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Bill proposed to require racial impact study for rezoning applications in NY

Posted at 7:04 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 19:04:42-04

NEW YORK — Communities in all five boroughs are grappling with gentrification. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams introduced legislation Wednesday to help ensure diverse New Yorkers can stay in their neighborhoods.

The law would require a racial impact study to be commissioned before the city can approve a rezoning application.

“We want to know what will happen to the communities that are there based along racial lines if the re-zoning goes through,” Williams explained.

Williams introduced legislation during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

“This is about more than buildings it’s about communities,” explained Alex Fennell of Churches United for Fair Housing. “It’s about more than incomes it’s about racial justice.”

Further details of the plan will be discussed during hearings in the upcoming months.

During a press conference, Williams told PIX11 he has not consulted with experts from the real estate industry on the proposal but said their voices will be considered in upcoming hearings.