SOURCE: Long Island Contractors' Association

Long Island Contractors' Association

June 16, 2009 15:33 ET

Three Skeletons to Arrive in Albany to Dramatize the Death of the Construction Industry

News From Downstate: We're Dying. "Shovel Ready" Means Internment

ALBANY, NY--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - On Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., the Long Island Contractors' Association (LICA) will hold a news conference with three life size replica human skeletons donning hard hats positioned on an inoperative, dilapidated piece of heavy equipment on State Street, beside the State Capitol, to symbolize the state's inability to aggressively move downstate infrastructure projects due to a lethargic, indifferent bureaucracy, contributing to the death of an industry.

Marc Herbst, executive director of LICA, will state, "We are in the midpoint of the 2009 heavy construction season and NOT ONE SHOVEL has moved downstate despite federal stimulus dollars being allocated and counted. Instead, the industry faces unemployment levels exceeding 35%. These three skeletons represent the death of careers, the loss of homes and the missed opportunities these stimulus funds were supposed to create. For Long Island and all of downstate, 'shovel ready' means burial of the construction industry, not its rebirth."

What:   Long Island Contractors' Association to stage mock internment of
        construction industry.

When:   Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at 11:00 a.m.

Where:  State Street, New York State Capitol, Albany

Why:    Multiple layers of state bureaucracy are preventing projects from
        starting and people from working

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Marc Herbst
    631 231-5422

    Long Island Contractors' Association
    150 Motor Parkway, Suite 307
    Hauppauge, New York 11788