Daily News from New York, New York on March 15, 1978 · 5
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Daily News from New York, New York · 5

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Wednesday, March 15, 1978
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DAILY NEWS,. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 1978 City Concedes on Pay Mikes an dSoni e Benefits By MICHAEL ORESKES Mayor Koch is prepared to grant city workers a pay raise and agrees with his chief labor advisers that the increases cannot be paid for totally out of "give-backs" and productivity improvements. mat new position is an important development in the city's intertwined labor and fiscal negotiations and means that the administration will have to find as much as several hundred million dollars more than the $457 million now being pieced together to bridge a budget gap. A top Koch administration official made that disclosure to The News while the city publicly made its first conciliatory gesture to the unions by withdrawing 19 of its 60 demands for sharp slashes in benefits. City Labor Relations Director Anthony Russo said the withdrawn demands' amounted in cash to about 20 of the total $400 million the city had been seeking to save. All Items Negotiable "I think it's clear that when you remove over a third of your demands you're demonstrating good faith," said Deputy Mayor Basil Paterson as he left the negotiating session at the, Roosevelt Hole'. "We are prepared to negotiate every single item. We expect to see something on their part (the unions). If we don't, that's another story. It will be d'vH with accordingly." The City's Concern But union leaders said they were still having problems because the city had laid out 60 non-wage demands when it opened talks with the municipal labor coalition and the unions had responded with only 12, all dealing with cost of living payments and wages. A meeting was scheduled for today between Paterson and leaders of the big four unions of the coalition: municipal employes under Victor Gotbaum, the teachers under Albert Shanker, Barry Feinstein's Teamsters, and the sanita- tionmen, who are being represented largely by First Vice President Edward Ostrowski. What the city is concerned about, said this official, "is whether the unions will accept our maximum effort" to come up with money under the current financial constraints. He pointed out that the city had dropped talk of "no-cost" contracts and is speaking instead of pacts that do not unbalance the over-all budget. Among the major items dropped by the Koch administration were the elimination of two holidays, payment of overtime at straight time and elimination of premium pay for weekends and holidays. SSTs Over - iMmiwW fViannatfan bMtxtst : By RICHARD EDMONDS Gleaming white against the slate gray overcast sky, two supersonic Concordes thundered over Manhattan's ckyline for the first time yesterday morning on an infrequently used arrival route to Kennedy Airport that carried the jetliners at altitudes of 1,000 feet or less over part of Brooklyn and Queens. High-rise office workers saw the rare sight shortly after 10 a.m. as the SSTs, arriving minutes apart from London and Paris, descended from 3,500 feet at the World Trade Center to under 1,000 feet as they flew by the Empire State Building on their electronically guided final approach to landing. The watch supervisor at Kennedy's Common Instrument Flight Rules Room, where arrivals and departures are coordinated for all three metropolitan airports, said that wind conditions had dictated the novel flight paths for safety's sake. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said it was the first time Concordes had approached Kennedy's runways by flying over Manhattan. He added that other arriving aircraft, including the extremely noisy 707 freighters, followed the same path for several hours until the wind changed. W- -r.rlin z-.w... 11.rrfilfn f,wi .iiuMtirrnmflltnfrtTrnlrMiflflr -i- juKs News phoo bv Frank Russo Rockettes taking steps to save the M usic Hall outside City Hall yesterday. in New Jersey Lottery Pick It: 674 Straight Payoff: $262.50 Connecticut Lottery Daily: 238 reatens pent oiiiion o By SHERYL McCARTHY Predicting that making the financially ailing Radio City Music Hall a city landmark would be "the last nail in the Music Hall's coffin," Alton G. Marshall, president of Rockefeller Center, threatened yesterday to apply for a permit to demolish the building if landmark designa tion was approved.. f the Music Hail Marshall made the threat at an emotionally charged hearing of the Land-mark Preservation Commission in City Hall, where several hundred spectators most of them supporting landmark designation heard testimony. Marshall told the commission that the Music Hall management's inability in recent years to fill the 6200-seat auditorium for its movie-stage show format made an alternative use necessary. He cited $10 million losses in recent years. "Landmark designation presents an obstacle to alternate uses that might re quire physical modification, and that obstacle will kill the enthusiasm of persons who may have hopes of alternate plans," Marshall told the commission. The threat brought boos and hisses from the audience, a number of whom made emotional pleas earlier in the hearing for saving the hall and having it named a landmark. Under the landmarks law, the commission has 305 days to come up with an alternative use for a landmark after the owner has applied for a demolition permit on the ground of hardship. If it fails to do so, the owner may proceed with demolition plans. Marshall offered the commission an alternative, however, lie told the commission that if it would hold off on approving designation for about eight months the owners of the Music Hall would sign a written agreement promising to make no alterations to the hall's interior in that time without conferring with the commission. The movement to save the Music Hall has been gaining momentum since its owners announced in early January that there was no hope for continuing to operate the hall in its present form. Performances are scheduled to end April 12. ockettes Kick Up a Storm in City Hall Routine The Rockettes played the steps of City Hall yesterday in the greatest advance for municipal beautification since the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. For a few brief minutes, the old veined faces of the political chorus line were gone. Those men whose brows are permanently imploding with the details of sewer contracts were nowhere to be seen. All you had were these beautiful young women, dressed in street clothes with scarlet sashes across their chests, kicking their legs. Ignore the rain. Spring is here. "Do it again!" one black kid yelled when the women were finished, but they just smile and -turned and went r ht ntens ttnA fnta the --Hall J Uustaii.i PEETEE HAMILL Ml'- H I' tt I the Landmark Preservation Commission was meeting to decide the fate of Item, No. 1, Tax Map Block 1266, Lot 1 in part, better known as Radio City Music Hall. And the Rockettes were there to support that part of our past that is also their future. "If they can have it get to be a landmark today, that will give us enough time to possibly convince Rockefeller tnat the theater can be run -at a profit,'! said Barbara Anne Cittadi- -no, 27, vrhe has been a Rockette for years. "It's not just the tax advantages, if there are any. But I think a new management, with a little more liberal point of view, would help the theater greatly. I really think there are ways that the theater can be run to make it profitable." She Started at 16 Cittadino first went to the Music Hall on her 16th birthday; she was a student at Lawrence High School In Long Island at the time. "I had started dancing when I was 12," she said, "but I'd never given it any serious thought; it was just something I did after school. But right then I decided I wanted to work there. It was a combination of watching the orchestra pit come up, and ... it was breathtaking. Then we moved down front for the second show, and saw the girls up close, and I felt, you know, I can do that. And that's when I - .decided to work here. I could do, that," And she could. In the years since 1969, she worked four shows a day, seven days a week, one of the most-grueling schedules in show business; that work now pays about $297 a week. When the Music Hall tried to cut its losses by reducing the stage shows from 52 weeks a year to 38, Cittadino filled in with work in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and the other places to which live entertainment has emigrated from New York. But New York was never far away. "So Many People Are Concerned" "Working at the Music Hall is like working at home," she said. "The kids love it. And when we had to work on the road, we knew we'd be coming back home. So many people are concerned. We've been having petitions signed, and people come up to us and say, 'Why (Continued on pagt 28; col. t 3!"Vv -i .Ail.- nj . r. .wis tiszii nr j o

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