Union cites Tappan Zee Bridge, jobs as reasons for support
Laborers Local 754, a union representing 302 tradesmen and women in Rockland County since 1926, has publicly endorsed the Haverstraw Water Supply Project, United Water’s proposed new water supply to meet Rockland’s growing water needs. The new plant is necessary because Rockland County is facing a water supply deficit and the New York State Public Service Commission ordered United Water to have a new, long-term water supply online by the end of 2015.
“Because of our commitment to the betterment of our members and the region, we support the Haverstraw Water Supply Project,” said Local 754 Business Manager Stephen Reich. “Rockland needs more water and we are concerned that Rockland could experience a building moratorium without it. That’s bad for the county and bad for jobs. With a new Tappan Zee Bridge on the way that’s not a chance we can afford to take. This project has been in the works since 2006 and we need it to move forward now. We don’t need more studies that will just drive up customer costs.”
“We are proud to have the members of Local 754 stand with us in supporting the Haverstraw Water Supply Project,” said Michael Pointing, vice president and general manager for United Water New York. “This project will improve Rockland’s infrastructure, create jobs, and help meet the growing need for water.”
With Local 754’s support the Haverstraw Water Supply Project has received eight public endorsements from organizations representing more than 191,500 individuals and businesses across Rockland, the lower Hudson Valley and New York State.
Other supporters include:
- New York State Senator Bill Larkin
- Rockland Construction & Building Trades Council
- Construction Industry Council of the Hudson Valley
- NAACP of the Mid-Hudson Region
- Rockland Business Association
- The Business Council of New York State
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 363