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Introduced: 2003
Passed City Council: December 3, 2003
Passed Mayor: December 3, 2003

This measure is a major rezoning for 40 percent of the residential neighborhoods in Staten Island. The plan aims to preserve the borough's "suburban neighborhood character" by slowing housing construction, limiting the number of apartment buildings that can be built, and protecting open space, yards and trees. The population of Staten Island has increased 20 percent since 1990 and with a growing demand for housing, officials say many single-family homes have been torn down and multiple unit apartment buildings have been put in their place.


How Councilmembers Voted :

49-Yes  0-No  0-Abstain  1-Absent

Name Party District Vote
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.Democrat32Yes
Tony AvellaDemocrat19Yes
Maria BaezDemocrat14Yes
Charles BarronDemocrat42Yes
Tracy L. BoylandDemocrat41Yes
Gale A. BrewerDemocrat6Yes
Yvette D. ClarkeDemocrat40Yes
Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.Democrat27Yes
Bill de BlasioDemocrat39Yes
Erik Martin DilanDemocrat37Yes
Pedro Espada, Jr.Independence18 Absent
Simcha FelderDemocrat44Yes
Lewis A. FidlerDemocrat46Yes
Helen D. FosterDemocrat16Yes
Dennis P. GallagherRepublican30Yes
James F. GennaroDemocrat24Yes
Vincent J. GentileDemocrat43Yes
Alan GersonDemocrat1Yes
Eric N. GioiaDemocrat26Yes
Sara M. GonzalezDemocrat38Yes
Robert JacksonDemocrat7Yes
Allan W. Jennings, Jr.Democrat28Yes
Melinda R. KatzDemocrat29Yes
G. Oliver KoppellDemocrat11Yes
Andrew J. LanzaRepublican51Yes
John C. LiuDemocrat20Yes
Margarita LopezDemocrat2Yes
Miguel Martinez10Yes
Michael E. McMahonDemocrat49Yes
Gifford MillerDemocrat5Yes
Hiram MonserrateDemocrat21Yes
Eva Moskowitz4Yes
Michael C. NelsonDemocrat48Yes
James S. OddoRepublican50Yes
Bill PerkinsDemocrat9Yes
Madeline T. ProvenzanoDemocrat13Yes
Christine C. QuinnDemocrat3Yes
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.Democrat47Yes
Philip ReedDemocrat8Yes
Diana ReynaDemocrat34Yes
Joel RiveraDemocrat15Yes
James Sanders, Jr.Democrat31Yes
Larry B. SeabrookDemocrat12Yes
Helen SearsDemocrat25Yes
Jose M. SerranoDemocrat17Yes
Kendall StewartDemocrat45Yes
Peter F. Vallone, Jr.Democrat22Yes
Albert VannDemocrat36Yes
David I. WeprinDemocrat23Yes
David YasskyDemocrat33Yes


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