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De Blasio Dubbed 'Turkey of the Year' by Rezoning Critics, Report Says

By Dartunorro Clark | November 21, 2016 10:45am
 Protesters march Mayor Bill de Blasio
Protesters march Mayor Bill de Blasio
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NEW YORK CITY — The Mayor of New York City is this year's biggest turkey, according to opponents of plans to redevelop East Harlem.

Activists marched Sunday at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Gracie Mansion residence and delivered a fake bird, dubbing the mayor “Turkey of the Year” in protest of his East Harlem rezoning plan.

The New York Daily News reported that the 18 protesters were from Movement for Justice in El Barrio.

The group believes the massive rezoning plan the mayor is pushing for the neighborhood would displace many low-income residents, according to the paper.

“The whole movement feels very disrespected because he’s not thinking of low-income people,” said one protester, the paper reported.

Last week, multiple groups shut down a presentation at a community rezoning forum in protest of the plan.

Melissa Grace, a spokesperson for the mayor's office, said: "This administration is laser focused on preserving rent regulated apartments and every affordable home we can reach.

"We are working with Speaker Mark-Viverito and the coalition of local stakeholders to make sure investments in East Harlem serve the people who built this neighborhood."