Testimony

Testimonies given by Good Jobs New York at various public hearings.

2014

May 14: Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Finance Proposed Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign A.6597/S.4609, legislation which would repeal provisions of law granting a real property tax exemption to Madison Square Garden. Comments of Elizabeth Bird, Good Jobs New York 

October 2: Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development Oversight: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Tax Incentives Offered by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

November 17: Testimony before the New York State Urban Development Corporation, dba Empire State Development, Public hearing on the proposed subsidies to FreshDirect and FreshDirect’s Application for a Zoning Override. Comments of Elizabeth Bird, Good Jobs New York 

2013

April 4: Delta Airlines - Testimony before BuildNYC regarding a $221 million bond financing proposal on behalf of Delta Airlines

May 1: Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development  regarding Proposed Int. No. 438-A - In relation to community impact reports for city-subsidized economic development projects.

June 20: Hurricane Sandy After Action Report and Recommendations and hearing ten (10) related bills. Testimony before the New York City Council Oversight – Rebuilding After Sandy and Improving the Resiliency of the City’s Infrastructure

November 15: Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Finance  regarding the creation of a public database to track the expenditure of Hurricane Sandy recovery funds

December 2: Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Finance regarding Proposed Int. 1040-A, A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the creation of a database to track the expenditure of funds in connection with recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

2012

December 14: The Restructuring of the New York City Economic Development Corporation - What is the impact going forward? - Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development

September 28: Willets Point - Testimony at the public scoping meeting for the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement of the development at Willets Point.

July 18: ERY Tenant LLC (Eastern Rail Yards at Hudson Yards) and GMDC Atlantic Ave LLC - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development regarding proposed property tax breaks for development at Hudson River Yards project on Manhattan's Far West Side and, regarding various benefits for Greenpoint Manufacturing Development Corporation's proposed development in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

July 17: Brooklyn Atlantic Yards - Testimony before the New York City Housing Development Corporation regarding $92 million in tax-exempt bonds for first phase of housing at this mega-development. More information about this project is in the "spotlight" section of our website.

May 11: Report and Advisory Board Review Commission - Testimony that the New York City Department of Finance should not an annual report on the city'slargest economic development subsidy program, the Industrial & Commercial Incentive Program. (Links to the public notice and all the testimonies given at the hearing are posted on the website of the Report and Advisory Board Review Commission)

February 9: Fresh Direct - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding proposed benefits to Fresh Direct to relocate their distribution and warehouse facility from Queens to the Bronx.

January 5: Extell GT (International Gem Tower) - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding proposed benefits to Extell GT for completion of the International Gem Tower.


2011

November 22: The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act - Testimony before the New York City Council Hearing on revised Living Wage legislation.

October 6:  Smith Electric Vehicles - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding proposed benefits to Smith Electric Vehicles, for a manufacturing and distribution facility of electric vehicles in the Bronx.   

May 12: Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act - Testimony before the New York City Council on proposed Living Wage legislation.

April 7:  FINRA/NASD - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding proposed amendments to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. successor to National Association of Security Dealers deal.  

February 3: Walmart - Testimony before the New York City Council Committees on Economic Development, Small Business and Community Development on the impact of a potential Walmart on small retailers.   

2010

November 4: Recovery Zone Facility Bonds/Broadway Stages - Testimony before the New York City Capital Resource Corporation regarding proposed Recovery Zone Facility Bonds for a film a television production facility in Greenpoint Brooklyn.

November 4: Recovery Bond Facility Bonds/ Wythe Hotel, LLC - Testimony before the New York City Capital Resource Corporation regarding proposed Recovery Zone Facility Bonds for a boutique hotel in an industrial neighborhood in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

November 4: Subsidy transparency legislation proposed - Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Small Businesses regarding a propsal to increase transparency in the Economic Development Corporation's Annual Projects Report.

July 20: Reuters - Testimony before the NYC Industrial Development Agency regarding proposed amendments to Reuters1998 subsidy package (now Tompson Reuters). July 29

July 29: Deloitte LLP -  Testimony before the NYC Industrial Development Agency regarding proposed commercial growth benefits for the accounting giant.

