Mineola, NY–Today, Long Island Jobs with Justice called for a transparency bill to be introduced by the Nassau County legislature as funds continue to come in from Superstorm Sandy. Executive Director Charlene Obernauer spoke at a meeting of the Nassau County Legislature, saying that more transparency is needed to ensure that funds are being spent appropriately, and that workers’ rights and OSHA regulations are being followed.
“There are a lot of investigations going on right now. We don’t know yet if anything has even been done wrong, but we do know, moving forward, that more standards need to be put in place,” said Obernauer to the Legislature on Monday afternoon.
Long Island Jobs with Justice has been watchdogging the Sandy rebuilding process since the storm, recently unveiling massive wage theft in a $10.1 million dollar Sandy contract on Fire Island. They believe that a bill would prevent these kinds of abuses from happening in the future.
“We don’t want this bill to be a bi-partisan effort, we want it to be non-partisan. Superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding is a concern for all of us,” Obernauer concluded, urging the legislators to work together to create a better process for public funding in the future.
Watch Charlene Obernauer’s testimony at the legislature online here.