Councilmember Eric Ulrich made a lively appearance on Good Day New York this morning, and the Queens Republican said he understood why Walmart was boycotting today’s City Council hearing.
“I don’t blame them,” he said during a debate with Steve Barrison of the Small Business Congress. “I wouldn’t show up either. It’s going to be an anti-Walmart rally.”
Ulrich is one of the retailer’s few proponents on the City Council, which is debating the merits of the big box retailer today. Yesterday, Council Speaker Christine Quinn chided the store for declining to participate in the hearing.
Ulrich said he was in favor of the store coming to East New York since they would use union workers to build or renovate any new locations in the city (as Crain’s reported yesterday), and lower grocery bills.
“Why should my grandmother, why should any of my constituents–who are living on fixed incomes, perhaps–have to pay more for a gallon of milk, for a loaf of bread, for coffee, for cereal, for the goods that we rely on on a day-to-day basis?”
Added the councilman: “It’s not the job of any politicians…to discourage economic development.”