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‘No new jails!’ Bronx residents furious with de Blasio’s ‘Replace Rikers’ plan

October 04, 2018 - 9:56 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There may be some people in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx who are looking forward to having a new jail in their neighborhood, but they're not the ones who showed up for a hearing on the matter.

"No new jails," the riled up residents chanted.

They drowned out a speaker from the Department of Corrections -- the crowd from Concord Ave along the Bruckner wants no part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's borough based 'replace Rikers' plan.

“Some of us residents have made lives and raised families on Concord Avenue for over 70 years,” resident Myra Hernandez said. “We are enraged.”

Arlene Parks told CBS2 'this is where we live.'

"They haven't come to us at all since they started this to tell us what they're gonna do," she said.

De Blasio's plan involves closing jails on Rikers Island and building facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan with parking lots, community, and retail space.

The mayor's office told CBS2 they deeply value the community's response and anticipate a 'thorough engagement process.'

Community leaders say the city has already dumped a sewage treatment plant and a garbage transer station on the borough, so they don't need a jail.