ALBERT BALDEO URGES,
"WE NEED A GREATER RICHMOND HILL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION!"
City Council Candidate Albert Baldeo has outlined a detailed plan
to establish an economic development corporation that will serve
the greater Richmond Hill area, citing economic development as a
major issue which his candidacy seeks to address,
Noting that one of the major concerns of all area residents is
growth and how best to manage it, Baldeo said that “Richmond Hill
has experienced an upsurge in terms of population and economic activity
which the current infrastructure can no longer support. Instead
of approaching development in a hodgepodge manner, we should be
looking at approaches which would take into consideration all of
the factors such as transportation, sanitation, parking, business
activities, and population growth especially the need for safe,
affordable, legal housing.
Such an approach seeks to address everyone’s concerns since none
of these issues exist independent of each other.
Local development corporations already exists for neighboring areas
such as Jamaica and Woodhaven. These communities have benefited
greatly from this kind of public/private partnership. We can emulate
and should seek to duplicate their success," Baldeo urged.
In order for this vision to be realized, Baldeo plans to work with
local business, civic, and community leaders. In fact, he plans
to include everyone in the decision making process, stating that,
"everyone who lives here has a right to be represented or to
present his/her idea."
Baldeo continued, "Richmond Hill and the surrounding areas
are grossly underserved by taxpayer-funded government services.
The presence of a grand alliance such as one afforded under the
aegis of a local development corporation will afford a great degree
of cohesiveness and coordination for the betterment of the quality
of life for the residential and commercial citizens of the area.
A Greater Richmond Hill Development Corporation is long overdue.
We need to partner with established institutions such as the Greater
Jamaica Development Corporation and the Greater Woodhaven Development
Corporation to make this a reality."