Lawsuits over Broadway (Triangle)

September 10, 2009
Attorneys for a coalition of 40 North Brooklyn community groups filed a lawsuit against Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, contending that the city violated the Federal Fair Housing Act in its negotiations regarding the development of Broadway Triangle, four hours after a City Planning Commission hearing on the issue.
     The lawsuit charges that the respondents, which include Mayor Bloomberg, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and its Commissioner Rafael Cestero, violated the federal Fair Housing Act and the City and State Human Rights laws “by the racially and religiously discriminatory impacts of the proposed rezoning proposal” and failing to comply with the city’s land use and review process (ULURP).Calls to the mayor’s office were not returned by press time and an HPD spokesperson, when asked to respond to the lawsuit, said that the department does not comment on ongoing matters of litigation.