SYRACUSE — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) has proposed the Build Local, Hire Local bill and made a recent stop in Syracuse to promote it.
If it became law, the legislation would create new requirements for hiring workers to ensure that local residents are the first to benefit from new infrastructure projects in their community, the senator says. The bill would also require that federal projects incorporate the community’s input and give contracting opportunities to small businesses and minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses, among other “disadvantaged entrepreneurs.”
Gillibrand contends the bill would make “bold reforms” to federal infrastructure investments, “helping to correct decades of failed federal policies that have isolated communities of color.”
The proposal would also invest in infrastructure projects like …