Statement from Legal Aid’s Judith Goldiner on 421a

Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society, released the following statement on 421a.

"This is a bad deal that puts the wallets of developers before the interests of low-income individuals, working-class families, and other New Yorkers in desperate need of affordable housing. 421a has always been flawed, and the finite units it generates will continue to prove unaffordable for our clients.

With federal cuts to housing near imminent, Albany leaders should have backed true and needed solutions that increase the availability of permanent brick-and-mortar housing in New York City's control, such as NYCHA and HPD units.

This blank check to real-estate, coupled with Albany’s inability to strengthen rent regulation laws for 2.5 million New Yorkers, helps explain why the state’s housing and homelessness crises continues to grow.”