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Crane Operator on GW Bridge Sues For Only Getting NJ Prevailing Wage While On NY Side

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 29 – Anthony Cortese worked for Skanska on the renovation of the George Washington Bridge. While the bridge spans New York and New Jersey, he was paid only the New Jersey wage.

He sued.

On December 29 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff held an oral argument. Inner City Press covered it.

  Cortese operated a fifteen ton Tadano RT crane and hoist, in both states.

 But he was paid only the statutory New Jersey prevailing wage, rather than that required by New York Labor Law Section 220 - which would be $81.54 an hour, with Supplemental Benefits per hour of $31.85. 

  Cortese's lawyer, after addressing the Davis-Bacon Act, accused his adversary of "swinging in the wind." Judge Rakoff admonished him, saying he finds ad hominem attacks to be unprofessional. It persisted.

At the end of the hour, with a criminal sentencing listed on his docket, Judge Rakoff closed the arguments.

The case is Cortese v. Skanska USA, Inc., et al., 19-cv-11189 (Rakoff)


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