By Gregg McQueen
The rezoning will proceed.
New York State’s highest court has declined to hear a request by Inwood residents and business owners to stop the city’s attempt to rezone parts of the neighborhood.
On Monday morning, the New York Court of Appeals announced it would not hear an appeal of a July 23 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the rezoning. That decision, rendered 5-0 by a panel of Appellate Division judges, reversed an earlier ruling by Supreme Court Justice Verna Saunders to nullify the city’s plan, which was challenged in a lawsuit by community stakeholders.
Because the July ruling was unanimous, the plaintiffs needed the Court of Appeals to agree to take up the case. The Court of Appeals did not issue an explanation for declining to hear the appeal.
The latest decision effectively allows the rezoning to move forward and brings an end to a protracted legal battle to halt the project, which was approved by the City Council in 2018.
Cheryl Pahaham, Co-Chair of Inwood Legal Action (ILA), which sued the city on behalf of community group Northern Manhattan is Not for Sale, acknowledged that the state lawsuit is finished.
“We took it as far as we could take it. We’re disappointed but we have to accept the decision,” Pahaham said. “It’s not an easy task to go against the city.”
In this episode the crew talks about Rachel shooting a film in Staten Island, Jaime not having turkey for Thanksgiving this year, and Frank’s mother coming back from DR with Dominican goodies. On this week’s Bochinche Bites, Jaime dishes on Bad Bunny getting a positive Covid diagnosis, a swingers party getting shut down in Queens, and a restaurant that wants customers to pay fifty dollars for a Covid test before dining. On this week’s Frankspiracy News, Frank explains what the “Dark Winter” is.
“It is a source of happiness to do whatever can be done for our country that suffers so many anguishes. It is sad to stay with one’s arms crossed.” Minerva Mirabal
Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina could not have known that he sealed his own fate when he ordered the brutal murder of las hermanas Mirabal. Trujillo had harassed, intimidated and even imprisoned members of the Mirabal family for years after Minerva Mirabal has rebuffed the dictator’s sexual advances at a party. On the night of November 25, 1960, Trujillo’s henchmen savagely beat 3 of the 4 sisters to death and then staged an accident to cover their tracks. Trujillo would be dead within 6 months.
The Mirabal Sisters could have easily put their safety over the fate of their countrymen. They chose the opposite. Even when their father premately died from the inherent stress of confronting a dictator they did not falter. When their husbands were imprisoned and tortured they did not give up their righteous struggle against a tyrant. It was the glorious example they set and their martyrdom that directly led to the downfall of one of the worst despots the world has ever seen. A darling of the United States, Trujillo led a barbarous authoritarian regime that ruled through sheer terror and systematically massacred thousands of innocent people. He ruled Quisqueya with an iron fist for over 3 decades but could not suppress the national revulsion engendered by the sadistic murder of las hermanas Mirabal.
The Mirabal Sisters have unequivocally proven that you can kill the resisters but you cannot kill the resistance. It is that valiant spirit that illuminates the path forward today. Tyrants are not to be tolerated and must be vanquished at all costs. Que Viva Las Hermanas Mirabal!
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Indi Samarajiva is not one to mince words. Please check out one of our favorite writers as he so adroitly and succinctly explains the problems that bedevil our Democracy. Below is a taste but click the link below for all of the smoke.
“American democracy was actually founded by black people in 1965. One person, one vote. 56 other countries (including Sri Lanka) had universal suffrage first. We also fucking suffered after, which is what America is experiencing now.
Democracy is the worst form of government (besides all the others) and it’s especially messy during the teenage years. Which is where you are now. Consider this a rhetorical mixtape from an elder cousin.”
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