This highly anticipated project started good and went bad in a hurry. The original specs for the project listed it as not having prevailing wages attached. Ernie contacted the NYS DOL to complain due to the fact that Corning Community College will be leasing the building when completed. The Department of Public Work agreed and attached prevailing wages to the project. Win number one. Then the electrical contractors bidding the project were all signatory and competitive. Win number two. Then the developer, Purcell Construction, awarded the job to Panko Electric because of Panko's WBE (women owned business) certification to comply with New York State's 30% quota for State funded projects. At the time of this posting, Ernie has been contacting a great number of State officials and legislators to complain about this unobtainable quota in the Southern Tier. There are meetings to discuss this with officials at the end of November 2016 and early December 2016.
Stay tuned for updates