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Protests delivered on FedEx plan

Albany Times Union, By Larry Rulison, June 22, 2011. Union officials gathered in East Greenbush on Tuesday to decry government subsidies being used to build the FedEx Ground distribution center along Route 4.


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.

Activists oppose Queens Center’s property tax subsidies

The Real Deal, By Adam Fusfeld, June 21, 2011. Community activists rallied outside the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst today to oppose the use of taxpayer money to fund projects that don't provide jobs beyond part-time, minimum wage ones. The mall was a chief target of the protesters, as it has received $48 million of property tax subsidies in return for jobs that primarily pay around $7.25 per hour, the federal minimum wage.