Voice of Gowanus to File Suit Against Gowanus Rezoning 1.15.21

January 15, 2021             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LAWSUIT COMING TODAY AGAINST GOWANUS REZONING

 

Voice of Gowanus Challenges “Virtual” Review Process

GOWANUS, BROOKLYN - Attorneys for community coalition Voice of Gowanus (VOG) will file suit against New York City’s Department of City Planning today.  The legal suit, to be filed in State Supreme Court in Kings County, challenges the de Blasio Administration’s illegal plan to use a so-called “virtual” land use review procedure for the proposed Gowanus rezoning.

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What's the rush, Brad? Lander's Damning Developer Donations

Sometimes, you just have to look at the numbers to understand Brad Lander.

Twenty-one maximum campaign donations from executives at the Related Companies. Six max donations from Two Trees Management (including family members). Five max donations from Silverstein properties (including family members). Two max donations from Abra Construction. Two from Forest City Ratner Companies. BerlinRosen. Capalino and Company.

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Time for Gowanus to Lawyer Up - Help Us Fight De Blasio's Rezone Madness!

Today we're launching a Gowanus Legal Defense Fund to defend our neighborhood from a dubious proposed rezoning, that is not sustainable, healthy, nor a path to address equity issues in our city.  We invite you to help in this defense.

Your financial support right now (before year’s end!) at any level, is what will make that happen.  Donate to the Fund today!

 

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Reality Check! EPA Warns City Gowanus Area Upzoning Cannot Compromise The Canal Clean-up

(Originally published at Pardon Me for Asking)

Just hours before the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group's October meeting this past Tuesday,  the Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to New York City warning that the proposed upzoning of the Gowanus neighborhood cannot compromise the EPA Superfund clean-up of the 1.8 mile toxic waterway. 

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Ensuring Diversity and Preventing Displacement in Gowanus: Let's Require a Racial Impact Study Before the Proposed Gowanus Rezoning

(Originally published at Action Network)

The events of the first half of 2020 have made it clear that racial justice must be a prominent factor in all decisions that affect the future of New York City. From the horrific effects of the pandemic on low income and BIPOC communities to the Black Lives Matter protests, it is clear that inclusion, justice, and diversity are fundamental concerns to all New Yorkers.

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The Blog for Voice of Gowanus

(Originally published at CityLimits.org)

A recent opinion piece co-authored by Council Member Brad Lander in City Limits entitled “How the Gowanus Rezoning Could Push NYC Forward on Racial Equity” attempted to hold up this de Blasio-led rezoning proposal as an answer to systemic racism. Unfortunately, this planned rezoning is part of the all-too-familiar de Blasio approach of targeting working class neighborhoods, industrial hubs, and communities of color for luxury condo development (See: Inwood, East Harlem, East New York). The arguments put forward by Lander and his co-authors Michelle de la Uz and Barika Williams mislead and distract from current racial and environmental justice issues in Gowanus.

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