Receive New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Certification

The Office of General Services Commissioner today announced that the following six businesses have recently been certified by the Office of General Services’ (OGS) Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development (DSDVBD)
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Flatiron Partnership and Van Alen Institute Unveil Winner of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design...

the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute unveiled the winner of the fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition—Flatiron Reflection by Future Expansion—a temporary installation in the heart of the Flatiron District. Flatiron Reflection will be the centerpiece of the Partnership’s sixth annual holiday program and a highly visible landmark in this thriving New York City neighborhood.

City Council Approves Bronx Point, a Mixed-Use Project on the Lower Concourse North Site

Bronx Point will deliver up to 1,000 units of housing, including hundreds of units of deeply affordable housing, world-class open space on the Harlem River Waterfront, cultural destinations and will create over 150 permanent jobs and over 1,200 construction jobs

OGS TO HOLD PUBLIC AUCTION FOR 50 ACRES OF FARMLAND IN KINDERHOOK ON NOVEMBER...

New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner RoAnn M. Destito today announced a public auction for approximately 50 acres of state-owned farmland on State Farm Road in the town of Kinderhook, Columbia County will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 9. Complete details, including photos, legal and reference documents, and auction requirements can be found online at www.nysstore.com by clicking on “Real Estate Auctions.”

Maloney Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Introduce Legislation to Boost Infrastructure Investment

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa) to introduce legislation which will strengthen public-private partnerships and boost investment in America’s infrastructure. The Move America Act will expand private activity bonds and infrastructure tax credits, which will attract billions of dollars in capital and give state and local governments greater flexibility to fund critical infrastructure projects.

Statement on City Council Approval of 126th Street African Burial Ground Memorial and Mixed-Use...

The New York City Council today approved a zoning application for the development of a portion of land in East Harlem that was once the site of an African Burial Ground that dates back to the seventeenth century. The 126th Street African Burial Ground Memorial and Mixed-Use development will deliver a permanent memorial, deeply affordable housing and jobs for East Harlem residents.

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Jennifer Brown, Founding Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, to...

Jennifer Brown, the first and only Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID), will leave this fall after more than a dozen years of service to the neighborhood. Ms. Brown will begin work next month as Executive Director of the Montclair Center BID, working in the area where she and her family live.