Opponents of the Mayor’s Controversial Citywide Rezoning Plan Rally at Gracie Mansion Later Today

Posted on: December 16th, 2015 at 10:10 am by

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Capitalizing on the surge of momentum from the recent town hall against community displacement, the Coaltion to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is taking the fight to Mayor de Blasio’s front porch. A rally at Gracie Mansion is organized for this evening (4pm-6pm) to “protest Mayor de Blasio’s developer-led zoning plans on the same day the City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s zoning text amendment proposals.”

The goal, as previously stated, is to demand City Hall endorse the Chinatown Working Group Rezoning Plan for the unprotected parts of the neighborhood. It’s an uphill battle, for sure, as the mayor is hell-bent on pushing through another rezoning that will negatively affect the skyline and quality-of-life (i.e. Zoning for Quality and Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing).

Here is the press release for the march to Gracie Mansion:

Workers, tenants, home owners, small business owners, community organizations and supporters across the city will gather to protest Mayor de Blasio’s developer-led zoning plans on the same day the City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s zoning text amendment proposals, also known as ZQA and MIH.

The protest follows a Town Hall meeting last week in the Lower East Side. Over 700 Chinese, Latino, African American and white community members grew livid when the Mayor sent a representative to ask the crowd to compromise on the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) rezoning plan they have spent seven years negotiating. This plan was a collaboration between nearly 60 community organizations, including developers and Manhattan Community Boards 1, 2 & 3.

The public outcry in Lower Manhattan against Mayor de Blasio’s attack on low- and middle-income families and people of color echoes sentiments in many neighborhoods all over NYC. The Mayor continues to push through his city-wide developer-led rezoning plan despite overwhelming opposition by constituents, housing activists and community boards. In response, dozens of organizations are demanding community-led rezoning that truly protects us against displacement.

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