Friday, February 15, 2008

Yankees update

Just a few weeks ago the New York Times reported that the money the Yankees were supposed to supply for a community benefits fund had been languishing in escrow for nearly a year and a half. 

Today, the New York Daily News reported that things have not gotten any better. Apparently, a dispute arose at a meeting between several Bronx officials and the Yankees President, Randy Levine, when he couldn't supply them with information about how many local residents had been hired or why the money for the CBA fund hadn't been distributed. Levine told the local officials to ask Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, who played a significant role in brokering the CBA, about these problems. Carrion didn't attend the meeting, however, nor did any of the other local officials who signed the CBA.

A Yankees spokesperson did state that the team had met its 25% local hiring goal. The "construction advisory committee" that the CBA called for to monitor compliance has apparently never met, however. 

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