City Council backs new NYC Blood Center tower amid fierce pushback, including Jeffrey Epstein’s brother

This, too, shall pass.

The New York City Council approved plans Tuesday to allow the non-profit Blood Center to build a new 200-foot tall research and office tower on the Upper East Side, overriding stiff opposition from nearby residents.

The 43-5 vote was the first time in at least a decade that city lawmakers backed a project over the wishes of the local lawmaker, Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhttan), in a notable break from the usual deference offered in zoning cases.

“It wasn’t like I woke up one day and said ‘We’re passing the Blood Center.’ It was a continuous conversation in the body,” said Speaker

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