New Law Aims to Increase Workforce Opportunities for City Residents
Miner: Creating Opportunity Is the Only Way We Will End the Pernicious Poverty in Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner today signed into law the Syracuse Resident Employment Ordinance, which mandates all City contracts over $100,000 hire City residents for at least 20% of the project’s workforce.
“Understanding the only way we will end the pernicious poverty that permeates the City of Syracuse is to create opportunities putting men and women to work, enabling them to provide for their families, I am proud to sign this ordinance into law,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “This demonstrates the commitment of my administration, the Common Council, and our partners throughout the community to creating opportunities to grow and support the workforce of our community. I thank Councilor Khalid Bey and his colleagues for their support of Syracuse working families by passing this legislation.”
Common Councilor Khalid Bey, who sponsored the legislation, said: “This legislation is a move in the right direction in the effort to strengthen the financial health of our families and our city. It is an example of what can be done when the Council, the administration, business and constituents work together for the benefit of everyone.”
The Syracuse Resident Employment Ordinance mandates contracts in excess of $100,000 issued by the City of Syracuse will include a guarantee that at least 20% of the hours worked on the job will be done by City residents. The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development will be responsible for overseeing business’ compliance with the new ordinance. Additionally, the law creates a Resident Employment Advisory Committee, to assist the Department’s Office of Minority Affairs in establishing recruitment protocols for employers. The City will monitor compliance with certified payroll data and a web-based tracking system.