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FEDERAL UPDATE: TAX REFORM
NYSAFAH, Thu, Dec 14th, 2017 4:25:40 am

Advocates hear from reliable sources that PAB's, including PAB's for housing, are in the conference agreement. There is also confirmation that the Cassidy language maintaining the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) has been maintained in the conference report and is under the 1.5T cap and does not violate any Byrd rules. As reported earlier, the Roberts amendment issue on rural and veterans housing and the lowering of the basis points has been resolved. Advocacy groups are working hard to get official text in order to review actual bill language including potential smaller cuts, such as a reduction to overall bond cap. And significantly, the LIHTC is maintained in the bill.



The Tax Plan Would Kill Up To ONE MILLION Jobs Across The Nation
Jolie Milstein, Wed, Nov 29th, 2017 3:21:30 am

President Donald Trump and members of Congress have said for months that they want to create more jobs across the nation. But the reality is that their tax plan could kill around one million jobs over the next decade – and that would be disastrous. Full article.



NYSAFAH President and Executive Vice Chair Speak at REAP Event
, Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017 6:57:27 am

This past Monday evening, Jolie Milstein, NYSAFAH's President & CEO, and Richard Roberts, NYSAFAH's Executive Vice Board Chair, spoke to NYC candidates and alumni about NYSAFAH and its member firms as leaders in affordable housing development. The information was well-received and REAP leaders have expressed interest in getting more information about our work. REAP—the Real Estate Associate Program—is widely acknowledged to be one of the most successful diversity initiatives in the commercial real estate industry. Learn more about REAP.



Bluestone Organization among big winners at NYSAFAH Excellence Awards
Real Estate Weekly, Wed, Oct 25th, 2017 7:03:29 am

The New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) has announced the winners of its 2017 Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing.

NYSAFAH named winners of the annual Downstate Project of the Year, Upstate Project of the Year and Non-Profit Member of the Year. Honorees will receive their awards at an upcoming ceremony to be held at on November 8 in New York City. MORE...



Site Safety
Sally Goldenberg, Mon, Jun 5th, 2017 7:36:03 am

Mayor Bill de Blasio and construction union leaders, who have recently begun patching up their contentious relationship, are nearing a deal to dramatically increase worker training requirements in response to a recent uptick in injuries and deaths, according to multiple sources briefed on the potential agreement.
The proposal calls for all workers to be trained between 54 and 71 hours, with an extra 30-hour requirement for supervisors, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO. Certain workers would have to undergo even more "task specific training" totaling up to 242 hours, the three-page document shows. The city's buildings department and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration would enforce most of the regulations.





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