The Governor of NY: Stop Fresh Direct from building its headquarters in the the South Bronx.
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Fresh Direct
Communicatiosn Director for Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
John DeSio
District 17 - Council Member - Democrat
Maria del Carmen Arroyo
District 8 - Council Member - Democrat
Melissa Mark-Viverito
Mayor of the City of New York
Mayor Michael Bloomberg

The Governor of NY: Stop Fresh Direct from building its headquarters in the the South Bronx.

    1. Shannon Lee Gilstad
    2. Petition by

      Shannon Lee Gilstad

      Bronx, NY

'Bronx Residents Outraged As $130 Million Deal To Keep FreshDirect In The City Is Announced Before Public Hearing On Thursday': http://www.welcome2melrose.com/wordpress/2012/02/bronx-residents-outraged-as-130-million-deal-to-keep-freshdirect-in-the-city-is-announced-before-public-hearing-on-thursday

Quoted from Good Jobs New York's website:
"1. Fresh Direct has engaged in a greedy race to the bottom policy by pitting New York and New Jersey against one another for a subsidy package. In 1999, Fresh Direct agreed to a $6 million deal with the city to operate its Queens facility through 2025. Its success and need to expand is due in part to its NYC customer base, the city’s infrastructure including access to northern suburbs and its New York City based workforce. Why is Fresh Direct holding taxpayers over a barrel?

2. The New York City Industrial Development Agency’s cost/benefit analysis is misleading because it does not take into account the existing subsidy package; Fresh Direct has used over $2.5 million in city subsidies.

3. The neighborhoods surrounding the proposed facility are dubbed “asthma alley” because they have some of the highest asthma rates in the country. Fresh Direct relies on a legion of trucks to move its merchandise and to deliver its goods. Yet, the IDA documents don’t indicate plans for the company to utilize the existing rail at the site.

4. According to the company’s application, numerous complaints have been filed with city, state and federal agencies regarding its labor practices.

5. The company’s description of wages and employment is confusing and fails to provide taxpayers with enough information to gauge the quality of jobs either by salary or how many jobs would be part-time or full-time. Unless this information is provided more clearly, how can taxpayers be sure further investment in Fresh Direct is wise?

6. The proposed site at the Harlem River Yards in The Bronx is owned by the state, but there are no details on its provisions. How can we be sure this won’t be a sweetheart lease?

7. Ironically, Fresh Direct only delivers to the northwestern Riverdale and Kingsbridge sections of the Bronx ignoring the neighborhoods surrounding the proposed site. Will neighbors and low-income employees at the company only have access to Fresh Direct food from local soup kitchens?

8. The company’s business practices of delivering exclusively to the far Northwest Bronx neighborhoods and refusing to accept Food Stamps not only ignores Bronxites who can’t afford their food, but subjects residents to a massive fleet of asthma-producing trucks driving through their neighborhoods everyday without getting a direct benefit.

9. There is no expectation that Bronx residents will be hired or will be paid enough that they won’t have to rely on a variety of taxpayer subsidized safety net programs: Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized child care, etc. According to employment reports, nearly 40% of current Fresh Direct employees earn less than $25,000 a year.

10. The company plans to only purchase 12% of it machinery and equipment for the new facility locally (New York City and New York State.)"

via Good Jobs New York http://goodjobsny.org/sites/default/files/docs/final_10_reasons_to_sour_on_fresh_direct_1.pdf

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We Are Almost to 150 Signatures!

      Shannon Lee Gilstad
      Petition Organizer

      Let's get to 200!

    2. We Are Getting Press Coverage in the Bronx

      Shannon Lee Gilstad
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday I was interviewed by Joe Mauceri of News 12 in the Bronx. I am also post below a write up they did about us.

    3. We are above 120 signatures!

      Shannon Lee Gilstad
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for the support. I will be interviewed by Bronx News 12 tomorrow morning, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Vocal group member, Mychal Johnson was interviewed on BronxTalk by Gary Axelbank last night. Stay tuned for more information and pass it on.

    4. We now have over 100 signatures!

      Shannon Lee Gilstad
      Petition Organizer

      Next Thursday, march 8th, 2012 at 7 PM Bronx Movers & Shakers, South Bronx Unite, and the filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley will be hosting a screening of "Battle for Brooklyn" at Bronx Documentary Center. This film is takes place over seven years in the neighborhood that is slated to be part of the controversial Atlantic Yards project. This event comes at a perfect time to open up discussion about the recent Yankee Stadium project, and now, the Fresh Direct deal. See the attached link or http://www.bronxmoversandshakers.org for details.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. 21 away from 100 Signatures

      Shannon Lee Gilstad
      Petition Organizer

      We need your help more than ever. Help us get those additional signatures so that our voices can be heard by local politicians! Thank you for your support.

    7. We now have over 75 signatures...let's keep up the good work!

      Shannon Lee Gilstad
      Petition Organizer

      Help us reach our goal of 100 by spreading the word.

    8. We now have over 50 signatures...let's keep up the good work!

      Shannon Lee Gilstad
      Petition Organizer

      The Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. has set up a Facebook page in FAVOR of the Fresh Direct deal. We must act NOW and fast to delay this.

    9. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Siobhan Towey BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Let's support the small businesses and CSA's that already exist in this neighborhood.

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    • Lydia G Meehan NYACK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Use the land for a park, which would actually benefit the people in the South Bronx.

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    • Lloyd Phillips NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Deliver to the entire Bronx or stay out!

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    • Nicole Rauscher BRONX, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      the South Bronx needs more small scale commercial and retail outfits, and an effort to make the Waterfront accesible in the likes of brooklyn Queens and Manhattan.

      This particular location would be the right place to start.

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    • gayle garcia NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Fresh Direct does not except food stamps

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