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NYC Construction Alliance backs city’s new diversity effort

The New York Construction Alliance (NYCA) has expressed their support for the newly passed bill, Introduction 1382-B.

New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr. proposed the bill that aims to reduce discrimination in the construction industry by ensuring minority contractors and employees are properly represented.

Under the bill, contractors who work on construction projects funded by the city of New York will be required to disclose employees zip codes, primary addresses, block and lot number of the city-funded construction project and whether a contactor is certified as a minority-owned or women-owned business enterprise (WMBE)

“At the New York Construction Alliance (NYCA), we applaud Council Member Cornegy and his counterparts for pushing forth a policy that provides more transparency in the industry in terms of who is working on what jobs. One of NYCA’s cornerstone principles is facilitating diversity within our ranks. Approximately three-quarters of our workforce are minorities, and this is by no accident. Throughout our companies, we cultivate an environment of inclusion,” said Kenneth Thomas, Executive Director of the New York Construction Alliance.

“Legislation that helps give a voice to those who are underrepresented is a key part of making sure there is more equal representation in the future. Not every company nor organization practices what they preach. The New York Construction Alliance looks forward to bearing witness to what comes of this legislation, and welcome further dialogue on how we can all take part in making the industry at large more inclusive and diverse on as many fronts as possible. ”

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