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City Council cancels mayor’s affordable housing plan hearing

De Blasio given more time to prepare answers to housing and building committee’s questions

June 11, 2014 11:10AM

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From left: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gompers Houses and Jumaane Williams

From left: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gompers Houses and Jumaane Williams

The City Council has canceled a Thursday hearing on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan because the administration is not ready to answer the housing and building committee’s questions.

Council sources told the New York Observer that the mayor’s office requested the rescheduling. Council member Jumaane Williams, the committee chairman, confirmed to the Observer that the council granted the request in order to give Mayor de Blasio more time to prepare answers.

A date has not been set, but a new hearing will likely take place several months from now, sources told the Observer.

The hearing was meant to give the council the opportunity to question the mayor on specifics of his affordable housing plan, the outlines of which were announced in May. Some aspects of Mayor de Blasio’s housing agenda, such as his support for giving the city greater control over rent laws, have already been flagged as possible flashpoints, according to previous reports from Crain’s. [NYO]Tom DiChristopher

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