Butts Dives into Columbia Fracas

The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, the pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, is starting to speak out against Columbia University’s expansion—which is exactly the opposite of what is supposed to be happening now that political consultant Bill Lynch is trying to get a coalition of local supporters together.

On NY1’s “Inside City Hall” last night, Rev. Butts said “Columbia is moving in a way that is really alientating a lot of the community members who have been really interested in working with them to develop a good plan, particularly in the area of affordable housing.”

We’re waiting to hear back from Mr. Lynch’s office and from Columbia.