A Message from Mayor Daniel Pearl to Village Residents—Regarding Governor Hochul’s Housing Compact
In this year’s proposed State Budget, Governor Hochul has included a Housing Compact, that if approved could have a profound impact on the quality of life we enjoy in Massapequa Park. This Housing Compact, while similar to the one proposed last year that was ultimately negotiated out of the budget—is more restrictive on our zoning rights. It would mandate a 3% increase in workforce housing in our Village every 3 years with additional requirements since we have a LIRR Station in our Village, or the State will take away our local zoning rights.
While there is a need on Long Island for more affordable housing, a one size top-down mandated approach from New York State does not work for villages like ours. If approved in its current form, adding multi-family housing, where single family homes currently exist in our village, would have a negative impact on our community from increasing the strain on municipal resources, including our infrastructure—roads, water, sewers to creating more traffic and leading to a negative impact on our environment.
The Village Board and I are strongly opposed to this proposal, and we have voiced our opposition to our State Representatives. I urge you to do the same and write your State Representatives and the Leadership—including the Governor to strongly oppose this proposed mandate and remove it from the State Budget.
Below are links on how to reach your State Representatives, as well as a sample opposition letter you can download here.