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Midtown East rezoning leaders: We’ll consult with unions

Clarification comes after labor groups were left off the steering committee

July 15, 2014 10:00AM

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From left: Dan Garodnick and Gale Brewer

From left: Dan Garodnick and Gale Brewer

The leaders of the Midtown East rezoning steering committee pledged to consult city unions, clarifying their position after labor groups were left with no place on the task force when its makeup was announced last week.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council member Daniel Garodnick said they will meet with union representatives as they devise recommendations for the rezoning of roughly 70 blocks of Midtown East, the Commercial Observer reported.

“We will be meeting regularly with labor representatives — both formally and informally — to ensure that their voices are heard clearly through this process,” Garodnick said in a statement.

Opposition from the influential Hotel Trades Council contributed to the Bloomberg administration’s inability to reach a deal on the rezoning last year. Last month, the city agreed to limit the amount of new hotel development in the first five-block phase of the rezoning, a provision the union backed. [NYO]Tom DiChristopher

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