Orange County officials criticize Gov. Hochul's affordable housing plan

Harriman Mayor Lou Medina and Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone are among local officials who wrote to the governor to say her recently announced proposal won’t work for their communities.

Blaise Gomez

Feb 17, 2023, 4:21 PM

Updated 461 days ago

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A group of Orange County officials is criticizing Gov. Kathy Hochul’s controversial plans to address the state’s affordable housing crisis.  
Harriman Mayor Lou Medina and Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone are among local officials who wrote to the governor to say her recently announced proposal won’t work for their communities. 
Hochul’s plan would give the state control over some construction projects and cut red tape for work to begin.  
It would also set housing goals for new units for municipalities to meet. 
“We are mostly built out," said Medina. "The 3% growth target is just unrealistic, and the idea of Albany micromanaging the zoning and characteristics of our village is also unrealistic and unsustainable.” 
The governor’s affordable housing plan will need to pass the Legislature and would be included in budget negotiations. 
News 12 contacted the governor's office for comment but hasn't heard back. 


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