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NCPR Newsfacts: Sen. Little Announces Adirondack Housing Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wedns., March 23, 2005

CONTACT: Dan Mac Entee, 455-2811

Day-long forum will focus on resources available to meet housing needs

Senator Betty Little (R,C,I-Queensbury) is hosting an Adirondack housing symposium next month to provide local elected officials with information about available resources to help meet the housing needs of Adirondack residents. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2005, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. It will be held at the Lake Placid Holiday Inn on Main Street.

"A spike in second-home ownership, recent State purchases of vast Adirondack properties and stringent Adirondack Park Agency building codes have combined to severely limit affordable housing options for our year-round, lower and middle-income Adirondack residents," said Little.

"While we work on legislative proposals to address this issue it's important that we take stock of every resource available today. This symposium will bring together experts in the field who will provide valuable information, including incentive programs and ways to avoid pitfalls that sometimes derail good projects."

The symposium will feature five discussion panels: Market Analysis for Housing Needs in the North Country; Multi-family Housing Projects (large and small); Home Ownership Programs/Home Repair; Housing Opportunities in Hamlets and Moderate Intensity Use Areas; and, a discussion lead by Senator Little on legislative and regulatory reforms to increase affordable housing opportunities.

Each panel will consist of experts in the field of affordable housing, including representatives of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), COMLINKS, HOMEFRONT, Governor's Office for Small Cities, Friends of the North Country, Housing Authority of Essex County, Omni Housing Development, LLC, and the New York State Housing Finance Agency.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Little that would offer tax incentives for full-time residents to build or purchase homes in hamlets and moderate-intensity use areas will be discussed. However, the primary purpose of the symposium, Little said, is to share information on resources already available.

A formal invitation will be sent to local elected officials in the 45th Senate District, which is comprised of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties. Anyone else interested in attending the symposium should call Senator Little's Albany office at (518) 455-2811 no later than April 8 to reserve seating. Advanced registration is required.

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Daniel E. Mac Entee, Director of Communications
Office of Senator Betty Little
903 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
(p) 518.455.2811
(f) 518.426.6873
(e) macentee@senate.state.ny.us