Protesters demand affordable housing in Garden City

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Protesters against housing segregation marched in Garden City Thursday night, demanding affordable housing.

They say the village discriminates against low-income families by refusing to build affordable housing.

"I'm here for justice overall, for having affordable housing for people who need it, for people who work here, for people who are here," said Eva Maria, one of the protesters.

Lucas Sanchez, the Long Island director of New York Communities for Change, organized the march.

He argues that Long Island is "the most segregated suburban area in the United States."

"It's shameful," he says. "And we need to end that."

About 50 marchers approached city hall, winding up at a concert -- a move that spoiled the night for some attendees, they say.

"I looked forward to tonight, and I don't think this is the right place to do this," said Nancy MacKintosh, a Garden City resident. She also says she's never witnessed any segregation in the village.

"None whatsoever," she said. "This is to me one of the nicest and friendliest towns you can ever live in."

But the protesters vocally disagreed.

"They are wicked with segregation," said Mona Russo, who welcomed the marchers. "All they want is a pure white community in Garden City. There should be affordable housing."

Organizers say another protest will take place Friday at noon.

The village administrator had no comment. The mayor did not immediately respond to a News 12 request.

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