New York State’s 113 Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) provide aid to businesses to locate or expand in the state. In exchange for tax exemptions and tax-exempt bond financing, companies often agree to create or retain a certain number of jobs. Too often, however, these businesses fail to meet their commitments, or create low-wage work that doesn’t promote real economic growth. Performance standards, accountability measures, and transparency reforms are needed to ensure that IDAs do not waste public dollars.
On June 27, 2013, Josh Kellermann delivered testimony at the New York City Council on wage theft in the fast food industry. A recent Fast Food Forward report shows that as many as 84% of fast food workers have suffered from at least one form of wage theft in the past year, such as unpaid overtime and the withholding of legally required meal breaks.
New York spends approximately $7 billion annually on economic development. Dozens of different economic development programs issue subsidies such as tax exemptions, tax credits, grants, tax-exempt bonds, and discounted land to corporations, ostensibly in the name of job creation, economic growth and an improved quality of life for all New Yorkers. At such a high price tag, New Yorkers deserve to know: how is this money being spent, and what return are taxpayers getting from this investment? Are these programs actually ...
New York City’s Action Plan for Disaster Recovery, released in draft form in late March, allocates $1.77 billion in federal Sandy funds. The federal money comes with standards that require the City to account for how its housing and recovery plans will support displaced residents. This report from the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding identifies a series of major flaws in the City’s Action Plan, and proposes solutions that will help ensure a just and equitable rebuilding for all ...
On May 7, 2013, a report entitled ‘Sandy’s Mold Legacy: The Unmet Need Six Months After the Storm’ was released by ALIGN, Community Voices Heard, Faith in New York, Make The Road New York, New York Communities For Change, and VOCAL-NY. The report indicates that New York City’s current approach to post-Sandy mold remediation needs expansion and improvement.
Maya Pinto, ALIGN's Senior Policy and Research Analyst, delivered this testimony at the Committee on Economic Development hearing on the proposed Community Impact Report bill.
On February 13, 2013, ALIGN provided feedback on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Modification of the Bayonne Bridge at the USCG Environmental Process Public Meeting in Newark, New Jersey.
According to Mayor Bloomberg, Hurricane Sandy flooded 70,000 – 80,000 New York City homes. About 180,000 to 210,000 New Yorkers could be currently exposed to Sandy-related mold.
On February 28, 2013, ALIGN presented testimony for New York City Council Resolution No. 1598, calling on Congress and President Obama to pass and sign into law the Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation (POWER) Act.
On February 12, 2013, Matt Ryan, ALIGN's Executive Director, delivered this testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2013-2014 Executive Budget Proposal on Economic Development