Community defender Majora Carter defends FreshDirect

Majora Carter insists she's on the people's side,

Majora Carter insists she's on the people's side, and that the grocer will help the South Bronx.

THE BRONX - A known community defender in the Bronx has angered FreshDirect protesters who say she's flipped sides.

According to some South Bronx organizations and residents, Majora Carter is defending the online grocer's controversial move to the Harlem River Yards, but she insists she's on the people's side.

In a statement, Carter said in part, "{Fresh Direct} has a long track record of environmental responsibility and job creation that is consistent with my goals for the South Bronx. Claims to the contrary obscure the benefits this company will bring to an area in dire need of good jobs and better grocery options."

FreshDirect opponents worry about the environmental impact of new factories, arguing that labor shouldn't come at an expense to their health. However, the grocer says it's already purchased 10 electric vehicles and is planning a green transition for its entire fleet over the next five years.  

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