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By Tim Knauss

June 21, 2011

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Saying state and local leaders must do more to create jobs in low-income areas, Syracuse United Neighbors sponsored a protest today on the city’s South Side, one of several across the state designed to draw attention to the problem.

Phil Prehn, a senior staff organizer for SUN, said government officials should help steer jobs toward poor neighborhoods, especially when local development projects receive public funds.

“We’re going to be working on getting the city and county to work with us to start looking at some of these projects, to include provisions for local labor,” Prehn said in an interview before the event.

For example, Prehn said low-income residents should be hired for the Syracuse Housing Authority’s project to build 50 new homes and for the anticipated development of a Tops supermarket at Valley Plaza.

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