Long Island elected officials expressed concerns Wednesday over Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to add more than 800,000 affordable housing units statewide in the next decade. She will do this in part by setting local targets and fast-tracking projects in areas that don’t meet them in the next three years.
The approach allows local governments to approve the types of housing they believe meet local needs but carries the prospect the state will step in if too few projects are approved.
Several town supervisors told Newsday they were still reviewing the proposal but worried about how it could interfere with local control over zoning rules. The proposal was part of Hochul’s State of the State speech Tuesday, and it will be several weeks before she releases more detail in her proposed budget. The proposal is subject to negotiation with the State Legislature.
The Affirmative Fair Housing Act
If you remember, Barack Obama pushed the affirmative fair housing act into place when he was president. It hasn’t gone anywhere. Kathy Hochul is looking to accelerate it here in New York. There’s already precedent for it with the Mount Laurel decision in New Jersey. It has pushed the housing act in New Jersey and is destroying zoning laws.
It will destroy the suburbs and make every suburb into a metropolitan area. Some people believe Democrats are doing this so they get votes in the suburbs which are traditionally Republican. What progressive Democrats plan to do is move people who are here illegally into those areas and they will vote Democrat.
We would no longer have control over who comes into our neighborhoods.
The sad thing is that most Americans don’t know what is going on. All of this is straight out of The Communist Manifesto.
Kathy Hochul plans to add these 800,000 affordable housing units in Westchester, Rockland County, Nassau County and Suffolk County. She will claim it’s a housing emergency.
The same bad progressive policies that ruined the metropolitan areas in our country will now ruin the suburbs. This is her plan, and if the Democrat legislature goes along with it, that is the end of the suburban land in New York.
The Democrats have made clear that this is what they plan to do. This is not a conspiracy theory. They’ve been pretty open about it.
Let’s mess up the suburbs.
I’ve lived in Tompkins, Schuyler (westerm NY) & Ulster (hudson valley) counties in NY.
One would not think that housing would be so expensive in Western NY, but it is – Cornell University is the main draw for tompkins, and some ppl commute as far as Rochester and other fingerlakes areas to it – both as students or employees. The job market sucks (I commuted to NYC and then the west coast regularly, once I graduated) and the housing sucks even more. In Ithaca, my unit wasn’t fixed for years – black mold all over the place and during snow and rain 50% of the apartment leaked mega waterfalls. Out in Schuyler, really bad rodent problems – even with 2 cats – mice, norwegian rats and flying squirrels – possibly bats too, but they are relatively low key compared to the scurriers. Now have four cats (the rodent apocalypse is real). Code (much like Woodstock NY’s code dept) was absolutely useless and didn’t even bother coming over).
Anyway, housing is really hard to find, regardless of rural, town or city areas, Most of NY anyway, puts in focus on home ownership and selling rather than renting, and places go straight up to be sold once rented. In ulster, alot of places are empty, and then the rest serve AirBnB.
As for hochul’s proposal, those counties serve mostly NYC (although a good many counties have commuters to the city or elsewhere), but affordable housing units have been popping up here and there. Such as Kingston, NY – which the developers get major deal packages, in exchanges for having a few units “affordable”.
Problem is, it still really isn’t affordable (for the local wages), NY has an at-will employment policy (so no job security at all), most are living paycheck to paycheck), there are pretty insane background checks for the applicants (which make no sense esp considering the pervs that run these things (the checks should go BOTH ways)- and I’m thinking of a NYC import to Ulster county who has been building up retail and rental establishments, leaving his two sons to run it, and one son has been convicted of rape, but both boys are young, tall and goodlooking and rich and single, so “who cares”), I’m thinking of the ithaca housing market which keeps on getting creep landlords who install cameras in their units that are rented to girls (cases have been ongoing since the 90s….. it is really disturbing), etc and there are other dubious landlords who the dirt of them are only known by the locals who are from the area – initially.
Anyway, from what I understand for the ppl who are truly poor, there has been a migration path for 10 years now of ppl from downstate (NYC area) to go up to Elmira (western NY) (hence the crime and gangs have exploded) and also Albany. Albany is supposed to be the last refuge for ppl seeking “affordable housing” that’s not 2500 or 1800 for 400 sq feet, allows pets, doesn’t discriminate against single mothers, has pathways to good schools, etc.
All the other affordable housing projects are just tokens.
What else is one to expect from a socialist scumbag hell bent on destroying the lives of those that actually work for a living and take responsibility for the decisions they make in life. Dragging the rest of us down to the lowest common denominator is the only hope they have at selling their delusion of equality; because we all know the Democrap voting base refuses to take responsibility for their own lives when they can play the victim and get everything given to them for free in exchange for a vote.
its more than democrat/republican. NY is corrupt enough to laud hilary clinton when they should have sent her packing back to arkansas. Cuomo #1 sucked and then they brought back his scummy son for another round. Housing is exploitative, utilities is exploitative. Small town taxes and policies are exploitative, housing is exploitative, the job market is exploitative. but the issues here can be found just as easily as in FL or in NV or in NC or even in ME. US is really crappy…. and both sides of the aisle, doesn’t care about the working person – esp if you don’t have a trust fund and don’t peel off donation checks at least even 4 months.
