Mayor de Blasio announces foundation for JFK Airport construction, over 20,000 Jobs

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, Representative Gregory Meeks and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards announced key elements of the foundation for the new JFK Airport construction projects that will drive a recovery for all of us by creating over 20,000 jobs, investing $10 to $15 billion in new infrastructure and boosting tourism to New York City.

“New York City will emerge from this crisis stronger by building our recovery from the grassroots up,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.

The mayor will sign an emergency executive order to extend the Port Authority’s lease at JFK Airport from 2050 to 2060 without the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

The lease extension includes assurance that the massive new construction project will abide by the community benefits package, which requires at least 30 percent workers of color, ensures at least 30 percent of the contractors are minority- and women-owned businesses, establishes new apprenticeship and scholarship programs for the surrounding community, and requires the new building meets strict environmental standards

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