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In Williamsburg, Vito Lopez wants "real" affordability

Brooklyn Democratic Chair Vito Lopez, who represents Williamsburg and Bushwick in his Assembly district, is a strong proponent of affordable housing, so strong he's threatening to use eminent domain to ensure that the recently-closed Pfizer site would lead to truly affordable housing.

In a statement to the Observer, he said that the "company’s definition of affordability in no way matches the annual income of working class New Yorkers, nor the low and moderate incomes of Williamsburg residents."

Regarding Atlantic Yards, however, Lopez supported the "carve-out," ensuring a special break for Forest City Ratner and affordability that also departs from the incomes of working-class and average Brooklyn residents.


  1. So the common denominator is eminent domain abuse.- If eminent domain abuse is used to give big developers, like Ratner, the chance to develop housing to be occupied by people at exceptionally high incomes (like with Ratner’s 421-a exception allowing him higher incomes than anyone else) then Mr. Lopez is in favor of it. If eminent domain abuse is used to give big developers the chance, to develop housing for people with somewhat lower incomes, then Mr Lopez is in favor of it. But if the Pfizer land is taken through this abuse the developer is probably not going to come from the generosity of the big devloper because they are asking for State subsidy.

    “A song of developer-love is a sad song,- high-silly, high-silly, high-low? A song of developer-love is sweet-deal song - high-silly, high-silly, high-low?”


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