Gov. Hochul's housing plan garners support from some Long Islanders; critics call it a slippery slope
Gov. Kathy Hochul's controversial housing plan received support from some Long Islanders on Saturday.
Several dozen people gathered in Babylon for the rally in support of Hochul’s plan to add more housing not just in the city, but in the suburbs.
Supporters, such as Richard Pruitt with Suffolk’s Welfare to Work Commission, said they are not giving up despite recent setbacks.
“A disappointing weekend with Democrats and the Republicans in the Assembly and the Senate really gutting the governor’s plan for mandating housing quotas,” Pruitt said.
The plan state lawmakers shot down was to require local governments to increase available housing by 3% in three years, especially in areas near public transportation, like Babylon's Long Island Rail Road station.
“It won’t take away local control, but it will give our local towns and villages the control that they need to do the things they know they need to do, which is to care for people,” said Michael Daly, of East End YIMBY, or "Yes In My backyard."
However, North Hempstead’s Supervisor Jennifer DeSena said at a rally earlier this month that Hochul’s plan would have been a slippery slope.
"If New York state overrides local control, it’s only a matter of time before thousands of apartments begin flooding every single-family zone neighborhood," DeSena said.
Pilar Moya-Mancera, with Housing Help Incorporated, said people are struggling living on Long Island.
"Long Island needs more housing. Long Island has experienced an increase in population, but the housing is lacking," Moya-Mancera said.
A spokesperson told News 12 Long Island in a statement, "Governor Hochul’s executive budget makes transformative investments to make New York more affordable, more livable, and safer and she looks forward to working with legislators on a final budget."