July 11, 2013
Contact: Phyllis Shafran 646-638-8501 / 347-947-0102
Floyd: "Saying 'Enough is Enough' is not enough!"
Last week's rally to protest New York City Housing Authority's plan to cut services, programs and jobs as a result of the federal sequestration featured leaders from labor, residents and community groups all denouncing the Authority for mismanagement that left it ill-prepared for funding losses. Coupled with other controversial policies and practices, from the Infill Program to security camera installations, this had speaker after speaker echoing the same sentiments: "Enough Is Enough!"
But, according to Gregory Floyd, President of Teamsters Local 237, "saying 'Enough is Enough' is not really enough!" As Floyd explains: "There are over 600,000 people who live in public housing. Those are people without voices unless they vote. Sure, we need to send a strong message to the next administration that NYCHA is broken...you need to fix it. But you can't send a message from the sidelines. You have to pull that lever on Election Day. If more NYCHA residents vote, they can make a difference for generations to come."
Toward that end, Teamsters Local 237—with 9000 NYCHA workers, one third of whom live in public houses too--will be working with resident associations to assist in registering people to vote in time for the September 10th Primary Election. This non-partisan effort, beginning Monday, July 15, will strive to get residents voter registration forms and deliver them to the Board of Elections by the August 16th deadline.
For further information call Remilda Ferguson at 212-924-2000.
Hercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.
Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.