State Assembly members heard from witnesses including the consul general of El Salvador in Manhattan and organizations that provide shelter, along with legal, medical and social services.
A public hearing on the proposal will be held Dec. 10.
Hempstead Town zoning legislation would allow both Roosevelt Field Mall and Green Acres Mall to expand.
The development along Old Saw Mill River Road would include retail, a hotel, a bank, gas stations and two big box stores.
Residents on both sides of the issue voiced their concerns to New York City lawmakers Tuesday night about the practice of stopping and frisking hundreds of thousands of people a year.
The agency says it needs the additional revenue the hikes will generate to pay for a new 10-year capital investment plan, maintain security, and complete the over-budget World Trade Center.
The Port Authority said the additional revenue is necessary to pay for new bus projects and much-needed fixes for bridges, roads and airports.
Renters and landlords are getting their chance to sound off about possible increases.
Connecticut lawmakers are taking up several bills that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes and decriminalize the possession of small amounts of the illegal drug.
The City Council was expected to receive another dose of blizzard backlash Thursday night.