Aggie Lane feels wonderful today after the Syracuse Common Council passed a law she’s been working on for the past year and a half.
She’s the President of the Urban Jobs Task Force and says when the city spends its own money on contracts it needs a return on its investment.
Lane says, “There are a lot of good faith efforts out there and nothing ever changes. The employment stays steep the underemployment stays steep.”
Change is coming. Now, twenty percent of employees hired by a company who signs a contract with the city, over one hundred thousand dollars, must live in Syracuse.
Syracuse Common Councilor Khalid Bey sponsored the ordinance and says there’s a plan set in place for companies who don’t follow it.
“So what we’ve set aside is a goal for those companies to make an effort. We put a tracking system or are putting a tracking system in place to assure that those efforts are legitimate,” said Councilor Bey.
Councilor Bey hopes that this new ordinance will decrease the city’s high unemployment rate by 2% within the next two years.
“We have about 9.3 percent unemployment in the city which is tragic considering our population. So we have to do something’,” said Bey.
Lane says, “Let’s get people jobs in the city.”
After today’s vote those jobs are coming.