Friday, June 02, 2006

Monsey Wal-Mart Townhall Meeting

It's just about set; a townhall meeting to discuss the implications of building a Wal-Mart super center on Rt.59 in Monsey. The meeting is tentatively set for Spring Valley High School, a short step down from the site, on Tuesday, June, 27, 2006.

The focus of the gathering is to galvanize the diverse impacted communities about the various dangers posed by the development. The meeting will be sponsored by the Alliance, the Ramapo Jewish Chamber of Commerce and the UFCW. It will focus primarily on three key issues: traffic, crime and small business.

Joining us on that evening will be the Alliance's traffic consultant, the inimitable Brian Ketcham, and the good folks at WakeUp Wal-Mart who have been studying the issue of crime generation at the Walmonster. In addition, Abe Stauber of the RJCC will discuss the implications that the store has for the hundreds of locally owned businesses. We also expect that we will be joined by quite a few of the areas local elected officials since we believe that the Wal-Mart issue will be central to the upcoming electoral fight to replace the disgraced Ryan Karben.