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CITY PLANNING COMMISSION VOTES ON 82ND STREET REZONING PLAN
CITY PLANNING COMMISSION VOTES ON 82ND STREET REZONING PLAN: Catalina Cruz, Democrat for State Assembly (39th District), released the statement below following the City Planning Commission’s vote on July 9 on the proposed rezoning plan for the Shoppes on 82nd Street in Elmhurst-Jackson Heights.
“The safety of our community is paramount. I am immensely disappointed in the City Planning Commission’s vote to allow this proposal to move forward despite the groundswell of opposition by the community board, local residents, small business owners, and medical professionals. The EMT union, which represents the ambulance drivers working at Elmhurst Hospital, has publicly stated that this development will be an obstruction to their ability to save lives. We will not stop fighting to protect our community. We are calling on Council Member Francisco Moya to force the developer to redesign the proposal so that ambulances will not be blocked and lives are not endangered.”
For months, Cruz has been outspoken in her opposition to the proposal. In March, she led a coalition of Elmhurst-Jackson Heights residents at a press conference to urge Queens Community Board 4 to vote down the rezoning. Most recently, she co-organized a rally with Queens Neighborhoods United in front of the Elmhurst Hospital Ambulance Dispatch Bay to highlight the public safety hazards of the project, including the blockage of ambulances and emergency vehicle access to the hospital.
Cruz is a DREAMer running for the New York State Assembly (39) to represent the neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. She is an experienced attorney and a leader for immigration reform and workers’ rights. She most recently served as the chief of staff for the City Council finance chair. Catalina has worked to help pass key legislation protecting workers, women, and business owners. She has previously served as the director of Governor Cuomo’s Exploited Workers Task Force, helping New York become a national leader in the fight against worker exploitation. She began her career as a housing attorney and currently serves as the president of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County.