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Thurs., 7/21 @ 6:30 PM FULL BOARD
Jeannine Kiely, Chair– [Hybrid] - P.S. 41 (Greenwich Village Elementary School), Auditorium, 116 W. 11th St. (and via videoconference)
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A NYS Bill
introduced by Assemblymember Deborah Glick and by Senator Brian Kavanagh in the NYS Senate passed. It allows residents prior to December 15, 2021 who occupy Artist-in-Residence (JLWQA) units to be grandfathered as legal residencies. Anyone purchasing or renting a JLWQA unit after that date will be subject to the SoHo/NoHo Mixed Use Special District Zoning regulations, including the Art Fund contribution of $100/sq. ft.
To date there have been no published changes in DOB residential requirements in formerly JLWQA units or guidelines for conversions or additions in JLWQA Buildings.
Any further negotiations with City Council, the Mayor or the Building Department have been stalled as a result of litigation against the City filed in February by The Coalition for Fairness in Soho and Noho. The coalition’s lawsuit aims to annul the rezoning plan arguing that it violates both the state and federal constitutional rights of Soho and Noho residents.
A second lawsuit filed by NYU asking that a provision in the Soho/Noho rezoning plan be invalidated. The provision prohibits colleges and universities from operating in the rezoned area, excluding business colleges and trade schools. NYU claims this violates a legal precedent in New York State law outlawing the exclusion of educational uses in residential areas.
NoHo currently has two Councilmembers, Christopher Marte
and Carlina Rivera
. Councilmember Rivera and her staff have been highly responsive regarding any issues in their small slice of NoHo (Bowery to Lafayette north of East 4th St.) Councilmember Marte, not so much. Councilmember Rivera, however, is now a candidate for the new Congressional District 10.
While NoHo retains Assemblymember Deborah Glick, we will be losing the representation of State Senator Brad Hoylman as we have been re-districted here as well.
The Primary for these new districts
- Election Day is Tuesday, August 23, 2022. Polls are open from 6am to 9pm.
- Early Voting Period is August 13, 2022 - August 21, 2022.
You can learn more about the 12+ candidates for Congressional District 10 at The Gothamist
Find out what your new Districts are with this terrific tool at The City: https://www.thecity.nyc/2022/5/21/23133080/have-i-been-redistricted-search-my-district-new-york?
NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders will be holding as many "Meet & Greets" as possible with candidates throughout the summer - most of them virtual. Stay tuned.
New City Council Districts Coming for 2024
Like Congressional districts, Council lines are redrawn every ten years with the latest U.S. Census data. The NYC Districting Commission
, a 15-member panel composed of mayoral and Council appointees, was supposed to release the maps on June 7th, nearly two weeks after it held what would have been its sole hearing asking New Yorkers how the maps should look. With roughly 200 people attending the May 26th hearing at Pace University, the commission decided that there was enough public interest to expand the number of hearings.
- August: Borough-based public hearings, feedback on the draft of the plan (Aug 15, 16, 17, 18 & 22)
Read more about it at https://citizensunion.org/portfolio-item/2022-city-council-redistricting/
Elections for the new City Council will be in 2023.