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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 ...

Menendez, Durbin Praise Final HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today praised the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) final Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR), which revises the definition of “elevated blood lead levels” and strengthens protocols by which the Department identifies and investigates lead exposure in federally-assisted housing

PANEL APPROVES PETERSON BILL PROTECTING HOMEOWNERS FROM OVERZEALOUS BANKS

With the continuing prevalence of mortgage foreclosure problems, legislation putting common sense safeguards in place to protect homeowners was passed out of the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee Thursday.

Reps. Huffman and Rohrabacher Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Ease Tax Burden on Homeowners Making...

Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) led a bipartisan group of 5 members of Congress in reintroducing the Water Conservation Rebate Tax Parity Act today, legislation to amend Federal tax law to clarify that homeo...

AGUILAR ASSIGNED TO HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEES

Rep. Pete Aguilar was assigned to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy, Water Development, and Related Agencies and the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies on the powerful House Appropriations Committee

Have College Dreams? Florida Realtors® Seeks Student Scholarship Winners

Do you have kids currently in college, or maybe one who is about to graduate high school? Are they interested in a possible real estate-related career? Then find out more about the Student Scholarship Program offered through Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that provides real estate-related educational scholarships. But act fast: The application deadline for this year’s program is March 6, 2017

‘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 constructio...

Coalition for the Homeless Policy Brief Finds ‘Lost Decade’ Major Cause Underlying Historic Family...

Nearly 32,000 households were denied access to permanent housing assistance between FY 2005 and FY 2014. Report Outlines Steps State, City Must Take Immediately to Match the Scale of Crisis

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Announces Availability Of Funding For 2017 Youth Programs

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Youth Bureau Director Evelyn Clarke announce that the Ulster County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Youth Development grants. The Ulster County Youth Bureau administers the Youth Development Program (YDP) and Runaway & Homeless Shelter (RHYA) funding from OCFS and Ulster County to support youth programs.

Assembly Committee Approves Lead Prevention Bills

The New Jersey Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee today voted in favor of two bills that enhance inspections of homes as a lead poisoning prevention measure. The bills go before the full Assembly for a vote. On the bills, Housing and ...

Pallone Applauds EPA for Powering Complex in Edison Through Solar Energy

Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06), the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the coming installation of a 1.5 megawatt solar panel generation field to their Edison, New Jersey facility. The energy generated will provide approximately 60% of the facility’s electricity needs.

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Appointed to Serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committe

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson released the following statement on her appointment to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:

Ros-Lehtinen Disappointed That New F-35A Fighter Jets Will Not Be Stationed At Homestead Air...

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) made the following statement regarding the announcement that the first Reserve-led F-35A program will not be stationed at Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB). In 2016, Ros-Lehtinen led two bipartisan letters to Air F...

Water Scarce to Recharge Groundwater Basins, New Report Shows

A first-of-its-kind analysis of California’s water resources shows that bringing local groundwater basins into sustainable balance -- as state law demands – will require investments and innovations in integrated water management including conservation, storm water capture, recycling, desalination, water transfers, diversion, conveyance and storage.

FOIA Request Seeks Data on Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures at Steve Mnuchin’s Former Bank

Earlier today, two nonprofit groups submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about reverse mortgage foreclosures conducted against seniors by Financial Freedom, a reverse mortgage servicer previously owned by Steven Mnuchin, who has been n...

Rep. Calvert Reintroduces the REBUILD Act

Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced the Reducing Environmental Barriers to Unified Infrastructure and Land Development (REBUILD) Act, H.R. 481. The legislation would cut red tape and reduce costs for infrastructure projects.

NYC Fire Fatalities Fall to New Record Low in 2016

2016 was the Big Apple’s safest year in terms of fire fatalities, according to the FDNY. The world’s busiest fire department reported 48 fire-related deaths, the lowest number since the city began recordkeeping in 1916. It represents a 19% decline over the 2015 numbers, and a 17% drop from the previous record low of 58 fire-related deaths in 2012. The FDNY also reported a 9% reduction in “serious fires.”

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITHOUT SWIFT FEDERAL ACTION, AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS AT ONE OF LAST REMAINING...

Chelsea’s Penn South Co-op Has Provided Affordable Housing Options to Middle-Class Families in NYC For Over 50 Years; Development Co-op Could Be Enveloped With High Interest Rates That Would Take Financial Toll On Hundreds of Families. Schumer Pushes For Quick Review of New Refinancing Agreement So Affordability Provisions Remain in Place; Agreement Would Allow Penn South to Reduce Current Debt Payments & Lock In Current Interest Rates

HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN AND HDC PRESIDENT ENDERLIN ANNOUNCE NEW HOUSING LOTTERY FOR 107 AFFORDABLE...

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been and New York City Housing Development Corporation President Eric Enderlin today announced the opening of the Housing Connect lottery for 107 affordable apartme...

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier To Serve On Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he has been appointed to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 115th Congress. In addition, he will continue to serve on the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Rep. Peters Named to Influential Energy and Commerce Committee for 115th Congress

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) was selected by his Democratic colleagues to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee during the 115th Congress. The committee has jurisdiction over legislation and regulation pertaining to energy and the e...

Rep. Denham Re-Introduces “New WATER Act,” Requests Local Authorities to Increase Capture of Storm...

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today re-introduced H.R. 434, the “New Water Available To Every Reclamation State Act” (New WATER Act) to authorize a pilot project to help finance development of water resources infrastructure in reclamation states, such as California.

115th Congress Subcommittee Assignments Released

Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rodney Frelinghuysen announced subcommittee memberships for the 115th Congress. U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) will serve on the Agriculture Subcommittee, the Military Construction and Veteran ...

New York Department of State Hosts State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council Public...

The New York Department of State will host a public meeting of the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council on Monday, January 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at 99 Washington Avenue in Albany; 123 William Street in New York City; and 65 Court Street in Bu...

DEPARTMENTS OF HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS RELEASE STUDY ON IMPROVING ACCESS...

Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the release of a study, Improving Access to Affordable Housing Opportunities, that expl...

Menendez Hears from NJ Mayors, Meets with HUD Nominee Carson ahead of Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate’s housing subcommittee, today heard directly from New Jersey mayors whose communities have benefited from federal investments through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) before meeting with HUD Secretary-designee Dr. Ben Carson. Sen. Menendez will question Dr. Carson Thursday during confirmation hearings before the Senate Banking Committee

Diaz-Balart Will Continue to Serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation,...

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the House Republican Steering Committee approved his re-appointment as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations for the 115...

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

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.