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While We Wallow in Walmart, Duane Reade Dominates

New York Observer, By Emily Witt, July 19, 2011. The day after the boisterous opening of Duane Reade’s Wall Street megashopping emporium, a rally was taking place a few blocks away from the new store. New York state assemblywoman Inez Barron and union leader Rich Whalen stood outside the New York State comptroller’s office on Maiden Lane to announce their request for an audit of a controversial land deal: the purchase by the Related Group of what is the rumored future site of a Walmart in East New York.


Good morning, Buffalo

Buffalo News, By Dale Anderson, July 18, 2011. "Subsidy Reform" is the topic as Bettina Damiani, who runs Good Jobs New York, speaks at a downtown public forum sponsored by the Partnership for the Public Good at 4 p.m. in Suite 1200, 237 Main St. The subsidies she targets are the ones the governments give to companies in hopes that they'll create jobs, but it doesn't always happen that way.


New report questions effectiveness of IDAs

Talk of the Sound, By Robert Cox, July 13, 2011. Members of the Getting Our Money's Worth Coalition responded positively to New York State Comptroller DiNapoli’s annual report on Industrial Development Agency (IDA) performance, which concluded that despite improvements in reporting, more needs to be done to accurately evaluate the effectiveness of these economic development agencies.


IDA reporting called lax

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, By Cara Matthews, July 12, 2011. Reporting requirements for New York's industrial development agencies are lacking and there is no apparent connection between higher tax exemptions and job growth, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a report released Tuesday.


Austin & Goliath: Keeping Walmart out of NYC

Radiohive, hosted by Danny Valdes, July 11, 2011. With its sweatshop products, town-killing megacenters, and anti-woman and anti-union policies, retail behemoth Walmart is no stranger to controversy. The company is a true capitalist juggernaught – in 2007, the IMF reported it’s sales revenue was greater than 144 economies in the world and it is the second-biggest contributer to the U.S. GDP – and the juggernaught now has its site fixed on New York City. Our guest is part of the David & Goliath struggle to keep Walmart out of New York City. He is Austin Guest and is leading the fight with Align against Walmart’s first New York City store.