“New York City is facing a dire housing crisis that needs to be addressed with urgency and action,” he said Narrator Adrienne Adams. “Council is committed to being part of the solution by approving sound housing projects that increase the availability of affordable housing, and today’s votes in committee are clear proof of that. It is critical for housing development to prioritize local concerns and community contributions while helping to solve our citywide affordable housing crisis. Today’s vote shows how we can successfully achieve this goal of driving local and citywide goals together. We have deepened housing affordability, made it accessible to seniors and veterans, and supported the creation of local employment, union jobs and benefits. We must prioritize the development of affordable housing that meets the needs of New Yorkers who need it most through the land use process. Today, this council has achieved that goal.”

“During this process, I made a commitment to prioritize the needs of my district and my neighborhood,” he said Councilor Marjorie Velázquez. “We are in the midst of a citywide housing crisis that is being felt similarly by residents in my borough, with seniors and professionals facing the stress of staying in our neighborhoods. The updated project, voted out by council committees today, will provide our community with significantly more affordable housing, more quality jobs for residents, and additional benefits for the neighborhood. This provides tangible benefits for the people in our community and transforms the unfortunate reality that this office before me has not been able to provide affordable housing for our residents as fewer than 60 units have been produced in the last 8 years. We’ve surpassed that in less than a year. I will never stop fighting for my local community and will always be committed to negotiating to the end to achieve results for the people in my district.”

“New York City is in the middle of a housing crisis,” he said Councilor Rafael Salamanca, Chairman of the Land Use Committee. “While rents are skyrocketing and wages are stagnant, the development of affordable housing that meets the needs of the local community is critical to the city’s recovery. Today’s approval of the Bruckner redesignation is a development that does just that. By creating more affordable housing in this project than in the previous 10 years combined, Bruckner will provide housing for families, seniors and veterans while creating good union jobs. I thank Speaker Adrienne Adams and Councilor Marjorie Velázquez for their strong support for the construction of affordable housing, and the Department of Land Use and the development team for their efforts in completing this project.”

“Tackling the New York City housing crisis must remain a priority for this council,” he said Councilor Kevin C. Riley, Chair, Zoning and Concessions Subcommittee. “As such, we must continue to push for open lines of communication that ensure the needs of our communities are met. I’m really pleased that we were able to get this through the Land Use Committee because our city is in dire need of housing and it’s important that every community do their part. I commend Councilor Velazquez for serving her community and ensuring its best quality of life. Let’s keep working together and make sure we’re doing everything we can to address the housing crisis.”

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