Thursday, February 8, 2024

Not in the Vanguard

Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul celebrated the certification of New York's first Pro-Housing Communities as part of her long-term strategy to support local efforts to build more housing statewide. The certification, first announced by Hochul last year as part of a package of executive actions to increase the housing supply, recognizes localities committed to housing growth and gives them priority consideration over other localities for up to $650 million in state discretionary funding. In her 2024 State of the State Address, Hochul proposed strengthening the Pro-Housing Communities program by making the certification a requirement for communities to access state discretionary funds.

Curiously, Hudson, a city with a Housing Trust Fund, a Housing Justice Director, and a mayor who took office four years ago declaring that he had a "huge plan for housing" he'd been working on for a year, was not one of the first twenty to be certified as Pro-Housing Communities. Here, in alphabetical order, are the communities that were:
  • City of Binghamton
  • Village of Canajoharie
  • Town of Canton
  • Village of Canton
  • Village of Croton-on-Hudson
  • Village of Dryden
  • City of Dunkirk
  • Village of Johnson City
  • City of Kingston
  • Town of Lowville
  • Village of Mineola
  • Town of New Lebanon
  • City of New Rochelle
  • City of Newburgh
  • Town of North Elba
  • Town of Plattsburgh
  • City of Poughkeepsie
  • Village of Pulaski
  • Town of Red Hook
  • City of White Plains
According to the governor's website, there are more than sixty other communities that have started their applications for Pro-Housing Community certification. Perhaps Hudson is among those.

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