Max & Murphy on Housing: State Budget Deal Leaves Questions Unanswered

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The Cuomo administration has said little about what kind of housing it would fund, where it would be and whom it might serve.

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The Cuomo administration has said little about what kind of housing it would fund, where it would be and whom it might serve.

The state budget deal for the fiscal year that began early this morning ties up a lot of the loose ends that policy wonks have been obsessed with during the last few weeks, like minimum wage, family leave and CUNY funding. But it doesn’t appear to have filled in the blanks surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $20 billion affordable housing initiative.

Filling in the blanks is also what’s going to happen soon on the East New York rezoning, where advocates and the city are jousting over what additional requirements for affordability and infrastructure investment can be baked into the zoning text. NYCHA filled in some blanks of its own earlier this week when it discussed its worsening fiscal picture.

Gotham Gazette’s Ben Max and your correspondent take a brisk walking tour of the week’s housing stories in the clip below. Listen. Share. Comment. Smile.