Galef Hosts Roundtable to Look at Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) to Save Taxpayers’ Money 05/15/13

For Immediate Release Contact: Sandy Galef (518) 455-5348

Assemblywoman Galef to Host Roundtable Discussion on Project Labor Agreements

Galef Explores Whether PLAs Can be Used to Attain Cost Savings on Capital Projects

(May 6, 2013) New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will moderate a roundtable discussion on the use of Project Labor Agreements. For years, the Assemblywoman has been fighting to reform the Wicks Law, which prevents the packaging together of certain parts of construction jobs. Recently PLAs have been making headlines due to their success at saving taxpayer dollars, allowing some packaging to take place, while still remaining within state law, streamlining jobs, and also protecting workers. Galef hopes to explore the use of PLAs to determine if they would in fact be more expedient and cost effective.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at the Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

“Because opposition to reforming the Wicks law remains strong, I hope that municipalities and school districts can save taxpayer dollars through creative means such as PLAs,” Galef said. “These have been a success in saving money and increasing work productivity, which inherently comes with utilizing PLAs, as can be seen with the Tappan Zee Bridge Project, estimated to save $452 million because of the PLA. Also, the success of the Pleasantville School District PLA with their High School renovation and addition project, as well as a job in the Pelham schools both highlight why this might be a good direction for local governments and schools to pursue.” Mary Fox-Alter the Superintendent of Schools of the Pleasantville Union Free School District said, “It is our professional opinion that the PLA allowed for the aggressive sequencing and phasing of the project. It was ahead of schedule and instructional interruptions were almost non-existent. Without the improved coordination obtained under the PLA, it is highly unlikely that this would have been the case.”

Panelists include: Kelly MacMillan, Director of Public Infrastructure Projects, Empire State Development Corporation; Ted Nadratowski, Thruway Authority Interim Project Manager, Tappan Zee Bridge Project;

Ross Pepe, President, Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley; Edward Doyle, President, Building & Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam; and, Michael Elmendorf, President/CEO, Associated General Contractors NYS LLC. County, municipal and school district officials have been invited as well.

“I encourage all of my constituents, government, school and library officials to come to this roundtable discussion to learn how Project Labor Agreements may be of benefit to everyone and help them achieve savings on capital projects, and ultimately save us taxpayer money,” said Galef.

For more information please contact the Assemblywoman’s office by e-mail at galefs@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone at 914-941-1111

Bazzo 05/07/13

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