Media Alert – Over 100 Community Residents, Advocates, Clergy, Labor Leaders, and Health Professionals to Testify at Public Hearing in Opposition to Subsidies for Proposed FreshDirect Relocation to the South Bronx

Over 100 Community Residents, Advocates, Clergy, Labor
Leaders, and Health Professionals to Testify at Public Hearing in
Opposition to Subsidies for Proposed FreshDirect Relocation to the South Bronx
Relocation Would Have Devastating Environmental and Health Impacts on Local Community

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

What   |   Community advocates, clergy, health professionals and labor leaders will rally prior to giving testimony opposing a proposed $10 million FreshDirect subsidy package from the Empire State Development Corporation. In total, FreshDirect is seeking
over $140 million in taxpayer subsidies for a highly controversial
project that would subject South Bronx residents to the pollution,
noise, and traffic of over a thousand diesel truck trips every day. The
project would have devastating environmental and health impacts on a neighborhood where one in four children already has asthma. The State subsidies would carry no mandate to create jobs. FreshDirect has thus far avoided local living wage requirements and posted openings that pay as little as $8.00 per hour.  Monday’s hearing in the South Bronx is the first local public hearing on the proposed subsidy package and high turnout is expected.

When   |    Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:30 pm Press Conference, 5:00-9:00 pm Public Hearing

Where   |   Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Who   |   Press Conference Speakers (in formation):
South Bronx Unite
Bronx Clergy Roundtable
Teamsters Local 202
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI)
Resident Doctors
Land Use Experts

Contact   |   Stephanie Ramirez, 212-784-5704 or 917-725-1468sramirez@groupgordon.com
Gigi Kwon, 212-784-5706 or 646-660-4952gkwon@groupgordon.com

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