July Recap 2018
Andrew M. Cuomo , Governor I RuthAnne Visnauskas , Commissioner and CEO  
Governor Cuomo Announces Major Step in Rebuilding
Plattsburgh Community Hit Hard by Ice Jam Flooding
The first five families at Underwood Estates in Plattsburgh returned to their new homes, marking a major step forward in the community's rebuilding efforts since it was devastated by ice jam flooding on the Saranac River in January. The Governor visited shortly after the flooding and launched a comprehensive plan to provide short-term housing for displaced residents in the community, which serves low- and moderate-income families. 
"This community is on track for a full recovery, and as we build homes stronger than ever before, our communities will be better equipped to withstand the threat of ice jams and flooding in the future," Governor Cuomo said.  "New York is fulfilling a promise to the residents of Underwood Estates and I am proud of the state and local agencies who have stepped up and continue to help these Plattsburgh families return home."
Cuomo Administration Launches Investigation Into Allegations of
Tenant Harassment By Kushner Cos.
HCR announced an investigation by the Tenant Protection Unit into allegations of tenant harassment by Kushner Cos. at the Austin Nichols House in Brooklyn. TPU will investigate whether Kushner Cos.' actions violated New York's housing laws and regulations. 
HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said,  "Governor Cuomo has zero tolerance for tenant abuse of any kind and we will aggressively take on landlords who try to intimidate people out of their homes. In New York, no one is above the law and we will thoroughly investigate the appalling allegations of harassment at this or any related property and hold anyone found guilty of such abuse responsible to the fullest extent of the law. We will never stop fighting to protect the rights of tenants and ensure all New Yorkers have access to the safe, affordable housing they deserve."
Finger Lakes Forward
HCR celebrated the ribbon cutting for Pine View Circle Apartments , a newly constructed $13 million housing development in the Town of Tyre. The development includes 48 rental homes; some of the apartments are reserved for disabled veterans and individuals with intellectual or development disabilities.
HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “Governor Cuomo is increasing access to affordable homes to ensure that all hardworking New Yorkers can have a safe, quality place to call home. With Pine View Circle Apartments, about 100 residents will have an affordable home that is close to their work place so that they can seize the opportunities of the growing economy that is moving the Finger Lakes Region forward.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
HCR announced a groundbreaking and a ribbon cutting celebrating two affordable rental developments for seniors to create or preserve 72 homes in Village of Livonia.
The $10.2 million Wildbriar Estates started construction to create 48 apartments for people aged 55 and older. Thirty-two apartments will be in one building, with an attached community senior center, while three other townhouse buildings will provide homes for 16 households.
The $1.8 million rehabilitation of the 30-year-old Westview Hills development officially opened, providing 24 quality, affordable homes to people aged 62 and older. The upgrade included new elevators, flooring, and energy efficient windows.
HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas celebrated the groundbreaking of The Eastman Reserve in Rochester, the first large-scale new construction development to take shape in Eastman Business Park in decades. The new $52.9 million mixed-income development will have 187 rental units and commercial space within 17 buildings. Twenty-seven units will be for homeless young adults with access to on-site support services. 
HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has made it a priority to create affordable housing that brings renewed energy to our urban cores. For the more than 300 New Yorkers who will call The Eastman Reserve home, this is an opportunity to take part in Rochester’s success the Finger Lakes Region economy as it continues to move forward.”  Read the Full Announcement Here.
Southern Tier Soaring
HCR announced two historic rehabs to create 57 affordable homes in Binghamton.
E.J. Apartments , a $6.3 million rehabilitation of the historic Endicott Johnson Medical Clinic officially opened, providing 20 affordable homes for seniors, including five apartments for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Construction kicked off for the Crandall-North Street Revitalization , a $10.5 million project that will create 37 affordable homes and commercial space.
HCR announced the award of a $400,000 grant to the City of Hornell that will be used to support an operational expansion at TTA Systems LLC, a Hornell-based manufacturer of equipment and components for railcars. The New York State Community Development Block Grant will enable TTA to expand operations to assemble high-speed rail car trucks and create 30 full-time jobs targeted to hard-to-place workers.
