ACTION ALERT –
TELL MAYOR DE BLASIO
TO STOP THE FRESHDIRECT DEAL
On July 14th 2014, South Bronx Unite sent out an action alert to our email list. In it we encouraged our members and allies to contact Mayor de Blasio, and ask him to put an end to the Bloomberg-era Tale of Two Cities FreshDirect deal that he campaigned against during his mayoral run.
It has been over one month and Mayor de Blasio has not yet responded to over 250 calls/emails asking him to stop the proposed $137M subsidy of 1,000+ daily diesel trucks trips
through South Bronx Asthma Alley. Instead, his office announced the monumental redesignof downtown Brooklyn – to include a 21 acre greenway connecting downtown to the Brooklyn waterfront.The Tale of Two Cities will not change until we insist it changes. If you have not yet contacted the Mayor, please do so today. If you have not yet received a response, please call and email again (and ask 5 friends to do so as well.)
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Action Alert to Mayor de Blasio – End Tale of Two Cities FreshDirect Bad Deal!
For two and a half years, together we prevented (then) Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo from giving FreshDirect a single dollar of a (then) promised $127 million subsidy to move its trucking
operation to a South Bronx waterfront flood zone, bringing 1,000 daily diesel truck trips through an overburdened community already plagued with asthma rates 8 times the national average. In 2013, we voted a progressive administration into office to change the tale of two cities and reverse course on decades of double standards and hazardous dumping on the South Bronx.
We have patiently waited more than six months for our newly elected leaders to deliver on their campaign promises, but our community’s health can no longer afford to be a back burner issue. So today, we are asking all of you and everyone you know to call, email, tweet and facebook the Mayor and tell him to stop the FreshDirect deal. Ask him to back his campaign for change with
“Mr. de Blasio
railed against the city’s economic development subsidies,
singling out a $130 million tax break for FreshDirect to
support creating low wage jobs – a deal he called a
“Fresh Direct would
never have gotten more than $100 million in government
subsidies to stay in New York City if he ran City Hall, Bill de
Blasio said.” –NYP
FreshDirect deal – giving away $130 million in taxpayer money
to support low-wage jobs, all in response to the company’s
empty threats — was a mistake. And it’s a symbol of how
upside down our economic policies have been. By reforming
New York’s incentive programs, we will free up resources to
support entire industries and small businesses in all five
boroughs – and begin to reinvest in real pathways to economic
opportunity…” -Speech as Public Advocate
Also remind Mayor
de Blasio that the FreshDirect project has changed in size
and scope as well as in amount and type of subsidies. Allowing
FreshDirect to receive an undemocratic gift of (now) nearly
$140 million in subsidies to move its trucking operation to a
waterfront flood zone in the South Bronx would mean:
1,000+ additional truck trips every day through South Bronx “asthma alley” where the community already suffers asthma hospitalization rates 21 times higher than other NYC
Allowing a company to rely on a 21 year old environmental impact statement to build in a community globally known for environmental injustice and despite a well-documented asthma epidemic linked to the diesel truck-intensive industries and
highways saturating and surrounding the South Bronx
No living wage requirements attached to one of the largest corporate subsidies to be
given in NYC history.
Rewarding an anti-union, anti-immigrant employer that is not right for the South Bronx, with a record of discriminatory and unfair labor practices and a lawsuit by workers against the company for $50+ million in unpaid tips and overtime.
Perpetuating back room deals with no community input.
Subsidizing a business model that parks diesel truck refrigerated warehouses
on city streets for 14 hours a day that act as grocery depots across the city, especially in UES, UWS and Tribeca (instead of paying taxes like all other brick and mortar grocers.)