It's shameful that the City is proceeding with its "workforce retraining" at Willets Point before the City Council has even voted on this project. The Administration appears to be dead set on dismantling a thriving industrial area and union jobs in spite of numerous signs that difficult economic times are ahead of us. It is irresponsible for this Administration to continue to promote a project that will cost the city upwards of $3 billion at a time when budgets are being slashed and services are being curtailed.
Just today, the New York Times reported that, "Most transactions in commercial real estate are on hold," said Mary Ann Tighe, regional chief executive for CB Richard Ellis, the real estate brokerage firm, "because nobody can be sure what the economy will look like, not only in the near term, but in the long term."
Today's event by LaGuardia Community College was nothing more than a PR stunt designed to deflect attention away from the many unanswered questions surrounding this project. LaGuardia admits that it can only expect a 25% success rate. What is to happen with the other workers in Willets Point? It's time for the City to start providing real details on relocating the high paying jobs that are already in Willets Point. The working men and women of Willets Point deserve more than the empty promises currently being offered. This roll out of LaGuardia is just more smoke and mirrors from the Administration before the City Council vote. It avoids the message the City Council has sent to the Administration that this plan in long on ideas and short on details.
Photo from Times Ledger which has an article about the confrontation.