Real Estate and Politics

Midtown East Task Force Leaders Want Union Input, Too

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Dan Garodnick clarified earlier reports that unions won’t have representation on the committee of 10 organizations tasked with compiling a framework for the rezoning of Midtown East yesterday.

The two leaders of the pre-Land Use Review Procedure steering group pledged to involve union representatives in the negotiations despite initial reports that unions like 32BJ SEIU, the Building and Construction Trades Council of New York and the Hotel Trades Council won’t have any delegates on the committee of Community Boards, business groups and advocacy organizations. Read More

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