New York, NY — City Council Members joined hundreds of Build Up NYC members and allies in a rally today in a show of growing support for passage of the Safe Jobs Act (Intro. 1169) requiring developers that benefit from public investment to provide good, safe jobs and develop responsibly.
New York, NY — City Councilwoman Diana Reyna, spearheaded a hearing of the Economic Development Committee today on the Safe Jobs Act (Intro. 1169), a bill to ensure public investment in private development results in safe jobs and levels the playing field for responsible developers by opening the development process to public scrutiny.
CITY APPROVES SI REDEVELOPMENT PLANS AS UNION, BFC PARTNERS REACH DEAL ON CONSTRUCTION OF $220 MILLION ST. GEORGE WATERFRONT PROJECT
The New York City Council voted to approve the Staten Island St. George waterfront redevelopment project today after three labor unions and BFC Partners, the developer of the Empire Outlets Mall and hotel, finalized agreements that cover all construction, hotel, maintenance and security jobs.
We are pleased that the developer of Empire Outlets has committed to move forward with this $220 million project in a manner that has the support of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, SEIU 32BJ and the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council.
Staten Island, NY — Staten Island faith, civil rights, and community leaders were joined by Rep. Michael Grimm (CD-11), NYS Sen. Diane Savino and hundreds of Build Up NYC members at a Borough Hall rally today demanding Empire Outlets developer BFC Partners commit to providing good jobs with a career path to the middle class.
Fight For Good Jobs, Responsible Development On Staten Island Waterfront Unfolds At City Hall Hearing
Scores of Build Up NYC members and a growing coalition advocating for responsible development and good jobs today called on members of the New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises to vote “No” on the application by BFC Partners for its Empire Outlets redevelopment plan on Staten Island if the developer does not commit to providing good jobs with real career paths for local residents, support for local businesses, and making traffic and infrastructure improvements.
Construction work was halted yesterday by New York City Department of Buildings Inspectors on Starwood Capital’s luxury hotel and condo project in Brooklyn Bridge Park when a water main was hit during excavation. The partial stop work order requires the water main to be repaired before construction can resume.
“This stop work order should be a wake up call to Starwood Capital Group and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board. Brooklynites, the future tenants and workers on the project deserve safe, quality construction practices,” said Gary LaBarbera, President of Build Up NYC.
Hundreds Demonstrate at Brooklyn Bridge Park Board Meeting — Question Development Resiliency, Sustainability
Hundreds of workers, activists and elected officials today joined Build Up NYC – a growing coalition of working men and women advocating for responsible development and good jobs – to ask the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board to explain in detail how planned development in the park will be able to withstand climate change.
With hundreds outside chanting “Are we ready Brooklyn? … Get Ready – Build it Right!” the Board fielded questions about the long-term sustainability of development in the public park.
The City has cited projections that sea level could rise as much as two-and-a-half feet in the next few decades. Today’s rally outside Brooklyn Borough Hall, and questioning of the Board meeting inside, focused on what is being done to ensure the public park and development there will survive future storms, the choice of contractors, and the condition and capacity of the electrical grid serving the park and its environs.
The Board’s selection of Starwood Capital to develop a luxury condo-hotel at Pier 1 in the park sparked the growing movement for responsible development and good jobs because Starwood has, as yet, refused to provide assurances that all employers engaged for the project will be required to abide by established area labor standards.
With hundreds of Build Up NYC supporters rallying outside for good jobs, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board members meeting inside learned of the troubling history of the Hudson Meridian Construction Group, LLC, the general contractor hired on the Starwood Capital luxury condo-hotel development at Pier 1 in the Park.
Quinn, Liu, Levin Join Thousands in Rally for Legislation to Create Good Jobs when Public Invests in Private Development
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Council Member Stephen Levin and other elected officials joined thousands of Build Up NYC members at a rally today calling for the City Council to enact legislation requiring developers that benefit from public investment to provide good jobs and develop responsibly.
The action came amidst growing labor and community tension around Starwood Capital Trust’s development of Brooklyn Bridge Park and other NYC projects. The public has invested millions of dollars in Brooklyn Bridge Park and public pension funds have invested billions of dollars in Starwood Capital.
“Starwood Capital reaps benefits from public investment in its projects, yet it has not committed itself to making sure the jobs in its developments are good jobs,” said Build Up NYC President Gary LaBarbera. “Today, we are calling on the City to enact legislation requiring developers who benefit from public investment to provide good middle class jobs and develop responsibly.”