New York Lawmaker Visits Local Job Site

Filed in Capitol Hill, Membership by on March 11, 2016 1 Comment

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) visited a construction site on March 9 in Brooktondale, N.Y., and received a first-hand look at how housing creates jobs and strengthens local communities.

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Rep. Reed and builder Bruno Schickel.

“It was a fantastic meeting,” said builder Bruno Schickel, who hosted the visit at his Boiceville Cottages development in conjunction with Bringing Housing Home™, NAHB’s 2016 in-district Legislative Conference. The rental development community includes 123 completed cottages with an additional 17 under construction.

“We talked a lot about the unintended impact of environmental regulations and how that hurts builders,” added Schickel.

Schickel provided lunch for more than two dozen local builders and suppliers, who discussed a wide ranging of housing issues with Reed before the congressman received a tour around the 40-acre property.

Reed told builders he was glad that Congress was able to permanently set the credit rate at 9% for low-income housing tax credits used for financing new construction and substantial rehabilitation. He also stated that builders produce good, solid jobs that put a lot of people to work and help local communities and the economy to thrive.

“The congressman is extremely supportive of our industry on issues regarding the Clean Water Act, housing incentives in the tax code and property rights. I don’t think we can get anybody who is better for our industry,” Schickel said.

Property site visits help members of Congress develop a good sense of the role the housing industry plays in the community. They also provide developers with a chance to get to know their senators or representative and pass along first-hand accounts of the issues affecting the housing industry.

“I would encourage other builders to do this,” Schickel said. “It’s essential that lawmakers get a sense of what builders are doing and hear from people who may never make it to Washington, D.C.”

News about Reed’s visit was also featured in The Lansing Star Online.

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