POL HOPES NEW BILL WILL EMBARRASS AGENCIES INTO FINISHING PROJECTS ON TIME

Councilman Andrew Cohen has proposed a bill that would require agencies to notify community leaders about project delays and cost overruns. (Credit: DNAinfo/Eddie Small)

DNA INFO—  April 13, 2017  — Councilman Andrew Cohen hopes a new bill of his will embarrass city agencies into finishing their capital projects on time and on budget.

The recently proposed bill would require all city agencies to notify the local council member, borough president and community board every time a project they are working on looks to be delayed by 60 or more days or has its cost change by 10 percent or more.

The electronic notification would have to include the original estimated cost of the project, the expected start and end date for each project phase, the total amount of money spent on the project so far and a reason for why the cost has changed or why it has been delayed.

Although Cohen acknowledged that he did not expect this bill to make delays and cost overruns problems of the past, he hopes it will help shame agencies into keeping their word about when projects will be done and how expensive they will be by ensuring that the community will know every time a project is facing issues with time and money.


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