Suffolk County, NY
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 3-19-2002 by Res. No. 190-2002 (Ch. 552 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Living wage — See Ch. 575.
Purchasing and contracts — See Chs. 189 and 893.
Requests for proposals — See Ch. 1087.
Prevailing wage — See Ch. 1173.

§ 869-1 Policy.

The County of Suffolk hereby establishes a policy to promote apprenticeship training as authorized by § 816-b of the New York Labor Law.

§ 869-2 Definitions.

[Amended 2-3-2015 by Res. No. 21-2015]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
A certificate issued by the New York State Department of Labor which recognizes an employee's successful completion of an apprenticeship program.
CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT
Any contract to which the County of Suffolk or any of its departments or agencies shall be a signatory which involves the construction, reconstruction, improvement, rehabilitation, installation, alteration, renovation, demolition of, or otherwise providing for any building, facility or physical structure of any kind with a value in excess of $250,000.
CONTRACTOR OR SUBCONTRACTOR
A contractor or subcontractor which employs labor under a construction contract.
SPONSOR
Any organization or entity operating an apprenticeship program registered with the New York State Department of Labor and in whose name the program is registered.

§ 869-3 Apprenticeship requirements.

[Amended 2-3-2015 by Res. No. 21-2015]
A. 
The County of Suffolk hereby requires any contractor or subcontractor, who is a party to, or working under, a construction contract to be a participant in good standing of a qualified apprenticeship program that is registered with and approved by the New York State Department of Labor and to have apprenticeship agreements, as evidenced by valid certificates of completion which are specifically identified as pertaining to the trade(s) and/or job title(s) called for within the construction contract.
B. 
Prior to entering into a construction agreement with the County of Suffolk, a contractor must submit to the County certificates of completion showing that he or she, or his or her sponsor, graduated at least one apprentice from a state-approved and -registered apprenticeship program, in the trade and/or job title called for within the construction contract, within a time period immediately preceding the bid date of such project, the length of said time period to be calculated by adding 24 months to the specific trade's program length as set forth in the New York State Prevailing Wage Schedule, subject to the exception found in Subsection H of this section. If a contractor is a signatory to a sponsor, the contractor must submit to the County a letter from the sponsor verifying its signatory status.
C. 
It shall be a contractor's responsibility to submit the required certificates of completion as part of any bid submitted in connection with a construction contract and to provide to the County department or agency administering the construction contract the identity of apprentices who have graduated from their apprenticeship program.
D. 
If a contractor utilizes a subcontractor on a construction contract, the contractor shall submit certificates of completion showing that the subcontractor or the subcontractor's sponsor graduated at least one apprentice from a state-approved and -registered apprenticeship program, in the trade and/or job title called for within the construction contract, within a time period immediately preceding the bid date of such project, the length of said time period to be calculated by adding 24 months to the specific trade's program length as set forth in the New York State Prevailing Wage Schedule, subject to the exception found in Subsection H of this section. The contractor must submit these certificates at a time designated by the department or agency administering the construction contract, but in any event these forms must be received by the County prior to a subcontractor beginning work under the contract. If the subcontractor is a signatory to a sponsor, the contractor must submit to the County a letter from the sponsor verifying the signatory status.
E. 
It shall be the responsibility of the County department or agency administering a construction contract to verify that a contractor or subcontractor is a participant in a state-approved and -registered apprenticeship program and to include the submitted certificates of completion as an attachment to the final contract, work order or other document memorializing the award of work to the contractor.
F. 
It shall be the responsibility of the County department or agency administering a construction contract to designate an individual within that department or agency who shall be responsible for specifically identifying within a construction contract the trade(s) and/or job title(s) necessary to perform the construction contract and verifying the validity of certificates of completion and including same as an attachment to the final contract, work order or other document memorializing the award of work to the contractor or subcontractor.
G. 
In the event a County department or agency other than the Department of Public Works is administering a construction contract, that department or agency shall notify the Department of Public Works of said contract and the Department of Public Works will assist the department or agency to achieve compliance with the apprenticeship requirements set forth in this chapter.
H. 
For the purposes of this chapter only, the length of program for the trade of laborer shall be two years.

§ 869-4 Rules and regulations.

[Amended 9-15-2011 by L.L. No. 49-2011]
The County Department of Public Works is hereby authorized, empowered, and directed, pursuant to § C8-2W of the Suffolk County Charter, to promulgate such rules and regulations necessary and appropriate for the implementation and enforcement of any provisions of this chapter.

§ 869-5 Applicability.

This chapter shall apply to construction contracts advertised for bids on or after the effective date.