Mayor Bloomberg is battling to get a key City Councilman behind his sweeping Queens redevelopment project ahead of tomorrow's deadline.
The city offered to nearly double the number of affordable housing units in the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment plan, but Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens), whose district includes the 62-acre site, wants the project to include low-income housing.
"At this point, we don't have a deal," said Monserrate, who has been critical of Bloomberg's plan to transform the gritty industrial haven into a residential and commercial megadevelopment.
The plan the city put on the table yesterday would increase the number of affordable homes in the 5,550-unit project to nearly 2,000 from 1,110.
Bloomberg's redevelopment proposal must pass through a subcomittee and then the Land Use Committee before the full Council can take a make-or-break vote.
Another stumbling block remains: Monserrate and a majority of the City Council don't want the city to grab the land through eminent domain. City officials are pressing to strike deals with landowners.
Michael Bloomberg sweetens Willets Pt. deal
Let's remember that the "brave Americans" who signed that letter back when stated firmly that they would not vote "yes" if eminent domain was on the table.
If they fold like a cheap tent tomorrow, then vote their asses out of office next November. Many of them already have one foot in the grave after their term limits extension vote.