ALBANY — The de Blasio administration is hitting Gov. Cuomo for seeking to allow the state, but not the city, to make better use of a more cost-efficient and streamlined bidding process.
Cuomo in his proposed state budget would expand the number of state entities — in consultation with local labor unions and the construction industry—that can use a design-build bidding process that backers say speeds up the process and reduce costs by combining the planning and construction phases of capital projects.
“At a time when the federal government is taking every swing they can at NYC, it’s critically important for us to be able to use all the tools available to save money, complete projects faster, and minimize disruptions to residents and businesses,” de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said. “Clearly, the state agrees when it comes to its own projects.”
She added that “we’ve been asking for the ability to use Design Build in NYC for years.”
The city estimates the use of the design-build process could save nearly $ 450 million on projects with a total cost of about $ 47.3 billion.
An Assembly bill that would grant the city authorization to use the process for eight projects estimated it would save the city $ 158 million alone.
Gov. Cuomo brought up the cost-efficient and streamlined bidding process in his proposed state budget plan.
The state has used design-build on a number of projects, including the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
Cuomo spokesman Peter Ajemian said the governor is open to granting similar authorization to “all local governments.”
“The governor is the single biggest proponent of expanding design-build because it saves time and taxpayer money on major infrastructure projects,”Ajemian said. “His budget proposal includes design-build for state agencies to fund the state’s capital plan, and we will have discussions with the legislature about expanding it to all local governments.”