2006-09-27 / Features

Maloney To MetLife: 'Stay Put In LIC'

Concerned over the possible move by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company from Long Island City to Manhattan, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney has requested a meeting with the huge firm's top official, C. Robert Henrikson.

One point the Queens/Manhattan lawmaker will make, she said, is that a total of a million square feet of commercial space and 24,000 units of housing will open in Long Island City in the next 18 months in the area which Maloney described as a "fast changing, growing and vigorous business district."

Maloney also said she was hopeful that MetLife would choose to keep a critical mass of personnel in Western Queens, even if it moves many of its workers to Manhattan. She said the decision to move sends a troubling message.

"I hope that MetLife will recognize that Western Queens is an exciting area that offers low rents, great views, convenient mass transportation and a wealth of opportunities," Maloney (D) said.

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