Kings County Politics: Jeffries, Wright Confront Bed-Stuy Gentrification
by Kadia Goba
U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-Central Brooklyn, Coney Island) and Assemblymember Tremaine Wright (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) fielded questions from Bedford Stuyvesant constituents on Saturday about an issue that continues to steamroll the neighborhood – gentrification and aggressive development.
The lawmakers appeared on the third day of Black History Month at the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association (VIDA) political club, which kicked off its’ first meeting of the year at the Quincy Senior Residences, 625 Quincy Street.
When local resident, Joe Gonzalez, asked Jeffries why he should continue to support the Party when Democrats were in the majority during the inception of gentrification, Jeffries blamed the Republican led state Senate.