warns that Aqueduct development must not overburden or deteriorate
quality of life of surrounding communities.
Advocate and Attorney at
Law Albert Baldeo has issued a statement warning that Aqueduct’s
development must be monitored. In response to the many residents
help who are concerned that the value of their hard earned properties
quality of life will deteriorate, Baldeo released the following
We, as residents, tax payers and good neighbors of
Aqueduct, hereby appeal
to the likely developers, Genting New York,
all elected officials, Community Board 10, the Department of
the Department of Sanitation, the MTA, and all other concerned
hereby demand that the proposed expansion take into account the
We demand that the surrounding communities of Ozone
Richmond Hill South, and Howard Beach be allocated a fair proportion of
jobs, both short term construction-related, and long term jobs within
facility in this extremely difficult economic climate. With
10%, new jobs will help stave off the rising tide of home foreclosures,
alleviate the economic burden on working families who live here.
We think it is only fair that ongoing decisions taken
must include consultation with Community Board 10, elected officials,
the more than 130,000 residents who are most impacted in our area of Ozone
Hill South, and Howard Beach, and who have invested in the
Dream of home ownership.
We demand that contract arbitration with any union
organizing racino workers
and other workers’ rights, including prevailing wages, be adhered
Exploitation of our workers will not be tolerated. Many residents hope
flea market will be retained, albeit moved to a different location
facility, to prevent the loss of jobs and sustenance to the many
families who depend on it for survival.
While we are appreciative that Aqueduct’s
development will generate jobs and
revenue, we are also concerned that quality of life issues are not
upon. We do not want our neighborhood to be converted to a parking lot
patrons, and we will be vigilant that issues such as prostitution,
traffic congestion, noise, gambling, sanitation and the other
associated with these vices do not overburden our communities.