I applaud the new initiative to re-invigorate Brewster Village. Some good ideas out there.
Let’s not forget that all progress will be for naught if we don’t address the day laborer issue. Remember, Brewster HAS a day laborer center: it is called “Main Street."
In the near future the immigration policy will change or it will not. If it doesn’t, nothing will change in the Village, and if it does, the change most likely to take place is that Brewster will no longer have illegal/undocumented day laborers. Brewster will have legal day laborers.
Don’t be fooled by those who say that a day laborer center will attract more and more day laborers. The number has more to do with the job market than anything else. Brewster’s current attraction is its rail station, low cost housing, and proximity to Connecticut and Westchester.
So, we can choose to make things better, or hide our heads in the sand.
I understand why some reject solutions. And some of the points are well taken. But, even so, they are unhelpful.
Having a day laborer center off Main Street will change the Village. Most agree that the Village needs change.