The LAWS Construction Corporation entered into a contract with the Department of Parks and Recreation to build a golf course in the Bronx. LAWS filed a petition with the Contract Dispute Resolution Board (CDRB), seeking additional compensation for transporting cover material, which it considered extra work. The CDRB, chaired by ALJ Alessandra F. Zorgniotti, determined that any additional costs associated with the transportation of the cover material stemmed from the city’s delay, and therefore LAWS' claim was a delay claim, which is outside the CDRB's jurisdiction, not an extra work claim. Furthermore, the CDRB found that the company waived the claim when it failed to reserve it when it filed for an extension of time to complete the project. As a result, LAWS' appeal was denied and Parks' motion to dismiss was granted. Laws Construction Corp. v. Dep't of Parks & Recreation, OATH Index No. 1445/14 (May 28, 2014).
At a default hearing, ALJ Kevin F. Casey found that respondents, two corporations and their president, violated Labor Law section 220 by failing to pay prevailing rates of wages and benefits to five workers under public works contracts with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Transportation. ALJ Casey recommended that respondents be assessed a total underpayment, interest, and civil penalty of $883,891.94, as well as barring the respondents from government contracts within New York State for five years as a penalty for the deliberate falsification of payroll records. Office of the Comptroller v. Craft Fence, Inc., Robert Guido, & Craft Contracting Group, Inc., OATH Index No. 494/14 (May 6, 2014).