OpEd: Staten Island is Uniquely Positioned to Build Offshore Wind Turbines
NYC CLC President Vincent Alvarez and Staten Island Economic Development Corporation CEO Michael Cusick penned an OpEd in Crain's this week, calling on New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the body that oversees New York’s energy sector, to immediately issue a $200 million solicitation devoted to the development of offshore wind ports like Staten Island's proposed Arthur Kill Terminal, which will enable wind farms to create good union jobs and complete their construction in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.
"New York’s economy and environment have been tested like no other city in this country, with challenges that seem to grow as climate change worsens. As we enter 2024, we’re overdue for solutions that can make a difference. Staten Island’s Arthur Kill Terminal is key among them.
It's a part of our jobs to think about big issues like these. The best solutions are those that create new industries, leverage our geographical advantages and grow our union workforce.
Offshore wind is that kind of idea. With businesses, workers and the environment all working together, it could offer generations of good-paying union jobs and help establish New York as a leader in the fight against climate change. There’s no better place to grow this industry than on Staten Island." Read the full OpEd here!