By David Freedlander,
December 13, 2007
Opponents and backers of Columbia's planned expansion into Manhattanville took their fight to City Hall Wednesday in a packed and tense public hearing. "We will be here for as long as it takes," said Tony Avella, chair of the City Council's Zoning Committee, told the hundreds of people who filled the gallery for the mid-day session that stretched on for more than six hours of testimony from both sides of the battles.
"Through the university so much of what we value in American life was derived," he said. "This is an extremely important institution. It's health and future depends on having the space to do the kind of work we have to do."