Just imagine what this is going to do to crime and property values.
I live in what used to be an old peaceful German neighborhood just outside of Buffalo for over 40 years. In the last five years it has been infiltrated by a “certain” people bringing their ghetto ways . . it’s getting noisier and trashier by the day. They’re never satisfied, ruining everything everywhere they go. The once new affordable housing units in Buffalo are starting to look horrible.
not surprising. Western NY has been having the cheapest home prices compared to downstate/eastern NY.
Ultimately, its the developers and the AirBnB’ers, that residents should be taking a stand against. Not really the resulting people that move in.
Plus, on the “certain” people, I can sympathize to a point, because each place has their own certain people. Albany has a lot of poor (really poor) people (black, spanish and white) taking advantage of their welfare/state programs. Ithaca and New Paltz has college students (a college student town or building or as neighbors is absolute hell – if you didn’t know – say goodbye to privacy, quiet and intact windows). NYC areas have tons of hicks (black and white) from other places in the US who are here to “make it” and “prove themselves” as an artist, an entrepreneur, and they’ll run illlegal speakeasies from their residential units, cram TONS of strangers into their place, renting out their couch and floor for rent, sell drugs and blast music till 4am.
Ulster/Sullivan and Dutchess counties have NYC refugees, you know, the kind who say they’re environmental activists although they’ve lived on concrete for 80% of their life, start drinking martininis at 10am, believe healthy living is attending a yoga studio with mask mandate and current vax policies, health food is lox and bagels, and love their help to regard them like 3rd world peasants (they employ a lot of them too, illegally, because they have the “right” attitude, right down to looking at the floor when they walk by – some real feudal crap), and their “jobs” don’t earn any money (or skills) but that’s okay, because they have a trust fund, or a bank account from some deceased rich spouse who they married when they were young and the spouse was already a fossil, or some shitty rental/airbnb property somewhere that they sell on good vibes but their cleaning crew does the work job ever.
Each place attracts their own “certain” people, and ultimately, they all suck when you get down to it. Just figure out which kind of people can you stand the most.
let’s hear from some New Yorkers
I didn’t vote for her and neither did any of my friends and family. But once again, the NY election was stolen and we’re going to get shafted by the one party rule in our once great state of New York. Many are considering selling, against their will, but unfortunately aren’t left with much of a choice. The dems are turning it into a cesspool.
The dems are NOT turning ” it into a cesspool”…They ARE the cesspool…
NY politicans overall are the cesspool. The republicans are pervs just like the democrats. Politics are just corrupt in general. We need normal people to start running – like a mailman or a receptionist, in addition to the ones who are buying up the votes with backdoor lobbying.
I agree. I’m retired and getting closer to the end of my life. Part of me wants to run to Florida while there is still room and part of me wants to just ride my last days out here. At least I got to see the best of New York State before it turned into this mess. The 1950’s right on up to around 911. Nothing’s been the same since.
My family has been going back and forth to FL since the 70s, and each decade both places erode. FL is really bad too. As for room, they keep on running out of room and keep on creating new projects. Florida – at least S.FL, will always be creating “more room” via developments because that is a major part of the industry down there. The hurricanes, the humidity, the unstable ground that’s 4 feet or so above water (its like an underground cenote between the everglades and the ocean), the erosion from the salt and sun – they purposely build shitty buildings so they’ll have a short life and they can rebuild again.
The influx of people is also a constant. So now its NY/CA ppl, Before it was S.American immigrants. Also eastern europeans. Crime is really insane there. Plus the ppl there have hangups with being young, and consequently with young people – kids. Add in scantily clad ppl, booze and drugs, you got alot of inhibitions removed.
I’ve seen S. american immigrants with my own eyes abandon their sons only to be picked up by gay men shortly after. FL is creepy, man. A tourist area is not the answer.
She needs to be kept in the courts. This can’t be legal. She’s ruling like a Dick tator. If an attorney would step up I have no doubt New Yorkers would donate to fund the lawsuits. Our elected Republican town supervisors must fight this. Our schools will be destroyed.
schools are already destroyed. drug testing, sex ed, vax mandates, mask mandates, shitty curriculums, poor quality teachers. Just homeschool.
I live in Western New York. Most of it is beautiful as long as you stay away from the bigger cities, Buffalo and Rochester. Sadly, even Niagara Falls looks like a dump thanks to a certain breed who are slaves to the government. They eventually ruin everything that’s given to them. Community centers, parks, housing . . and then infiltrate nicer neighborhoods only to do the same.