Governor Cuomo: "By signing this measure into law, we will help preserve Harlem's history, create more affordable housing and provide a home for not-for-profit and civic organizations like the National Urban League and 100 Black Men which do important work every day for communities of color across New York."
Governor Cuomo today signed into law S.4688-A/A.6865-A, which authorizes the State General Services Commissioner to transfer state-owned lands and property in New York City to Empire State Development for an amount less than fair market value to allow this property to be used for the National Urban League Headquarters and Conference Center and the Urban Civil Rights Experience Museum. The $270 million project also will increase the city's affordable housing stock by approximately 170 units, supporting the Governor's $20 billion plan to combat homelessness and create affordable housing for New Yorkers. Additionally, the land transfer will allow for below-market and rent-free space for local non-for-profits, including One Hundred Black Men, Inc. and Jazzmobile, Inc. The bill takes effect immediately.
"Harlem has a rich history and culture that should be celebrated, protected and enhanced for future generations," Governor Cuomo said. "By signing this measure into law, we will help preserve Harlem's history, create more affordable housing and provide a home for not-for-profit and civic organizations like the National Urban League and 100 Black Men which do important work every day for communities of color across New York."
Senator Brian A. Benjamin said, "I'd like to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation, which will give the National Urban League a home on 125th Street, the central corridor of historic Harlem, so they can continue their work advocating on behalf of African Americans and for economic justice. This headquarters, along with a civil rights museum and low-income affordable housing are important additions to the Harlem community. I am proud to be the Senate sponsor of the legislation that made this possible."
Assembly Member Inez E. Dickins said, "Today I am proud to announce Governor Andrew Cuomo will be signing a key piece of legislation I proposed in the state assembly that will help bring the National Urban League back to its birthplace - Harlem, USA. Along with the return of this important institution, the project will also include 170 units of truly affordable housing and create a new home for Jazzmobile and 100 Black Men Inc. I congratulate the governor for continuing to support low and middle income families by signing this legislation that allows them to remain part of the fabric of our city, and that this is taking place on my birthday makes it an occasion extra special."