ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--Within the Governor's $233 billion budget plan, she proposes in an effort to build more housing $650 million to be made available for certified pro-housing communities. 

IN HER BUDGET ADDRESS A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE GOVERNOR SAID SHE HEARD THE LEGISLATURE LOUD AND CLEAR—THEY BELIEVE IN MORE CARROTS THAN STICKS, A CONCEPT THAT REFERS TO REWARD AND PUNISHMENT.  

Wednesday, IN A HOUSING roundtable WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM COUNTIES ACROSS THE STATE, SHE DISCUSSED INCENTIVES FOR MUNICIPALITIES TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE HOUSING CRUNCH.

“They wanted carrots, and we have $650 million of carrots to put on the table, literally. And to tell them that this is available to communities that are willing to do what is necessary. So, every corner of the state was saying this is going to help solve their problem,” said Hochul. 

SOME CITY MAYORS SAid HOUSING IS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.  

BINGHAMTON MAYOR JARED KRAHAM SAid BECOMING A PRO-HOUSING COMMUNITY WILL jump start ECONOMIC INVESTMENT IN THE CITY.  

“We view it as an economic development engine, and we want to do whatever we can at the local level to cut red tape. We don’t have the issues in Binghamton that you see in maybe other communities where it’s a ‘not in my backyard.’ We’re pushing housing,” he said. 

THE STATE HAS received MORE THAN 80 PRO-HOUSING COMMUNITY APPLICATIONS, 20 OF WHICH WILL receive CERTIFICATION AND BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED FUNDING.  

THIS HOUSING PROPOSAL IS SOMETHING THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE HAVE EXPRESSED SUPPORT ON BUT BUDGET PROCESS STILL HAS A WAYS TO GO.