You are reading

Astoria Contractor Cheated Workers Thousands Of Dollars



Oct. 30, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge

An Astoria contractor has been debarred from working in New York after cheating three workers out of tens of thousands in wages.

Astoria General Contracting Corp., located at 35-34 31st St., paid three immigrant employees a third of what they were owed for their work repairing and installing equipment at City schools, City Comptroller Scott Stringer found.

As a result, Astoria General is debarred from working in the City or State for the next five years and must pay more than $1.1 million.

“My office has zero tolerance for unscrupulous contractors who attempt to cheat workers out of their rightfully-owed prevailing wages and benefits,” Stringer said in a statement. “Paying workers a fair wage is not a choice, it’s the law.  Three men are going to get the wages they deserve and another contractor has learned the hard way that we take our enforcement of prevailing wage very seriously.”

Stringer’s office used surveillance video and security and visitor logs to determine that Astoria General was reporting payment on only one of its three employees. The contractor then paid the workers only $13 or $25 per hour – in cash or gross check – for work that should have cost $75 to $80 per hour, a spokesperson for the Comptroller said.

The $1.1 million that Astoria General owes includes $735,000 in unpaid wages and benefits, as well as about $200,000 each for interest and civil penalties.

So far, the Comptroller’s office has collected $226,000 on behalf of the workers by withholding money from Astoria General’s contracts with the city.

The contractor could not immediately be reached for comment.

Reach reporter Jackie Strawbridge at [email protected]

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 
Edward Hatton

I’ve worked lots of schools this happens more then you would think nobody has ever questioned workers when I was present most wouldn’t say anything anyway,with the fear of losing their job


One day on a job like that would probably break your sad little body.

You can only do this type of work for so long. The pay is commensurate with the type of work performed. Get over it.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Buy ‘Made in Queens’ this holiday season

Dec. 1, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Seems as if the holiday season is coming upon us quicker than ever! And if you’re running out of thoughtful ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers, here are some tempting offerings, courtesy of those innovative Made in Queens (MiQ) folks.