Downtown vote a ‘clique’ call

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This letter is in response to Editor Neil Sloane’s column, “CB2 blows it bigtime.”

To the editor:

The Executive Board the and Land Use committee of Community Board 2 recognized from the outset that only a “yes” vote on overall up-zoning, the first item in the proposed Brooklyn Downtown Plan, would permit a modification, or “no” vote, on any other item in the plan, so it structured its recommendation as a package to approve the up-zoning first then selectively approve, modify or disapprove with recommendations the attendant proposals.

At the Land Use committee meeting of Jan. 21, the proposal was discussed item by item with the chairperson of the Traffic and Transportation committee, which had voted “no” on the entire proposal, along with representatives of the Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill associations. All of their requests were incorporated in the Land Use committee’s recommendations for the ’yes” vote on the Brooklyn Downtown Plan.

It should be noted that [board member] Ken Diamondstone had been advocating for a “no” vote on the entire plan for some time. His request for an item-by-item vote at the board meeting followed his plea to the board to vote “no” on the overall up-zoning. He knew that a “no” vote on the up-zoning would effectively foreclose the possibility of voting “yes” on any other aspect of the proposed Brooklyn Downtown Plan.

After Diamondstone and his clique orchestrated the ‘no’ vote on the entire plan, including the proposed library adjacent to BAM, a coalition of the same community groups that supported him is planning to ask the city for the same modifications that were included in the positive Action Report of the Land Use committee.

If any person is to be blamed for the failure of CB2, it is Ken Diamondstone and his clique of neighborhood groups that surround the downtown area.

— Lawrence Whiteside, CB2 Land Use committee member

A letter by Ken Diamondstone appears here.

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