Op-ed: Commonsense Solutions for Northeast Queens

In my congressional race to replace George Santos on Feb. 13, I have emphasized the need to move beyond partisan finger-pointing and address the real problems people face. At the national level, that means bipartisan solutions on immigration, the cost of living, climate, Israel, Ukraine, and so much more. In Northeast Queens, there are local issues that I would like to weigh in on.

Creedmoor Housing Development:

In December, New York State released a plan to build almost 3,000 housing units on the site of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. That’s too big! Community Board 13 responded by recommending 1,000 units, saying that is “a more appropriate number that would mesh in the community without vastly changing it.” This is a great opportunity for New York State, New York City, and the local community to work in good faith on a commonsense way to increase our housing stock without negatively impacting the character of the neighborhood. I’ve been supporting commonsense housing policies for decades. I’ve advocated for a comprehensive, multi-billion-dollar State plan to build affordable homes in a way that doesn’t overburden any one community like Queens Village. I’ve also opposed ill-advised plans to force Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) into our communities.