Cuomo signs NYC design-build legislation, clearing application on 49 projects

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation expanding New York City’s capacity to issue design-build contracts to fast-track construction projects.

The new rules will allow several city agencies to issue a single contract for the design and construction of major infrastructure projects.

“Design-build means less red tape and more new-and-improved libraries, roads and bridges,” New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio wrote in a Dec. 31 tweet. “Now we’ll be able to save time and money on critical projects that truly matter to New Yorkers.”

The city could save hundreds of millions of dollars on upcoming public-works projects, the mayor says.

Crain’s New York Business quoted the mayor as saying that the city had 49 major projects lined up that would use the method—saving at least $300 million. Projects include NYCHA repairs and reconstruction of Belt Parkway bridges.

Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and Sen. Leroy Comrie sponsored the bill.

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