Weekly Report for February 14, 2020
NYSAR urges state lawmakers to fund new fair housing program in state budget
NYSAR issued letters urging Governor Cuomo and leaders of the state legislature to include new funding in this year’s state budget to establish and maintain a state fair housing tester program. NYSAR also included support for specialized training and certification requirements for fair housing instructors and increasing the maximum state fines for fair housing law violations. You can read the letter here.
Governor vetoes the bill, preserving property tax abatement for coops and condos
Governor Cuomo pocket-vetoed a bill that would have made coop and condo buildings ineligible for a 17.5 percent reduction on their annual property tax bill if they failed to provide a prevailing wage to its building service workers. Interested parties argued that smaller condos and coops would struggle to pay a prevailing wage. Read more here.
Special Election April 28 to fill open congressional and state legislative seats
Governor Cuomo announced special elections to be held on the same date as the presidential primary in New York, April 28, 2020 to fill a vacant Congressional seat and four vacant state legislative seats. They include: the 27th Congressional seat held by former Rep. Chris Collins, the 50th State Senate District seat previously held by Republican Bob Antonacci, the 12th Assembly District previously held by Republican Andrew Raia, the 31st Assembly District previously held by Democrat Michele Titus, and the 136th Assembly District previously held by Democrat Jamie Romeo. Read more here.