Rivington Investigation Statement by Council Member Kallos

07/14/2016

The Department of Investigation's independent report confirms the influence of lobbyists in the lifting of deed restrictions at Rivington and that the interest of the city was not adequately considered. The report includes many facts and findings that pose more questions which must be answered at a public hearing of the City Council.

Mayor de Blasio has already voluntarily implemented many of the recommendations ahead of the report.  The City Council must expand upon them to empower our communities and enact them into law so this never happens again.

As Chair of the City Council Committee on Governmental Operations I hope to hear legislation introduced by Council Member Chin, Manhattan Borough President Brewer, and me that empowers the community by adding transparency around the lifting of deed restrictions and puts checks into place so that residents and  elected officials have a say in the process.