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CB3 Calls in NYPD to Monitor Meeting Attended By Rezoning Advocates

(DNAINFO) Allegra Hobbs | June 29, 2016 — Police showed up at a Community Board 3 meeting for the first time since 2007.

A grassroots effort to rezone the Lower East Side has gotten so heated, Community Board 3 called in police officers to keep the peace during a public meeting on Tuesday night.

For the first time in nearly a decade, the board requested that a handful of NYPD officers be present at the meeting to calm crowds, as dozens of activists from a coalition of 52 neighborhood organizations filled a school auditorium on Tuesday to oppose the board’s decision to alter a plan that would put height restrictions on new developments in a large chunk of the Lower East Side and most of Chinatown.

Members of the Chinatown Working Group coalition flooded the auditorium at P.S. 20, waving signs, shouting and chanting as the board commenced the public session portion of its full board meeting on Tuesday.

Source: CB3 Calls in NYPD to Monitor Meeting Attended By Rezoning Advocates – Lower East Side – DNAinfo New York