Bronx contractor to shell out $1M to workers underpaid on affordable housing project

New York /
Mar.March 04, 2013 02:00 PM

A Bronx contractor of affordable housing for seniors is set to pay nearly $1 million who were underpaid during the construction, the New York Daily News reported. Procida Construction Corp. will pay dozens of underpaid workers between $10,000 and $30,000 for work done in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood between 2007 and 2012, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday. 

Moreover, Procida owes the state $50,000 in penalties, he added. The contractor was obligated to ensure that workers were paid state-mandated rates of between $53.55 and $72.44 an hour, he said; instead, they received as little as $16 an hour and weren’t paid overtime.

“My office will aggressively pursue contractors who exploit affordable housing projects to line their own pockets by illegally underpaying workers,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

“I think this is really positive,” bricklayer Segundo Remache, told the Daily News about the announcement. “They made us work until really late, until night and never paid overtime.”

Procida principal Mario Procida said “90 percent” of the underpayments were made by MC&O Builders, Procida’s subcontractor, but that he was being held financially responsible. [NYDN]  –Hiten Samtani


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
A rendering of 165 Broome Street (Credit: Handel Architects)
Nonprofit plans affordable housing development near Essex Crossing
Nonprofit plans affordable housing development near Essex Crossing
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
(iStock)
Landlords seek up to 5% rent hike on stabilized apartments
Landlords seek up to 5% rent hike on stabilized apartments
Andrew Yang (Getty)
Does Andrew Yang’s housing plan make sense?
Does Andrew Yang’s housing plan make sense?
The Altana Complex and Waterford CEO John Drachman (Waterford)
Waterford Property venture acquires luxury rental complex from Carmel Partners
Waterford Property venture acquires luxury rental complex from Carmel Partners
Inside the quest to change single-family zoning
Inside the quest to change single-family zoning
Inside the quest to change single-family zoning
Dianne Morales and Phipps Houses in Kips Bay (Dianne Morales, Google Maps)
Mayoral candidate runs away from ex-employer Phipps Houses
Mayoral candidate runs away from ex-employer Phipps Houses
420 Stockholm Street in Bushwick with State Attorney General Letitia James (Google Maps, Getty)
Ownership dispute at Brooklyn rental puts affordable tax break at risk, city says
Ownership dispute at Brooklyn rental puts affordable tax break at risk, city says
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...