Gov. Hochul signs legislation to ensure prevailing wage for construction workers

ALBANY, NY (WENY)– Construction workers on open street projects will soon receive a prevailing wage, after Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law the Roadway Excavation Quality Assurance Act. 

“Up until this point in New York State, when those public streets were opened a private utility company had no responsibility or obligation to pay prevailing wages,” said Vincent Albanese, Executive Director, New York State Laborers Political Action Committee.

Albanese said many labor workers currently make near minimum wage with little to no benefits. He said this legislation will have a significant impact for labor workers, especially those who may not be part of a union.