Monday, August 15, 2022
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Thursday, July 28, 2022
This is what a bad plan looks like. This is the plan that Carlina Rivera championed.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
The Tech Hub Controversy
Carlina Rivera, Friend of Developers
When Carlina Rivera campaigned to be elected to the New York City Council (the first time) in 2017, she promised that she would negotiate for South of Union Square to receive historic landmark status to limit gentrification before voting for the controversial Tech Hub in Union Square in her district. That didn’t happen, Councilmember Carlina Rivera voted for the Tech Hub and did not keep her campaign promise to her constituents. (The deBlasio administration proposed for a “Tech Hub” aka high tech office space to be built on City-owned land, which Councilmember Rivera voted for. A lost opportunity for affordable housing....)
Here's a link to EV Grieve her support despite vocal opposition and reneging on a campaign promise for zoning south of 14th St:
As reported by EV Grieve: "In voting yes on the project, Rivera said the tech hub would bring 'true community benefits, tech education, and workforce development services that will finally give women, people of color, and low-income New Yorkers access to an industry that has unfairly kept them out for far too long.’"
Look for the tech education and workforce development services. Has anyone seen any of that? These non-profits were already providing services elsewhere, they did not need a floor in a new office building. Councilmember Rivera's predecessor, Rosie Mendez, lamented at a Community Board meeting that she wished that the Union Square Tech Hub was going to affordable housing.
Yet there is the shiny new building that was allowed to exceed "as-of-right zoning." What did Rivera get for her district? The building, now completed, is called "Zero Irving" and advertises itself as "a new, trophy-class office building."
Meanwhile, the neighborhood remains unprotected from development which leads to displacement and further gentrification.
In fact, Rivera has supported every citywide rezoning and other out-of-scale development, no matter how much the communities object or how much it will lead to gentrification and displacement. Developers can build ugly high rises for the rich with a few somewhat affordable units. Check out the behemoth One Manhattan Square at 80 stories on the edge of Chinatown. Rivera supported that building and now supports the addition of three more supertalls in that area. And she supports the new high rise jail that will further erode Chinatown’s already imperiled existence as a marvelously diverse, interesting, but fragile neighborhood.
Now in Councilmember Rivera's NY10 Congressional campaign, she takes large donations from big developers.*
*Here is a spreadsheet showing donations to Rivera’s campaign with contributions from developers including Ben Thypin, Dan Tishman, Two Trees development, and many associated with Conduit Real Estate and others.
Do you want restaurant sheds permanently?
Carlina Rivera does.
In the City Council, Rivera sponsored legislation to make Open Restaurants permanent without an Environmental Impact Study.
Sunday, July 24, 2022
It was indefensible to support a plan that would fell a thousand trees.
Destroying East River Park to build a giant levee was a bad plan, now being badly executed. Carlina River brags about it.
Yet Carlina Rivera enthusiastically pushed through the East Side Coastal "Resiliency" project that would raze the entire 57-acre park. She promoted no viable alternative flood protection that would save most of the greenery so desperately needed on the Lower East Side. Now in her campaign for Congress, she brags about this mega-destruction as a big infrastructure project she brought to her district.
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Later, "Rivera said she understands the community’s fears about the eroding infrastructure and would provide leadership at the federal level to receive the sufficient amount of funding to support a plan led by the community. She said she is encouraged by several ideas to reimagine the BQE, including covering the highway under parkland and building a cross-harbor rail freight tunnel."
Carlina Rivera, you're killing me. "Covering the highway under parkland"? That's what we've been begging you for, and you acted like you never heard of such a thing.
Friday, July 22, 2022
Congressional Candidate Yuh-Line Niou on Green Space:
Thursday, July 21, 2022
People can pore over the filing here by the way: https://t.co/YR2M32Gv0d— Todd Fine - tfine.eth (@tfine) July 18, 2022
Carlina Rivera, big buddy of massive gentrifying development, non-answer to Dist 10 candidate questionnaire: Would she take real estate donations? "I have committed to vetting individuals and have pledged to not take fossil fuel, defense company, or pharmaceutical monies."— Pat Arnow (@PatArnow) July 13, 2022
Congressional District 10 candidate and seasoned progressive Elizabeth Holtzman at a candidates' forum on environmental issues, talking about East Side Coastal Resiliency and the destruction of East River Park:
Here's a good summary of the problem with zoning. Carlina Rivera is on the wrong side. She votes for every "upzoning" that leads to development, displacement, gentrification, worsening of quality of life for long-time low and middle income residents: