Construction workers will now have until March 1, 2021 rather than Sept. 1 to finish the safety training mandated by 2017’s Local Law 196. Crain’s New York Business reported the law passed unanimously. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it significantly harder for construction workers to meet the requirements.
“We want to give everyone a fair opportunity to comply,” said Councilman Robert Cornegy. “We want to be sure we are not pushing people into working without permits because of a deadline set far before COVID-19 emerged.” Cornegy sponsored the bill with councilman Carlos Menchaca and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Crain’s reported.