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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the $22 million upgrade and modernization of Colonial I Apartments in the city of Rome, creating 83 energy-efficient, affordable homes for elderly residents and those with physical disabilities. "The comprehensive rehabilitation and modernization of Colonial I Apartments enhances the quality of life of its residents and provides them a safe place to call home," Governor Cuomo said. "These apartments are the perfect example of how affordable housing is key to moving the Mohawk Valley region forward while also strengthening the community in and around Rome." The Governor's commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to safe, affordable housing is reflected in the State's unprecedented $20 billion, five-year Housing Plan. The plan makes housing accessible and combats homelessness by building or preserving more than 100,000 affordable homes and 6,000 with supportive services. Since 2011, New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) has invested $122.8 million in the Mohawk Valley that has created or preserved more than 1,500 affordable homes for nearly 3,600 residents. Built in 1966 by the Rome Housing Authority, Colonial I Apartments became increasingly deteriorated over time and inefficient building systems resulted in escalating energy costs. Colonial I Apartments, located on St. Peter's Avenue in central Rome, is close to retail businesses, and recreation opportunities. Construction started in spring of 2018. The scope of rehabilitation work included extensive use of LED lighting to replace outdated fixtures; replacement of the heating plant with energy-efficient condensing boilers and adding temperature controls to each apartment; installing low-flow plumbing fixtures; roof replacement with added insulation; new windows and doors, and replacement of the exterior façade with an insulated panel system. There are now nine accessible homes adapted for people with mobility impairment and four more for those with hearing or vision impairment. All apartments are affordable to households with incomes at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income. The 83 units of Section 8 Project Based Vouchers are provided through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Assistance Payments contract. The development team consists of the Rome Housing Authority and Beacon Communities. HCR awarded federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits which leveraged over $18.8 million in equity for the project and $83,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Rome Housing Authority provided $2.1 million. The State's investment in Colonial I Apartments also supports the Governor's 'Health Across All Policies and Age-Friendly State' initiative by preserving affordable homes for seniors. Theinitiative is a collaborative approach that integrates health considerations into policymaking across all sectors to improve community health and wellness. Learn more here New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "The investment in Colonial I Apartments is another concrete example of the Governor's commitment to upgrading public housing and preserving senior housing in the Mohawk Valley and around the state. This is a strong vote of confidence in the future of Rome and its revitalization efforts. Colonial Apartments now has 83 safe, modern and more comfortable homes enabling residents to age in place in the community they love." New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Alicia Barton said, "The energy efficiency upgrades at Colonial I Apartments provide energy savings, a healthier place to live, comfort and affordability to our most vulnerable residents. This project exemplifies how integrating state resources provides high-quality benefits for our communities and environment as part of Governor Cuomo's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to economy-wide carbon-neutrality." Senator Joseph Griffo said, "As our neighborhoods continue to grow, it is imperative that we provide safe and quality housing options to all segments of the populations. This project will provide low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities in Rome with access to modern, energy efficient and affordable housing." Assemblywoman Marianne Buttonschon said, "So many of us depend on affordable and accessible living spaces to ensure our family members and loved ones stay safe and independent as they grow older. That's why completion of much-needed renovations at Colonial I Apartments, which included upgrading several homes to better accommodate residents with mobility issues and hearing and vision impairments, is so important for families here in Rome. These upgrades are not only in line with the State's commitment to combating homelessness and increasing access to affordable, safe housing, but are also in line with our commitment to investing in sustainable, energy-efficient projects. I'm grateful to the Governor and Homers and Community Renewal for helping look out for Mohawk Valley families." Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said, "These upgrades to the Colonial I Apartments will provide 83 much-needed, affordable, modern living spaces for seniors and those with disabilities in Rome. As Oneida County continues to grow, housing options of all kinds are needed to meet the expanding demand. I thank Gov. Cuomo for providing the funding to make these improvements." Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said, "The $21 million renovation of Colonial I Apartments is remarkable. Not only has the building been modernized with updates to the HVAC, insulation and exterior façade improvements, but each apartment also has been completely renovated, providing residents with new flooring, appliances and freshly painted living spaces. Our thanks to Governor Cuomo and HCR for making this total renovation possible along with the Rome Housing Authority Board and administrative staff for their leadership and commitment to RHA facilities and residents. Rome Housing Authority Executive Director Maureen Birmingham said, "The renovation project that has been completed on the Colonial I Apartments has been a very necessary need for a long time. To be able to give the tenants the improvements that were made, better accessibility, up to date equipment and new programs coming into the building has been our goal. The tenants endured temporary moves, noise, and inconveniences, however they were wonderful to deal with during this process. I feel, as do the tenants, that with all of the improvements, not only in their apartments, but in the common areas, it has made Colonial I more like a home." Beacon Communities President Development Duncan Barrett said, "Beacon is proud to have partnered again with NYS Homes and Community Renewal and the Rome Housing Authority to rehabilitate and preserve this important senior citizen and disabled persons housing. The failing brick façade was a technically challenging construction problem, but the replacement with a high-performance insulated panel assured the long-term sustainability of the completed property. We are pleased to be able to provide some of the more vulnerable residents of the City of Rome with much needed, high quality affordable housing. We thank Governor Cuomo and HCR for partnering with us in ensuring safe and affordable housing is available to those who need it most."
