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Hochul's housing plan now dead in budget negotiations

Apr 24, 2023 12:59 pm

Joshua Solomon reports in the Times Union that Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to double the amount of new housing over the next decade is apparently dead and will not be in the state budget that is almost a month late. The story claims that suburban Democrats in the Legislature blocked the plan because it would establish a state-mandated overhaul to local zoning to incentivize residential development. Hochul and many other officials have said there is an affordable housing crisis across the state, and this plan was one way of addressing that problem. Instead, not-in-my-backyard attitudes are stopping needed new housing from being built. Progressive forces on the left did not like the plan because it did not significantly expand tenant protections. Last week Hochul said that, “after weeks of negotiations, the Legislature continues to oppose core elements of the Housing Compact..... I will continue to discuss other elements of the plan and policy changes that will increase supply and make housing more affordable.” Cea Weaver, campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, said, “Rather than coming together to deliver for working families struggling to keep a roof over their heads, Albany leaders appear to be throwing their hands in the air.” Hochul's plan was to create 800,000 housing units over the next decade. Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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