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(L.U. 508)
Introduced: 2003
Passed City Council: October 24, 2003
Mayor Veto: October 30, 2003
City Council Override: November 11, 2003

This measure rejects landmark status for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the worlds largest Gothic cathedral located on the Upper West Side. It was only the third time since the Landmark Preservation Commission was created in 1965 that the council has overturned a landmark status recommendation. The issue was not whether the 111-year-old cathedral should be preserved. The problem, council members contended, was that the action applied only the church structure itself. The 11-acre grounds surrounding the church were not included. St. John the Divine has plans to develop the area around the church and lease it to Columbia University. Current regulations would allow two buildings up to 20 stories high to be built on the property. Church officials said that they need the money from the lease to keep the institution running and estimated that the church currently needs $20 million in repairs.


How Councilmembers Voted (second vote):

45-Yes  0-No  0-Abstain  5-Absent

Name Party District Vote
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.Democrat32Yes
Tony AvellaDemocrat19Yes
Maria BaezDemocrat14 Absent
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.Independence18Yes
Simcha FelderDemocrat44 Absent
Lewis A. FidlerDemocrat46Yes
Helen D. FosterDemocrat16Yes
Dennis P. GallagherRepublican30Yes
James F. GennaroDemocrat24Yes
Vincent J. GentileDemocrat43Yes
Alan GersonDemocrat1Yes
Eric N. GioiaDemocrat26Yes
Sara M. GonzalezDemocrat38 Absent
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. McMahonDemocrat49 Absent
Gifford MillerDemocrat5Yes
Hiram MonserrateDemocrat21Yes
Eva Moskowitz4Yes
Michael C. NelsonDemocrat48Yes
James S. OddoRepublican50Yes
Bill PerkinsDemocrat9Yes
Madeline T. ProvenzanoDemocrat13 Absent
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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