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Congressman Lawler Leads Congressional Hearing on Housing Affordability in Rockland County

Congressman Mike Lawler, representing New York’s 17th District, spearheaded a field hearing of the Financial Services Committee. This pivotal session, aimed at dissecting the inefficacies of existing housing policies and their repercussions on community prosperity, was hosted in New City at the Rockland County Legislature on New Hempstead Road.

Titled “Restoring Prosperity in American Communities: Examining the Failures of Status Quo Housing Policy,” the hearing featured contributions from Congressman Warren Davidson, Chairman of the Housing Subcommittee, and Congressman Mike Flood. This collaborative initiative sought to illuminate the severe affordability constraints faced by homeowners and renters in Rockland County, a region significantly impacted by state and local policies from Albany and New York City.

Rockland County, identified as a critical case study, experiences the brunt of government overreach, burdensome regulations, and a high tax regime, factors that collectively dampen housing development and economic growth. The congressional committee thoroughly explored the dynamics contributing to the housing market’s challenges, highlighting the intensified demand for housing driven by the migration of individuals from New York City, which further escalates local pricing pressures and exacerbates affordability issues for residents.

The hearing was an opportunity for key stakeholders, including Teresa M. Kenny, Supervisor of the Town of Orangetown; John Ketcham, Fellow and Director of Cities at the Manhattan Institute; Leah Goodridge Managing Attorney for Housing Policy in MFJ’s Housing practice; and Ralph D. Amicucci of Amicucci Associates, P.C., to testify and share insights on navigating the affordability crisis in Rockland County and beyond.

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