Ede is listening to your concerns by meeting with residents and stakeholders across the district. Read more about what she’s been doing in the news. Here’s a round up of recent news articles:
“The safety measures Fox is seeking include the installation of better lighting and security cameras in the hallways. Fox is also pushing for NYCHA to remove waste from hallways.”
“The bottom line is the city and NYCHA need to do more to protect our most vulnerable citizens. The Farragut Houses are only a few streets over from one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city, DUMBO, and our city officials need to take action to ensure that all New Yorkers have a safe and clean place to live, regardless of income level,” Fox said in a statement.
“Although Fox recognizes that she’s at a disadvantage running against an incumbent, she said she isn’t deterred. “I knew going in that I was not going to get much institutional support so this is no surprise,” she said. “I knew the power of incumbency. I was expecting and preparing for it.”
She has been particularly skeptical about Cumbo’s opposition to the Bedford Armory project, and worries that Cumbo may give in to the administration’s preferences if she wins the primary election on September 12. “I think that is a very real question,” she said, “and I think voters are weighing whether they can trust their representative given her long-standing support for the project. The language I’ve heard from her has not made it very clear that she’s standing against the project as a whole.”
De Blasio team supports Council incumbent in race defined by his development agenda – Politico New York, August 10, 2017
Fox has said she would oppose the plan — a position that won her the backing of community activists and construction unions who were not granted job guarantees in the proposal.
“I think the mayor is putting all of his weight into the Laurie Cumbo race knowing this is a lightning rod project in the neighborhood and that they’ve seen the community rising up against it,” said Jonathan Westin of New York Communities for Change. His organization, which was aligned with de Blasio when he was public advocate, has protested his citywide housing plan.”
Fox’s policy platform is focused on protecting small, locally owned businesses, and limiting over-development and displacement. She also wants ensure that new development projects hire locally.
“One of the key issues in the district that has drawn the ire of many residents it the Bedford-Union Armory project, a city proposal to transform the vacant armory into a large development holding rental units and condos, as well as a recreation center with a swimming pool, basketball courts, and an indoor soccer field. The project has faced significant opposition from residents who believe that new development should include 100% affordable units, meaning those with rental caps based on income.”
Cumbo, Fox Trade Barbs, 35th District City Council Race Grows Contentious – Kings County Politics, July 26, 2017
I think this is one of the most important races that is happening around the city, because we are talking about the most important issue that’s facing so many New Yorkers, and that’s housing,” said Fox.
“The candidates discussed other issues, such as charter schools and improving STEM, but they all pointed towards a central theme; namely, that the district is largely composed of marginalized, vulnerable people who are at risk of being driven out of their own neighborhoods.”
35th District City Council Candidates Weigh In On Privatizing NYCHA Property – Kings County Politics, July 25, 2017
“Our city’s public housing suffers from decades of deferred maintenance, chronic apartment shortages, and disinvestment from Washington and Albany. The NextGen development program is a real step forward with plans to address these issues and improve living conditions for working families.
“However, I oppose the infill plan that the program proposes. The City’s need for low-income housing is dire and all resources, including NYCHA property, should be used for that purpose, rather than market-rate housing. But, I think the plan has many proposals with the potential to positively impact New York’s largest landlord, and I look forward to help shape this as our next City Council Member.”
“Fox also has the backing of the United Auto Workers Region 9A, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID) and New York Communities for Change.”
“I am humbled and honored to receive the endorsement of four organizations who take on the fight for worker’s rights and tenant’s rights and who fight for working and low-income families day in and day out, ” Fox said in a statement.”
Bedford Union Armory Redevelopment Deal is a Bad Deal, but There’s a Way Forward – Kings County Politics, July 6, 2017
“…challenger, progressive organizer Ede Fox, oppose[s] the plan. Ede got to the heart of the matter in her official statement:”
“You can have both the affordable housing this community needs and the community center that our youth should have access to…. Don’t settle for crumbs, demand the whole pie, we deserve it.”
I’m fully in favor of reducing the population of Rikers no matter what happens. In addition, I think it’s helpful to decentralize and bring the population of Rikers back to the individual boroughs, making their relationships with their families easier and more accessible.”
“Fox pointed out that the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform already has a plan laid out to accommodate inmates awaiting trial, and asserted that she supports that plan.”
“As I understand the plan, the idea would be to take existing infrastructure and upgrade it to serve as a local detention center within each borough. With the right amount of capital and infrastructure, we could achieve that end.”
“This project is bad for this community and bad for our future. Any project that takes city-owned property and turns it into any amount of market rate housing is a ‘win-win’ for developers and a ‘lose-lose’ for this community,” said Fox.
Development Bedford Union Armory: Same Plan, Different Meeting, No Change – Kings County Politics, June 14, 2017
“I think any city-owned property should be used for the public good and that’s not what’s happening here. We’re seeing a whole city block being designated mostly for luxury and market rate housing and not for the local community who needs it the most. People need support and assistance to stay in this community [Crown Heights],” said Ede Fox, who is challenging Cumbo in the 35th District City Council primary race.
