Samy Nemir-Olivares, District Leader
by Benjamin Fang
Dec 09, 2020 | 2921 views | 0 0 comments | 430 430 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the district leader for Bushwick, Samy Nemir-Olivares has advocated for his community through organizing and grassroots activism.

As a member of Brooklyn Community Board 4’s Housing Committee, Nemir-Olivares helped shape the Bushwick Community Plan, a rezoning plan drafted by hundreds of community-based organizations and local leaders.

The plan, which details a block-by-block request of uses, heights and density, was the culmination of a six-year process.

“In Bushwick, the zoning does not protect the community,” Nemir-Olivares said. “So a rezoning was advocated for to ensure limits on the amount of buildings or developments and to stop displacement and gentrification.

“Instead of the city implementing a rezoning,” he added, “it was the community asking for one.”

Nemir-Olivares called the Bushwick Community Plan a “monumental, unique process” that sought to increase affordable housing, protect historic sites and improve small business corridors.

Earlier this year, however, the de Blasio administration rejected the Bushwick plan, which officials deemed a downzoning. Nemir-Olivares said he sees that as a sign that the mayor has turned his back on the community.

“I think Bushwick has been abandoned by the city and the state,” he said. “It was an abomination that the city would reject the voice and the plans of a community.”

The district leader is among a group of neighbors, community board leaders and elected officials calling on the city to implement parts of the Bushwick Community Plan, including the landmarking of historic buildings and sites.

As a leader of the Democratic Party in his neighborhood, Nemir-Olivares said he will continue to call out the mayor and whoever succeeds him.

“I urge whoever is the mayor next, we’re going to keep the fight to make sure they respect the Bushwick Community Plan,” he said.
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