NY Daily News
The City Planning Commission voted in favor of a plan to build four borough-based jails on Tuesday — bringing the city one step closer to a Rikers Island shutdown.
Nine of the 12 CPC commissioners moved to approve the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) for new jail facilities in lower Manhattan, Kew Gardens in Queens, Downtown Brooklyn and Mott Haven in the Bronx on Tuesday during a special public hearing, paving the way for a City Council vote on Thursday.
Commissioner Allen Cappelli, who voted in favor the ULURP — a mandatory land use procedure that requires CPC approval before heading to City Council — told reporters after the hearing that their decision was a step in the right direction.
“We need to have less people incarcerated…but there are going to be people who need to be incarcerated and we need to make those places as humane as possible,” Cappelli said.
“I think most of the Commission had issues with (the ULURP). This is a design-built plan, which means the final design…is still in play,” he added. “All things considered, closing Rikers Island is the main priority here. So many of us, (apart) from some minor objections, decided to move to Council.”
Commissioners Alfred Cerullo, Orlando Marín and Raj Rampershad voted against the plan, while Chair Marisa Lago, Vice Chair Kenneth Knuckles, David Burney, Allen Cappelli, Michelle de la Uz, Joseph Douek, Richard Eaddy, Hope Knight, Hayes Levin and Larisa Ortiz all voted in favor.
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