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Chapter President Brian Sampson Statement on the Passing of the NYS Budget

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | May 3, 2023

For Immediate Release: May 2nd, 2023 Contact: Tanner Schmidt, Public Affairs Manager, (585) 730-1814, tschmidt@abcnys.org www.abcnys.org  The following statement on the New York State Budget is attributed to the Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson:  “Governor Hochul and elected leaders have been discussing for months their desire to make New York…

Tossing Cash Out the Window

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | April 14, 2023

via GIPHY Time and time again, elected officials in Albany are choosing to waste taxpayer funds by mandating unnecessary labor requirements that do nothing to benefit the project or the workers on those projects and increase the amount New York taxpayer pay for construction. Why do they do these harmful mandates? That answer is simple…

DOOMED FROM THE START: NEW YORKS HABITUAL WORKER EXCLUSION PROBLEM

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | April 5, 2023

ABC is glad to see investments included in the state budget proposals to revamp and improve our infrastructure, build 800,000 affordable housing units, and construct more climate/green projects. This funding will create hundreds of thousands of construction jobs in our state. It will also accomplish essential projects that will improve the quality of life of…

ABC Responds to Buffalo News Letter: “PLAs Actually Serve Local Workers”

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | April 3, 2023

Normally we wouldn’t take the time to respond to a piece like this. We could point out that the “recent study” he cites is just an update to a 2008 presentation given at a union conference, so it’s essentially a 15-year-old union-funded study. We could respond with an actual recent independent study (Click Here) that…

Governor is Right on Renewable Goals

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | March 30, 2023

Since taking office, Governor Hochul has made climate goals and renewable energy a cornerstone of her platform. While there will always be debate about what to do and how far to push, I think most agree that the climate needs to be a focus for all of us. Whatever you want to believe is the…

Albany’s Policies Inhibit Creation of Affordable Housing

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | March 29, 2023

It’s clear that addressing the housing crisis by building more affordable housing units in New York is a top priority for Governor Hohcul and leaders in the legislature. ABC and our members applaud this idea, but there are some obstacles standing in the way of achieving this goal. Leaders in Albany acknowledge that zoning is…

ABC’s Testimony on the New York State Housing Budget Hearing

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | March 2, 2023

First, we want to thank the legislature for the opportunity to speak to regarding the housing issue in New York State. I represent the Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter (ABC). We are a construction trade association representing hundreds of merit shop contractors, employing tens of thousands of workers across New York State. Our…

ABC’s Testimony on the New York State Tax Budget Hearing

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | February 23, 2023

First, we want to thank the legislature for the opportunity to speak today on this important topic. I am here representing the Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter (ABC). We are a construction trade association representing hundreds of merit shop contractors, employing tens of thousands of workers across New York State. Our organization promotes…

Does Your Company Have a Training Culture?

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | February 22, 2023

By: Amy Platenik VP of Member Services In the world today, things are changing at an accelerating speed. Everyone has a smartphone and works remotely, but let’s consider how far we have come with technology. The way we communicate and how we track project progress has changed dramatically. Online and on-demand training has become commonplace,…

ABC’s Testimony on the New York State Economic Development Joint Budget Hearing

By tschmidt@abcnys.org | February 9, 2023

The following testimony was submitted to the 2023 New York State Joint Budget Hearing on Economic Development: Thank you Honorable Chair Ryan and Honorable Chair Bronson for the opportunity to share our testimony with you and the members of the Senate and Assembly. The Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter (ABC) is a construction…

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