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Mr. St even Aiello
P residen t , C O R Develop men t
5 40 T own e Drive
Fayet t eville, NY 1 3 066
Dear Mr. Aiello:
My office recen t ly met wit h rep resen t at ives from t h e U rban Jobs T ask Force (U JT F) t o discuss a n umber of
con cern s reg ardin g t h e C en t ral New Y ork econ omy, in cludin g un emp loymen t , job t rain in g , an d develop men t
wit h in t h e C it y of Syracuse. T h ey also discussed t h e use of C ommun it y B en efit Ag reemen t s (C B A) an d t h e
ways t h at C B A’s h ave been ut ilized successfully in ot h er mun icip alit ies.
It is my un derst an din g t h at C O R Develop men t resp on ded t o t h e request t o discuss a C B A for t h e In n er
Harbor Develop men t P roject by in dicat in g it in t en ds t o use “ best effort s” t o h ire local labor, an d t h at it
can n ot afford t h e cost s an d delay associat ed wit h fulfillin g t h e deman ds of a C B A for t h is p roject .
I ap p reciat e t h e con cern s of C O R Develop men t reg ardin g t h e use of a C B A for t h e In n er Harbor P roject . I
also ap p reciat e t h at t h e R FP was issued an d t h e con t ract was awarded before t h e p rosp ect of a C B A was
raised. I wish t o move t h e con versat ion p ast a discussion of t h e use of a C B A for t h e In n er Harbor P roject t o
a more g en eral discussion of h ow C B A’s an d ot h er mech an isms t h at in volve p art n ersh ip s wit h org an izat ion s
like t h e U rban Jobs T ask Force can advan ce local h irin g for fut ure develop men t p roject s in Syracuse.
As such , I ask t h at C O R Develop men t con sider meet in g wit h t h e U rban Jobs T ask Force t o discuss t h is
mat t er. A meet in g bet ween t h e t wo org an izat ion s will g ive t h e U rban Jobs T ask Force an op p ort un it y t o
commun icat e t h e en ds t h ey are seekin g in t h e lon g - t erm an d t h e various mean s by wh ich t h ose en ds mig h t be
ach ieved. C O R Develop men t can , in t urn , sh ed some lig h t on t h e mean s by wh ich a C B A an d ot h er
mech an isms for p romot in g local h irin g could succeed in C en t ral New Y ork.
As a major develop er in our commun it y, C O R Develop men t can len d t h eir exp ert ise t o t h e con versat ion
about t h e feasibilit y of C B A’s in C en t ral New Y ork. I am h op eful t h ere will be op p ort un it ies for t h e t wo
en t it ies t o coop erat e in t h e fut ure an d make a first st ep t owards a p art n ersh ip . I believe t h at such a discussion
mig h t even lead t o fin din g ways in wh ich t h e U rban Jobs T ask Force could work wit h C O R Develop men t t o
en h an ce it s best effort s in h irin g local labor for t h e In n er Harbor P roject wit h out in currin g an y addit ion al
cost s or p roject delays.
I would be h ap p y t o con ven e t h e meet in g , if t h at would be h elp ful t o you. I ap p reciat e your t ime an d
at t en t ion in t h is mat t er, an d I look forward t o h earin g from you soon .
Sin cerely,
Dan Maffei
Member of C on g ress
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