Reynoso wants state to investigate Lopez
by Andrew Pavia
Jul 10, 2013 | 558 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The record of former assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez is being challenged again.

This time it has less to do with the sexual misconduct allegations against him and more to do with him pushing for tax breaks for developers.

Antonio Reynoso, who would be running against Lopez for a City Council seat should Lopez officially enter the race, is calling on the state to investigate Lopez’s involvement in a housing development deal that took place in 2012.

At the time the former assemblyman was chair of the Housing Committee that sponsored three bills that provided tax incentives to developers.

Lopez also played a large role in deciding which city neighborhoods and projects that would be eligible for the 421-a tax break, which exempts buildings from paying property tax if developers also include affordable housing.

In a letter addressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Reynoso called for a full investigation going back to the rezoning of North Brooklyn that took place in 2005.

He alleges that Lopez supported a bill that would allow the developers to begin construction and claim the tax credit without actually providing the affordable housing.

“As my North Brooklyn community has seen rampant gentrification and luxury development in recent years, questions about Vito Lopez’s unmet affordable housing promises have grown,” said Reynoso. “Our tax dollars should not be lining the pockets of real-estate moguls.”

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