FUREE forum spotlights borough's economic woes

BROOKLYN - The fifth annual Forum for Economic Equality was held in Brooklyn Saturday followed by a protest calling for increased accountability from local lawmakers.

The events were organized by Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE). Both were held to protest massive residential and small business displacement due to rezoning, as well as to spotlight other issues plaguing Brooklyn.

Attendees filled the auditorium of P.S. 67 with a laundry list of complaints. The forum touched on points such as the unavailability of jobs, dangerous neighborhoods and lead poisoning.

City council and assembly members joined state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery and Rep. Ed Towns at the forum. The politicians listened to complaints and assured residents their messages were being heard.

"We'll translate in a legislative action and advocacy when we return to Albany," said state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D).

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