From the NY Post:
Walmart is suddenly making sweet music with Brooklyn Beep Marty Markowitz -- once a staunch critic of the megastore's plans to break ground in the borough.
The retail giant -- angling to open in a planned East New York development -- has now cozied up to Markowitz by becoming a corporate sponsor of his summer Martin Luther King Jr. concert series.
"Walmart has been very generous in supporting events and initiatives throughout the city," Markowitz said.
"I am not philosophically opposed to Walmart but I have been consistent in demanding they show a commitment to Brooklyn by paying a fair wage, offering health benefits [and] using union workers in any construction projects in New York City," he said.
That's a dramatic shift from 2009, when a Markowitz aide wrote a scathing critique of Walmart in official documents.
"It is well known that stores such as Walmart have questionable labor practices and adversely affect neighborhood retailers," the aide wrote.
"Given that Costco is operating on two levels in Sunset Park, additional legal assurances are needed so that Related Companies or any successor will not lease to the likes of Costco, Walmart or Sam's Club," the aide wrote.