Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Wal-Mart Show on Staten Island Television

The Alliance will be taping a show tonight that will soon be appearing on Staten Island television. The focus will be on Wal-Mart’s desire to come to the Island and we’ll be joined by Mike Mareno, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW Local 342 and Lillian Popp, President of the Coalition of Staten Island Womens Organizations. They are also both longtime Staten Island residents.

SIEDC was invited to present the pro-Wal-Mart view but they declined, saying that they haven’t taken an official position yet. That is a bit surprising considering our conversation with a member of that office as well as their director’s desire to prove Staten Islanders want Wal-Mart. It is obvious that the agency is quite supportive of Wal-Mart and other big box development so why can’t they just come out and say it?

Once we know what dates/times the show will air we’ll let you all know.