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Village Congratulates Forbes on Retirement – Adopts Pro-Housing Pledge During Trustees Meeting


The Village Homer Board of Trustees met on Tuesday for a relatively quick meeting. Before getting into their agenda items, the Village of Homer recognized former Homer Town Supervisor, Fred Forbes. Forbes recently retired from the position after 20 years of service.

“I can’t thank you enough, personally, for all that you have done for me. Guiding me along, I really appreciate it.” Homer Mayor Hal McCabe said to Fred Forbes while presenting him with a plaque.

The plaque given to Mr. Forbes said “Congratulations on your retirement as the Town Supervisory for 20 years. Your dedication to the Town and Village of Homer and the Community is greatly appreciated.” The plaque also had the “key” to the Village of Homer.

After the recognition, the Village got straight to work for their meeting. One of the items on the agenda was to accept the village trash policy updates. One item to note that was adjusted in the policy, was the removal of the 20 pound weight limit for garbage. No specific weight limit was given to replace the 20 pound limit. Trustee member, Ed Finkbeiner, suggested that the weight limit policy goes back to when trash haulers physically lifted the trash instead of the now truck.

The Village of Homer also adopted the Pro-Housing Communities Pledge during their meeting. The City of Cortland had also recently taken the pledge. The pledge states the Village of Homer recognizes the ongoing lack of housing availability within the State of New York and will work to create steps to streamline the process which can bring in additional housing to the village.

On top of the full pledge, steps were also provided by the state for the village to follow. Those steps include:

  • Streamlining permitting for multifamily housing, affordable housing, accessible housing, accessory dwelling units, and supportive housing.
  • Adopting policies that affirmatively further fair housing.
  • Incorporating regional housing needs into planning decisions.
  • Increasing development capacity for residential uses.
  • Enacting policies that encourage a broad range of housing development, including multifamily housing, affordable housing, accessible housing, accessory dwelling units, and supportive housing.

“[New York State] is making every municipality take this pledge.” Mayor McCabe said. “I was told by NYCOM, don’t bother applying for grants if you don’t [take the pledge].”

NYCOM is the New York Conference of Mayors.

“I don’t think this will affect us. We’re already taking actions to increase housing already. So there’s nothing here really we’re not already doing.” Deputy Mayor Pat Clune said.

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