Residents of the Hill in New Haven, organized in to the newly-formed CORD (Communities Organized for Responsible Development), call for a meeting with Joe Zaccagnino: Donned in white T-shirts with a brown logo, members of the new grass-roots Community Organized for Responsible Development announced CORD's formation and requested a meeting with Yale-New Haven Hospital President and CEO Joseph A. Zaccagnino. CORD gathered outside Yale's Grace building at 25 Park St. to unveil its agenda: Negotiating community benefits agreements when development projects are planned throughout the city. "We believe the hospital has a great opportunity to model a partnership with the community," said the Rev. Scott Marks, lead organizer for CORD and New Haven director of the Connecticut Center for a New Economy. "We can no longer allow development to happen across the city and we're not at the table," he said of the unionized workers, residents, elected officials and clergy who form CORD's membership. "Who knows better than the community about what we need?" said Ted Gardner, who recruited CORD members from Dixwell, East Rock and Newhallville...CORD's letter to Zaccagnino asks for a meeting to discuss a community benefits agreement.


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