Friday, November 20, 2015


  The Bronx Borough Board voted unanimously 0-19-1 to disapprove Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed changes to the zoning law, known as “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” (ZQA) and “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” (MIH).
The Department of City Planning (DCP) had previously presented on the subject to each Bronx Community Board and to the Bronx Borough Board. In addition, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted a public comment session last week to gather input from the community.
“As chairman of this board, I speak for all of us in urging the City Council and our speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, to heed the united voices of The Bronx—and the growing chorus of opposition in every corner of this city—and to stop this proposal when it comes before the City Council,” said Borough President Diaz at the hearing.
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will issue a more detailed set of recommendations on the proposals in the coming days.
In Favor: None
Opposed: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., City Council Members Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Andrew Cohen, Vanessa Gibson, Andy King, Annabel Palma, and Ritchie Torres; Bronx Community Boards 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12.
Abstentions: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Above and Below - The Bronx Borough Board made up of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr,, The Chairs of all twelve Bronx Community Boards, and the Bronx City Council members hear from the City Planning Commission representatives about the proposed MIH and ZQA Text Amendments before the Bronx Borough Board members cast their vote.

Above - The Bronx Community Board Chairs all cast their vote against both CPC proposals -MIH and ZQA. 
Below - After the city council members (or their representatives) voted Bronx Borough President voted no on both CPC proposals. The complete vote tally is at the top/ 

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