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Staten Island REALTOR Dawn Carpenter inaugurated as NYSAR president

Dawn M. Carpenter, CPM of Staten Island, NY took the oath of office Monday, February 6, as the 2017 president of the New York State Association of REALTORS (NYSAR). The association’s inauguration ceremony was held in conjunction with its business meetings at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY. She will serve a one-year term in the post.

Ithaca REALTOR Christine ‘CJ’ DelVecchio inaugurated as NYSAR president-elect

Christine “CJ” DelVecchio, CBR, GRI of Ithaca took the oath of office Monday, February 6, as the 2017 president-elect of the New York State Association of REALTORS (NYSAR). The association’s inauguration ceremony was held in conjunction with its business meetings at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY

New York State Council on the Arts Holds Council Meeting February 16, 2017

The New York State Council on the Arts will be holding a Council Meeting February 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the NYSCA offices, 300 Park South, 10th Fl, New York, NY. The purpose of the meeting will be for the Council to vote on FY17 appeals, to review nominations for Panelists to evaluate FY18 grant applications, and to review grantees who have been awarded multi-year support and are scheduled to receive funding in FY18

Property Manager Of Poughkeepsie Housing Project Sentenced For Stealing HUD Funds

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CARL IMMICH, formerly the property manager of Harriet Tubman Terrace Apartments, a Section 8 Housing Complex in Poughkeepsie, New York, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. United States District Judge Cathy Seibel imposed today’s sentence

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Convictions In Syracuse Mortgage Fraud And Witness Tampering Cases

Alexander And Sima March Avoided Prosecution For 5 Years By Fleeing To Canada; Plead Guilty To Residential Mortgage Fraud Scheme; Alexander March Ordered To...


New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Eric Enderlin, and New York City Council Member Rafael Salamanca today joined Foxy Management, Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Alembic Community Development, and other project partners to celebrate the start of construction of 168 units of affordable senior housing at 1880 Boston Road in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx.


Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced as part of his upcoming State of the City address two major initiatives to help seniors, veterans and other low-income families afford rent in New York City. The first will increase by 10,000 the number of apartments in Housing New York serving households earning less than $40,000—5,000 of which will be dedicated to seniors and 500 for veterans.

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Convictions In Syracuse Mortgage Fraud And Witness Tampering Cases

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today the convictions of Alexander March on two indictments for his role in a residential mortgage fraud scheme and a conspiracy to tamper with witnesses who had testified against him. Today, in Onondaga County Court, before the Honorable Thomas J. Miller, Alexander March pleaded guilty to 16 felonies and 17 misdemeanors to satisfy both indictments and was ordered to pay $127,123.49 in restitution.

Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal for $15 Million Rebate Program for Renewable Heating and Cooling...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $15 million proposal to accelerate the use of renewable heating and cooling technologies in New York to stimulate the clean energy economy. The new policy framework released by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority includes a proposed two-year, $15-million program to provide rebates for the installation of ground-source heat pumps. This plan will support the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels.

NY State Homes and Community Renewal, Selfhelp Community Services And Partners Dedicate Van Cortlandt...

New York State Homes and Community Renewal joined Selfhelp Community Services, Broadway Mosholu LLC, Enterprise Community Partners, local leaders and project partners to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the $26.4 million Van Cortlandt Green, an affordable housing development for low and middle-income seniors in the Riverdale community of the Bronx.

Governor Cuomo Announces $3 Million Expansion at Confer Plastics in Niagara County

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a more than $3 million expansion of Confer Plastics, a molded plastics product company located in North Tonawanda, Niagara County. The investment allows the firm to create 35 new jobs and significantly expand production in Western New York

Governor Cuomo Announces $4.4 Million to Construct, Rehabilitate and Repair 170 Owner-Occupied Homes Across...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $4.4 million in funds to construct, rehabilitate and improve the homes of 170 income-eligible families across New York. The funds are awarded through New York State Homes and Community Renewal's Affordable Home Ownership Development Program, administered by the Affordable Housing Corporation. More than 8,800 homes under this administration have been created or made safer and more affordable with approximately $170 million in Affordable Housing Corporation awards

Governor Cuomo Announces Low-Cost Hydropower Allocations to Create 41 Jobs in Western New York...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has approved allocations of low-cost hydropower to manufacturers in Niagara County and St. Lawrence County. Together, the power allocations will support $5.2 million in capital investments and create 41 jobs

New York State housing market sets sales record in 2016

Rising 10-percent above last year’s housing market, closed sales of residential properties set a new high-water mark of 130,486 in New York State during 2016, according to the annual housing market report released today by the New York State Association of REALTORS. The statewide median sales price also grew by 2.2 percent in 2016 to reach $235,000.


New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announces the start of the 2017 New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (HVS). The survey is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau at the request of the City of New York about every three years. The survey is required by State and City rent-regulation laws to determine New York City’s overall vacancy rate for rental housing.


The New York Power Authority’s Board of Trustees and the Canal Corporation’s Board of Directors will hold a joint meeting, via video conference, on Tuesday, January 31, at NYPA’s White Plains administrative office building,123 Main Street, in the 16th floor board room. The meeting will start at approximately 10 a.m., immediately following NYPA’s Board of Trustees and NYS Canal Corporation Board of Directors’ joint meeting at approximately 8:45 a.m.

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.


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


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


President’s Budget Preview would leave New York’s Infrastructure in the Dust

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), a long time champion for investing in New York City’s infrastructure, expressed serious concerns about the proposed cuts to infrastructure investments in President Trump’s recent budget preview. On March 16, President Trump submitted to Congress his budget outline, or “skinny budget,” which proposed massive cuts to the Department of Transportation that will hamstring infrastructure projects across the country. His full budget is expected later this spring


A.G. Schneiderman, DA Gonzalez Announce The Indictments Of Nine Defendants For...

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, together with Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, today announced that nine individuals have been variously charged with money laundering, mortgage fraud, grand larceny, conspiracy, and other charges related to their participation in a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders that spanned two New York City boroughs and resulted in over $1 million in ill-gotten mortgage loans