Stringer searching for 228 Brooklynites owed $590K
One Brooklyn resident could get $59,000
Robert L. Adams, Gloria Bennett, Tito Morales: The New York City Comptroller is looking for you – and 225 other Brooklynites.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is looking for 228 local residents who don’t know they are owed big bucks — a total of $590,000 — for work they did on city-funded projects over the years. Their last known addresses are in Brooklyn.
City subcontractors underpaid hundreds of workers in all five borough, in violation of New York’s Labor Law, and Stringer’s office has been rooting them out, company by company, and taking them to court.
“My office’s Bureau of Labor Law has worked tirelessly to reclaim unpaid wages, as well as to locate workers, and get them the money they’ve already earned,” Stringer said in a statement on Wednesday. “As comptroller, it is very gratifying to be able to connect workers with their hard earned dollars, so that they can build their lives and support their families.”
Across the city, more than a thousand workers are entitled to payments totaling roughly $3.7 million.
“Thousands of hard-working individuals, many of whom are immigrants, have been cheated out of their rightfully-earned wages, but they may not know these funds exist,” he said, adding that he’s asking the public to help to get the word out. “My office is here to help them get their money through a free, and anonymous, process.”
Stringer’s office has compiled a list of the deserving Brooklyn workers for the Brooklyn Eagle, and we’ve published it below. Are you or anyone you know on the list? If so, Stringer’s office would like to hear from you! Visit http://comptroller.nyc.gov/general-information/prevailing-wage/ to notify them on how to contact you.
Even if you’re not from Brooklyn, you can use a lookup tool on the above website to see if your name is on the citywide list.
The average amount owed to workers across all five boroughs is $3,576, Stringer’s office says, but some payouts will be much more.
Stringer’s Bureau of Labor Law has already found eight Brooklynites and informed them of the happy news. One Central Brooklyn man was surprised when he was told that the city planned to give him over $37,000 in back pay.
And the city is still searching for another individual, whose last known residence is in Brooklyn, who is owed a whopping $59,000.
Across the city, 21 individuals have filled out the claim forms. Of these, 13 have been already been paid nearly $158,000 in unpaid wages plus interest, Stringer’s office said.
Contractors Barred from Working with the City
The Bureau of Labor Law has assessed nearly $10 million in unpaid wages and interest and over $1 million in penalties to companies since the effort began in January 2014. More than 25 contractors have been barred from working with the city.
Their latest win involved a Queens company that underpaid three Latino immigrant workers who repaired and installed metal rolling gates, grills and fences at public schools in New York City.
Astoria General Contracting Corp. has been hit with more than $1.1 million in unpaid wages and benefits, interest and civil penalties. The company is also barred from doing work with the city and state for five years.
“Three men are going to get the wages they deserve and another contractor has learned the hard way that we take our enforcement of prevailing wage very seriously,” Stringer said.
This case was originally referred to Comptroller Stringer’s Bureau of Labor Law by the city Department of Education. During an 11-day trial, surveillance video and security and visitors logs revealed that the firm had falsified certified payroll records by completely omitting two of the employees and reporting payment of prevailing wages and benefits to the third.
Updated at 4:45 p.m. to reflect that 228 Brooklynites are owed money, not 231 as originally reported. Some workers are owed back pay from multiple jobs.
The List: Brooklyn Workers Owed Money
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