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Please Write to HUD

Since 2012, Empire State Future has worked with a coalition seeking to correct elements of Federal housing policy that restricts funding for mixed use projects. FHA, HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs limit loans, loan insurance and mortgages to projects with less than 20-25% commercial use. Thus, for a project to “conform” to the […]

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$5 Billion. So You Say We’re Flush…

Whether you live in Buffalo, Rome, Albany, Brooklyn or Long Island your toilet, your view, your favorite beach, your water supply are all part of our shared water and sewer systems. Our favorite places and most pressing needs interconnect and interrelate and they are among the most under-funded parts of our generally under-funded infrastructure statewide. […]

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NEW YORK BANS FRACKING

At long last, the Cuomo administration has rendered its internationally-awaited decision on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Empire State–and the decision is to prohibit the controversial process from Montauk to Niagara Falls, from Jamestown to Plattsburgh, and everywhere in between. Below are links to some stories about this landmark land use decision. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/17/us-energy-fracking-newyork-idUSKBN0JV29Z20141217 […]

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State announces 2014 Regional Economic Development Council Awards

Ending the suspense and anticipation around the Empire State, the Governor has announced the state’s 2014 Regional Economic Development Council grant awards. Empire State Future has been pleasantly surprised with the extent to which these grants have embodied and advanced smart growth and sustainable development principles, practices, and goals. What’s your take on this year’s awards? […]

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Buffalo strives for effective housing for the homeless

Hope Gardens, a Buffalo housing project of the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center, includes a curious design feature–padded benches outdoors for those formerly homeless women residents to sleep on, if they choose. This feature is part of the designers’ recognition that while having a roof over one’s head is a dramatic improvement over homelessness, some […]

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60 Minutes takes on failing infrastructure

The issue of failing infrastructure–and how to fund the fixes so badly needed–was the lead story on the Sunday, November 23 edition of 60 Minutes on CBS.  If those watching football prior to the show stayed in front of their TVs for just another 15 minutes, they would have received a needed wake up call […]

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