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Marijuana Decriminalization to Pass, Wage Mandate Stalls

On Thursday, Cuomo declared a bill expanding a "prevailing wage" requirement that would apply to larger construction projects likely dead. The law would have expanded the definition of "public works" in New York to include projects receiving more than 30 percent of their funding from the government – making those projects eligible for the wage requirement. Powerful building trades unions, who are among Cuomo's most significant political supporters, had pushed the mandate this session.

Marijuana Decriminalization to Pass, Wage Mandate Stalls2019-06-26T10:41:36-04:00

Statement by Brian Sampson, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter Regarding Assemblyman Bronson’s New Prevailing Wage Bill (A.8418)

The new Bronson prevailing wage bill is another sad attempt by the people we elect to do nothing more than appease the unions at the expense of the taxpayers.

Statement by Brian Sampson, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter Regarding Assemblyman Bronson’s New Prevailing Wage Bill (A.8418)2019-06-18T11:54:35-04:00

Empire Chapter President, Brian Sampson Discusses The Devastating Impact of The New Prevailing Wage Bill

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Empire Chapter President, Brian Sampson Discusses The Devastating Impact of The New Prevailing Wage Bill2019-06-18T08:46:28-04:00

What’s Pushing Prevailing Wage Into The ‘Big Ugly’

A lack of public hearings on the issue and the rush to get the bill passed by the end of session also means that final details of the bill will be determined behind closed doors, according to Brian Sampson, president of Empire Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. “The potential impact of this bill, as drafted, could stop economic development in parts of this state for a long time,” he said. “Why aren't we talking about this bill more openly, and having more discussions and dialogue about it, instead of wrapping it up with a pretty little bow in the ‘Big Ugly?’”

What’s Pushing Prevailing Wage Into The ‘Big Ugly’2019-06-18T10:46:47-04:00

Union Requirement Inflates Cost of State Fair Bridge

A shortage of bids on the New York State Fairgrounds pedestrian bridge project will leave New Yorkers paying more, but getting less. When plans for the project were released with an accompanying project labor agreement (PLA), the playing field narrowed from 20 companies interested in the project to just two submitting bids, with the lowest bid coming in well in excess of $1 million over engineering estimates. Why the drastic decrease in competition and increase in costs? The answer can be found in three simple letters: PLA.

Union Requirement Inflates Cost of State Fair Bridge2019-05-24T09:27:29-04:00

Another Voice: Benefits Add Hidden Costs to Prevailing Wage Projects

Let’s not be fooled. Proponents of the expansion of prevailing wage are already doing great damage to taxpayers. They shouldn’t be allowed to ruin what little positive job growth we now have in New York.

Another Voice: Benefits Add Hidden Costs to Prevailing Wage Projects2019-05-22T13:28:06-04:00

Trade War: Find Out How The Tariffs Are Impacting New York Businesses and Consumers

“What’s clear is that some contractors will have to deal with cost overruns that they can’t pass on to their customers,” said Brian Sampson, president of the Associated Builders & Contractors of New York. “But in most cases, the increased cost of the tariffs will be passed on to customers resulting in more expensive construction projects or higher costs for capital goods.”

Trade War: Find Out How The Tariffs Are Impacting New York Businesses and Consumers2019-05-22T13:12:26-04:00

First JCC Trades Training Class Graduates; Honored by Officials

The first class to complete the intensive 10-week, 40-hour construction training course offered by Jefferson Community College was celebrated at a recognition ceremony Friday at the Lewis County JCC Education Center.

First JCC Trades Training Class Graduates; Honored by Officials2019-05-13T16:06:52-04:00

Safety Week Begins Today

Valued Member,Safety on a construction site goes far beyond reducing injuries. It’s about coming together to protect one another and make sure we get home safely every night. The construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous employment sectors for American workers. That’s why today marks the beginning of a week long campaign to [...]

Safety Week Begins Today2019-05-06T10:54:17-04:00