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NEW YORK CITY – It’s an emotional issue with more perspectives beyond what an initial glance may suggest. Despite its unanimous 42-0 City Council vote for approval, the law to increase mandatory construction safety training still has its opponents. Jaumaane Williams, who chairs the Housing and Building Committee and sponsored Bill 1447-C, calls it a landmark step to help ensure the safety of workers. But Real Estate Board of New York president John Banks argues the legislation fails to address concerns over access to training and costs, resulting in fewer construction job opportunities for New Yorkers.

Betsy Kim

Betsy Kim was the bureau chief, East Coast, and New York City reporter for Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. As a lawyer and journalist, Betsy has worked as the director of editorial and content for LexisNexis Lawyers.com, a TV/multi-media journalist for NBC and CBS affiliated TV stations in the Midwest, and an associate producer at Court TV.

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