De Blasio preaches East New York rezoning to churchgoers

The neighborhood would be transformed under the proposed redevelopment plans

From left: Mayor Bill de Blasio and East New York homes
From left: Mayor Bill de Blasio and East New York homes

Mayor Bill De Blasio pitched rezoning plans to churchgoers in East New York on Sunday, the latest in his efforts to promote redevelopment plans for the neighborhood.

The mayor spoke at St. Rita’s Roman Catholic Church about proposed rezoning plans that seek to transform East New York.The redevelopment area in the Brooklyn neighborhood is bounded by Fulton and Pitkin Avenues, where the mayor hopes to add thousands of housing units and a new school, the New York Times reported.

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“We will not allow this city to be taken away from us,” the mayor said during the service. “It has to be a city for all, or else it’s not New York City anymore.”

The meeting follows the release of three rezoning plans late last month that aim to prop up the city’s affordable housing offerings. The mayor has said that he hopes to add 80,000 new affordable housing units over the next decade.  In July, de Blasio’s administration pledged to add 1,200 affordable apartments in East New York over the next two years. [NYT] — Kathryn Brenzel