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Van Bramer wants to reform powerful city zoning agency

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 26, District 34 on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced last week he was introducing four pieces of legislation dedicated to reforming the city Board of Standards and Appeals. The councilman said the BSA, which he calls a “bogus agency,” regularly ignores community protests against out-of-character developments and dismisses community board recommendations to satisfy the wants of developers. [...]

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Newcomer Smalls joins five others at crowded forum for Gioia’s seat

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in City Council, District 26 on June 19, 2009 | No Comments

As petitioning began for this fall’s municipal elections, the Dutch Kills Civic Association got a visit from six hopeful successors to City Councilman Eric Gioia’s (D-Sunnyside) seat, including one previously unannounced candidate. At a forum last Thursday, Newcomer Kwame Smalls, 25, a resident of the Ravenswood Houses and a student at LaGuardia Community College, introduced [...]