Empire State Chapter Proudly Endorses Marc Molinaro for Governor

ALBANY, NY – The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, representing more than 425 merit shop contractors across New York State, through its Political Action Committee, proudly announces its endorsement of Marc Molinaro for Governor.
“The state of New York is at a crossroads. It’s mired in corruption, has some of the worst outmigration of any state in the country, and its tax burden strangles those that remain,” said Brian Sampson, President of the Empire Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors. “What we need now, more than ever, is someone that will put politics aside and do what’s best for all New Yorkers. And that person is Marc Molinaro and we are proud to endorse him for Governor of this great state.”

The Association believes that Molinaro, because of his experience in local and state government, is the only candidate that will fight for sensible reforms and mandate relief while supporting fair and open competition.

“I want to thank Brian and the entire membership of the Empire Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) for their trust. New York is at a crossroads and I am proud to stand together with the members of ABC as we chart a new path that will bring jobs and opportunity to hardworking families throughout our state,” Molinaro said.

Over the past eight (8) years, the Association and its members have watched as the current Governor has utilized every tool at his disposal to steer work toward his union donors. From costly and discriminatory Project Labor Agreements (PLA) to Labor Peace Agreements (LPA), Andrew Cuomo has cheated New York taxpayers and created a public health crisis as it relates to our water infrastructure and transportation needs. He has excluded hundreds of local contractors from bidding these projects and barred hundreds of thousands of local workers from being able to work on projects they pay for with their tax dollars. Governor Cuomo’s undying commitment to labor is deeply troubling because his priorities rest with his campaign account and not his constituency.
“We support fair and open competition, not politicians who favor rewarding campaign donors at the expense of every day New Yorkers,” said Sampson. “Marc Molinaro is an honest, caring man that wants nothing but the best for our state. He’s seen first-hand the negative impact of poor economic, tax and regulatory policy decisions that emanate from Albany. He will do what’s right for our future. We’re proud to endorse Marc and encourage voters to support him on Election Day. It’s time to believe again!”

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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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