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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Eric Bederman (HPD) 212-863-5176


STATEMENT OF HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ON CITY COUNCIL’S DATA COLLECTION BILL

“We support transparency with a purpose, and believe that the public should know who is doing business with the City, what those requirements are, and how much is being spent. We are for using our resources and existing review policies to identify and take corrective action against those parties not in compliance with the laws and regulations that govern our industry. Despite our repeated efforts to find a reasonable compromise, the Council has included provisions in this bill that do nothing to further transparency or protect the public interest. 

“HPD already vigorously enforces all applicable wage laws. Collecting and stockpiling massive amounts of personal and sensitive wage information offers no clear benefit to the public. This bill does not give a specific reason or need for gathering this data, nor will it help in our ongoing efforts to identify people who may be skirting the law. It is simply another gratuitous, unfunded mandate that increases government red tape, hurts small business, and asks the taxpayers of New York to foot the bill for an exercise in amassing reams of data for an interminable period of time.” 

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