City Council subcommittee OKs closing Rikers Island, now it advances to Council-wide vote Thursday

Andrew Weber
October 16, 2019 - 1:41 pm
Rikers Island

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A New York City Council subcommittee voted Wednesday in favor of closing Rikers Island by 2026 and replace it with four new borough-based jails. 

Now it moves to City Council, which will vote on it  Thursday. 

Those jails would be located in Downtown Manhattan, the South Bronx, central Queens and Downtown Brooklyn.

The de Blasio administration is offering some carrots in order to make the plan more palatable to councilpeople from those neighborhoods in which new jails would be built.

The city would commit, for example, to build up to 233 units of affordable housing adjacent to the planned Bronx jail site.

The plan is expected to pass, despite some opposition from within the council.

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