The City Council is set to hold a hearing about the possibility of Walmart opening its first store in New York City.
Walmart is hoping to open in the Gateway II Center in East New York, Brooklyn.
Opponents** say Walmart will hurt small businesses, but proponents say the store will provide jobs for New Yorkers and give them more affordable shopping options. Walmart tried to open stores in Queens and Staten Island 5 years ago but were unsuccessful.
Mayor Bloomberg has recently come out in support of the building of a Walmart.
Ahead of the City Council hearing, Good Day New York hosted a debate on the Walmart issue with City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Steve Barrison, the vice president of Small Business Congress of New York City.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.