Activists are saying that their yelling at Councilmember Laurie Cumbo made her stand with them, and against the mad crazy gentrification that is forcing so many hard-working people of color out of Central Brooklyn.
Cumbo says she is now opposed to the city's plan to let a develop turn the Bedford Union armory into a play pen topped with luxury housing
Some say that Laurie Cumbo's change of heart -- going against Mayor Bill de Blasio and the developer (BFC Partners), and against community activists -- could spell the death of BFC's plans.
Who knows? Many have complained that Cumbo has been waffling all through the process.
What we all do know is that New York City is a place where the rich are getting filthy richer. Among those on the list of Brooklyn developers is Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. He's buddying up with investors in China, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world, hiding his real estate connections here as his behind-the-scenes backers fatten their wallets -- and in the process push native black and brown Brooklynites out of the city.
The Daily News says: Cumbo has wavered on the project for months, and made supportive comments when it was first announced in 2015. She has been under intense pressure from both sides and faced protests by groups opposed to the plan.
Patch noted made her announcement along with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. If Cumbo and Adams are against the BFC plan, that could be very significant. That's because they have votes in the so-called ULURP process (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure), which gives communities a say in certain zoning matters. (Patch's article is here.)
One significant obstacle for the BFC/gentrification opponents is Mayor Bill de Blasio. He has supported the BFC plan and has been criticized for his cushy relationships with big developers.
It's important to note that Cumbo has been facing political opposition. She is being challenged by "Ede Fox, a Democrat, in a Sept. 12 primary; (and) Green Party candidate Jabari Brisport (in the Nov. 7 general election)," an article in the Gothamist says.