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Schumer, Gillibrand: In The Face of Penn Station’s Crumbling Infrastructure Crisis, Trump’s Response Is...

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today slammed President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to critical transportation programs that help fund regional mass transit systems throughout New York that millions of commuters rely on each and every day. The Senators especially pointed to the Administration’s proposed cuts to Amtrak as an example of “doubling down on dilapidation” at exactly the moment when more is urgently needed to repair and modernize our aging transit infrastructure.

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $150,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR SOUTHERN TIER LIBRARY SYSTEM

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $150,000 in federal funding for the Southern Tier Library System (STLS) in Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, and Chemung counties. The funding was allocated by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will allow the STLS to upgrade existing fiber infrastructure that delivers broadband internet capabilities connecting 21 of its public libraries in the five-county region.

Mayor David Announces $11 Million Affordable Housing Project

Mayor Richard C. David today announced an $11 million affordable housing rehabilitation project in the “North of Main St.” neighborhood, delivering investment and stability to one of Binghamton’s most troubled areas

Trump Administration Reverses Course On Energy Efficiency Standard Following AG Lawsuit

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s notice that it will end its delay of energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans that offer dramatic air pollution reductions, as well as energy- and cost-savings to consumers and businesses. Attorney General Schneiderman, leading a 11-member state and municipal coalition, had sued the Trump Department of Energy (DOE) in April, charging that the Administration’s continued delay of the effective date of the rule violated federal law.

Governor Cuomo Announces Memorial Day Weekend Road and Bridge Construction Suspension

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. on Friday, May 26, to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.

DiNapoli: Audit Exposes Significant Management Issues With Tonawanda Housing Authority

An audit of the Tonawanda Housing Authority (THA) has revealed inappropriate computer usage, inequitable tenant and applicant treatment, and high vacancy rates in public housing, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Buyer demand drives median price growth as fewer homes available for sale in New...

Strong buyer demand, coupled with the ongoing decline in the number of homes for sale, fueled a 7.8 percent increase in the April statewide median sales price, according to the housing market report released today by the New York State Association of REALTORS. Inventory constraints also led to a 5 percent decline in home sales for the month compared to April 2016.

REALTORS Speak Out Against Federal Tax Proposals Harmful to New Yorkers; Urge Support for...

The New York State Association of REALTORS (NYSAR) today gathered in Albany for its annual Lobby Day to raise awareness about dangerous proposals included in President Donald Trump’s federal tax plan and meet with legislative leaders to promote the NY First Home, a proposal that would allow individuals to deposit up to $5,000 a year ($10,000 a year for couples) into a first home savings account, which would be tax deductible for state income tax purposes.

Reps. Stefanik, Schneider, Rooney, and Maloney Introduce Bill to Turn Abandoned Properties into Housing...

U.S. Representatives Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Tom Rooney (FL-17), and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) introduced bipartisan legislation to help veterans organizations buy, renovate, and repurpose abandoned housing into homes for veterans experiencing homelessness.

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $650K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THREE FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN...

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $652,194 in federal funding for three fire departments in Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). Specifically, the Victory Fire Department will receive $119, 524 to fund regional projects in which multiple fire departments and other organizations are involved.

ICYMI: Nadler Amendment Requires Secret Service Report Expenditures Paid to Commercial Properties Owned by...

Yesterday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced an amendment to require reporting of Secret Service expenditures paid directly to commercial properties owned by protectees as part of the committee’s markup of the Secret Service Reauthorization Act of 2017.

REP. ENGEL: NONPARTISAN BUDGET ANALYSIS SHOWS DANGERS OF TRUMPCARE

Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office’s latest Trumpcare score

NYCHA ANNOUNCES DEVELOPER SELECTION AT HOLMES TOWERS FOR NEXTGEN NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM, RAISING CRITICALLY NEEDED...

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) announced Fetner Properties as the developer for the first NextGeneration (NextGen) Neighborhoods site, which is on the grounds of Holmes Towers in Manhattan. Fetner was chosen in part due to its commitment to community-focused features in its proposal, including new playgrounds and open space and a new recreational and community center for local residents.

