The Hon. Jack EddingtonTechnorati tags: Working Families Party
90 W. Main St - Suite 2N
Patchogue, NY 11772
Dear Legislator Eddington:
We write to register our strong opposition to Intro. Res. No. 1022-2007, the so-called anti-soliciting bill. This legislation is the worst kind of political grandstanding: it exploits anti-immigrant animus while accomplishing exactly nothing of value.
The net effects of Res No. 1022 would be to (1) move day laborers from county highways to local roads, (2) score political points for its proponents with rabid nativists, (3) hurt organized labor's ability to hold collective job actions, and (4) possibly infringe on the civil liberties of New Yorkers engaged in grassroots political activity.
The congregation of day laborers raises real problems. Your bill solves none of them. Constructive solutions like regulated work centers would.
As leaders of the political party to which you belong, we are particularly galled that your legislation is now being associated with Working Families.
Your quotations in the New York Times leave no secret of the bill's aim:Eddington . . . told reporters that the problems of rising taxes and illegal immigration were "two sides of the same coin," and warned illegal immigrants, "You better beware." "If you're here in Suffolk County illegally, you will not stay here," Mr. Eddington said. "If you are on the street looking for work and causing unsafe conditions, you will not stay. Suffolk County residents will not be victimized anymore."Your terrorizing rhetoric is embarrassing. There are many victims of our nation's inadequate immigration policies, as well as the failure of government to enforce labor laws. But congratulations to you for joining the ranks of the perpetrators.
Unless you withdraw Res. No. 1022-2007, it is very unlikely that you will receive the endorsement of Working Families' Suffolk chapter for your 2007 re-election bid.
Brian Schneck, Co-Chair
Suffolk County Chapter of the Working Families Party
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Grandstanding in Suffolk
The Suffolk Working Families Chapter sent this letter to Suffolk County Legislator Jack Eddington today by fax (631-854-1403) and email (Jack.Eddington@suffolkcountyny.gov).