NYC City Council MIH Hearing

City Council Fears Broken Promises, Gentrification With De Blasio’s Rezoning Plan

City & State
February 9, 2016

… One by one, Espinal and other elected officials pointed to broken promises tied to prior rezonings and asked how Mayor Bill de Blasio could guarantee the pledges accompanying his affordable housing plan, such as housing subsidies and other new initiatives, regardless of who is in City Hall. City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez cited a news report that five buildings in her district were greenlighted even though the required affordable housing units were missing. City Councilman David Greenfield, the chairman of the Land Use Committee, said North Brooklyn residents were still waiting for the city to follow through on a promise to purchase a site to turn into parkland along with a 2005 rezoning. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James asserted “there were a number of promises” in a downtown Brooklyn rezoning she voted for as a councilwoman, but it was a “bait and switch” that resulted in a mass displacement….

But City Councilman Stephen Levin suggested that if de Blasio should first make good on the prior administration’s commitments, like the Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, before making new ones.

“What’s the plan there?” Levin asked. “And how does that experience inform how you look at future rezonings?”

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