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Maloney Pressing Trump Administration and Congress to Make 2nd Avenue Subway Extensions an Infrastructure...

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney announced that the Trump Administration plans to include Phases 2 and 3 of the Second Avenue Subway in its list of infrastructure building priorities. An unconfirmed leaked copy of the list estimates that $14.2 billion could be allocated for the project. Maloney spoke directly with the Trump team earlier this week, and was repeatedly assured by individuals who worked on creating the list that Phase 2 and Phase 3 are part of the plan. When completed, Phase 2 will run from 96th Street and 2nd Avenue up to 125th Street, and Phase 3 will go from 62nd Street down to Houston Street. Congresswoman Maloney, a long time champion of the Second Avenue Subway, has been pressing Congress and the Trump Administration to include the next phases of the Second Avenue Subway in any infrastructure priority lists being developed

Chairman Crowley Condemns President Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) released the following statement today after President Trump signed a new executive order. “It’s unconscionable that President Trump would close the door to the desperate children, families, and elderly who have been forced to flee their homes and countries because of unspeakable acts of violence and war.

Statement from Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on the Department of Investigation’s ACS Report

“We, as a city, are defined by how we treat our kids. We aren’t living in a fair city when my kids come home to a safe household every night while thousands of others, in the greatest city on the planet, are living in some of the most deplorable, dangerous conditions imaginable.

NYCEDC, HPD & HDC Release Plans to Transform NYPD Parking Garage Into 100% Affordable...

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) today announced plans to transform an underutilized New York Police Department (NYPD) parking garage in Jamaica, Queens into an approximately 450,000 square foot mixed-use development that will include over 350 units of 100% affordable housing, recreational and commercial/retail space, which will generate hundreds of good-paying construction and permanent jobs.

NORTHERN NEW YORK PROCEEDS ALLOCATION BOARD IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The Northern New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board met for the first time today as it seeks to boost the St. Lawrence County economy by providing funding to businesses and other enterprises using money from New York Power Authority electricity sales

Coalition for the Homeless Responds to End of State Legislative Session

Despite his self-professed expertise on the topic and grandiose pronouncements as the homelessness crisis in New York reached record levels, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has racked up a series of staggering homeless policy failures in recent years

HORRORS IN HOMELESS HOUSING: NEW YORK’S UNCLEAN, UNSAFE, DANGEROUS TEMPORARY SHELTER SYSTEM AND HOW...

Senators Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Diane Savino (D-SI/Brooklyn), Avella (D-Queens), Alcantara (D-Manhattan), Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) and Jose Peralta (D-Queens), joined by advocates, released an investigative report detailing deplorable conditions at New York City hotels and cluster sites used for the homeless and called for a five-point legislative solution to the homelessness crisis.

A.G. Schneiderman Sues Company For Allegedly Scamming Thousands Of Homeowners Seeking Property Tax Relief...

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a lawsuit against STAR Exemption Advisor, YCA Corp. and its business owner Arie Gal, for allegedly scamming thousands of new homeowners out of at least $1.5 million by charging them excessive fees to enroll them in the Basic STAR Exemption Program, which is otherwise free.  The lawsuit, filed in Nassau County Supreme Court, seeks to provide full restitution to all those affected, and a complete accounting to identify all consumers who are entitled to such refunds. The lawsuit also seeks additional costs, damages, and to permanently enjoin the respondents from marketing any Basic Star rebate or property tax reduction services within the State of New York

New Yorkers call on Governor Cuomo and Legislature to assist first-time homebuyers

According to results from a Homeownership Poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute (SRI), 84 percent of New York voters supported the NY First Home proposal that would create a tax-free savings account to help New Yorkers save for a first home. Support for the program was bi-partisan and spread across the entire state

Statement from City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget

“The uncertainty surrounding future policy decisions by the Trump administration and the Republican Congress presents real risks to our City budget. My office conducted an analysis outlining potential Federal cuts—and I’m concerned many critical areas could be affected. From affordable housing to programs that support at-risk children, our social safety net could be fundamentally changed by backwards policies from Washington. We believe that whatever the White House and the Republican Congress do, our City must protect its most vulnerable residents.

NYCEDC Seeks Proposals To Bring Mixed-Income Housing and Open Space To Long Island City

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), today issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of a 58,000 square foot site in Long Island City, Queens. Activation of this underutilized site represents a unique opportunity to deck over a below-grade rail yard and create vibrant mixed-use, mixed-income housing development above with open space, community facilities and neighborhood retail.

N.Y. POWER AUTHORITY ICE BOOM TUGS HAVE NEW WINTER HOME IN BUFFALO

The New York Power Authority has completed construction on a new winter mooring site for its ice boom tugboat and barge at the extreme northern end of the First Buffalo Marina on Furman Street.

‘HOUSING NEW YORK: THREE YEARS OF PROGRESS’: CITY RELEASES NEW REPORT DESCRIBING THE...

