Dear John: You are partially right about the attractiveness of telecommuting.
Companies have been fleeing Manhattan for decades, often for the benefit of the CEO and his/her commute. Just look around Connecticut, in Greenwich and particularly in Stamford. Fairfield County is home to plenty of Fortune 100 companies.
One company, Boardroom, came in the late ’80s or early ’90s as its founder, Martin Edelstein, foresaw massive terror attacks in Manhattan’s future. He was protecting himself, his family, his business and his employees. P.F.
Dear P.F.: OK, you can now collect your check for public relations services from Mr. Edelstein. The company, incidentally, is now called Bottom Line.
You’ll have to get that right in the future to be a successful p.r. person.
Look, I agree. Companies have often moved out of New York City because of the inconvenience. My point in the column you refer to is this: If NYC doesn’t overcome its mass transit problems, company bosses are going to start wondering whether telecommuting is a good alternative.
That’s all. Fix the damned trains or else!