FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2014
SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT FROM COMCAST EXECUTIVE THAT COMPANY WILL PRESERVE HUNDREDS OF TIME WARNER CABLE JOBS IN BUFFALO & WILL PROCEED WITH PLANNED EXPANSION
Schumer – Who Successfully Pushed to Bring 250 to 300 Person Call Center to Old Sheehan Hospital Site, Creating 150 New Jobs – Announces Comcast Will Honor that Commitment and Execute Planned Job Additions
Schumer & State Sen. Kennedy Stated That Comcast Commitment to Follow Through on TWC’s Plan to Add New Jobs is Great News for WNY
Schumer, Kennedy: Comcast Won’t be Hitting the Rewind Button on Time Warner’s WNY Job Growth
In light of the recent announcement that Time Warner Cable (TWC) will be purchased by Comcast, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer immediately called and secured a commitment from the Executive Vice President of Comcast David Cohen to honor Time Warner Cable’s plan to add jobs in Buffalo and Upstate New York. Currently, TWC employs roughly 1,000 in the Western New York region and over 10,000 in New York, and Schumer has recently worked to bring even more TWC jobs to New York.
Last year, Schumer and N.Y. State Senator Tim Kennedy successfully pushed TWC to locate a new call center at Compass East, the site of the old Sheehan Hospital in Buffalo’s East Side, which would employ between 250 and 300 workers, creating an estimated 150 new jobs over five years. Schumer highlighted in his call with Mr. Cohen that Comcast should maintain the existing TWC workforce in New York and follow-through on the plans to bring new jobs to New York; Schumer received confirmation that Comcast would honor those jobs and job commitments that are already in the works.
“In light of the news of this potential merger, my biggest priority is ensuring that Comcast preserves Time Warner Cable jobs in Buffalo and all of New York. After speaking with Mr. Cohen, a top Comcast executive, I am very pleased with the news that Comcast is fully committed to following-through on previous commitments to jobs, particularly the job additions coming to Buffalo at Compass East,” said Schumer. “I urged Mr. Cohen to maintain the entire TWC workforce in New York and consider adding to their presence – and while there was no guarantee – my expectation is that Comcast will invest in New York – as they did after the merger with NBC – and the results of the merger will be positive for New York.”
State Senator Tim Kennedy said, “We worked hard to get Time Warner to build their new call center in Buffalo and hire 150 Western New Yorkers to work out the new Compass East development. Comcast's commitment to preserve all of Time Warner Cable's jobs in Western New York is tremendous news for our region and its employees. With our strong workforce and affordable cost of living, Buffalo is an ideal place to do business. Time Warner recognized those benefits, and now it's clear Comcast does too.”
“McGuire Development Company and Compass East are thrilled to welcome Comcast to Western New York and look forward to working with them. We are pleased that Comcast has confirmed Time Warner Cable’s commitment to the region through their brand new cutting-edge Business Class customer service center,” says Jim Dentinger, president of McGuire Development Company. “Compass East welcomes Comcast and is excited to provide a state-of-the-art facility to accommodate their expansion into Western New York.”