Marquisha Page joined hundreds of Astoria residents and other New Yorkers who came to P.S. 70 at 30-44 43rd St. on Wednesday as Mayor Bill De Blasio took questions on Wednesday night at his Town Hall meeting.
Page, a heat and frost insulator and member of Build Up New York City’s worker outreach brigade program, raised the issue of construction and building workers safety. Build Up New York City is an alliance of working men and women committed to responsible development and good jobs that sustain the middle class and a level playing field for responsible employers.
Page praised the city’s quick action to suspend the license of a construction contractor cited by the department of buildings for violations after an accident in Astoria, and called on the city to investigate further and suspend the licenses of contractors responsible for construction accidents, such as the one in Long Island City that took place just a few days after the accident in Astoria.
On June 26th at 42-20 27th Street in Long Island City, six workers pouring concrete sustained serious injuries when the eighth floor gave way, causing the workers to fall to the floor below. The New York City Department of Buildings issued a complete Stop-Work-Order because Rabsky Group’s contractor, Galaxy Developers LLC, was doing unapproved construction work. Despite the violation, however, the City has not followed up with a license suspension.
“Construction accidents not only affect the workers, but the neighbors and the public as well,” Page said, pointing out that where the accident occurred, by Queens Blvd and near Queensboro Plaza and Queens Plaza, is a very busy area.
Ismael Arroyo and Ivan Medina, both Laborers, are also in the brigade program with Build Up NYC. Members of the Long Island City brigade assist BUNYC in reaching out to non-union workers, surveying job sites, organizing actions, documenting legal violations at work sites in the neighborhood.