June 4: Recovery Zone Facility Bonds/ESmith Legacy - Testimony before the New York City Captial Resource Corporation regarding proposed Recovery Zone Facility Bonds for E Smith Legacy Harlem LLC.

May 6: JetBlue Airways - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding proposed commercial growth benefits for JetBlue Airways at JFK Airport.

2009

December 9: Recovery Zone Facility Bonds/St. Barnabas Hospital - Testimony before the Capital Resource Corporation regarding proposed Recovery Zone Facility Bonds for Arthur Management Corporation c/o St. Barnabas Hospital to build a parking facility.

December 3: WTC Properties - Testimony before the Liberty Development Corporation regarding WTC Properties application for $2.6 billion in Liberty Bonds.

November 19: Kingsbridge Armory - Testimony before the New York City Council subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises regarding applications by the Economic Development Corporation for Redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.

November 5: 4U Service,s d/ba Stellar Services - Written comments submitted to the New York Ctiy Capital Resource Corporation regarding proposed subsidies authorized by the Recovery Act.

September 10: Recovery Zone Facility Bonds/Albee Development - Testimony before the New York City Capital Resource Corporation regarding proposed subsidies for Albee Development, LLC in Brooklyn.

July 27: Kingsbridge Armory - Testimony before the Bronx Borough Board regarding development of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx. July 27, 2009

July 23: Authorization for NYC to issued ARRA Bonds - Testimony before the NYC Industrial Development Agency regarding the proposed amendment to UTEP authorizing the issuance of bonds associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. July 23, 2009

June 24: Kingsbridge Armory - Testimony at Bronx Community Board 7 public hearing, regarding changes in land use at Kingsbridge Armory (aka ULURP).

June 4: Proposal to amend the boundries of Chinatown's Empire Zone - Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development that would allow tenants of the East River Science Park access Empire Zone benefits.

April 29: Yankee Stadium Replacement Parks - Testimony before the New York City Council, Committee on Parks and Recreation, regarding oversight status of Yankee Stadium replacement parks.

April 29: World Trade Center Benefits - Letter to the Empire State Development Corporation regarding proposed changes to the Job Creation and Retention Program (JCRP).

March 5: Kingsbridge Armory/Related Retail - Testimony before the NYC Industrial Development Agency regarding proposed subsidies for Related Retail Armory, LLC.

January 15: Subsidies for Yankees and Mets Stadiums (second proposal) - Testimony before the NYC Industrial Development Agency regarding additional subsidies for new stadiums for the Yankees and Mets.

2008

September 18: Kingsbridge Armory - Testimony at the public scoping meeting for Kingsbridge Armory. October 2, 2008

September 15: Reforming the Industrial and Commercial Incentive Program - Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development on the state legislature's proposal to reform the ICIP program.

June 24: Yankee Stadium Park Replacement - Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Parks & Recreation regarding  oversight status of Yankee Stadium Replacement Parks.

June 19: Proposed changes to the Hunts Point Empire Zone program - Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development regarding  a proposal to amend the boundries of the Empire Zone program for a particular firm.

June 5: Capital Resource Corporation Policies -  Testimony before the NYC Industrial Development Agency regarding the Capital Resource Corporation.

March 6: 1800 Park Avenue/MLB Baseball - Testimony at the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding a proposed subsidy package for CV Harlem and Major League Baseball at 1800 Park Avenue.

January 7: Property Tax Exemption for Madison Square Garden - Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Finance regarding Madison Square Garden's property tax exemption.

2007

November 14: Proposed Chnages to the South Jamaica Empire Zone - Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development regarding a proposal to amend the boundries of the South Jamaica Empire Zone program for a particular firm.

October 10: Subsidies for Sports Stadiums - Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the use of taxpayer subsidies for professional sports stadiums.

September 6: Bronx Parking Development, LLC - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding proposed financing for Bronx Parking Development Company, LLC to build parking facilities at the new Yankee Stadium.

