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    A Majority Of New York City Assemblymen Urging Silver To Vote Yes Tomorrow

    MAJORITY OF NEW YORK CITY’S ASSEMBLY DELEGATION SEND LETTER TO ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER URGING HIM TO VOTE YES FOR THE NEW YORK SPORTS AND CONVENTION CENTER


    THIRTY-TWO ASSEMBLYMEMBERS VOICE SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT CITING JOB CREATION AND NEW TAX REVENUE AS TOP REASONS FOR SUPPORT



    New York – A majority of New York City’s Assembly delegation representing New Yorkers from all five boroughs today sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver urging him to vote “yes” for the New York Sports and Convention Center at the next Public Authorities Control Board meeting.


    “We believe this project is a good idea for several reasons. It will create thousands of temporary and permanent jobs, many of which will be filled by people who live in our communities throughout the five boroughs. In addition, study after study has shown that it is a good investment. The Sports and Convention Center will generate millions of dollars each year in new tax revenue that can be used to pay for or provide services like education, public safety and health care, in our own communities,” said the thirty-two Assembly members.

    The letter continues: “Under your leadership, we have stood and fought for projects that we believed would create jobs for our constituents and generate revenue to pay for services in our communities. We look forward to standing with you again in support of this project which will be of great benefit to New York.”


    The full text of the letter is below.



    June 2, 2005


    Honorable Sheldon Silver
    LOB 932
    Albany, NY 12248



    Dear Speaker Silver:



    We write to express our support for the proposed New York Sports and Convention Center on Manhattan’s Far West Side and ask that you approve it when it is presented at the Public Authorities Control Board.

    We believe this project is a good idea for several reasons. It will create thousands of temporary and permanent jobs, many of which will be filled by people who live in our communities throughout the five boroughs. In addition, study after study has shown that it is a good investment. The Sports and Convention Center will generate millions of dollars each year in new tax revenue that can be used to pay for or provide services like education, public safety and health care, in our own communities.


    It is little wonder that the facility enjoys a very broad coalition of support including media organizations like The Amsterdam News, Crain’s New York Business, El Diario/La Prensa, the New York Daily News, the New York Post; civic organizations like the American Institute of Architects; the Association for a Better New York, the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York, the Building Trades’ Employers Association, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Manhattan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Hispanic Business Group, the New York Building Congress, the Partnership for New York City, Real Estate Board of New York; and labor organizations like the American Federation of Musicians Local 802; the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York; the Detectives’ Endowment Association of New York City; the Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York; the New York City District Council of Carpenters; Teamsters Joint Council 16; the Uniformed Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics – FDNY, Local 2507; and UNITE!

    The opposition would like you to believe that this is just a football stadium. However, if the Sports and Convention Center was just a football stadium, why has Cablevision spent $30 million in the past year trying to block it? A football stadium won’t compete with Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, which are owned by Cablevision.


    The opposition would also have you believe that the Sports and Convention Center will cost over a billion in State and City tax dollars. This is not true. The State’s contribution would be capped at $300 million, and study after study has shown that this investment would be repaid due to all of the business the facility will generate. Finally, the New York Jets have agreed to cover any cost overruns associated with the construction of the facility.

    Under your leadership, we have stood and fought for projects that we believed would create jobs for our constituents and generate revenue to pay for services in our communities. We look forward to standing with you again in support of this project which will be of great benefit to New York.


    Thank you.



    Roger Green Michael Benjamin Luis Diaz

    Jose Rivera Peter Rivera Ruben Diaz, Jr.

    Clarence Norman Felix Ortiz Darryl Towns

    William Boyland, Jr. Nick Perry Steve Cymbrowitz

    Adam Clayton Powell Keith Wright Michael Gianaris

    Brian McLaughlin Jose Peralta William Scarborough

    Michele Titus Anthony Seminerio Nettie Mayerson

    Jimmy Ming Barbara Clark Audrey Pheffer

    Michael Cusick John Lavelle Catherine Nolan

    Frank Seddio Ann Margaret Carrozza Mike Benedetto

    Peter Abbate Jonathan Bing





    June 2, 2005


    Honorable Sheldon Silver
    LOB 932
    Albany, NY 12248
    Last edited by 2009fatman; 06-02-2005 at 04:33 PM.

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