Mantello: Keep state jobs in downtown Troy
TROY, NY – Carmella Mantello, candidate for Mayor, has called for putting an end to any plans to move state workers out of Downtown Troy.
Her request pertains to a recently announced plan to consolidate state offices and employees over the next eighteen months in the Corning Tower and other existing space.
“I understand and laud the efforts to make government more efficient and provide the taxpayers with services at the lowest possible cost. However, taking jobs from downtown Troy and moving them to Albany would only serve to harm our local economy,” Mantello said.
“These public servants provide a much needed boost to our local merchants, occupy office space that helps attracts other business activity, and generally make a positive contribution to our tax base,” Mantello continued.
She also request that the New York State Office of General Services(OGS) provide an accounting of how many state workers presently working in Troy are slated to move to Albany, and the time frame for that move.
“While the absence of these state employees will be felt in every corner of Troy, the larger issue is the state’s abandonment of a successful public policy that holds that state investment and workers can help revitalize our inner cities. I have worked with small cities and towns up and down the Hudson River and across the canal system and have experienced first- hand how important it is to create a critical mass for merchants and small businesses,” Mantello said.
She also criticized her opponent for not taking a stand on the issue and giving up on the people of Troy.
“My opponent, through his spokesperson said there is nothing we can do about this situation. Well, as Mayor, I will never let anyone come into our City and take jobs away without a fight,” Mantello said.“My opponent has been silent on ethics, he’s been silent on double dipping, he’s been silent on a location for City Hall and now he’s silent on protecting jobs,” Mantello concluded.
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