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
The Alliance for a Just Rebuilding, an alliance of community, labor, faith and environmental justice organizations, released a statement outlining recommendations for rebuilding the city and state post-Sandy in a way that serves all of its residents.
Newly released Census Bureau statistics, including poverty data, show that the economic recovery has not yet reached a majority of New Yorkers. The severe impact the recession has had on our neighborhoods and boroughs drove poverty, unemployment and income inequality to unacceptably high levels. Those levels did not decrease in 2011.
Low-wage work is undermining our city, our communities, and our economy. Employers who hire workers at minimum or near-minimum wages—and sometimes fail to pay their workers even that—too often are profiting handsomely while their workers suffer. When CEOs of these companies are rewarded with millions in compensation and live in luxury at the expense of their workers, the society and our economy pay the price. More money in the pockets of working people would mean more opportunity for ...
Nathalie Alegre joined advocates at a New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA) hearing to testify against granting huge public subsidies to the Related Companies to develop Hudson Yards. The testimony questions the track record of the Related Companies in honoring its agreements, as well as the NYCIDA’s track record in crafting successful agreements and holding companies accountable to their jobs and other community benefits promises.
Each year, IDAs are required to report on the projects they subsidize. We analyze that data and produce key facts about IDA performance. Highlights of this year’s analysis include: $182 million in IDA tax breaks went to companies that cut jobs, failed to create jobs, or didn’t promise to create any jobs. Over one-half of all projects that ended in 2010 failed to create a single job. Businesses that originally promised to create a total …
Testimony to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees Budget Hearing on Economic Development From Nathalie Alegre, January 31, 2012 Good morning Sen. DeFrancisco, Assemblyman Farrell, and members of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to comment on the Governor’s proposed 2012-2013 Executive Budget as it relates to economic development. My name is Nathalie Alegre and I am with ALIGN: The Alliance for …