Queens senators fought to remove controversial housing proposal from state budget

This is a horizontal, color photograph of brick homes in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York.

Members of the Senate Queens Delegation were successful in playing a pivotal role in removing Gov. Kathy Hochul’s controversial statewide Housing Compact from the final state budget that would have had a significantly negative impact on the Queens community.

In January, Hochul introduced the housing proposal that would have made sweeping changes to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs). An ADU is an additional unit, whether in a basement, attic or backyard, built by a homeowner. The proposal would have allowed homeowners to build these units while ignoring current local zoning laws.