“Today’s vote in support of the Bruckner Rezoning proposal by the New York City Council`s Land Use Committee is a step in the right direction that will serve to provide affordable and permanent housing for Bronx families and New Yorkers.

During the public hearing process, my office hosted two days of hearings to receive input and feedback from stakeholders, residents, advocates, and union members whom all expressed their views on the Rezoning proposal. The Office of the Bronx Borough President made recommendations that we believed could enhance the proposal while understanding the low-density residential community that families of Throgs Neck have experienced since 2004.

Homelessness and the urgent need to build affordable and quality housing for families, seniors, and veterans is a priority for our administration and we believe all communities must do their part to help address this crisis. This proposal will add 348 total dwelling units of mixed-income housing, opportunities for seniors and veterans, a new youth center, and a renovated supermarket to address food insecurity and create local union jobs for the local community.

We cannot ignore the housing crisis that our City is facing. Working-class families who are our essential workers and frontline staff deserve stable housing and will now have these opportunities in our borough.

Thank you to Speaker Adrienne Adams, Land Use Chair Rafael Salamanca, Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises Chair Kevin C. Riley, Council Member Marjorie Velazquez, and the other members of the Land Use Committee for their support of this important project. It is our responsibility and our fundamental goal in this collective work that all New Yorkers have a safe and stable home in our City and we must do all that we can to protect that right.”