City Officials Feel Heat As Local Residents Fight To Get Back Their Properties

Originally published in Kings County Politics on November 16, 2018.

Editor’s Note: The following is the 17th of a KCP investigative series by reporters Kelly Mena and Stephen Witt on how New York City is taking paid off properties from longtime small property owners, including black and brown seniors, and giving them to connected non-profit and for-profit developers as gentrification sweeps across Brooklyn.

City officials finally came face-to-face with Black and Latino homeowners from across Brooklyn during a Town Hall meeting at the Brooklyn Law School in Downtown Brooklyn last night. 

City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) held a panel discussion on the city’s controversial Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) Third-Party Transfer (TPT) program.

Also on hand to hold the city officials accountable was a formidable opponent of the current controversy surrounding the TPT program, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Boerum Hill, Sunset Park) who personally asked for a response to her and a coalition of state lawmakers who sent a letter to HPD calling on a moratorium on the program.

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