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State of the State: Responses to Governor’s Speech

State of the State: Responses to Governor’s Speech Gov. Kathy Hochul delivered her annual State of the State Tuesday, which was followed by responses from politicians and numerous education, business and other organizations. Click here for full story: State of the State: Responses to Governor’s Speech – Huntington Now | Huntington, NY Local News Categories…

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Westside News: Builders’ association comments on start of legislation session

Westside News: Builders’ association comments on start of legislation session Our chief concern continues to be the utilization of Project Labor Agreements and the application of prevailing wages to private work. Both items do nothing more than steer contracts to preferred constituents and make New York less affordable for all of us.” – Brian Sampson,…

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New York’s Construction Policy Environment Worst in Nation, Says ABC

New York’s Construction Policy Environment Worst in Nation, Says ABC [New York] Dec. 7th—Associated Builders and Contractors has released its ninth annual Merit Shop Scorecard, announcing that New York has THE WORST public policy environment for merit shop construction contractors. Ranking 51 out of 51, New York rated the lowest based on state laws, policies, and programs…

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NYS Reopens Bidding For Offshore Wind Projects Amid Cost Concerns

NYS Reopens Bidding For Offshore Wind Projects Amid Cost Concerns After renewable energy developers threatened to stop building billions of dollars of offshore wind energy projects due to the high construction cost, the governor and NYSERDA issued a new RFP allowing developers to rebid the projects. The rebidding process starts Thursday, November 30th. “We strongly…

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ABC Reacts: Gov. Hochul Signs 3 Affordable Housing Bills

ABC Reacts: Gov. Hochul Signs 3 Affordable Housing Bills The following statement is attributed to Associated Builders & Contractors, Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson Reacting to Gov. Hochul’s Signature of Three Affordable Housing Bills: “We support the new J-51 tax incentive that will help property owners navigate the high construction costs in New York…

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Statement on Gov. Hochul Hunts Point Access Press Conference

Statement on Gov. Hochul Hunts Point Access Press Conference Today, at a press conference in the Bronx, Governor Hochul announced funding for the final stage of the Hunts Point Interstate Access Improvement Project. We agree with the goal behind the project and applaud the health and quality of life benefits it will bring to the…

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

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

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

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

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Governor is Right on Renewable Goals

Governor is Right on Renewable Goals 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…

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