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Eric Enderlin today announced the release of Housing New York: Three Years of Progress, describing the inroads made towards the goals of the Mayor’s housing plan. The new report comes on the heels of the Mayor’s announcement last week that his Administration financed more affordable housing in 2016 than in any time in the past 25 years.

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32BJ announced today that its members have endorsed State Senator Bill Perkins in the special election for City Council District 9 based on his record of fighting for good jobs, affordable housing and immigrant rights

Reed Champions Local Redevelopment

Tom Reed continues his efforts to support local infrastructure with the announcement of two major grants for water infrastructure systems in Chautauqua County. “We care about helping our local communities improve their water systems because it bolsters the regional economy, lightens the burden for local taxpayers and protects our environment,” said Reed. “These grants will have a major positive impact in not only the communities, but the entire Great Lakes watershed. It’s only right that we remain committed to these types of critical investments going forward.”

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH: OMB SIGNS OFF ON PENN SOUTH REFINANCING AGREEMENT; FEDERAL...

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, after his push, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has signed off on a major refinancing agreement for Chelsea’s Penn South Co-Op, which will help ensure the development remains affordable for an extended period. Earlier this month, Schumer called on OMB to swiftly review and make the decisions necessary to approve the development’s efforts in refinancing its property

N.Y. POWER AUTHORITY TO HELP MUNICIPALITIES SPEED UP INSTALLATION OF EV CHARGING STATIONS

The New York Power Authority today announced it will help municipalities secure state-funded rebates to install charging stations in an effort to support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s push to expand the use of electric vehicles.

Mayor De Blasio Appoints Maria Torres-Springer Next Commissioner For Department of Housing Preservation And...

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced Maria Torres-Springer will serve as the next Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development when its current commissioner, Vicki Been, returns to teaching at New York University. The mayor is also appointing James Patchett as President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

MAYOR DE BLASIO APPOINTS MARIA TORRES-SPRINGER NEXT COMMISSIONER FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION AND...

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced Maria Torres-Springer will serve as the next Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development when its current commissioner, Vicki Been, returns to teaching at New York University. The mayor is also appointing James Patchett as President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

MAYOR DE BLASIO, CITY AND STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE WHEDCO AND BFC PARTNERS SET TO...

Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been, Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Eric Enderlin, and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) Commissioner Jamie Ruben join WHEDco, and BFC Partners to announce the start of construction on Bronx Commons – a 426,000 square foot, mixed-used development in the Melrose section of the Bronx that will include 305 affordable apartments, retail space, and the Bronx Music Hall, a new 14,000 square foot, 300-seat music venue and arts-centered community hub focused on the deeply-rooted history of cutting edge Bronx music.

Governor Cuomo Announces $4.2 Million to Fund Energy Efficiency Training for Building Workers Across...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $4.2 million is available to support programs providing training to building operations and maintenance workers on best practices to reduce energy use and energy bills in buildings across the state. The funding will advance the state’s goal to transition to 50 percent renewables by 2030 and reduce energy use in buildings by 23 percent over 1990 levels.

Governor Cuomo Announces 37th Proposal of 2017 State of the State: Encourage Recent College...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled a new Graduate to Homeownership Program to provide recent college graduates with homebuyer assistance to remain Upstate, especially in downtown areas. Despite being home to some of the nation’s top colleges, many Upstate communities struggle to retain recent graduates. This $5 million pilot program will incentivize homeownership with subsidized low interest loans, down payment assistance and homebuyer education courses to encourage young people to stay and continue revitalizing Upstate New York’s downtown areas

REALTORS ask governor to expand first-time homebuyer incentive

The following is a statement by New York State Association of REALTORS CEO Duncan R. MacKenzie: “The New York State Association of REALTORS (NYSAR) and its 52,000 REALTORS encourage Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to consider a more broad-based, robust approach to assisting all our state’s residents in overcoming the barriers to homeownership. We need to invest in as many bright young minds as we can if we are to fully reinvigorate our state’s economy

MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO ANNOUNCES M/WBE FIRMS WIN BIDS TO BUILD HUNDREDS OF AFFORDABLE...

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery and Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been today announced the selection of eight Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise teams to lead the construction of six new 100 percent affordable housing developments on vacant City-owned land.

‘STILL YOUR CITY’: MAYOR DE BLASIO ANNOUNCES MAJOR PROGRESS HELPING NEW YORKERS AFFORD THEIR...

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that his Administration financed more affordable housing in 2016 than in any time in the past 25 years. Three years in, his team has extended affordability for decades to come at 41,600 homes and spurred construction of 20,800 new affordable apartments

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SARATOGA & CAPITAL REGION HOMEOWNERS IN TAX JEOPARDY AS NEWLY CONFIRMED...

Standing with Saratoga County homeowners and amidst rising local anxiety, today U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer launched a push to preserve popular, but increasingly at-risk tax deductions Saratoga homeowners and taxpayers depend upon to keep the Capital Region’s cost of living in-check. Whether new Saratoga homeowners, longtime owners, or those looking to buy right now, Schumer said locals are in tax jeopardy as newly-confirmed U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has suggested threats to mortgage, state and local property tax deductions.