Staten Island Politicians! Who do you represent?

By Robert Holst

Staten Island, NY

We are asking Staten Islanders to join the Middle Class Action Project and the district council of carpenters on June 2nd at 3:30 at a rally in front of Borough Hall to let our elected officials…

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Recently we have become aware that the Ironstate redevelopment at the homeport has received money from the city for the project. A recent tour of the area showed license plates from out of state as well as contractors from out of state working on the project.

When the project was announced Mayor Bloomberg and Ironstate’s David Barry said it would provide 1000 construction jobs. No one said those jobs would be provided to people that live out of state. At this time we are aware of only one employer from Staten Island on the project.

If public money is used to finance a commercial development, the City and The State should insist on area wages and standards, they should also insist on a large percentage of the jobs being local. NYCEDC has invested $33million already and NY State provided $112million in tax breaks, but no return was demanded or received and Staten Islanders are not going to work at Homeport. City and State money should not be taken out of state.

It should be spent here to help businesses and working people on Staten Island. The lost tax revenue could be used to support schools and infrastructure that is in need of repair here on our Island. Good jobs are the pillar of any community.

We should not be sending them to surrounding states when they are needed here. Everyday thousands of construction workers on Staten Island have to go off Island for work. Spending money on tolls and transit.

Money that could be spent here on the Island.

We are asking Staten Islanders to join the Middle Class Action Project and the district council of carpenters on June 2nd at 3:30 at a rally in front of Borough Hall to let our elected officials know this is unacceptable.

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