Lesniak postpones introducing new affordable housing bill

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak announced Wednesday he will delay introduction of his new affordable housing bill until March 3.

Lesniak, (D-20) of Union, who had sponsored earlier legislation to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing, said he will formally introduce his new proposal 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,” Lesniak said in a release.

Earlier this month, Lesniak, the architect of a bill to abolish COAH, withdrew his legislation, S-1, which Gov. Christie had conditionally vetoed, and said at the time that he would put together a bill “that will inject rationality into New Jersey’s affordable housing laws.’’