Freshman Legis. Brian Beedenbender, a close ally and protege of Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, will announce a proposal Thursday to require all 15,000 licensed contractors in the county to prove their employees' legal working status.
Proposal: Contractors must prove workers' status
The measure, if successful, would be the first of its kind in the state, officials said. Contractors would risk losing their licenses if found in violation.
The resolution, to be co-sponsored by Legis. Jack Eddington (WF-Medford), would apply to new and renewal licenses for electricians, plumbers and home contractors, according to Beedenbender (D-Selden).
Levy supports the proposal, which follows a highly controversial 2006 Levy-backed law that requires contractors doing business with the county to confirm the legal status of their employees.
"I can do nothing about who does or does not come across the border," Beedenbender said. "But I think it is my responsibility to make sure that people who do business in Suffolk County have a fair and equal shot."