“It’s easy for Laurie Cumbo to say she’ll vote no on a major issue of this campaign, especially when that vote won’t happen until after the primary. The question is whether she finally chose to listen to the community, or is just pandering for votes to save her own political career,” Fox said in a statement. “The only way we can know for sure is to see the councilmember expedite the ULURP process and show us once and for all that she stands with the community, not major developers.”
Ede Fox (D) hopes to challenge Cumbo in September. “I believe that because the Bedford-Union Armory is a publicly owned property, it should be used for affordable housing only,” Fox explained. People are talking about this issue, not only in the district but all over the city. “We can draw a line in the sand and say, no we are not lining the pockets of big developers,” Fox said.
Cumbo yesterday, in the face of fierce community opposition to the plan, walked back her original backing of the plan. She then faced scores of protesters opposing the plan at her state of the district speech last night at the Ingersoll Community Center on Myrtle Avenue.
In a telephone interview following the speech, Fox was pleased to see Cumbo publicly acknowledge the project’s flaws, thus proving that she has begun to listen to the complaints expressed by the neighborhood’s community leaders and activists.
“Those points have been either protested or shouted for ayear, at least, by the community,” said Fox. “I’m glad that all the protests and the community activism – and frankly, my participation in this race – have moved her to start listening.”
However, Fox remained skeptical that Cumbo will be able to follow through on her promise to ensure that the project will benefit the community.
City Council Candidate Calls for State Review of Lead in School Drinking Water – Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 19, 2017
Lead contamination poses too great a risk to our children to wait and see if they were affected by this recent exposure in city schools,” said Fox. “It’s time the state step in and conduct a thorough investigation of this growing crisis and prevent the kind of irreversible harm children in Flint and other cities have faced. This will help put parents’ minds at ease and ensure the health and safety of our single greatest resource — our children.
As a Council Member, Laurie [Cumbo] has repeatedly sided with developers and has always ignored our community’s needs until it was no longer politically possible to do so,” Fox said. “Any last-minute new proposal from Laurie is too little, too late for those of us who have been tirelessly fighting to preserve the Bedford Union Armory for future generations of Brooklynites.
Op-Ed by Ede Fox: Private Developers Should Be Barred from Building on Public Land – Crain’s, April 19, 2017
A community-led land trust could be the solution. By transferring properties like the armory into community-controlled trusts, we can ensure permanent affordable housing and space for businesses that local communities need.
Bedford Union Armory Developers Reach Labor Deal With Service-Workers Union – DNA Info, April 11, 2017
The labor announcement comes as City Council candidate Ede Fox, surrounded by union workers outside of the armory, officially announced her campaign against local Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo on Monday.
At the rally — attended by members of Mason Tenders District Council, Ironworkers Local 46, District Council 9 and NYS Laborers — Fox railed against BFC for not yet committing to using unionized construction workers on the project and promised that she would vote no on the redevelopment if elected to office.
Fox says she will vote no on the redevelopment. “We deserve so much better,” she says. pic.twitter.com/HELGEyHnP9
— Rachel H. Smith (@rachelholliday) April 10, 2017
City Council Candidate Will “Say No” to Bedford Union Armory Deal – Prospect Heights Patch, April 10, 2017
“We need a Councilmember who is going to say ‘No’ when the city wants to take city-owned land and turn it into luxury housing, not 100 percent affordable housing,” Fox said. “I will always say no.”
About half of the apartment units at the armory will be designated “affordable” — including 20 percent for low-income families. However, using federal affordability standards, about 83 percent of the Armory’s total rentals and condos will only be affordable for families who make around $90,000 a year.
Fox, a former City Council staffer and Prospect Heights resident, … is once again trying for the seat, she told DNAinfo New York, though she has not yet made her campaign official.
Fox said she considered the idea after people in the community approached her to run because of “lack of leadership and a lack of advocacy” in the district, she said.
“Things like constituent services, things like quality of life issues and then, of course, there are the bigger projects that are coming down the pike, including the Bedford-Union Armory,” she said, speaking of the controversial redevelopment of the former military building on Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights.
Ede Fox, who secured 26 percent of the vote in 2013, says she is thinking of seeking the Democratic Party’s nod for the City Council seat this cycle. Fox, who has worked for City Councilman Jumaane Williams and Speaker Mark-Viverito, could complicate Cumbo’s election season.
According to the Campaign Finance Board (CFB), Cumbo reported having raised $66,457 while spending $26,732 to net out with $39,725. Fox raised $29,456 and spent $260 to net out with $29,716.
While this looks like Cumbo has an edge, it should be noted that she has been fundraising for some time and her total is a culmination of several filing periods, while this is Fox’s first filing.
If you just look at this filing period, which ran from Jan. 17 to yesterday, Fox outraised Cumbo by more than 2 to 1. Fox raised $29,976, while Cumbo raised only $13,720.