Buffalo Common Council Reforms Apprentice Law

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City leaders act to bolster construction opportunities for young workers Buffalo, NY – On Tuesday, the Buffalo Common Council voted unanimously to strengthen the City’s Apprentice Law. The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) thanks the City of Buffalo for continuing to be a statewide leader on providing apprentice opportunities. The leadership of the Common Council over the past …

Erie County Legislature Reforms Responsible Bidder Law

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County leaders act to strengthen contracting integrity and accountability Buffalo, NY – On Thursday, the Erie County Legislature voted to update the 2009 Lowest Responsible Bidder Law, reaffirming the County’s standing as a leader in responsible contracting. The law provides tools to ensure contractors bidding on County-owned construction projects have the capability, performance record, and business integrity to justify the …

NYFFC Wins First-Ever Enforcement of Buffalo’s Apprenticeship Law

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Contractor Amherst Paving failing to provide apprenticeship opportunities required by law For Immediate ReleaseNovember 24, 2020Contact: Matt Kentmkent@nyfaircontracting.org716.261.7071nyfaircontracting.org Buffalo, NY – This week, the New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) celebrated the first-ever enforcement of the City of Buffalo’s Apprenticeship Law. Bidding on a Citywide Roadway Spot Repair project, contractor Amherst Paving was not awarded a contract due to …

NYC contractor admits guilt in wage theft scheme

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From Michael Gartland for the New York Daily News: A NYC contractor, SAC Restoration, admitted to committing fraud and failing to pay its workers the prevailing wage. They carried out their bad behavior — “failure to pay prevailing wages, nonpayment or underpayment of wages [and] nonpayment or underpayment or workers’ compensation insurance premium” — from 2014 to 2018, according to …

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‘Bad Player Getting Justice’

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500 Ironworkers, Welders Recoup $6M in Wages By RICHARD KHAVKINE A Maspeth, Queens, steel-fabrication company copped to cheating hundreds workers out of overtime pay and wages, and agreed to pay out more than $6 million owed to welders and ironworkers, according to its plea deal with the state Department of Labor following a joint investigation with the Manhattan District Attorney’s …

NYFFC Opposes Proposal to Weaken Construction Apprenticeships

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Construction “IRAP” proposal threatens taxpayers, workers, and responsible contractors For Immediate Release August 26, 2019 Contact Matt Kent mkent@nyfaircontracting.org 716.261.7071 Hamburg, NY – The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) submitted the following comment on the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule which threatens to erode quality construction apprenticeship programs: “The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) recognizes …

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 …