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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By |November 22nd, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide|

Brian Sampson, president of the Empire State chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), said the study misuses the data. His association is a national construction organization devoted to merit contractors, encouraging open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.

Hundreds of New Jobs Are Expected at Upstate Ports Thanks to Offshore Wind

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: News, Statewide|

Critics also argue that the cost of wind power has been made even more expensive in New York by a requirement that awardees include project labor agreements in all contracts. The issue has so alarmed Brian Sampson, President of the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, that he has asked State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to look into it.

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.

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