A new survey shows that a majority of likely voters in Long Island voters support the construction of higher-density, multi-family housing near train stations. Known as transit-oriented development, the measure is a key part of the “New York Housing Compact” proposed by Governor Kathy Hochul in January.
Hochul’s proposal would require low-density localities with rail stations run by the MTA to rezone or build higher-density multi-family developments within half a mile of the station.
The poll, conducted by the progressive think tank Data for Progress, found that 66 percent of likely voters in Long Island and 67 percent state-wide, support transit-oriented development.
But the Hochul plan has been met with resistance from local legislators, including many Democrats, who criticize the plan as too extreme. State Senator Steven Rhoads, a Republican representing Massapequa, said that Hochul “seeks to solve New York City’s housing crisis by turning Long Island into the sixth borough of New York City.”
Hochul has defended her proposal as a “comprehensive plan to spur the changes needed to create more housing, meet rising demand, and make our state a more equitable, stable, and affordable place to live.”
Long Island, home to America’s first suburb, now faces a housing crisis, with lower rental stock than any other suburban area in the state.