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Lesniak Announces Delay In Introduction Of New COAH Bill

Says Measure Will be Introduced on March 3

TRENTON – State Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, D-Union, the sponsor of legislation to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing in favor of fair, reasonable and realistic standards for affordable housing construction in New Jersey, released the following statement today announcing that the bill will be formally introduced in the Legislature on March 3:

“Given the many complexities of the issues surrounding the construction of affordable housing in New Jersey, and the many valid concerns of stakeholders, I am delaying the formal introduction of the bill to abolish COAH from tomorrow, February 17 to the next meeting of the Senate on Thursday, March 3. I believe the extended timeframe will allow us a chance to put forth a bill which has the best possible chance of getting passed through both houses of the Legislature and receiving the Governor’s signature to be enacted into law.

“I remain committed to dismantling the dysfunctional, micro-management mandates of COAH, and replacing them with a smart, effective and reasonable affordable housing standard which will jump-start the economy, create jobs, and ensure that New Jerseyans at every income level can afford a place to live in the Garden State.”