Former Dunkirk Mayor Sentenced For Using Campaign Contributions For His Own Personal Benefit

Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today former City of Dunkirk Mayor Richard L. Frey, 85, of Dunkirk, NY, who was convicted of wire fraud involving a scheme to defraud his mayoral campaign and his supporters by stealing campaign contributions for his personal benefit, was sentenced to six months home confinement by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $54,361.30

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION TO REPAIR ROADS, FLOODWALLS AND PUBLIC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $10 million in state funding is available to assist eligible local municipalities that have been impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline. The new investment program will support flood recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure. The funding is available through New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

Maloney Announces Nearly $300,000 Federal Investment in Hudson River Housing

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that Hudson River Housing will receive a federal investment of $286,333 to support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs. The investment is being made through NeighborWorks America, a public nonprofit established by Congress in 1978.

Governor Cuomo Announces 296 Acres Added to State Forest Preserve

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the acquisition of Marion River Carry, a 296 acre property in the Adirondacks. Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the Adirondack Park, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos signed ceremonial maps to resolve more than a century of differences between the state and Raquette Lake occupants located on 216 parcels within Township 40. As part of the resolution, the state acquired the property from Open Space Institute, which will now be added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve and made open to the public

Check Your Property Assessment Ahead of Grievance Day Deadline on May 23

New York - (RealEstateRama) -- The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded property owners—homeowners and businesses—that now is the time...

Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of $36 Million Supportive and Affordable Housing Development in...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the $36 million Norwood Terrace supportive housing development in the Bronx. The 115-unit housing project, operated by Concern for Independent Living, includes supportive services for homeless adults with psychiatric disabilities, along with affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.

Governor Cuomo Announces $10 Million to Repair Roads, Floodwalls and Public Water Infrastructure in...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $10 million in state funding is available to assist eligible local municipalities that have been impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline. The new investment program will support flood recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure. The funding is available through New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The program will be open to applications for funding from municipal governments in counties that were identified in Governor Cuomo’s May 2, 2017 emergency declaration this week

Reps. Katko, Collins, Tenney, Stefanik Urge Governor Cuomo to Request FEMA Assistance to Aid...

Representatives John Katko (NY-24), Chris Collins (NY-27), Claudia Tenney (NY-22) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) are urging Governor Cuomo to take swift action in requesting the assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deliver relief to Lake Ontario shoreline and St. Lawrence River property owners.

NeighborWorks America Grants Will Support Efforts To Provide Affordable Housing Opportunities, Build Strong Neighborhoods,...

The Metropolitan Rail Freight Council (MRFC) today released its first-ever Action Plan, a guiding document dedicated to growing rail freight capacity and volumes, investing in and preserving rail freight infrastructure, creating quality jobs, promoting environmental sustainability, creating an infrastructure bank, and ensuring a more resilient freight supply chain for the New York City metropolitan area.

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.5M in Neighborworks Funding to Develop and Preserve Affordable Housing,...

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,804,166 in grants for New York state community development organizations in the national NeighborWorks® network. The funds will support developing and preserving affordable housing, maintaining and expanding neighborhoods, and growing jobs. The FY 17 grant funding will be released by NeighborWorks America.

Partnership for New York City Calls on State Lawmakers to Address Mayoral Control, Charter...

The  Partnership for New York City, which represents the city’s largest private sector employers, investors and leading entrepreneurs, called on the New York State Legislature to permanently extend mayoral control, lift the charter school cap and grant design-build contracting authority to New York City agencies before this legislative session concludes

Governor Cuomo Announces $14.7 Million Project to Transform Former School 77 Into Affordable Housing...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $14.7 million project to transform the vacant former City of Buffalo public School 77 into a community hub with 30 affordable apartments for seniors, office space, community space, a community recreational gymnasium, and an auditorium for a local theatre company.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Final Deal Closed for $1.6 Billion Penn-Farley Complex...

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Meng Sends Letter to President Trump Asking He Remove Extremely Unqualified...

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) this morning sent the following letter to President Trump requesting that he remove his completely unqualified appointment to oversee federal housing programs in New York and New Jersey, Lynne Patton. The text of the letter is below and a copy of the correspondence can be found