Attorney General James And NYC Comptroller Stringer Announce Sentencing Of Construction Contractors For Failing To Pay More Than $280,000 In Wages To Workers In Public Work Projects

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Vickram Mangru, Owner and Operator of Vick Construction and AVM Construction Corp., is Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail, and 3 Years of Probation for Failing to Pay Prevailing Wages on Construction Work at Several Bronx Public Schools  BRONX – Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer today announced the sentencings of Vickram Mangru, his wife Gayatri …

Erie County Enforces Lowest Responsible Bidder Law

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Contractor with troubling record will not be awarded Lake Ave. contract For Immediate Release May 30, 2019 Contact Matt Kent mkent@nyfaircontracting.org 716.261.7071 Buffalo, NY – Without enforcement, laws are nothing more than words on paper. The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) applauds Erie County for enforcing its Lowest Responsible Bidder Law by deciding not to award the reconstruction …

Statement on Erie County Legislature’s Decision to Postpone Lake Ave Reconstruction Project Award

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For Immediate Release Contact Matt Kent mkent@nyfaircontracting.org 716.261.7071 The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (“NYFFC”) appreciates the Erie County Legislature’s decision to table yesterday’s Economic Development Committee vote on awarding the Lake Avenue Reconstruction Project contract to Zoladz Construction.  The NYFFC filed a bid protest with Erie County questioning the responsibility of Zoladz Construction. In 2017, Zoladz settled a …

2019 Budget Fails to Close the “Public Works” Loophole

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Opponents of commonsense reform mislead with false cost figures For Immediate Release Contact Matt Kent mkent@nyfaircontracting.org 716.261.7071 Last night, state leaders reached a budget agreement for fiscal year 2019 which unfortunately fails to include the proper definition of public works. Properly defining public works is a commonsense reform to apply anti-corruption protections and family-supporting prevailing wages to all construction projects …

Press Release

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Taxpayer and Worker Advocates Laud Progress as Senate and Assembly Budgets Close the “Public Works” Loophole Governor Cuomo has signaled support for taxpayer-funded construction reform For Immediate ReleaseContact Matt Kentmkent@nyfaircontracting.org716.261.7071 March 13, 2019 – ALBANY, NY – Yesterday, the New York State Senate and Assembly released their 2019 budget plans, which include the proper definition of “public works” – thus …

NY recovers $35M in stolen wages

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By Staff reports Posted Jan 12, 2019 at 9:58 PM ALBANY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that more than $35 million was returned to over 35,000 victims of wage theft in 2018. Since the Governor took office, the State has recovered and returned over $285 million to more than 250,000 workers — the highest total in the nation. “New York State will not …

Did Repealing Indiana’s Prevailing Wage Law Work? (It Didn’t)

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Nick Dmitrovich October 12, 2018 A few weeks ago, Indiana passed the third anniversary mark since state legislators repealed the common construction wage law. Back in July of 2015, when the repeal went into effect, the intent was to provide financial relief for taxpayer-funded projects by reducing costs associated with construction wages. At the time, former Governor Mike Pence, a …

Contractors pegged in alleged $6M fraud (CA)

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By Kim Slowey Nov. 2, 2018 Dive Brief: The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced fraud and other charges against two siblings who run a Los Angeles construction company, claiming the two are responsible for at least $6 million in losses to the State Compensation Insurance Fund. One charge alone allegedly resulted in a $500,000 loss to …

Buffalo News: Contractor charged with lying about being a minority/women-owned business

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By Aaron Besecker in the Buffalo News A contractor has been charged with two felonies after claiming to be a state-certified minority or women-owned business when bidding on a project in Ellicottville, according to police. Bradley Kyler, 30, owner of Bucket Pro LLC, submitted a bid to the Village of Ellicottville engineer stating that his business had that state certification, Ellicottville …

Workers cheated as federal contractors prosper

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By Talia Buford and Maryam Jameel for The Center for Public Integrity For 11 years, Karla Quezada assembled sandwiches at the Subway in the food court of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, a sprawling complex in downtown Washington, D.C., owned by the U.S. General Services Administration. She routinely worked more than 40 hours a week, with no overtime pay. …