Proposed law to ban boarding houses
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“Part of the discussion that I had, and one of the reasons I [pushed] for the law,” he added, “is because I was convinced that it has enough flexibility in it. If I’m hiring an aide to live in the house, they are actually part of the family unit, and this law would not prevent that from happening.”
According to a 2012 study conducted by the Stony Brook University Center for Survey Research, due to the expense of Long Island homes and a fear of losing much of the region’s young population, over 60 percent of Long Islanders support changes to zoning laws that would make it easier to install legal rental apartments in single-family homes.
In Rockville Centre, according to the 2010 Census, husband-wife families account for 55.9 percent of the population, while 32.8 percent are non-family households, and the median value of owner-occupied housing units is $619,100, compared with $301,000 in New York City. Given these demographics, the new law could prove prohibitive to young people looking to move in.
But Oppenheimer said it should have little effect on the village’s current young residents. “There’s nothing to say in the law that young people living as a family unit are prohibited,” he said. “There’s a couple who’s not married living in the house around the corner from me. They happen to own the house, but they’re living together — boyfriend and girlfriend. This is not preventing that kind of tenancy, because they’re living as a family unit.”
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