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The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk

The Episcopal Bishop of New York writes to Quinn, Council on the Kingsbridge Armory urging adoption of Community Benefit Agreement. The open letter follows below.

December 3, 2009

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn
250 Broadway
New York, NY 10007-2594

Dear Speaker Quinn and City Council members,

I am writing to add my voice to the many clergy and community leaders across the City of New York who are concerned with the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx and whether it will uplift our people.

As Christians, we believe that human dignity must be protected. This dignity, given to humanity by God in our creation and fulfilled in Christ Jesus himself, extends to the work environment. This project will have a tremendous impact on the ability of our Bronx congregants to earn living wages and it will set the tone for both moral and economic development throughout New York for years to come. We are praying that the Armory development will uplift our city and become a source of pride - a site where people are treated like the children of God we all are.

It is out of deep support for the people of the northwest Bronx that I ask you to lead the City Council to only approve this project if a Community Benefits Agreement on living wages is in place between the developer and the community stakeholders, including the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance. I hope you share our vision of a development that could not only transform the northwest Bronx but set a precedent city-wide for development that advances human dignity.

With gratitude for your service to our community, I am,

Faithfully yours,

The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk

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