East Greenbush, Central Islip, Buffalo, Rochester, Queens, NY—Community, faith and labor leaders held rallies and press conferences in five cities around the state to protest the use of taxpayer dollars to subsidize projects that do not create good jobs or broader community benefits. As part of the statewide Getting Our Money’s Worth campaign, advocates gathered at wasteful development projects in their local communities, highlighted a new report, Seizing the Moment: How Regional Economic Development Councils Can Build a Good Jobs Economy, and called on state leaders to create a good jobs plan that improves upon current economic development outcomes.
Labor, community and faith leaders from the statewide Getting Our Money’s Worth coalition gathered today at the Capitol to call on political leaders to implement better solutions to the jobs crisis. They came together to release their own recommendations in the form of a new report that details how soon-to-be-created Regional Economic Development Councils can be part of the solution.
More than 75 leading community and labor organizations from around the state released a letter today calling on Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders to transform the state’s often wasteful and ineffective economic development system into a refocused job-creation program that prioritizes performance standards, accountability and transparency.
NY Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda, two New York City-based advocacy organizations announced the launch of their new unified organization on Friday night at their inaugural Movement Builders Awards celebration. After a year-long strategic partnership, the groups are now ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York. Matt Ryan is the organization’s Executive Director.