Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Brooklyn Star: Preserving Brooklyn's Abolitionists

The Brooklyn Downtown Star reports on Bloomberg's newly announced Abolitionist panel. Unlike the NY Post or NY Times, the Brooklyn-based papers bother to pick up the phone and talk to people. Here is an excerpt from "Preserving Brooklyn's Abolitionists":

"I think it [the panel] is a good idea, but it doesn't go far enough to preserve the homes on Duffield Street," said Councilwoman Letitia James. "I applaud the administration with one hand."

James has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit filed by residents on Duffield Street to block the seizure of their homes. "I already told the administration that I will continue to advocate for the homes in the Downtown Brooklyn Plan," she said.

One of those residents is Joy Chatel, who lives at 227 Duffield Street, and first heard of the new panel when contacted for this article.

"That's absolutely horrible," she said. "Why is the local community always shut out?"