Local activists in Bay Ridge worry about "Micro-conversions" legitimizing illegal conversions of one- , two- and three- family houses into subdivided housing throughout neighborhoods in State Senator Golden's district
More proof of the conspiracy of politicians, developers, union activists and low-income housing advocates comes from the Southeast end of Golden's district --- Planning Board 11 voted in favor of creation of micro-units --- Interestingly, a statement by an erstwhile Golden ally and close associate of Jerry Kassar, Ross Brady, "sounds the alarm" about the measure's legitimizing illegal conversions
Even with the clock ticking down to next week's NYS Supreme Court showdown between the duly elected KCRP Chairman Arnaldo Ferraro and Marty Golden's hand-picked man for the job, Ted Ghorra, some real world political maneuvering is going on --- and it is likely to change the face of much of State Senator Golden's home neighborhood, as well as the rest of his district.
According to an article recently posted in the Bay Ridge Journal, ".... Local critics of the proposed plan have zoomed in on a provision that would enable the inclusion of studio apartments under 400 sq. ft. in new residential construction. Gentile fears this provision would create a loophole through which illegally-subdivided one-room apartments in existing homes could be legitimized.... But the provision responds to a finding by the NYC Department of City Planning that there is a surging demand for micro apartments to alleviate the shortage of single-occupancy units in a city where 50% of all households are comprised of a single adult and developers have stopped including studio apartments in new construction.... (See "Would Micro-Units Legitimize Illegal Home Conversions?" by Kip, 11/24/15, Bay Ridge Journal -- The View from My Block [http://bayridgejournal.blogspot.com/2015/11/would-micro-units-legitimize-illegal.html]).
This article by Kip provides the latest insight into what I have called "Marty Golden's stab in the back" to older generation Brooklynites, many of whom have been part of his base of Republicans and Conservatives. Oddly, it was an associate of Jerry Kassar who seemed to have been most vocal in sounding the alarm. This is how the Bay Ridge Journal reported it: ".... [C]ritics of the zoning proposal [say that] meeting the demand for single-occupancy units is less significant than confronting the threat of illegal home conversion. Lawyer Ross Brady, who sits on CB 11, sees the plan, by incentivizing the creation of new micro-units, as legitimizing existing illegally-subdivided units.... [Others disagreed, or simply steam-rollerd Brady] On November 12, CB 11 voted in favor of the zoning amendment."
Ross Brady is only described as a lawyer and member of Community Board 11. However, Brady was a former GOP district leader in a part of Brooklyn that included the Southeast tip of State Senator Golden's district in Marine Park. More recently, Mr. Brady has represented that area and been an executive member of Jerry Kassar's Brooklyn Conservative Party.
As I have said in the past; Golden, Kassar and the whole of the Golden-supporting cabal, including people like teddy Ghorra, need to clarify and explain what Golden is doing supporting Mayor de Blasio's housing plans.