Munsey Park mayor says governor's housing plan will have catastrophic effects across LI
The Village of Munsey Park's mayor has criticized Gov. Kathy Hochul’s recent housing plan.
The proposal, which Hochul says is intended to address population loss due to New York state’s unaffordability, has been met with mixed reactions since its announcement during her the State of the Union address.
Mayor Lawrence Ceriello says the plan would have catastrophic effects not only for his village, but locations across the Island. He argues that Hochul is essentially using population loss as an excuse to wipe out middle class housing on Long Island.
Ceriello says the plan, which involves the construction of nearly a million units of affordable housing in and around New York City, will only force more residents out of the state.
“If the governor thinks we need to create 800,000 housing units, she's more than halfway there by having forced 500,000 people out of the state with her policy,” he said.
According to Ceriello, villages across the island will be left powerless due to the plan mandating that neighborhoods within half a mile of a railroad or subway be rezoned.
“We'd have to do away with all zoning requirements whatsoever. So, no minimum lot no setbacks. There's no guiding principle,” he said. “The societal and economic disruption her plan will wrought on communities like Munsey Park is incalculable.”
Ceriello says the plan lacks critical thought and proper research.
“Has she visited any of the communities and said, ‘how can you help me provide better housing?’ No, she just jams down this progressive idea that single-family houses are bad multifamily houses are good,” he said.
Hochul's proposal is set to be voted on in April. She will also visit Patchogue on Thursday to address the plan.