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I promised that I would continue to advocate for issues critical to our community. And so, again, I'm asking for your support in the fight to stop the building of the Kew Gardens community jail. It's something I've fought against from the start.

  • Construction on the 19-story, 195-feet-high jail for 886 inmates started at 126-02 86th Avenue on June 25
  • This happened despite strong community opposition including a firm rejection of the plan from both Community Board 8 and Community Board 9
  • This jail, and the three other borough-based jails, will cost taxpayers nearly $33 billion (with full financing of the effort) or $9.3 million per inmate 
  • Finally, the Mayor and City Council “capped” the future prisoners housed in New York City at 886 x 4 = 3,886. Current Rikers inmates number 5,600 down from 9,000 two years ago - here is former Executive Assistant District Attorney for Queens, Jim Quinn's excellent op-ed explaining the numbers
There is a better way. Proposals for improving the quality of life for the inmates on Rikers Island are compelling and should be explored.

Please join us THIS FRIDAY in front of the construction field, which is the intersection of 82nd Ave and Queens Blvd, between the Borough Hall and Criminal Court. This event has been approved by NYPD.

Thank you.

Time: 12 PM, Friday, August 6, 2021
Place: 126-02 82nd Avenue, between Queens Borough Hall and Criminal Court on Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens
Contacts: Donghui Zang (347-205-7648), Phil Wong (646-730-2388)
Copyright © 2021 Donghui For City Council, All rights reserved.

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