Recently, the businesses facing down the threat of eminent domain have had to contend with neighbors selling off and the city’s effort to lure the support of labor unions. However, the businesses are still fighting for their right to own their properties so awfully neglected by the city.
New York City officials wants to wipe out over 200 profitable businesses in Willets Point in order to transfer the land to a private, yet-to-be-determined developer. The 45-acre area employs thousands of highly-skilled workers, and generates billions of dollars in economic activity and millions in tax revenue for the city – yet for decades, the city has refused to supply the area with basic municipal services like garbage collection, plumbing and electricity. And now, after sabotaging the area for years, the city is pointing to the blight that it created as justification to condemn the businesses that have nonetheless thrived there.
This Monday, the Willets Point businesses need your help:
Monday, June 30 @ 6:30pm
Union Plaza Senior Home
33-23 Union Street
Come out and show your support for the business owners. In the meantime, if you live in New York City, contact:
Community Board #7: 718-359-2800, QN07@cb.nyc.gov
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall: 718-286-3000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 212-788-3000, fax 212-788-2460
Let them know that you oppose eminent domain for private gain!