As back-to-school season arrives once again, community group LIfechangers Church and Ministries International held their annual Back to School Block Party at 100th Street and Park Ave.
The event, sponsored by The Construction Workforce Project, Cahill Strategies, State Farm Insurance, The Boys Club of New York and State Senator Brian Benjamin, raised over 300 backpacks that will be given to children in need in the surrounding neighborhoods.
“We’re so grateful for everyone supporting the education of our young people this upcoming year. When we started this very few were doing it I am glad That GOD provides so many people who want to help”, says Rev. Felipe Ayala Jr., organizer of the event.
Diane Cahill of Cahill Strategies was awarded a citation on behalf of the New York State Assembly by Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez of the 68th District.
In the recently released NYS one-house budget bills, Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) are proposed at least a dozen times resulting in billions of dollars for special projects. Also included is an expansion of prevailing wage on projects typically not subject to it. Unfortunately, all to the detriment of MWBE companies and workers of color.
PLAs cannot help but make projects cost more, simply because they limit competition at bid time. In addition, they often promise to “save money” on the very backs of employees by cutting labor rates and various benefits required by the New York State Department of Labor.