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June 5, 2007

Gotbaum backs new downzoning

Flatbush Life
By Helen Klein

Though Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum said that she doesn't support the use of eminent domain for Atlantic Yards, she's not worried because her pal Bruce Ratner assured her that it wouldn't be used (link). Now that the eminent domain fight is in the courts, what does Betsy have to say?

What you want, she wants too.

That was the position taken by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum on a wide variety of issues, during a visit to Community Board 14’s May meeting.

Speaking to the group gathered at Edward R. Murrow High School, 1600 Avenue L, Gotbaum assured her listeners that she would support their efforts to down-zone the northern part of the board area. She also said she would look into efforts by the city to acquire a vacant lot on Ocean Avenue, near Avenue H, for the 70th Precinct.

“I promise you,” Gotbaum told the board with respect to down-zoning, “that I will speak to my person on the planning board, and I believe she will vote the way you want because you are preserving something important.”
In addition, Gotbaum mentioned a civic activism survey that her office will be conducting. The project, she said, is, “An attempt to find out what communities think are important.”


NoLandGrab: Oh well... On the other hand, NJ's Public Adovcate is making a big deal about eminent domain abuse and has recommended legislative reform.

Posted by lumi at June 5, 2007 1:11 PM