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June 2, 2014
Union, development firm bicker over jobs at Stapleton home port project
By: Tom Wrobleski

A New York City union and the New Jersey-based developers of the former Stapleton home port site are battling over the number of jobs the project is generating for Staten Islanders.

Members of the New York City District Council of Carpenters held a rally on the steps of Borough Hall on Monday that organizers estimated drew about 300.

Eamon Carey, the council's Island representative, told the Advance that the union is seeking jobs for Islanders on the project.

"Right now, there's nothing," said Carey.

He declined to say how many jobs the union wanted for Islanders at the site. Ironstate Development is the project developer.

"We'd like to see some," said Carey.

But Ironstate said that a number of Island firms have been already been involved in the mixed-use residential and commercial project.

Company principal Michael Darata said that among the Island firms that have worked on the $150 million project thus far are Paul Toth Excavating and Demolition; Reliance Engineering; Wohl and O'Mara surveyors; Eagle Fence, and the Brother 1 security firm.

"We are working with local firms where we can," Darata said, adding that the permanent jobs at the site will go to Islanders.

He said that 70 percent of the $10 million already spent on the project has gone to city firms, including those on the Island.

"We are making a major investment," Darata said. "We're putting our money in Staten Island."




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