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"It is both shameful and dangerous ...
"It is both shameful and dangerous that some of our leaders have allowed such a critical issue to come down to the wire, putting our economy and safety in the balance," said Greg Lalevee, a union leader and chairman of the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative.
It is a fairytale at best and a nightmare at worst," Lalevee
Stop Playing Partisan Politics and Work for A Bi-Partisan Solution | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis
Greg Lalevee, chairman of the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative (ELEC), and Mark Longo, Director of ELEC called upon New Jersey legislators to work towards a bi-partisan solution to fund the soon-to-be bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and to reject the misleading plan unveiled yesterday by Senators Jennifer Beck and Michael Doherty.
"Senators Jennifer Beck and Michael Doherty are playing partisan politics at a time when we need to be focusing on real, concrete solutions to funding the Transportation Trust Fund," said Greg Lalevee, Chairman of the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative.
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Greg Lalevee, chairman of the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative (...
"If something like the Pulaski were ...
"If something like the Pulaski were cut, it would be devastating for transportation flow in New Jersey," says Greg Lalevee, chairman of Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative and a board member of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund.
There are philosophical differences on how to do that, but the fact of the matter is it needs to be done," Lalevee
In straight numbers, Lalevee
says, the Trust Fund
is supposed to provide $1.6 billion in transportation money in fiscal 2015, a spending period that just got started.
Unfortunately, $1.2 billion of that is earmarked for debt service, which leaves little monetary muscle for essential work on roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, he
"I don't think we've seen this many bridges being done at the same time," Lalevee
"We've got 150 operating engineers working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
More are at work on the others.
In the lifetime of a worker, one bridge project like this is an event, but to have three or more ongoing is extraordinary luck, Lalevee
And with better management of its transportation funds, New Jersey could keep the dollars flowing to support further economic growth across many industries, he
"The turnpike, the timing of it through the economic collapse, saved a lot of our people's livelihoods, and also saved a lot of the businesses we worked for," Lalevee
If you're seeing more tower cranes, ...
If you're seeing more tower cranes, it's because they take up less room in an urban environment, according to Greg Lalevee, head of Local 825, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).
When you see one of these monsters lifting a giant steel girder that swings in the breeze like Godzilla's toothpick, you probably have the same thought I have:
What if this thing falls on my head?
Fortunately, the IUOE
spends $150 million a year on training.
"Operating a crane is like flying a plane on any given day," Lalevee
"You have to make sure it's maintained properly like an airplane.
, who comes from a family of crane operators-father and two brothers-started operating cranes in the 1980s and stopped when he
was hired by the union in 2000.
"When I was 10 years old, my father was working on a high school in our home town, and in the summertime, I went down and watched for a couple of hours," Lalevee
But being a legacy crane-operator-wannabe isn't enough.
"You have to have the desire and aptitude to do it," Lalevee