In a meeting filled with numerous interruptions, there was a smattering of both cheers and jeers from both activists in the audience as well as politicians.
The plan to close Rikers and build new jails in Brooklyn and beyond is a scheme to enrich developers, said Sunset Park Councilman Carlos Menchaca.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer, weighed in Tuesday on de Blasio's proposal to rebuild the Brooklyn House of Detention in Boerum Hill as part of a sweeping city-wide reform of Rikers Island.
With the closing of Rikers, which the mayor’s office says can happen by 2027, the city has proposed four new jails — one in each borough except for Staten Island — under a scheme that will reduce the number of detainees.
The annual event, which attracted an overflow crowd, focused on difficult issues affecting the future of the area.
The public and politicians gathered in Park Slope Thursday said the city needs to rethink its plan to close Rikers and build a new jail in Boerum Hill.