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Assembly renews Downtown rebuilding act

Speaker Sheldon Silver announced last week that the Assembly passed legislation he sponsored that would renew the Co-ordinated Construction Act for Lower Manhattan (A.9613).

The measure extends provisions of the Act to ensure the continuation of the rebuilding and recovery process of Lower Manhattan in the wake of damage caused by the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

The Act should ease the building process downtown.

“In more ways than one, the horrific 2001 attack on the World Trade Center caused unspeakable damage to Lower Manhattan, upending entire communities and changing the lives of our friends, family and loved ones forever,” Silver said. “For the past 10 years, the Co-ordinated Construction Act has been critical to the rebuilding process, but as I see nearly every day, there is much work to be done in order to fully restore the neighborhoods, streets and businesses that all New Yorkers hold so dear.

“Extending this measure will ensure that this vital recovery process is able to continue at an effective and sustainable pace.”

The measure authorizes joint bidding for redevelopment projects in lower Manhattan between both public and private organizations for utility work.

To expedite the rebuilding process, the initiative also authorizes a list a pre-qualified bidding organizations for these projects. The Act also promotes co-ordination among public agencies by allowing them to participate in shared contracts with other public agencies or the Port Authority for New York and New Jersey for the purchase of goods or supplies.

The Co-ordinated Construct Act of Lower Manhattan was originally enacted in 2004 with the intention of assisting both the state and New York City in post-911 reconstruction efforts.

Last week’s legislation authorizes the extension of the Act through December 2024.

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