Joint Press Conference At Montefiore St. Luke’s Hospital Highlights Benefits Of Honest & Professional Construction Services
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler and Dutchess County District Attorney William V. Grady joined local union leaders and Joan Cusack-McGuirk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital In Newburgh, to highlight regional efforts to combat wage theft and other labor crimes that occur with misuse of unskilled and unprotected labor. The Hospital’s new Emergency Services Wing will not only provide professional doctor and nursing service, but in a well constructed and legally built facility made with honest construction professionals and their properly paid and skilled workers.
All employees are entitled to receive their proper wages, and NY law provides criminal sanctions for employers who fail to pay, or steal, employees’ wages. NYS Department of Labor statistics show that in 2018, more than $35.3 million in fraudulently obtained money was returned to 35,000 workers throughout the state who were victimized by wage theft and public work violations. Hoovler stressed a commitment to see that any allegations that workers’ safety or consumers’ safety have been recklessly compromised by construction companies looking to cut corners will be fully investigated, and if appropriate, aggressively prosecuted.
Joan Cusack-McGuirk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall, spoke of the hospital’s positive experiences using area contracting companies on construction projects at the hospital and stated that quality and safety at the hospital during those projects has never been negotiable. Cusack-McGuirk said, “As an economic engine in the Hudson Valley generating $300 million in economic activity, and as an organization that provides high quality clinical care to more than 250,000 residents per year, we are committed to ensuring that all workers have a safe job site and secure employment.”
A Labor Crime Tip Line has been dedicated to receiving reports of crimes involving the workplace, particularly failure to pay proper wages, unsafe working conditions, prevailing wage violations, workers compensation fraud. The telephone number for the Labor Crimes Tip Line is (845) 291-2107.