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Hochul's affordable housing proposal already stirring opposition

Feb 07, 2023 1:02 am

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that almost everyone, including Gov. Kathy Hochul, believes that lack of affordable housing in New York is a major problem. "The future of our state will be hinging on whether we can meet the need, meet the demand right now," Hochul recently told reporters. "Otherwise, it's going to be challenging to attract new businesses here so they can house their employees." But getting affordable housing actually built is much more difficult than just getting politicians to make proposals. Hochul's proposal is already facing opposition from local governments, especially in suburban communities, because of a provision that could lead to the state pushing through qualifying projects over the objections of local zoning and planning officials. Hochul was in Syracuse this week and send her proposal would spend $227 billion in that city, including money for public housing and economic development. Hochul hopes to build 800,000 units of housing. Hochul admitted the process is difficult saying, "I don't have the answer to say it's going to happen tomorrow, I'm saying we have to get started." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.

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