Michael Bloomberg and Kathy Wylde, head of the Partnership for NYC, are out with statements criticizing the City Council for blocking the Kingsbridge Armory plans, saying a requirement to pay workers “living wages” has cost the city valuable jobs.
The “outcome and timing couldn’t be worse,” Bloomberg said in a public statement, referring the recession. “[M]andatory wage requirements” would “make the project unviable, and that was a line we were never going to cross. It’s not the role of the public sector.”
Wylde’s statement put the vote in the context of a debate “over how far local government can go in determining compensation and benefits offered by private employers.”
“This is the same conversation going on over imposing paid sick leave requirements,” she said.