Elected Officials Question Decision to Hire Questionable Construction Firm at 4 World Trade Center
Developers recently hired Regional Scaffolding and Hoisting Company, currently under investigation by the District Attorney’s office, to work at 4 World Trade Center
New York, NY – New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, Borough President Scott Stringer, and State Senator Daniel Squadron sent a strongly worded letter today to Larry A. Silverstein expressing concern over the hiring of Regional Scaffolding and Hoisting Company at the 4 World Trade Center site. Despite its indictment by the Manhattan DA for manslaughter as a result of the deaths of two firefighters at the Deutsche Bank site and its attempt to hide the troubled company involved by creating a shell corporation, Silverstein recently hired the company to help install elevators in the building.
“Rebuilding the World Trade Center site is of paramount importance not only for Lower Manhattan, but for our nation as a whole. Why, then, would we entrust a company with work at the site that is currently under indictment for manslaughter as a result of the deaths of two courageous firefighters just across the street at the Deutsche Bank site?” Council Member Chin said. “You’d think the developers would learn their lesson. But apparently they haven’t. I urge Larry Silverstein to seriously reconsider the hiring of Regional, and make sure that in the future only companies that have proven track records work on this incredibly important project.”
On June 24th, 2010, the New York Times published an article detailing Silverstein’s hiring of Regional despite the allegations. In 2007, prosecutors say Regional created a shell company called the John Galt Corporation to hide the involvement of another troubled company. Regional was then indicted for the deaths of two firefighters at the Deutsche bank site. In addition, the Mayor’s Office and the Port Authority have cautioned against doing business with the company, and the School Construction Authority prohibits Regional from performing work in schools.
Chin, Stringer, and Squadron sent a letter to Silverstein on July 7th expressing concern over the hire.