“This investment continues the growth of train manufacturing in Hornell, which has played an important role in sending the Southern Tier economy soaring,” said HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas. “Through this grant, we are directly touching lives of the 30 New Yorkers who will have full-time employment accompanied with job training that will help them for life.”  Read the Full Announcement Here.
New York City
HCR, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and the New York State Office of Mental Health announced the start of construction on a $47.9 million supportive and affordable housing complex in the Bronx.
The seven-story 3500 Park Avenue Apartments will include 115 apartments, including 69 with supportive services funded through the Governor’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative for individuals who have experienced homelessness.
Western NY
Governor Cuomo announced the completion of a $14.8 million transformation of the former School 77 in Buffalo's West Side into a solar-powered community hub. The renovated space features 30 affordable apartments, office space for community nonprofits, a recreational gymnasium, and an auditorium for a local theater company. 
"As Buffalo's economy continues to grow, projects like this are critical to transforming the city to meet the needs of the Buffalo's diverse population," Governor Cuomo said. "The unique renovation of School 77 will not only provide low-cost senior living and a central hub for the West Side, but will serve as a model for community solar projects that promote clean energy across this state and the nation." Read the Full Announcement Here.
Governor's Office of Storm Recovery
The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery joined Village of Freeport Mayor Robert T. Kennedy to unveil and demonstrate the Village’s newly developed Outage Management System — an all-in-one tool that uses members of the public as its eyes and ears – designed to help first responders and other Village personnel to more rapidly detect, assess and communicate various types of outages and other non-911 emergencies. The new OMS software and hardware, funded by GOSR, is integrated into the existing infrastructure, creating a portal through which complaints are simultaneously routed to Village departments such as Fire, Police, Water, and Public Works, speeding response time and easing coordination.
“Superstorm Sandy changed the way we think about and respond to extreme weather events,” said Emily Thompson, Deputy General Counsel at the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. “The local community reconstruction committee, working with the state, identified the need for a robust outage management system as a priority for Freeport.”  Read the Full Announcement Here.
In the City of Amsterdam, a $1.73 million effort to reconstruct stormwater and sanitary sewer infrastructure under Route 5 between Caroline Street and Division Street has begun. During Hurricane Irene, this low-lying area of Route 5 was inundated with flood waters, causing damage that has resulted in continued backups and flooding.
GOSR Regional Director Laurice Salamack said: “Governor Cuomo directed that GOSR’s Community Reconstruction project selection and design process be driven by the localities that experienced the worst of the storms. This infrastructure project is hugely important to keep a thriving community intact and growing, protect it from future damage and keep both residents and first responders safer when storms hit.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
GOSR, the Town of Tioga and Tioga County announced the start of work on the $2 million Halsey Valley Road (CR 7) Elevation Project to raise Halsey Valley Road above the height of the floodwaters caused by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011.The project was deemed a priority by the community because the southern portion of Halsey Valley Road is a critical connector in the Town and its inundation limited emergency vehicles’ access during and immediately after the storm, putting lives at risk.
Laurice Salamack, Regional Director, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, said, “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s bottom-up strategy to addressing local needs, this project reflects the community’s desire to minimize the effects of severe weather events and enable emergency services to rapidly respond to urgent needs. Infrastructure that can withstand Mother Nature’s power is essential to our economic future and will help the economy of the Southern Tier continue to soar.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
GOSR and Hofstra University announced the start of the first year of the Summer Science Research Program that pairs some of Long Island’s brightest high school science students with Hofstra faculty for an intensive five-week program. Working closely with Hofstra faculty mentors, students will develop environmental research projects related to Long Island’s Mill River Basin watershed on Long Island’s South Shore in southwest Nassau County. 
Laura Munafo, GOSR’s Program Manager for the Rebuild by Design Living with the Bay project, said: “The Summer Science Research Program gives high school students an unequalled opportunity to immerse themselves in meaningful, serious academic research under the tutelage of Hofstra University faculty.”
The $240,000 Summer Science Research Program, slated to run for four consecutive summers, is funded through GOSR’s Rebuild By Design Living with the Bay program. Designed to foster both civic engagement and independent thought, the summer program will give Long Island’s next generation of scientists the building blocks with which to start their careers as they learn to preserve and promote their local environment.
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