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Affordable housing

Our first responders are heroes — and Riverhead needs to work to keep them.

by Jan 29, 2023
This is a good time to reflect on the looming crisis we face as a community where affordable housing and jobs that pay a living wage are increasingly scarce.

Riverhead IDA won’t consider new 30-year tax abatement for Doctors Path apartments

by Jan 23, 2023
The owner of the subsidized apartment complex sought a new 30-year agreement setting its property taxes at $72,000 per year, about 45% of what current taxes would be.

Despite what town officials say, Riverhead does have an affordable housing problem

by Aug 19, 2022
Opinion: Riverhead does have an affordable housing problem, especially where home-ownership opportunities are concerned. We urge the Town Board to reconsider its decision not to pursue establishing a Community Housing Fund in Riverhead.

Riverhead will not seek to establish half-percent transfer tax to fund affordable housing

by Aug 3, 2022
There will be no ballot referendum this year in Riverhead to add a half-percent real estate transfer tax to  build revenue for town-sponsored affordable housing opportunities, as the Town Board has determined that the town has enough affordable housing and the state law allowing East End towns to create a “community housing fund” is not meant for Riverhead.

Riverhead considers implementing state workforce housing law; June 7 public hearing set

by Jun 6, 2022
The Riverhead Town Board is considering the adoption of a local law to integrate the Long Island Workforce Housing Act into the town’s zoning code, which would aid in the construction of affordable housing throughout the town.

Thiele and Palumbo pass bill allowing East End towns to collect 0.5% transfer tax for affordable housing fund

by Jun 23, 2021
To establish a community housing fund with a supplemental transfer tax, the town would have to pass a local law that is subject to a mandatory referendum.
A row of houses in a residential neighborhood on a sunny day.

Southampton Town launches digital housing survey for comprehensive plan

by Aug 10, 2020
The Town of Southampton is creating a town-wide housing plan as part of an update to the town’s Comprehensive Plan, and is looking for the community's help to develop the best plan to suit the town's needs.

Governor vetoes bill to establish affordable housing fund with new tax on luxury homes

by Dec 23, 2019
Legislation that would have authorized the five East End towns to establish affordable housing funds financed by a new real estate transfer tax of .5% was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday.

Bills that made it to the finish line in the frenzied last days of state legislative session

by Jun 24, 2019
Here are 15 bills of interest passed by both chambers during the frenzied closing days of the state legislative session in Albany.

Applications for affordable rental apartments now being accepted by Southampton Town

by Jun 17, 2019
The Town of Southampton will hold a lottery for 65 new affordable housing units.