Mayor Adams responded to Governor Hochul’s proposals for greater inclusivity in city construction projects

NYC Mayor Adams issued the following statement today after NY Gov Hochul signed two bills that will support the Adams administration’s efforts to improve efficiency and inclusiveness in the city’s capitol process:

“There is a contract between taxpayers and their government, and for too long that contract has been violated by the bloated bureaucracy that runs our capital process. At the beginning of this administration, we agreed on our task force to reform the capital process and put forward a robust set of 39 recommendations that will reduce the time it takes to implement public infrastructure projects, save millions of taxpayer dollars and increase participation in the process.

“…reduce barriers to entry for small businesses and M/WBEs.”

“We were proud to work with our partners in Albany this session – including Governor Hochul, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins ​​and Speaker Heastie – to implement these important reforms that will increase efficiency, create safer workplaces and lower barriers to entry for small businesses. businesses and M/WBEs. More work needs to be done to make the process more effective and we look forward to continuing further reforms in the coming session.”

7385/A. 7542 – Sponsored by New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. and New York State Assemblyman David Weprin, respectfully – will allow New York City take advantage of owner- and contractor-managed insurance programs common in both public and private construction projects.

S.7526/A. 7673-A – sponsored by New York State Senator Leroy Comrie and New York State Assemblyman Rodneys Bichotte Hermelyn, Respectfully – would allow New York City expand construction mentorship programs modeled after existing best-of-breed programs at New York public institutions, including the School Construction Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, on a citywide basis to increase the diversity of investment projects.

Mayor Adams Capital Process Reform Task Force – Agreed to April 2022 p first recommendations published in October 2022 et un comprehensive reform plan in January 2023 — brought together industry, labor, the minority- and women-owned business (M/WBE) community, city agencies and New York City The review office will conduct a comprehensive review of the city’s capital process. The signing of these bills is the result of careful review, thoughtful recommendations, and strategic advocacy by the task force. The Adams administration and task force members will continue to advocate in Albany to help the city get the tools it needs to become faster, better, cheaper and more inclusive.

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