Southern Brooklyn

Barrison Bashes Greens, Traffic Commish On Walmart


Been wondering what’s up with the Brooklyn Walmart proposed for the Gateway II Center? Us too, but in reality there’s been very little headway in either direction. Walmart, though, did make an attempt to spread some money around: they gave at least $15,000 to State Senate Democrats, whose campaign committee is led by Senator John Sampson who represents the proposed development area. Union leaders balked, and successfully pressured the Dems to return the money to Walmart.

Now, Steve Barrison – president of the Bay Improvement Group and executive vice president of the Small Business Congress of New York City – has issued a statement demanding more vocal opposition from “greenies,” including DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Here’s the full statement from Barrison:

WHERE ARE THOSE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ON WAL-MART ANYWAY? 350,000 cars a day on the Belt Parkway which was designed for say 25,000 – 50,000. The greenies aren’t lining up by the thousands to stop Wal-mart which will generate thousands more. Who really has the interest of New Yorkers at heart here?

Real good paying jobs with fair benefits? Not With Wal-Mart.

Where is Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan , the DOT self proclaimed greenie herself, saving us from the big bad automobile? The Khan con can’t have it both ways. If she really is anti car and pro green(not that those are necessarily consistent, but the con Khan has made that her mantra) as she has demonstrated over and over again, THEN she of all people should be leading the fight against Wal-Mart in NYC. Wal-mart is the biggest example against everything she has said and done across the city, in her endless spending spree to green us and make driving very costly and a huge hassle.

WAL-MART SHOULD BE TOLD NO THANK YOU IN NYC FOREVER! We already have enough big box problems and traffic and loss of mom & pop stores and their jobs at record breaking levels.

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  1. I’m against Walmart on general principles. But organized opponents need to come up with some legal obstacles that will hold up to challenges.

    Wish I wasn’t so tired today. I’d think up a few.

    But Steve Barrison is an attorney. So I would hope he’d be considering how to apply existing law to knock them out of their big box altogether.

  2. The guy who asks for no more bike lanes is now looking to the commissioner for help to stop Walmart?

    What a joke.

  3. Walmart will have a VERY hard time to be in Brooklyn.

    Ironically, RELATED GROUP, got hold of the land.. Which in Mayor Bloomberg’s friends.

    At this point, Related Group was told NOT to allow walmart to the area.

    In MY opinion,
    I care about freedom to shop.
    Let walkmart open.

    If you dont want to shop at walmart, don’t.
    But, let other people have the CHOICE.

    A lot of people who say they don’t like walmart ( don’t shop at walmart )

    if you go out of NYC, you see many walmart.
    But, walkmart eventually will close most of competitor mom and pops

    Walmart around Gateway will be good for the Starlet City Project ( buildings )

    I think, Castco or Sams club wanted to open around Shore parkway around belt parkway….
    Between the best buy, TD bank, Wendys, Kohns, Modells shopping center and the Mercedes dealership..

    Actually, Sit family ( the same people who bought out Coney Island ) have already bought the land and planning the shopping center

  4. While I support the “no Walmart in Brooklyn” position, Mr. Barrison’s disrespect for everyone he mentions is not going to make me “friend” him on Facebook anytime soon…

    “The greenies” – as in “little children”, OK, I get it;
    “The Khan con can’t have it both ways” – really?
    “con Khan has made that her mantra” – one more time, just in case you thought is was a typo…

    I say “thanks, but no, thanks” to BOTH Walmart and Mr. Barrison.

  5. I don’t like Walmart.
    I have shopped at Walmart.
    I don’t shop at Walmart anymore.

    It will be good for Starret City?
    How many little stores will close up because they can’t be competitive?
    How many employees will we have to subsidize because Walmart doesn’t pay enough to cover basic medical? Sorry, my bad, we will all be subsidizing, I forgot about Obama Care!!

  6. Walmart is a $Billion$ player.
    Yes, WILL close most of EVERY little store in area.

    They can beat ALMOST ANY price…

    But, shoppers decide where to shop…
    You can shop at moms and pops and someone else can shop at Walmart

    But,I am telling you 99%


  7. Is this an Anti-Walmart web-site?

    yes, walmart does not pay nice wages, and they dont have to…

    if you are the owner of walmart, you pay what ever you want…

    If people dont like the wage, DONT WORK AT WALMART
    ( take your unskilled labor someplace else )

    Health care cost is too much for walmart… ( they care MORE ABOUT profits than your health or my health )

    its all about the $$$$

  8. He’s got a brusque exterior but it’s because his experience has been that people talk and then do nothing constructive. There’s something to be said for the veracity of his perception.

    I keep telling myself I should get more directly involved. Then my energy dissipates. So I do understand his frustration. Cause I’m not the only one.

  9. Am I the only ONE who is FOR walmart…

    No one else supports Walmart?

    But, Walmart WILL NOT be in NYC anytime soon….

  10. You should get involved. Bay Improvement Group has 3 gardens in the neighborhood that could use volunteer support. We need volunteers for Bayfest, and volunteers for our Holiday Toy Drives for hospitalized children. I am disabled and volunteer every chance I get. Steve’s a good guy with nothing but the best intentions for this neighborhood, and the small businesses of NY City.

  11. Steve Barrison is very motivated and Ned will agree with that assessment. But you and I should do what we can to help. It’s about our community. They have done good things, they could do great things with more involvement.


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