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Statement from Mayor de Blasio on the City Council Land Use Committee Vote to Rezone Greater East Midtown

July 27, 2017

"Greater East Midtown is New York City's largest and most important business district, representing a huge part of our tax base and hundreds of thousands of jobs. But, its aging office buildings and overburdened transit have threatened its ability to compete in the 21st century. The rezoning, approved by City Council subcommittee and full Land Use Committee today and to be voted on by the full Council, makes an ironclad promise to the people who work in East Midtown: This district's growth is now directly linked to real-time improvements in its public transit and public realm. In the years ahead, this neighborhood will see major upgrades to subway stations, more expansive space for pedestrians, investments in its iconic landmarks, and a new generation of office buildings that will spur good jobs for New Yorkers and will keep our city the global capital of commerce. This is a powerful promise that will make our city stronger."

"Years in the making, this plan represents an unprecedented consensus by elected officials, civic organizations and New York City-based businesses. I congratulate Council Member Dan Garodnick for shepherding and honing this proposal, his colleagues in the Council for their support and Borough President Brewer for her collaboration throughout this extensive community process. The future of our city is brighter for their efforts."

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