Supervisor Gillen’s Nomination of Labor Representative to IDA Board is Unanimously Approved
Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen
(HEMPSTEAD, NY) May 23, 2018 - Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen announced the confirmation of Jack Majkut, of Levittown, to fill a vacancy on the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency Board and Local Development Corporation. Majkut, who was approved unanimously by the Town of Hempstead Board, officially becomes the only member of organized labor to sit on either the IDA or Local Development Board.
“My administration is absolutely committed to the future of Hempstead’s working-class families, which is why I’m proud to announce the appointment of Jack Majkut to the Town of Hempstead IDA Board and Local Development Corporation,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. "Jack is a dedicated professional with 29 years’ experience in the electrical industry and a decade focusing on the management, policies and procedures of Long Island’s growth and development from a unique and diverse perspective. It was imperative to give labor a voice and a seat at the IDA table.”
Previously, the IDA Board consisted of seven members, none with ties to labor unions.
“The appointment of Jack Majkut to the Board of the Hempstead Town Industrial Development Agency is a strong indicator that Supervisor Gillen and the Town Board are committed to building strong communities,” said John R. Durso, President of the Long Island Federation of Labor. “Jack brings a wealth of knowledge and unique understanding of development projects that will ensure the strongest possible benefits will be brought to the communities the IDA is meant to serve. As President of the Long Island Federation of Labor representing over 250,000 union members across Long Island, many of whom reside in the Town of Hempstead, I applaud this decision to give working families a voice in the conversation about how our local economy will move forward."
Gillen noted that the nomination of Majkut, an active member of IBEW local 25 and graduate of Harvard University’s Mediation and Clinical Program, would hopefully save time and create efficiency in the Boards by eliminating potential issues before they are too late. In March, the Town IDA Board held a special board meeting to hear 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.
“I will be a strong advocate and will be looking out for our communities,” said newly appointed IDA Board Member Jack Majkut. “As a longtime resident of the Town, I look forward to putting the best interests of our residents first by acting as the watchdog that we need.”
Gillen’s appointment was lauded by members of the Town Board.
“It is important that the hard working people of our Town have a voice,” said Councilman Bruce Blakeman. “Jack has years of experience representing the men and women in Organized Labor and will make sure their point of view is heard."
“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Majkut and discussing the role he would play on the IDA board and I was very impressed with his thoughts and ideas,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “He has the background we need to ensure that every facet of an application is considered.”
"I congratulate Jack Majkut on his appointment to the IDA. It is long overdue for a member of organized labor to have a voice on the IDA Board. I look forward to working with Jack and the labor movement in the Town of Hempstead," said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney.
“Jack Majkut is a respected member of the community and an outstanding labor representative,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne. “I was proud to vote in favor of his appointment to the IDA because I think he will put the needs of the community first and use his knowledge of the trades to really be a strong advocate on that board.”
“As a proud member of NYC Detective Endowment Association, I understand the unique perspective that labor brings to every issue and I believe that Mr. Majkut will add an important voice to the IDA” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.