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced approval of more than a $3 million dollars for Herkimer County through the Municipal Restructuring Fund to deliver clean water infrastructure projects impacting the Villages of Ilion, Frankfort and Herkimer and the Towns of Herkimer and Schuyler. The effort will represent a taxpayer savings of about $25 million due to the shared services efficiency approach of these municipalities. "Delivering clean drinking water for all New Yorkers has been the number one priority and we are working tirelessly to make sure Herkimer County has the resources to provide this human right for their residents," Governor Cuomo said. "This $3 million investment through the Municipal Restructuring Fund will support new water infrastructure to offer a long-term solution that will benefit Herkimer County for years to come." Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency has been awarded $1,085,875 for small-scale implementation. The balance will come after the completion of the design and engineering studies. The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency is working with the Mohawk Valley Water Authority to extend a new clean water transmission line in Herkimer County to provide an additional source of drinking water to the five communities. Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "The Department of State continues to support local municipalities in their efforts to work collaboratively to bring new water infrastructure that will contribute to high quality living standards for Herkimer residents. This new investment adds to the development of a long-term projects that will bring additional source for clean drinking water so communities in this county can grow and prosper without the financial burden for its residents." Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito said, "Local governments working together for the benefit of their communities is a hallmark of Governor Cuomo's leadership and this project is an excellent example. Working closely with the communities in the Mohawk Valley, we have established an important cost-sharing initiative that will bring a new source of clean drinking water to the region." This cost sharing effort among the five participating municipalities will implement a coordinated, regional solution with potential benefits to over 22,000 residents. The MRF project will finalize the engineering, legal, technical, and administrative plans necessary for the construction and long-term management of this regional water project. The MRF is a $25 million fund, managed by the New York Department of State's Division of Local Government Services, to support local government restructuring projects in multiple stages of development. The organization of the MRF enables project review and state investment to occur at multiple stages or phases of implementation, from initial project development to full project completion. Projects qualify based upon the type of the proposal, the number of local governments involved and the potential financial impact to the municipal residents. The amount of funding available per project is based upon estimated future cost savings that will be generated when fulfilled. Projects listed for development become eligible for additional funding if the project successfully moves to implementation. Senator James L. Seward said, "Clean, safe drinking water is essential for public health and to encourage economic growth. Repairing our aging infrastructure is expensive and can squeeze local governments and taxpayers. This collaboration between Herkimer County IDA, local municipalities, and New York State will save taxpayers money and result in a comprehensive project that will stand the test of time. My thanks to Governor Cuomo and Secretary of State Rosado for supporting this key Mohawk Valley initiative." Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon said, "This project will provide an additional water supply for Herkimer County towns and villages, as well as save taxpayer money through cost-sharing and community collaboration. I want to thank Governor Cuomo, as well as the Herkimer County IDA and Mohawk Valley Water Authority, for working to fund this critical project and ensure our residents have access to safe, clean drinking water." Assemblymember Robert Smullen said, "Investing in clean water infrastructure is critical to the long-term health and economic viability of our communities. This infrastructure project will provide a vital resource to our residents, and I commend the Herkimer County IDA and municipalities for working together on a shared services approach which will result in significant taxpayer savings." Assemblymember Brian Miller said, "I'd like to thank Governor Cuomo and his staff for their work to secure $3 million to be invested in our local community to ensure our residents have clean drinking water. The governor has truly been out in front of this issue alongside a number of elected officials in the region, including me, and I cannot thank him enough for that. Not only are we ensuring the safety of our residents by protecting the drinking water - an essential human need - but this project will also save millions in taxes. This is a win-win scenario. What our residents are seeing here is a number of agencies, municipalities and elected officials working together to benefit the residents we work for." Town of Herkimer Supervisor Dominic Frank said, "The Town of Herkimer is extremely grateful that Governor Cuomo has seen the merit in the Town of Herkimer's application for Municipal Restructuring Funding to ensure clean drinking water for the residents of West Herkimer, Town of Herkimer. The residents in this section of the Town of Herkimer have a historical need for a consistent source of clean drinking water and without this funding this project would not happen. This funding is vital towards the development of a reliable source of clean drinking water for over 50 parcels in the Town of Herkimer." Herkimer County Legislative Chair Bernard Peplinski said, "This is a landmark investment for Herkimer County. Not only will this bring safe, reliable water to our communities, but it will put money back in the hands of our taxpayers. Thanks to Governor Cuomo and the Herkimer County IDA for their leadership in making this project come to fruition." Village of Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica said, "Governor Cuomo's investment in the water infrastructure of Herkimer County is not only crucial to our local economy, but the quality of life for our residents. I applaud the Herkimer County IDA for their work in this project and look forward to seeing the benefits it will bring to our community." Village of Herkimer Mayor Mark Netti said, "When it comes to the quality of our public health, Governor Cuomo has been the leader we need. This $3 million investment will bring the infrastructure needed for Herkimer County to grow our economy while saving taxpayers money. I am proud to support this project and I thank everyone involved in making it happen." Since its inception in 2016, the MRF has approved $25 million in state funding for 35 projects that are either in Phase 2 - Project Development, Phase 3 - Small-Scale Implementation, or Phase 4 - Full Scale Implementation. The annual estimated savings expected to be realized from implementation of these projects exceeds $81 million. The MRF utilizes multiple deadlines for project submission to enable applications and project awards throughout the year. For additional information about the program and project applications, visit the Department of State website at www.dos.ny.gov.