Social Services Reform Proposal Approved – Direct Pay Approved

By |April 11th, 2015|

Niagara County Legislature Approves Resolution for Direct Pay to Lanldlords
This is page 1 of the 15 page agenda of the Niagara County Legislature. The first agenda item, in bold, IL-002-13 was the LAGN's resolution for direct pay. This was common sense legislation and serious business with a significant benefit to landlords, taxpayers, and homeowners.


Social Services Reform Proposal 4 – DSS Improved Metrics

By |April 11th, 2015|

LAGN Housing Assistance Reform Proposals for
Niagara County Department of Social Services -
DSS Improved Metrics 
4. Establish new outcome based performance metrics to modify policy to increase program success.
The goal of the AFDC program was to provide income support to needy, single parents in order to care for their children. By contrast the goal of the TANF program is [...]

Social Services Reform Proposal 3 – Tenant Accountablilty

By |April 11th, 2015|

LAGN Housing Assistance Reform Proposals for
Niagara County Department of Social Services -
Tenant Accountablity
3. Institute accountability measures to promote stability
and discourage “waste”.
There is no shame in finding yourself in need of help. Taxpayers understand the need and have agreed to fund governmental assistance programs with their tax dollars. Non-profit organizations have made it their mission to lighten the load [...]

Social Services Reform Proposal 2 – Mandatory Pre Inspection

By |April 11th, 2015|

LAGN Housing Assistance Reform Proposals for
Niagara County Department of Social Services
2. Make mandatory and a condition of move in the inspection of the rental unit each DSS Client/Tenant selects.
The New York State legislature codified the implied warranty of habitability in Real Property Law section 235-b,3.

In every written or oral lease or rental agreement for residential premises [...]

Social Services Reform Proposal 1 – Direct Pay

By |April 11th, 2015|

LAGN Housing Assistance Reform Proposals for
Niagara County Department of Social Services - Direct Pay
Special Note: This proposal was adopted by the Niagara County Legislature.
This document, >>    << was the foundation for adoption.  
1. Make mandatory the payment of Housing Vouchers directly to the Landlord.
There is precedence here to support mandatory Housing Voucher payments to Landlords. One [...]

Four Point Proposal for Social Services Reform

By |April 11th, 2015|

The Landlord's Association of Greater Niagara Submits a Four Point Proposal for Social Services Reforms
Download the complete PDF version of the proposals here.
>> Download Proposals  <<

DePaul Properties Fiasco – Another example of a city poorly governed

By |September 6th, 2014|

Editor's Note: The following is a commentary by Tom Lizardo, a Friend of the LAGN. The LAGN prides itself on its relationships with experienced and insightful members of the community and believes in sharing the thoughts, opinions, and ideas of those members.
The whole outcome of this DePaul Properties fiasco is just another example of a [...]

Landlords in Niagara Falls House 21,000

By |August 14th, 2014|

Landlords House Over 21,000 Residents
2010 US Census Data Reveals Flaw in Memo – LAGN original estimate off by 21,005 residents! Landlords house 43.5%.
A force to be reckoned with. A Group to work with.
After reviewing  the 2010 US Census we can report more accurately on the constituency Niagara Falls’ landlords serve. According to the most recent [...]

Can a Landlord be Forced to Accept Housing Vouchers

By |August 14th, 2014|

Landlord fined for discrimination says he wasn’t aware of city’s fair housing ordinance.
Should landlords ban together and file suit against this ordinance?
The Buffalo News
August 13, 2014

Pleto is one of two Buffalo landlords that the state Attorney General’s office this week said had reached settlements after acknowledging that they had, in effect, discriminated against prospective tenants [...]

Landlords House Every Class of Citizen

By |July 15th, 2014|

Increases in taxes and fees must be passed on to our residents or our properties will not generate enough income to pay the bills.
All we are asking is that our residents are treated like any other resident in the City of Niagara Falls.
July 11, 2014 – City Council Public Hearing

First, thank you for taking your [...]

Everyone Should be Required to Recycle

By |July 11th, 2014|

Recycling efforts set forth a goal that will make our city proud!
Public Comments Delivered at NF Public Hearing
July 11, 2014

I think we all agree that providing Totes for residents is the right step to make our city more attractive and cut down on rodent problems that exist in many areas. Also the recycling efforts set [...]

Refuse and Recycle Press Release

By |July 11th, 2014|

Landlord Association Works to
Revamp City Garbage Plan
Calls to move implementation for 60 days until issues can be worked out for all.
July 11, 2014
For Immediate Release
 The Landlord Association of Greater Niagara has issued a Memo to the City of Niagara Falls calling for a 60 day cooling off period so issues associated with the rollout can be [...]