They are unlikely to stop the plan, but at least some of them will be where last-minute negotiations focus.
The chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Safety believes the mayor could play a more decisive role than he’s said, and could have played it much sooner, in deciding Officer Pantaleo’s fate.
‘Last winter another agency, the New York City Department of City Planning deliberately circumvented the Council’s oversight when it told the City Planning Commission that it had to approve four mega towers proposed to be built right on top of existing buildings.’
Rafael Salamanca said a rezoning slated for his district would be ‘dead on arrival’ if the de Blasio administration did not provide estimates of how many residents and businesses might be displaced.
‘In reviewing the city charter, the Council’s leadership should focus less on expanding its institutional powers as a body, and more on strengthening the role that individual members can play.’
Margaret Chin and Katelyn Hosey |
‘At less than one-half of 1 percent of the city’s overall budget, the Department for the Aging has long struggled to receive the financial support it requires to meet its mission of ensuring the ‘the dignity and quality of life of diverse older adults.”
Almost lost in the drama of the Council’s final votes on the Inwood rezoning was one member’s vow not to negotiate any more changes to the zoning map until the city committed to study the effect of revisions so far.
The Council will vote on not one but five bills aimed at the for-hire vehicle industry.