Volume 73, Number 48 | March 31 - April 6, 2004


Photo by Steve Friedman

Building equality

Larry Silverstein, who is redeveloping the World Trade Center site, joined politicians and students from the Construction Skills 2000 program to announce initiatives insuring minority students and minority and women business owners have the opportunity to participate in the project. Above, from left, Edward J. Malloy, Building and Construction Trades Council president; Borough President C. Virginia Fields; Assemblymember Adriano Espaillat; Representatives Charles Rangel and Nydia Velazquez; Silverstein; Cedric St. Marie, 19, a Construction Skills 2000 graduate and apprentice with Asbestos Workers Local 12 who is working on 7 World Trade Center; and Louis J. Coletti, Building Trades Employers’ Association president. According to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the W.T.C. rebuilding will generate $15 billion in total economic output for the city and 10,000 jobs a year for 13 years. Chelsea Vocational High School in Soho is among the New York City schools in the Construction Skills 2000 apprenticeship program.

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