September 2017
Governor Cuomo Launches Statewide Empire State Relief
& Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico

The effort brings together a wide range of civic, business and industry partners to provide needed services, goods and funds to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild, and provides opportunities for New Yorkers to contribute to the relief efforts. "After seeing the breathtaking devastation and unfathomable need for help firsthand in Puerto Rico, I am launching this effort to put the full weight of New York's resources behind the Puerto Rican people,"  Governor Cuomo said.
Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Prohibiting State Agencies from Inquiring About Immigration Status
"As Washington squabbles over rolling back sensible immigration policy, we are taking action to help protect all New Yorkers from unwarranted targeting by government," Governor Cuomo said . "New York became the Empire State due to the contributions of immigrants from every corner of the globe and we will not let the politics of fear and intimidation divide us." 
HCR, "Know Your Rights" Workshop to Combat Landlord Harassment of Immigrants
HCR, the NYS Division of Human Rights, and the Office of New Americans held a workshop earlier this month to provide advocates with the tools to inform, identify, and enforce tenants' rights for immigrants.

The workshop provided information on how to identify and fast-track reports of harassment to the proper state agencies and authorities.

Additional resources on immigrant tenants' rights are available from HCR's
Governor Cuomo Announces $11.4 Million for Supportive Housing in Brooklyn and Buffalo
Governor Cuomo announced $11.4 million in funding that will create or preserve 80 units of supportive housing for homeless New Yorkers in three developments.

The three organizations receiving funding are:
  • CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc., Brooklyn - $5.5 million
  • Western NY Veterans' Housing Coalition, Inc., Buffalo - $1.3 million
  • Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc., Buffalo - $4.7 million

Governor Cuomo, A.G. Schneiderman, & Mayor De Blasio Announce Settlement with Major NYC Landlord to End Tenant Harassment and Hazardous Living Conditions 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a first of its kind settlement between the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force and ICON Realty Management.


This settlement provides tenants broad relief, requiring the landlord to end harassment and hazardous living conditions for the hundreds of tenants in buildings owned and managed by ICON.
Tips from HCR's Weather Assistance Program (WAP)
  • Turn your thermostat down five degrees – Each degree saves about 2 percent on your heating bill. Five degrees would save about $100 on a $1,000 annual heating bill.
  • Check and clean the lint filter before and after every load – clogged filters drive up drying time and costs, and they are a fire hazard.
  • Cover and wrap food – Uncovered foods and liquids release moisture, which makes the fridge work harder, using more energy.
  • Keep the inside of your oven clean – It will cook your food more efficiently.
  • Remember, one of the most effective ways to conserve electricity is to turn off your lights when you’re not using them! 
HCR in Action 
Buffalo East Side Revitalization
HELP Buffalo II Provides 47 New Apartments for Families and Homeless Veterans

"Supporting veterans and their families is a top priority of this administration, and with this latest investment, we are ensuring that the brave men and women of New York have access to a quality place to call home,"  Governor Cuomo said.

Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "Not only does Help Buffalo II provide 47 good homes and support services to families, seniors, and veterans—it addresses homelessness, breathes new life into a long-neglected building in the heart of the city, and continues Buffalo's amazing renaissance."
Buffalo's Community Transformation Continues with $40 Million Adaptive Reuse of Former A&P Warehouse in Larkinville

The former warehouse, built in 1910, is now a mixed use development with 147 affordable homes for working families. The facility includes 4,200 square feet of commercial/retail space. New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said , “AP Lofts is another example of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to revitalizing Buffalo’s East Side."
Preserving Housing in the North Country

Modernization Preserves Affordability at The Trails at Malone for 50 More Years

The Trails at Malone features 38 one-bedroom units, 65 two-bedroom units, and 25 three-bedroom units.

“The Trails at Malone is a concrete example of Governor Cuomo delivering on his commitment to preserving, as well as building, affordable housing in New York," said Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas.
Southern Tier Soaring
 Governor’s Storm Recovery Program Brings 8 New Apartments and Retail Space to Owego to Aid in Recovery from Tropical Storm Lee 

The $2.9 million project, which is being developed under the Governor’s Small Project Affordable Rental Construction (SPARC) program, will consist of eight affordable units, along with four storefront retail spaces, and two retail/office spaces.

Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "While this project may be part of our ‘Small Project’ program', it has a major residential and commercial impact beyond the historic downtown area, and is another reason why the Southern Tier is soaring.” Read The Full Article Here
Better Buffalo Fund Restores Iconic Candy Shoppe
ESD Announces Completion of Improvements at Historic Buffalo Candy Business

Owner of Parkside Candy, Phil Buffamonte said, "We offer our appreciation to Governor Cuomo and the Better Buffalo Fund for helping revitalize a national historic landmark that is a treasure to the community and a growing culinary tourism attraction."

Commissoner RuthAnne Visnauskas said , "We are pleased to see the amazing results as one of the oldest and most prized small businesses in the city is brought back to life for residents and visitors to enjoy.” Read The Full Article Here
SONYMA Spruce-Up Long Island
SONYMA, Long Island Housing Partnership and Others Spruce Up Brentwood Gardens

Commissioner Visnauskas joined   volunteers from SONYMA, the Long Island Housing Partnership, M&T Bank, and others worked together to "spruce up" the Brentwood Gardens neighborhood in Brentwood, Long Island.


SONYMA Spruce Up is a series of neighborhood cleanup events that take place in communities across New York State. Learn More About SONYMA
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Join HCR at upcoming conferences and industry events
October

Wednesday 10/18—SHNNY Annual Awards Gala
Capitale, NYC
Honoring Commissioner & CEO RuthAnne Visnauskas , Government Partner of the Year

Thursday 10/19—Enterprise and Leading Age 2 nd Annual Symposium on Healthy Senior Housing
Albany Capital Center, Albany

November

Thursday-Friday 11/2-11/3—Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of NYS 2017 Annual Conference
Empire State Plaza, Albany

Thursday 11/2—Association for Community Living Annual Conference
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing

December

Wednesday 12/6 New York Housing Conference 44 th Annual Awards
Sheraton Times Square, NYC
Honoring Commissioner & CEO RuthAnne Visnauskas , Public Service Award
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Andrew M. Cuomo , Governor I RuthAnne Visnauskas , Commissioner and CEO 
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