The county is ready to restart real estate subsidies after a two-year pause. Residents fear it won’t fix their housing crisis.
The governor and the Senate have aligned on large swathes of the NY HEAT Act. The Assembly might be ready to move on it, too.
New York municipalities used to keep the surplus from foreclosed homes sold at auction. Then the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.
A laundry company wants to turn its factory into 13-story apartment buildings, sparking the latest in a series of fierce zoning fights.
As the governor urges more housing, IDAs are looking to pitch in. Critics say it goes beyond their legal role.
The mayor is putting New York City’s landmark climate and jobs law in jeopardy, our columnist argues.
In California, getting labor on board was essential to addressing the housing crisis. In New York, unions say the governor has barely tried.
At a heated town meeting, a resident warned “pedophiles or criminals” would move into new housing.
In the state’s byzantine system for addiction services, some people don’t know they have tenants’ rights. Some don’t have them at all.
Kathy Hochul proposed an executive order to extend the controversial 421-a tax break. Labor unions shot it down.
In emails to the governor’s office, the Real Estate Board of New York proposed scaled back tenant protections for the state budget.
Democratic lawmakers who rent their homes are far more likely to back tenant protections and new housing supply than those who own, a New York Focus analysis found.
“It’s done. It’s not happening,” an Assembly source told New York Focus. Lawmakers are poised to reject measures to boost housing supply and protect renters.
Democratic Assembly leaders refused to entertain the governor’s primary tactic to achieve housing growth and affordability.
New York law requires utilities to build out gas infrastructure at customers’ expense. The Senate wants to close the spigot.
Deceptive Facebook ads, hundreds of thousands of mailers to customers, six-figure lobbying campaigns — here’s how fossil fuel companies are fighting to keep electrification at bay.
Mayors said they aren’t interested in state grants to expand housing. “You can’t dig a hole in the ground for that kind of money,” one told New York Focus.
The legislature signed on to Hochul’s goal of 800,000 new homes. But they aren’t confident their plan can get there.
The governor’s proposal for “transit-oriented development” has so far gotten a mixed reception from suburban legislators, who killed a similar plan last year.
Under federal law, the public housing agency is required to hire low-income tenants. Records show it has often missed the mark.