Letitia James and Scott Stringer Join Unions in Ripping Bill de Blasio’s Housing Plan

Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer joined community groups and organized labor to lambaste Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan from two sides today—claiming it excludes both the lowest income New Yorkers and construction unions.

The pair cited a report by the union-led coalition Real Affordability for All that showed 84 percent of the “affordable” housing built in Mr. de Blasio’s first two years in office was allocated to people making between 51 and 180 percent of the area median income of the New York metro area—that is, between $43,000 and $155,000 a year for a family of four. This, they argued, was little different from the ratios produced under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and failed to create apartments for the poorest New Yorkers.

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