May 25: Albee Square - Testimony regarding a special lease arrangement for the property at Albee Square Mall in Brooklyn.http://www.goodjobsny.org/Albee_DCS_testimony.htm

March 8: NBC Universal -  Testimony at the Industrial Development Agency regarding Proposed Tax Breaks for NBC Universal, Inc.

February 8: Proposed Incentives for The Center at Albee Square  - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding subsidies for a new retail center at Albee Square Mall http://www.goodjobsny.org/albee_testimony.htm 

January 16: PILOTs and Sports Facilities - Written Comments of Good Jobs New York on the Proposed Regulations of the Internal Revenue Service regarding the Treatment of Payments in Lieu of Taxes under Section 141 of the Internal Revenue Code.

January 3: Tri-state Biodiesel, LLC - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding a subsidy pacakge for a manufacturer in Brooklyn.

2006

August 3: Hudson Yards - Testimony at the Industrial Development Agency regarding its proposal to amend its policy allowing it subsidize development at Hudson Yards.

July 13: New York City's Use of 9/11 Economic Development Subsidies - Testimony before the the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Management, Integration, and Oversight: 9/11 Federal Assistance to New York: Lessons Learned in Fraud Detection, Prevention, and Control.

May 4: Sirius Satellite Radio - Testimony at the Industrial Development Agency regarding its proposal to amend its agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio.

March 6: Yankee Stadium - Testimony at the Industrial Development Agency regarding its proposal to subsidize the development a new Yankee Stadium.

 


Below is an archive of select testimony from Good Jobs New York before 2006:

2005

December 8: World Trade Center Associates - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regarding the firm's $3.3 Billion Liberty Bond Application

October 26: Lower Manhattan Development Corporation - Written comments in response to the LMDC propsal to allocate Community Development Block Grants, i.e.  "Partial Action Plan #10"

September 7: Liberty Bonds - Testimony regarding Goldman Sachs' $1.65 billion Liberty Bond Application.

August 4: Bank of America - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency Regarding the Proposed Transfer of Sales and Use Tax Exemptions for Bank of America.

May 25: Community Benefit Agreements - Testimony before the New York City Council Community Development Committee comparing CBAs in other parts of the country and recent efforts in New York City.

March 22: Madison Square Garden - Testimony before the New York City Council Commitee on Finance regarding a permanent tax break for Madison Square Garden.

2004

November 8: JFK Rail Link - Testimony Before the New York City Council Committees on Economic Development; Transportation; the Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Regarding Oversight regarding the proposal to financing a JFK Airport Rail Link from LowerManhattan with post 9/11 resources.

September 23: Goldman Sachs - Testimony before the Liberty Development Corporation Regarding Goldman Sachs $1 Billion Liberty Bond Application.

February 5: Bank of America - Testimony before the New York City Industrial Development Agency regading $42 million in tax breaks to BofA.

2003

November 10: 377 Greenwich, LLC - Testimony regarding the proposal to finance the development of a hotel in Lower Manhattan with LIberty Bonds.

October 7: 63 Wall Street - Testimony against the use of Liberty Bonds to build luxury apartments

October 2: Lower Manhattan Development Corporation - Written comments in response to the LMDC propsal to allocate Community Development Block Grants, i.e.  "Partial Action Plan #5"

March 31: Lower Manhattan Development Corporation - Written comments in response to the LMDC propsal to allocate Community Development Block Grants, i.e.  "Partial Action Plan #3"

2002

February 25: Lower Manhattan Redevelopment - Testified before the New York City Council  regarding the city's role in rebuilding after the attacks of September 11th.

December 9: Housing Needs in Lower Manhattan - Testified before the New York City Council regarding the need for and the plan to build afforable housing in the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan.

March 13:  Assistance Plan for Individuals - Written comments regarding how New York State will allocated federal economic development dollars after the attacks of September 11th.

2001

October 27: New York Stock Exchange - Testimony against the city's proposal to subsidize the development of a new headquaters for the NYSE.

January 8: New York Stock Exchange -  Testimony against New York State's use of eminent domain to build a new headquarter for the NYSE.