September 11, 2018


The day after Herbst appeared before the SC legislature, he travelled to Mineola where he sat alongside his NYC counterpart and colleague Denise Richardson of the General Contractors’ Association (GCA). Together they would offer testimony at NYS Senate public hearing about the states’ Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program, discussing the challenges faced by our industry with regard to mandatory MWBE contract goals and ways in which the program might be modified to be more successful for participants and all stakeholders. LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst’s testimony (click here to read it in full) used the family history of LICA member Peter Scalamandre & Sons’ grandfather (Peter) and father (Joe) to illustrate his point that despite issues with the current MWBE program, the heavy construction industry has always welcomed immigrants and minorities into their ranks, and watched many of them grow into some of the largest general contractors in New York State. LICA Board Member Billy Haugland of Haugland Group & Grace Industries also spoke about the issues at hand, as did John Cavallaro of mega-contractor and LICA member Skanska USA.  

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