Hiring site protesters storm village trustee's house
A group of people protesting the new day laborer hiring site in Mamaroneck stormed a village trustee?s house Saturday.
The rally was to take place at the Strait Gate Church on Old White Plains Road to protest the controversial day laborer hiring site that recently opened. However, the group decided to take their concerns straight to Village Board Trustee Tom Murphy's house, who voted for the new site.
The protesters, who live near the hiring site, say they are not opposed to having a place for the day laborers. They say they want the site moved out of the residential area due to traffic tie-ups and quality of life issues.
As it is now, day laborers have to be inside the church and wait to be called on by a contractor. The former hiring site at Columbus Park was shut down last February by the village because of traffic and safety concerns.
The group was also protesting Murphy's approval of a settlement in the federal lawsuit filed by day laborers who claimed they were discriminated against.
The group says they will continue to protest until the site is moved to a commercial area.Related InformationHiring site for day laborers opens in Mamoroneck Day laborers file lawsuit against village of Mamaroneck Village of Mamaroneck closes day laborer site