Less than two years ago, Levine signed a much- publicized "community benefits agreement" with Bronx pols that was filled with grand promises about jobs for local residents and a new Yankees community foundation. The team made those promises to win City Council approval for huge public subsidies for the new stadium.
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The agreement committed the team to employ Bronx residents for "at least 25%" of the total construction workforce. The Yankees promised that a quarter of stadium contracting would go to Bronx businesses.
Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion said Thursday the team had met its 25% goal and had done even better in contracting.
No one has verified those claims. The agreement called for the creation of a "construction advisory committee" of community leaders to monitor compliance and to get monthly reports on how the Yankees were meeting their goals.
That committee has never met, and the board of the new foundation did not even hold its first meeting until two months ago - only after reporters started asking about it.