ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--LAWMAKERS IN ALBANY CONTINUE THEIR EFFORT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSING CRISIS IN THE STATE BUDGET, AFTER THEY FAILED TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNOR LAST YEAR.  

“We have to get something done because there is a housing crisis in many parts of this state. So, I think it's important for us as policy makers to not be dug in, to compromise,” said Sen. James Skoufis (D-42nd Senate District).

THE GOVERNOR IN HER HOUSING PLAN PROPOSED $500 MILLION TO DEVELOP HOUSING FROM STATE-OWNED PROPERTY AND CONTINUING A $25 BILLION FIVE-YEAR PLAN INTENDING TO PRESERVE AND CREATE 100,000 HOMES. 

SHE ALSO PROPOSED $650 MILLION FOR DESIGNATED “PRO-HOUSING” COMMUNITIES TO ACCESS. 

SOME DEMOCRATIC LEADERS SAid THEY WANT TENANT PROTECTIONS, SUCH AS GOOD CAUSE EVICTION, IN ORDER TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON HOUSING.  

“The Assembly will absolutely support a deal on housing, but it has to include developer incentives, union friendly, affordable, and tenant protections,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Assembly District 83).

WHILE SOME REPUBLICAN LEADERS SAid THEY’RE AGAINST GOOD CAUSE EVICTION AND THE STATE HAS ENOUGH TENANT PROTECTIONS.  

“We really should look at what we can do in government to encourage people to build more and the best way to do that is to take away some of the regulations that we have unfortunately in New York,” said Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Assembly District 120).

LAWMAKERS HAVE UNTIL APRIL 1 TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON A FINAL BUDGET PLAN WITH THE GOVERNOR.