Archive for February 14th, 2005

14th February

First Published in The New York Sun, February 14, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

The events of Thursday mark a low point in the recent history of the City Council. The zoning and franchises subcommittee of the land use committee, and then the full committee, rejected an application from BJ’s Wholesale Club to build a new store in the east Bronx.The full council will, unless decency and common sense prevail, ratify those votes this week.

This constitutes a dangerous precedent. Decisions on land use are supposed to be made on grounds relating to land-use issues. This decision was a demonstration of the raw political power of organized labor. BJ’s is one of those “big box” stores that sell consumer goods at low prices. They also typically have a non-union workforce — the real reason the zoning application was denied. (more…)