Rep. Maloney Calls on Governor Hochul to Designate World Trade Center Tower 5 Apartments 100% Affordable

Aug 31, 2021
Press Release
Congresswoman Urges Governor to Give Preference to 9/11 Survivors and Responders

New York, NY – Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) called on New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to support the Coalition For a 100% Affordable World Trade Center Tower 5 (5WTC) proposal to designate all apartments in the complex affordable with a preference for 9/11 survivors and responders.

 

As she writes in her letter to Governor Hochul, “While I applaud the current plan to develop 5WTC as primarily a residential tower, there is a great community need for additional affordable housing.  The neighborhood is already saturated with luxury housing, and much of this housing stock is currently vacant, including in buildings in the immediate vicinity of 5WTC.  New Yorkers are in dire need of affordable housing, including deeply affordable and housing for low to moderate income individuals and families.”

 

Full text of yesterday’s letter to Governor Hochul is below and a PDF can be found HERE.

 

BACKGROUND

  • In April 2021, Rep. Maloney joined with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to introduce the Affordable Housing Preservation Act. The legislation will fund the creation of community-owned cooperatives for low-income people, helping to alleviate the affordable housing crisis while allowing people to communally own the homes they live in.  

 

  • In August 2021, Rep. Maloney introduced a new bipartisan bill, the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act, to address a funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and ensure its adequate funding now and in the future. It would also make minor corrections to the 2010 statute and authorize the program to develop a research cohort to study the impact of the toxic exposures and psychological trauma on the more than 35,000 people who were children at the time of the attack and resided or attended school or daycare in the NYC disaster area in the aftermath of the attack.

 

  • Rep. Maloney is the author of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, its reauthorization, and the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act to make sure all those suffering health aliments associated with 9/11 get the medical care and compensation they need and deserve.

 

Dear Governor Hochul,

 

I write to you in strong support of support of the Coalition For a 100% Affordable World Trade Center Tower 5 (5WTC) and the proposal to expand the number of affordable residential units at this site from 25 to 100% with a preference for 9/11 survivors/responders, their children, and seniors.  I understand that Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senators Brad Hoylman and Brian Kavanagh, Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, Council Member Mark Levine, and Democratic Council Nominee Christopher Marte all support this goal as well.

 

While I applaud the current plan to develop 5WTC as primarily a residential tower, there is a great community need for additional affordable housing.  The neighborhood is already saturated with luxury housing, and much of this housing stock is currently vacant, including in buildings in the immediate vicinity of 5WTC.  New Yorkers are in dire need of affordable housing, including deeply affordable and housing for low to moderate income individuals and families.

 

In April of this year, I joined with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to introduce the Affordable Housing Preservation Act. The legislation will fund the creation of community-owned cooperatives for low-income people, helping to alleviate the affordable housing crisis while allowing people to communally own the homes they live in.   Additionally, I’ve long led efforts in Congress to support the medical and financial needs of the 9/11 community and recently introduced a new bipartisan bill, The 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act, to fulfill our national commitment to ‘Never Forget.’ Affordable housing and supporting 9/11 responders and survivors are both issues about which I am deeply passionate.

 

I strongly encourage the leadership at the Empire State Development Corporation, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to consider options that would permit 5WTC to be 100% affordable with a preference for 9/11 survivors and responders. I would very much like to work with you and your staff along with my colleagues in city, state, and federal government to find creative ways to accomplish this goal.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me or to Shelby Garner in my office at (212) 860-0606 or shelby.garner@mail.house.gov.  Thank you for your consideration in this matter, consistent with all applicable rules and regulations.

 

                                                                                                Sincerely,

 

                                                                                                CAROLYN B. MALONEY
                                                                                                                Member of Congress

 

 

 

cc: Patrick Foye, President, ESDC
Holly Leicht, Chair, LMDC
Rick Cotton, Executive Director, NY & NJ Port Authority
Chuck Schumer, US Senate Majority Leader
Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator
Carl Heastie, NY Assembly Speaker
Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NY Senate Leader
Yuh-Line Niou, NY Assemblymember
Brian Kavanagh, NY Senator

 

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