Bloomberg vetoes Council on Kingsbridge Armory

December 17, 2009 8:06:56 PM PST
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using his veto power Thursday to block a City Council vote that squashed an ambitious redevelopment project in the Bronx.The plan is to turn the Kingsbridge Armory into a shopping mall. The project would create 1,800 construction jobs and 2,000 permanent jobs.

But community groups have complained those jobs wouldn't pay enough. The City Council now has 10 days to vote to override the mayor's veto.

Bloomberg had sharply criticized City Council members for voting down the plan, saying that they did so for "parochial reasons."

The mayor suggested that the 45-to-1 vote against the project had more to do with council members wanting political support for themselves down the road.

The controversial plan died after many Bronx residents and community groups it wasn't fair to the future workers who would have held jobs there.

They wanted a guaranteed wage of at least $10 an hour for all mall workers. The mayor and developer said that was not realistic.