What happened with the jail plan this year?
2019: Year in Review
A lot happened in Brooklyn this year — from environmental policies to infrastructure changes to housing reform. We’ve wrapped up the key pieces for you in “2019: Year in Review.”
New York reimagined what its system of pre-trial jailing will look like in 2019, as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s borough-based jail plan wound its way through the land use process from April to October of this year, eventually passing a full City Council vote.
The $9 billion plan will see new detention facilities constructed in Boerum Hill, Chinatown, Kew Gardens and Mott Haven. Rikers Island is set to close by 2026, and a different land use proposal is being considered to ensure the island cannot be used as a jail in the future.
The mayor’s plan was widely expected to pass once it entered the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP. But there were many moments along the way that revealed key details about how New York City’s land use battles play out, both in public and behind closed doors.