Staten Island for Good Jobs

Responsible development on New York City’s waterfront.




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Nestor Castillo’s American Dream

Nestor Castillo tells a particularly feel-good story. Castillo talks about his good job with the health insurance that he shares with his whole family, his annuity and pension and his good life with his wife and daughter and how he can’t wait to buy a house for his family. But it was not always like that. A native of Honduras,…

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"I tell women that I come across that they can be whatever they set their minds on." ~ Marquisha Page #United4GoodJobs #WeRStronger2gether
"I am living proof that fighting for good jobs and safety standards work."
 ~ Jessica Twitty-Shuler

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Jessica Twitty-Shuler is a third-year Carpenter apprentice and a resident of Staten Island who works at North Shore's Empire Outlets

Build Up NYC Activists Celebrate Jobs for Staten Islanders at the Empire Outlets Project

Jessica Twitty-Shuler just became an apprentice with the New York City District Council of Carpenters’ Local 20 in Staten Island in October 2013 when she came to a rally to urge developers of the Empire Outlets Project to make sure they create good, career-path jobs there. Jessica joined dozens of union members on Saturday morning on the steps of the…


Staten Island Learning Day with Councilwoman Debi Rose

Hundreds gathered at McKee High School in Staten Island on the evening of January 23, 2014 for a successful Learning Day organized by Councilwoman Debi Rose and Build Up NYC for the North Shore community to explore new career opportunities in the construction, hotel and building operations and maintenance industries.


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.

Staten Island Wins When You Vote Yes

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 Islanders to BFC Partners: “Build Empire Outlets Right!”

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.