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East Harlem Residents Protest Councilwoman's Support Of Rezoning

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Residents in East Harlem spoke out Sunday against their city council representative for her support of an upcoming rezoning vote.

Demonstrators with “Movement for Justice in El Barrio” said Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito supports plans which they say would push business and residents out of their neighborhood.

The proposed “River to River” plan would rezone 125th Street with condominiums and hotels.

The council is expected to vote on the plan Wednesday.

Demonstrators said Sunday’s rally is the first of three protests in Harlem.

Two more are planned in opposition of City Council members Robert Jackson and Inez Dickens in Central and West Harlem.

Earlier this month, Dickens threw her support behind a revised plan, which calls for smaller buildings and reserves almost half of the proposed housing for low and middle income families.

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