The Council voted 45-3 in favor of the rezoning after months of negotiation with community leaders. Still, two of the no votes were from councilmembers whose districts will be directly impacted by the rezoning.
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Opponents of the rezoning say the plan will add too much density to an area whose trains and other infrastructure are already strained.
"We have developers coming by to people's homes where they have lived for 50 years and saying, 'Name your price,'" said councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis). "The subways can't support [more people], you already can't get a seat on the train, the schools are overcrowded and we have major drainage problems."
"The rezoning was at the request of the community, but then the Department of City Planning turned around to make it more about citywide needs than the community's needs," said Tony Avella (D-Bayside).