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In the Rezone

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In the first step before a City Council vote, today a subcommittee will hear arguments for and against the controversial Midtown East rezoning plan. Though developers who will be able to build larger office towers and other proponents are eager to see the plan passed before the end of Bloomberg's reign, opposition from preservationists, community boards, and elected officials persists. This is not gonna be as easy as the 125 other rezonings that have been green-lit under Bloomberg. Proceeding with special caution is Daniel Garodnick, who represents much of the area and is a contender for speaker. He's all for approving a less ambitious plan, with modifications that could be tacked on under the de Blasio next administration. [NYT; previously]