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Hempstead IDA adds union rep to board

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Hempstead Town Board has unanimously approved a union representative as the newest member of the Hempstead Industrial Development Agency board and its local development corporation.
Jack Majkut, a member of IBEW Local 25, is the first labor union representative to serve on the Hempstead’s IDA Board, according to a town statement.
Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen called Majkut “a dedicated professional” with 29 years of experience in the electrical industry.
“It was imperative to give labor a voice and a seat at the IDA table,” Gillen said in the statement.
Gillen noted that the nomination of Majkut, an active union member and a graduate of Harvard University’s Mediation and Clinical Program, would hopefully save time and create efficiency in the development boards by eliminating potential issues before they are too late. In March, the town IDA board heard testimony from union representatives regarding discrepancies in employment figures surrounding a commercial laundry in Hempstead Village that recently received hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax breaks. Continue reading...