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Judge Strikes Down City’s Inwood Rezoning

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has struck down the city’s 2018 rezoning of a 59-block swath of Inwood in Northern Manhattan. Judge Verna Saunders ruled that the city’s mandatory environmental review process was “incomplete” and failed to properly consider how the rezoning would affect the neighborhood.

In her ruling, Saunders sided with Unified Inwood, a group of residents and small business owners who filed suit over the rezoning last December. She sent the matter back to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development to study the issues raised by the plaintiffs.

Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted Saunders’ ruling, indicating that the city would appeal. “Judges are not supposed to legislate,” de Blasio said Friday on NPR’s Brian Lehrer Show.

“There was 100% thorough public legal process,” the mayor said. “The studies that were done absolutely conformed with the law and with precedent.”

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