Having received many calls from constituents about losing their jobs, particularly in the construction field, Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R, C, I – Schoharie) called on legislative leaders to take immediate action to prevent further job losses. The unwillingness of legislative leaders to produce an on-time state budget already has resulted in the suspension of at least $676.2 million in construction projects, causing the number of those unemployed to grow.
“Currently, 845,000 New Yorkers are unemployed. Albany’s legislative leaders should be doing everything in their power to put those people back to work – not willfully lay them off. While the governor has been pressing Speaker Silver and Senate leaders to act on a budget, we should not allow Albany to withhold these funds and diminish our people by treating them as pressure points or pawns in a contest of wills. Real people are being hurt. Families are now struggling to make sense of their futures. Albany must take action before more people suffer,” said the assemblyman.
The suspended projects reported include an $11.6 million project with Lancaster Development, Inc. of Richmondville, New York. Furthermore, other regional construction projects have been suspended, including $37.8 million in projects with Harrison & Burrows of Glenmont, New York; $29.9 million in projects with Castleton-based Servidone Inc. & Anthony Construction; and $7.9 million in projects with Suit-Kote of Cortland.
Assemblyman Lopez said, “In many instances, these jobs already have been started, supplies purchased, workers hired. Albany needs to take these obligations seriously. Pulling funds for these projects not only jeopardizes construction workers and their families, but further compromises our region’s ability to recover from the recession. Albany continues to show why it has been tagged as one of the most dysfunctional places of government in the country. It is time for Albany leaders to take responsibility and do the job they were elected to do.”