Long Island’s suburban landscape, which is dominated by single-family homes, is a major attraction that makes living in Nassau and Suffolk Counties one of the most desirable places in the U.S. Governor Hochul wants to destroy that. She has proposed a housing plan in her 2023-2024 budget that would require villages and towns to rezone neighborhoods within a half-mile of every LIRR train station and create high-density housing that would turn Nassau County into the sixth borough of New York City. This radical state takeover of zoning from what has always been a local government function is a direct assault on Long Island.
If approved by the State Legislature, this progressive power-grab by the Governor will have profoundly negative consequences on the environment, traffic, emergency services, police, utilities, overwhelm our school districts and the overall quality of life not only in Nassau County, but in all of Long Island and all suburban communities throughout New York State. Put simply, the impact of this proposal is far-reaching, destructive and irreversible. It cannot be allowed to advance.
I have already taken action by joining with other elected officials throughout our region to oppose this ill-conceived plan and will fight against it every step of the way. I encourage you to reach out to Governor Hochul by sending her a message by CLICKING HERE or by calling 518-474-8390 or 212-681-4580. Contacting your representatives in the State Assembly and Senate is recommended as well. If you need contact information for any of them, please call my office and we will provide it for you. Check out the link below for more information:
As always, please feel free to contact me with any thoughts and ideas you may have with respect to the County or on any particular issue that you think I may be able to assist you with. You may contact me at (516) 571-6214 or by email at LSchaefer@NassauCountyNY.gov.
Sincerely, Laura M. Schaefer
Legislator, District 14
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