Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who represents Williamsburg and Bushwick, as well as part of the industrial portion of Ridgewood, joined the group to discuss his commitment to protecting necessary funding for industrial business zones (IBZ) in the city.
While MIBA is not part of his district, he said he plans to carry on the legacy of his predecessor, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, whose district once encompassed the industrial portion of the neighborhood.
“This year we were able to get the most amount of funding for our industrial business service providers in the city,” Reynoso announced, adding that it was recently increased by roughly $750,000. “When it gets spread out, it’s a lot less than what you think it is. They need a lot more than that.”
The self-proclaimed industrial advocate said his future work is going to be focused on ensuring there is space to fulfill Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for 200,000 affordable housing units – 80,000 of which are expected to be new structures - while maintaining designated industrial space.
“The Department of City Planning sees the industrial areas ripe for development,” he said. “They want to threaten the work that you do by building residential development, whether it is affordable where you work.”
MIBA coordinator Jean Tanler assured the organization will also continue their work towards securing industrial space, something she says they have done since their initiation in 2012.
“I think what’s happening on the council level really opens a window to what the priorities are as an administration and how the council has been pushing for the interests of the industrial and manufacturing businesses here in New York,” Tanler said.
Councilman Antonio Reynoso joined MIBA members last week to discuss the state of local manufacturing businesses.