Gov. Kathy Hochul laid out her vision for housing in the Empire State yesterday, including giving the state the authority to override local zoning laws to approve affordable housing projects and what would be the first state ban on gas hookups in new buildings in the nation.

In her second State of the State address, the NY governor proposed to phase in a ban on natural gas heating and gas-powered appliances in new buildings, beginning in 2025 for smaller buildings and 2028 for larger buildings. Under the proposal, NY also would prohibit the sale of any new fossil-fuel heating systems starting in 2030.

Hochul's plan comes two years after NYC mandated a ban on gas hookups in new buildings of less than seven-stories beginning at the end of this year, and in larger new buildings in 2027.

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