Three Unions Back NYC Mayor de Blasio’s Affordable-Housing Plan

NEW YORK (AP) -

A trio of major New York City unions are backing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s embattled affordable-housing plan.

The leadership of the 1199 SEIU health care workers union, the United Federation of Teachers and the DC 37 municipal workers union backed the plan Wednesday.

Their support comes on the day of a hearing for the proposal at the City Planning Commission.

De Blasio is proposing two major zoning changes, one to require builders to include affordable units, the other that allows for taller buildings.

Both potential changes have faced stiff community opposition.

In response, the mayor’s office has rolled recent support from the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and dozens of clergy members.

The City Planning Commission is expected to vote on the plan in February. The City Council will then vote in March.