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Stringer searching for 228 Brooklynites owed $590K

November 4, 2015 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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.

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The List: Brooklyn Workers Owed Money

Adams,Robert L.

Addeyinka,Babatunbe

Adesanya,Adewale

Akerele,Julius

Allen,Kenrick

Amado,Thomas

Aniello,Guy

Arreaea,Leopoldo

Arthur,Damien

Askar,Sulaiman

Avery,Charles

Baah,Thomas

Bailey,Vaughn

Baptiste,David

Barnes,Henry

Beckles,Trevor

Bekiri,Laim

Belli,Alban

Bennett,Gloria

Bobb,Olga

Boguslaw,Serafin A.

Boikov,Vladimir

Brisport,Collin

Brown,Anthony

Brunson,Lakeysha

Bryant,Ida

Brzozowski,Grezegorz

Bunch,Gaye

Calle,Saul

Cambizaca,Erwin L.

Camean,Manuel

Campi,Elio

Carl,Maxi

Chachlowski,Wojciech

Chaperon,Raymond L.

Chappell,Eldridge

Charles,Rubens

Claudio,Anna

Colas,Ian

Corletto,George A.

Coronel,Gustavo

Crandell,Rodney

Crespo,Miguel

Cunningham,Veronica

Dabel,Maxime

Dacosta,Tessa

Dalleo,Frank

Danclair,Vernon

Daniel,Stanley

Davis,Lawanda

Davis,Shaquan

Degazon,Anthony M.

Denton,Gregory D.

Diaz,Yaritza

Diaz,Richard

Drozd,Thomas

Dunn,Antwyne

Dykes,Tamara

Eastman,Elizabeth

Edgard,Jean

Elisashvili,David

Espinol,Donny

Espinoza,J

Etwara,Katenarine

Fabien,Fabiola

Farmer,Jennifer

Fasasi,Iyabode

Ferrer,Carlos

Flores,Martin

Francois,Thamer

Gaston,Mariam

Gawel,Jacek

Gayflower,Teima

Gerard,Bellange

Gibson,Robert G.

Gonzalez,M

Grabarz,Adam

Griffith,Athelstan

Guthrie,Rhoan

Haggins,Ronald

Hall,Claudia

Hampton,John

Hanoef,Basheer

Harris,Kelly D.

Hazel,Mahenie I.

Henvill,Tiffany

Herdon,Rick

Hodge,William

Hood,Earnest

Horton,Jacqueline

Ifabiyi,Taiwo

Ilazarov,Ratmir

Jacobs,Arnols B

Jamison,Barret L

Jioul,Smail

Johnson,Cheyonne

Johnson,Derrick N

Johnson,Paulette

Jolivert,Jean

Joseph,Juan

Kakawa,Anastasios

Kennedy,Daniel

Kennedy,Deon

Khvorenkov,Igor

Klasher,Shand

Klishkovskiy,Yuri

Kondratyev,Aleksandr

Kondryuk,Anatoliy

Krusezwski,Norbert

Kuprel,Roman

Kutuzov,Petr

Laguerre,Jean

Lane,Yvonne

Lawrence,Sabrina

Lee,Darnell

Lee,Derryke

Lee,Perry

Lena,Orges

Levine,Wanda

Lewis,Anthony

Lohier,Jean-Gladue

London,Roxanne

Lucey,Andrea D.

Lyalin,Arkady

Macias,Jose

Mackins,Jacqueline

Maharaj,Barry

Maisonet,Jason

Makinde,Sikeade

Makun,Rasaki

Markuszewski,Henryk

Marrero,Shawn

Martinez,Ernesto

Martinez,Hector

Maycock,Sharon

Mccain,Leonard

Mcgill,James

Mcgriff,Cora

Medina,Ademir

Meha,Sulejman

Menadi,Vito

Meyers,William

Miklas,Miroslaw

Mis,Krzysztof

Moldavsky,Gregory

Moore,Ezra  A.

Morales,Tito

Moses,Dayvon J.

Murray,Derrick

Muscolino,Thomas

Narvaez,Quan

Newton,Latisha

Nwajel,Princewill

Olowu,Adrenrele

Omolayo,Issac

Oritiz,M.

Ortiz,Benjamin

Ortiz,Hipolito

Osinowo,Ayodele

Otero,Arturo

Palamarenko,Andriy

Palazzolo,Christopher

Palazzolo,Christopher

Paul,Manducheka

Perez,David

Peynado,Gregory M.

Philips,Ralph

Pierre,Jean Eddy

Pinto,Israel

Popiolek,Marek

Preston,Donald D.

Previl,Daumec

Prosepero,Roberto

Qaryouti,M.

Qoku,Mohamet

Ramos,Claudio

Reeves,Rochelle

Reynosa,”Jose J,”

Richardson,Michael

Ridley,Jessie

Rivers,Nicole

Robinson,Early

Rodriguez,Johnny

Rodriguez,Roberto

Romero,Paulino

Salem,Ibrahim

Sandiford,David C.

Santos,Jose L.

Santos,Juan

Santos,Luis I

Santos,Philip

Sarnikowski,Krzysztof

Shim,Nadine

Silva,Fernando

Skibowski,Bartosz

Smith,Steven

Smith,Vicki E.

Stepan,Dudyak

Stewart,Sherrod

Strait,Aaron

Szczesniewicz,Dariusz J.

Thomas,Darryl

Thomas,Rhonda

Thompson,Rohan

Tirado,Alberto

Torres,Hector

Townsend,Gerald

Townsend,Nyeasha

Treyakov,Ruslav

Tudor,Mark

Tyka,Eugeniusz

Vega,Vilma

Velasquez,Anthonio

Vilensky,Vladimir

Villalona,Roberto

Vilmenay,Pat

Walker,Conrad

Wallace,Kevin

Washington,Kareen

Welch,Rodney

Wiktorzak,Roman

Williams,James

Williams,Ronald

Williams,Terry

Wilson,Andy

Wynder,Reginald

Yearwood,Kirt

Zawinowski,Zarius

Zuniga,Mario

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