Antiquated Study Fails to Produce Actual Savings for Taxpayers

During a press conference this morning, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo boasted that the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) saved taxpayers $500,000 on the $53.7 million Greater Rochester International Airport renovation. Our question is simple; how was that calculated?

The original PLA study miscalculated the potential savings by using a decades old labor model. If the state was willing to waste tens of thousands on a flawed study, then they should be willing to pay for a post-PLA study to truly determine if the proposed savings were realized. We, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State Chapter, are calling on Governor Cuomo and the Monroe County Airport Authority to produce the data that demonstrates those savings. Until Governor Cuomo begins to use post PLA studies, any alleged savings is nothing more than patent exaggerations and a waste of taxpayer resources.

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Ogdensburg City Council Votes to Award Wastewater Treatment Plant Contract, Lawsuit Considered by Contractors’ Group

By |September 11th, 2019|Categories: Albany, News|

OGDENSBURG — City Council unanimously voted to award a construction contract to Jett Industries of Colliersville for the $35.9 million wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation project, but also caught an earful from two separate parties skeptical about the process, Monday night.

Ogdensburg City Council Awards WWTP Project Bid, Despite Complaints From Non-Union Labor Representative

By |September 10th, 2019|Categories: Albany, News|

Ogdensburg City Council took a tongue lashing after accepting a $35.9 million wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation project bid from Jett Industries. Amanda Bertram, vice president of public affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors, called the award shameful and told city councilors they should have heeded her warnings about entering into a project labor agreement just to please Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Editorial — Too Hot to Handle: Labor Pact Didn’t Save Ogdensburg Any Money on Project Bids

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Albany, News|

“It’s not shocking, this is a pattern that we have seen with public works projects across New York state that are bid with project labor agreements,” Amanda Bertram, vice president of public affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors/Empire State, said in a story published Saturday by the Times. “Across the board, they all come in millions of dollars over engineering estimates. This is a trend.” Associated Builders and Contractors is a national trade organization representing those in the construction industry who don’t belong to unions. Ms. Bertram met with City Council members in November to discuss the disadvantages of using PLAs.

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