Mayor Bill de Blasio is throwing a lifeline to homeowners treading
The administration proposed an automatic $183 discount on
“For decades the city has been using the
To pay for the credits, the mayor waived the
The mayor’s office said the $183 credit will help nearly 205,000 Brooklyn families, almost 277,500 Queens households, some 110,500 Staten Island homeowners, roughly 65,500 properties in the Bronx and approximately 6,300 payers in Manhattan. The $250 waiver will impact an estimated 40,000 units of below-market housing.
Mr. de Blasio has long struggled with underwater approval ratings in neighborhoods with many single-family homes—communities like Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where he announced the twin credits today. He has sought to keep aqua costs from rising, even apparently floating the unpopular proposal to postpone the extension of a third
The mayor quickly backed away from the idea when it proved a wash with the public.
Today’s announcement even won plaudits from Republicans, who offered up approving statements in the mayor’s press release.
“When the mayor is right, I say so. This credit will keep hard-earned money for more than 120,000 residents in my district where it belongs: in their own wallets. That’s the right move,” said GOP Congressman Daniel Donovan, who represents Bay Ridge and Staten Island.
Bay Ridge State Senator Martin Golden agreed.
“I want to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for including the elimination of the rental payment on
The administration noted that the proposals require the approval of the seven members of the