Jack Friedman, executive VP of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, tells GlobeSt.com that the [living wage] measure would all but kill development, which has already been hit hard in the region. “I can’t imagine Willets Point going forward if the living wage mandate goes forward,” Friedman says. “Because what retailer in their right mind is going to agree to sign leases in a place where they’re going to have to pay their employees 50% more than the people down the block?”
This business genius apparently has forgotten that "living wages" were mandated for the Willets Point project, which he relentlessly cheered for. So with this incredible statement, he's basically admitting that "NYC's next great neighborhood" will never happen.
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