NYC Deputy Mayor to Hamodia: Big Housing Changes Coming

NEW YORK -

The city is growing and so must its buildings.

This is the message delivered by Alicia Glen, New York City’s deputy mayor charged with housing and economic development, in an interview with Hamodia.

Speaking in her City Hall office Wednesday afternoon, Glen, 48, discussed her vision of having the concept of affordable housing units embedded in every permit for developers.

“We want to make sure that when the city is getting bigger we are putting affordable housing in it,” she said. “It won’t be a carrot, it’s not even a stick — it’s just the way it is. … It’s like, from now on, you are going to build a building in a neighborhood that we rezoned, you are going to have to put affordable housing in it.”

Glen, who earlier this year led Crain’s Business’s list of the 50 most powerful women of New York, also touted a plunge in small business fines, an issue which has bedeviled local businesses in previous years.

Read the full interview in the next weekly edition of Hamodia.