Finalizing Day Worker Shape Up Site
by Stewart S Lilker
Monday, June 24, 2002, Freeportís secretive Mayor, William F.
Glacken and his Glackenite Board, passed resolution
number 3(c), donating an additional $10,000 to
Catholic Charities from Freeportís Community Development
funds. This additional $10,000 contribution laid the final
groundwork for opening up the South Shoreís first day worker
shape up site. Glacken has had a news blackout about this
project since its inception.
The secretive Glackenites have
ignored Glen Coveís La Fuerza, Long Islandís model day
worker program and facility, and instead, availed themselves of
their long standing affiliation with the Catholic Church and
reached out to Catholic Charities to facilitate Freeportís day
worker site. Glacken has had two stories regarding Catholic
Charities involvement with the project: one, in which he called
Catholic Charities for help and the other in which Catholic
Charities called him and volunteered their services.
On April 15, 2002, without one
word of public discussion or debate, the Glackenites awarded
Catholic Charities $10,000 in Community Development funds from
the 28th Program Year (2002-2003). The exact purpose and nature
of this grant was never revealed by the Glackenites.
On April 22, 2002,
that resident Georgia Prunty addressed her concerns about the
day workers directly to Glacken, telling him, "I am against
this. What is the position of the village?" As usual, the
Glackenites had nothing to say, staring at Prunty in icy
Before the Glackenites voted on
June 24th to give the $10,000 to Catholic Charities, both
Glacken and Freeport Community Development Director, Ellen
Kelly, misrepresented that the funds that they were awarding
came from this years Community Development, when in reality,
they were redirected from last yearís budget.
Your reporter had the following
Q&A with the Mayor regarding the day worker project:
Could you tell me what that $10,000 is for?
Itís for rehabbing the trailer and for electric and water
To rehab the trailer? What trailer is this?
I understand the trailer has been donated to Catholic
Charities. It needs some rehab work, which will be about five
thousand the other five thousand will be used for the
electrical and water hookups. And they will be paying electric
and water bills.
When you say $5000 for electric and water hookups ---
Thatís an approximate breakdown. They have the --unintelligible--
The $5000, thatís to make the hookup on the village
Could you tell me where this property is, please?
The parking field across from Home Depot, at the end of
Could you tell me when the trailer will be there?
Very soon. I donít have the specific date. It is going to be
Thank you. Could you tell me what is going to go on in that
It is going to be a facility where the day laborers will be
able to meet and be able to go out from and eventually, I
expect that --unintelligible-- and leadership programs
and maybe a health clinic at some point, maybe immigration
counseling. That is something that will be up to Catholic
Thatís going to be a shape up site, your honor?
I donít know if thatís the correct characterization, but
they are going to be there, instead of Dunkin Donuts.
Will there be rest rooms in the trailer?
There will be rest rooms.
Who is going to pay the rent? This will be on village
They are going to pay a nominal rent.
Do you have any idea of what the rent is going to be?
Not at the moment.
Can you tell me how it is going to be decided what that rent
is going to be?
I think it will be determined to some extent by the amount of
space that is going to be taken up. They will be paying
They will be paying for the utilities that they use?
Will there be a lease for the property?
I believe there will be.
Can you tell me how long the lease will be?
Not at the moment.
Do you have any idea?
Well, itís supposed to be a temporary solution until a more
permanent home can be found. So, it could be a year. It could
be two years. It depends.
So the lease hasnít been drawn up yet laying out the terms?
Well, there may be a draft that hasnít been finalized.
--- and there will be nominal or no rent?
I didnít say none. We have to work it out.
Is that in the lease agreement?
It will be.
Thank you. What about insurance for the workers and the
They have to get insurance. Itís their problem. The money
will --unintelligible-- and the hookups.
Thank you. Will the village have any liability regarding what
goes on in that parking lot?
They have to provide --unintelligible--. They have to
meet the same requirements as anybody else that uses village
Since the inception of the
concept of an official shape up site in Freeport, Glacken has
refused to negotiate directly with the workers or their
representatives, the Work Place Project. Instead, Glacken has
chosen to make Catholic Charities the lead agency. Glacken has
explained that his reason for this is that Catholic Charities
set up the day worker project in Glen Cove and in other places.
Carlos Canales, director of the
Work Place Project, was arrested last year by the village while
he was trying to protect the workersí right of public
assembly. While Canales refused to comment on the record
regarding Glackenís refusal to negotiate directly with the
workers, on Friday, Canales told FNYN, "We are negotiating
with Catholic Charities for some way to share power with them.
For now, I am glad the workers will have a safe place to
assemble. Eventually, the goal is to have the Work Place Project
and the workers run the center."