Assemblywoman Galef's "Speak Out" Special TV Show Highlights Ways to Save Money for Taxpayers
Galef's roundtable discussion on Project Labor
Agreements will be featured on a special edition of "Speak Out"
June 4, 2013

On Wednesday, May 15th, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosted a forum to discuss Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and how they may offer money-saving opportunities for capital projects. Galef invited school boards and school superintendents, municipal and county officials, as well as her constituents to come hear what people in labor and industry and school boards have to say about PLAs.

At the forum, six expert panelists discussed PLAs in the context of the Wicks Law, and whether or not PLAs could work to successfully avoid the burdens of Wicks and save money. The six panelists were: Kelly Macmillan, Director of Public Infrastructure Projects for the Empire State Development Corporation and the Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement Project, Ted Nadratowski, NYS Thruway Authority's Interim Project Manager for the Tappan Zee Project, Ross Pepe, President of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Edward Doyle, President of the Building & Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam, and Michael Fox, a Senior Legislative Policy Analyst for the New York State School Boards Association. Dissenting opinions about the benefits of PLAs among the panelists made for a lively and informative forum.

"While not everyone can agree that Wicks serves a purpose, or that Project Labor Agreements are a way to offer protections from Wicks while still keeping jobs competitive, there may be opportunities where Project Labor Agreements can help to make capital projects more efficient," said Galef. "I invite viewers to draw their own conclusions about PLAs and I encourage my constituents to contact me with any feedback that they may have," she concluded.

The forum will air as a two-hour special.

"Speak Out" Special on Project Labor Agreements airs as follows:

6/15, 22, 29 & 7/6

Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15: Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21: Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
Yorktown airs on Channel 74: Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)

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