'I took the shot.' Gov. Hochul admits her affordable housing plan won't be included in delayed state budget

The controversial proposal would have set a goal to create 800,000 new housing units.

Kevin Vesey

Apr 25, 2023, 9:21 PM

Updated 360 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that her affordable housing plan will be left out of the delayed state budget.
The controversial proposal would have set a goal to create 800,000 new housing units.
It faces opposition from suburban officials because it would have allowed the state to override local zoning when needed.
A bipartisan group of Long Island politicians led the fight against Hochul's plan. They argued it would fundamentally change some suburban communities,
Hochul did not rule out going back to her housing plan at some point but said it won't be part of the upcoming budget.
"I said, 'Let's not waste any more time on this,'" Hochul said. "I'm going to go back. This is just the beginning of a journey in my opinion. This is going to be something I'll continue to work on until we solve this. That's my commitment to New Yorkers. It's a little bit like Wayne Gretzky. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. I took the shot."
Hochul says she is still pursuing elements of the housing package but did not give any specifics.
The governor said she is closing in on a deal with the Legislature on the budget, which is already several weeks behind.
Bail reform remains a major point of contention, but Hochul says she is continuing to have talks with the Legislature on the topic.


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