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation criminalizing the manufacture, sale, transport and possession of firearms and major components of such weapons that are undetectable by a metal detector, including 3D printed guns (S.1414-A/A.0763-A), and expanding laws requiring the safe storage of firearms (S.6360/A.8174). This legislation builds on New York's strongest in the nation gun laws, including the Red Flag Bill signed in February that prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm, and legislation Governor Cuomo signed yesterday extending the background check waiting period and banning bump stocks. "3D guns and improperly stored firearms pose an enormous risk to our children and today we're addressing both dangers head-on to keep our families safe," Governor Cuomo said. "These measures continue New York's legacy of enacting the strongest gun laws in the nation by helping keep firearms out of the hands of children and by acknowledging and addressing technological advancements like 3D printed guns." Criminalizing Undetectable Firearms Recent technological developments, such as 3-dimensional printers and laser cutting machines, have led to the fabrication of fully operational firearms using materials that are undetectable by metal detectors. These weapons pose a serious threat to public safety and risk the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. This measure helps protect New Yorkers by making it illegal for any person to knowingly possess, manufacture, sell or transport such weapons in New York State. Senator Kevin Parker said, "New York continues to be a national leader in preventing gun violence. 3D and undetectable guns have no place on our streets and the legislation I sponsored will create safer communities for all. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his commitment to addressing the gun violence epidemic and thank him for signing this legislation into law." Assembly Member Thomas Abinanti said, "Undetectable guns have no legitimate purpose. This is another common sense step that the legislature and governor to deter gun violence and make New York safer for everyone." Amending Safe Storage Laws By enacting some of the strongest safe storage measures in the nation, Governor Cuomo has taken enormous strides toward preventing unnecessary gun violence across New York State. However, until now, our laws have failed to address the unintended - and often deadly - consequences of leaving unsecured firearms in places accessible by children. This measure will ensure that firearm owners safely store their weapons when they live with someone under the age of sixteen or have reason to know will be accessible by someone under the age of sixteen. At the same time, it will continue to permit properly licensed or supervised individuals under the age of sixteen to hunt or practice at a firing range in accordance with existing law. Nicholas Naumkin, a 12-year-old from Saratoga Springs who was tragically killed by his friend while he was playing with his father's gun, inspired this legislation. Senator Liz Krueger said, "Our primary responsibility in government is to keep New York families safe. It's simply common sense that young children should not have unsupervised access to dangerous weapons, and no responsible gun owner would disagree. Too many times we've seen the tragic results when kids get their hands on guns. These tragedies are preventable. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill today and taking this important step that will save lives and keep New York families whole." Assembly Member Amy Paulin said, "Given everything we know about the effect a gun in the home can have on our children's health and safety, and the many tragic stories when a firearm was left unattended by an adult, this law is absolutely necessary for keeping our kids safe." Assembly Member Marianne Buttenschon said, "I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation which will keep our communities and our children safe. It is imperative that we teach our young people to respect firearms. With gun violence on the rise nationwide, I am proud New York continues to make legislative strides in addressing these issues. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and look forward to working with him in the future on additional firearm safety legislation." Rebecca Fischer, NYAGV Executive Director, said, "Today, New York State has again made it a priority to protect our children and communities with this strong, sensible gun violence prevention legislation. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence has been fighting for 25 years for a child access prevention law in New York State to prevent unintentional shootings, teen suicides, school shootings, and gun thefts. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and to our New York lawmakers who have the courage to take action and enact life-saving laws." June Rubin, a volunteer with the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said, "We applaud the governor for being a leader in the gun safety movement by signing several life saving bills into law this week. These laws take further steps to keep firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them and prohibit dangerous undetectable guns throughout the state. New York continues to enact common-sense policies to eliminate needless gun violence in our communities." The scourge of gun violence throughout the nation is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Currently, the U.S. has the highest homicide-by-firearm rate among the world's most developed nations. In the most recent year of national data, gun deaths rose to their highest level in fifty years. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York has passed the strongest gun control laws in the nation, including the SAFE Act in 2013 which keeps guns out of the hands of convicted felons and individuals with a mental illness, ensures private gun sales are subject to a background check, bans high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, and toughens criminal penalties for illegal gun use. The Governor also recently enacted the Red Flag bill to prevent individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm. New York became the first state in the nation to empower its teachers and school administrators to help prevent school shootings through court intervention. This law also targets the well-known link between domestic abuse and deadly gun violence.