Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou Statement on Assembly One-House Budget

Settlement House Program Funding and classic and neighborhood naturally retirement communities funded in the Assembly Budget Proposal SFY 2018-2019

$200 million set aside for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
March 14, 2018

Albany, NY – Following the announcement of the Assembly Budget Proposal SFY 2018-2019 Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou released the following statement:

“After spearheading efforts to restore this critical funding, I was pleased to see that the Assembly one-house budget includes $4 million to support the classic and neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (N/NORCs) as well as $2.45 million for Settlement House Funding. Over the past few months, I have been working with advocates to highlight the importance of these programs within communities across our State. We have emphasized over and over again that these programs support seniors and families in our communities, and provide essential services to these individuals. Our neighborhoods would be vastly different without N/NORCs and Settlement Houses. We’d lose many of the places we call community centers and our seniors wouldn’t have the same network of support that the NORC program provides.

“The Assembly one-house budget also includes $200 million for repairs at the New York City Housing Authority. NYCHA manages over 200 developments, many of which require major capital repairs. We can’t forget that NYCHA faced a crisis when thousands of residents were left without heat or hot water at some point during this past winter here in the Lower East Side. Around the holiday season, families had to plan to leave their apartments for the day when the heat inevitably shut off; they did not know when they could bring their families back to a warm apartment. Some boilers were in such a state of disrepair that it took very little to knock them out of commission. I observed that one boiler was actually fed by an ordinary garden hose. How can this be sustainable? How can we rely on them to provide heat and hot water through the cold winter months? Our NYCHA tenants deserve better – they deserve to live in habitable conditions.

"That is why I have also pushed with my Assembly colleagues to grant design-build authority for NYCHA, which would help speed up critical repairs for developments in our community. As we approach April, I look forward to working with my state colleagues as we work to finalize our State budget.”

In addition, the Assembly one-house proposed to increase Foundation Aid by $1.2 billion for FY 2018-2019, for a total of $18.4 billion. The Assembly also includes a plan to rollout Foundation Aid money, aiming for all districts to receive what they are owed by FY 2021-2022.