Copake, studying problem, not building affordable housing
Diane Valden with the Columbia Paper reports that Copake is the latest locality to talk about the local affordable housing crisis. And they actually took some action too, but it was a unanimous Feb. 28 Town Board decision for a six-month moratorium on major subdivisions. While not building houses will not add affordable places to live locally, Copake Supervisor Jeanne Mettler recognizes there is a problem, saying, "This is not just a local crisis; there is a housing crisis in Columbia County, and in her recent State of the State address, New York Governor Hochul recognized this as a statewide crisis.” But so far Copake has taken no action to create affordable housing besides creating committees and working groups to study the issue. So far, town officials are not talking about building affordable housing, but instead tweaking regulations that might help others build affordable housing. Read more about this story in the Columbia Paper.