Thank you for tuning into Staten Island This Week, the only online news channel with a real estate angle. Here, our correspondent Hannah Jay gives us the latest news affecting Staten Islanders.

Fourteen new bills signed by the Mayor:

On Monday, August 12th, Mayor Bloomberg signed fourteen new bills into law. Three of these bills involve the Committee of Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, two of them provide property tax relief to veterans and Sandy victims, and nine of them deal with emergency preparedness.

Tenants evicted in favor of homeless:

With the homeless population reaching an all-time high, the city must come up with a quick solution to provide shelter for them. They have decided to reward landlords handsomely for participating in the program, and this has resulted in the evictions of many paying tenants.

Environmental Grants Distributed Throughout the State:

Governor Cuomo recently announced that $1 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants will be given out statewide. The purpose of these grants is to enhance the environment through community projects.
One of the organizations to receive grants is located on Staten Island. Watch to find out which one, and how much they will be receiving.

In addition, the Richmond County Savings Foundation is giving out grants to non-profits which promote environmentally sound practices. A total of $100,000 will be given out for various projects countywide.

More Apartments and Retail Space for St. George:

The St. George waterfront will soon be seeing the addition of a renovated apartment complex with retail space. This four-story building is located next to The Pointe, a building comprised of high-end condos.

More facilities in store for Ocean Breeze Park:

Construction at Ocean Breeze Park is already largely underway, with workers in the midst of completing the Track and Field Complex project that began in 2010. Now, the New York City Department of Design and Construction has published a bid to build a horse-riding arena! The deadline for competitive sealed bids is around the corner, so North Shore horseback riders are undoubtedly hoping for the best.

New Home Construction This Week:

Last week's permit acceptances showed there were 11 new permits accepted for Staten Island. One of these homes is on the North Shore, with the remaining ten on the South Shore. Watch more to find out what types of homes will be constructed and in which neighborhoods.

Events:

Here are some events for the beginning of September, when the weather will still be mild enough to go out. This week's segment includes bird watching, bat watching, story time, local green markets, a music festival, and an annual celebration of the 1776 Peace Conference at the Conference House. With so much to do, it's easy to beat the back-to-school blues.

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