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PLAZA is committed to the highest level of corporate ethics and values.  We dedicate ourselves to customer satisfaction and quality in everything we do in order to sustain our leadership role in the construction industry.

Honesty and Integrity. We will obey all laws and always practice the highest standards of honesty and integrity in every aspect of our work and in all of our business relationships.  This means we will act with honesty and integrity in our conduct with fellow employees, business partners and customers.

Quality of Work/Service. We are committed to continuous improvement. We will fully understand and communicate our customers’ requirements and perform work that meets those requirements.

Client Satisfaction. We will ensure that all activity is driven by a dedication to our clients by actively searching out the needs of the clients and by responding to these needs quickly and effectively.

Employee Satisfaction. Our strength is in our employees.  We will continually foster trust, respect, cooperation and mutual commitment to excellence. We will respond to the problems and concerns of our employees and take appropriate steps to rectify them and ensure against their future occurrence.

Teamwork. We will create an open working environment, which encourages everyone at Plaza Construction LLC to develop and work together in a true spirit of teamwork and fairness.

Accountability. We will foster a spirit of integrity, responsibility and accountability throughout the job and the organization, and build our own knowledge and identification with our skills and our company.

Self Examination. We will continually examine and refocus our efforts and resources and initiate changes necessary to fulfill our mission and maintain our competitiveness in a changing environment.

Efficiency. We will conduct all activities in a productive, efficient and cost effective manner.

Contractor & Subcontractor Disclosure

Obligations Under Public Authorities Law 1269-G

Under Section 1269-g of the Public Authorities Law, a contractor who has entered into a public works contract with the Metropolitan Authority (MTA), and all of its subcontractors, must post and distribute specified information about certain laws to their employees working on the project.  The laws are: 

  • The New York False Claims Act, Section 187-194 of the State Finance Law, which encourages citizens to assist New York State and local governments to detect and stop fraud. 
  • Section 740 of the New York Labor Law, which protects from retaliation employees who have reported illegal conduct that threatens the public health or safety, first to their supervisor, and then to a federal, state, or local governmental body. 

Set forth below is the information that contractors and subcontractors must disclose to their employees.  We also have prepared a sample notice, entitled “Protections for Reporting Fraud in New York,” which contains this information.  A contractor or a subcontractor may use this sample notice to comply with its obligations under Section 1269-g(1) to post information at workplace sites; to post information on its website if it has one (or to provide a hyperlink to the MTA’s website); and, to distribute information (through employee handbooks or email) to their employees who perform work on the contract. 

INFORMATION THAT CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS MUST DISCLOSE 

Reporting fraud or other illegal activity

Fraud or other illegal activity may be reported to: 

Office of the Inspector General

Metropolitan Transportation Authority                                                               

Two Penn Plaza, 5th Floor                                                                            

New York, New York 10121                                                                        

24-Hour Complaint Hotline                                                                       

1-800-MTA-IG4U                                                                                             

1-800-682-4448                                

Or

New York State Attorney General

Public Integrity Bureau

120 Broadway, 22nd Floor

New York, New York 10005

Public Integrity Hotline

1-800-428-9072

New York’s False Claims Act

New York’s False Claims Act (State Finance Law §§ 187-194) generally prohibits any person from knowingly submitting a false or Fraudulent claim for payment or approval to any state or local government agency, including the MTA. 

Any person may report to the Attorney General Information relating to what he or she believes to be a possible false or fraudulent claim submitted to the MTA.  The Attorney General may investigate and bring a civil action against anyone who has violated the law.  A person or company found liable under the False Claims Act must generally pay treble damages and civil penalties, plus costs and attorneys’ fees.

In addition, the False Claims Act authorizes any person to start a lawsuit against any person or company who has submitted to the MTA a false or fraudulent claim.  If the suit is successful, that person may share in whatever money the MTA recovers.  This citizens law suit is called a qui tam action.  It is an important tool that enables citizens to help New York State and public authorities such as the MTA recover money or property lost through fraud or corruption.

Filing a qui tam action

A qui tam action must be filed with the court under seal to give the Attorney General and the MTA a chance to investigate the allegations of fraud.  Depending on the case, the Attorney General might intervene and take over the case altogether, allow the qui tam plaintiff to take part, or allow the qui tam plaintiff to handle it on his or her own. 

A person may commence a qui tam law suit without using an attorney.  However, the procedures are complicated and must be carefully followed.  Most qui tam plaintiffs rely on an attorney who specializes in and has experience with False Claims Act cases.  In addition to sharing in a percentage of the amount of any recovery, a person who starts a qui tam action may be eligible to recover attorneys’ fees plus other costs and expenses. 

Prohibitions on employer retaliation

New York State law prohibits an employer for discharging, demoting, suspending, threatening, harassing, or otherwise discriminating against an employee because that employee has lawfully reported what he or she believes to be fraudulent or illegal conduct to the Attorney General or started a qui tam action under the False Claims Act. 

New York State’s Labor Law also prohibits an employer from discharging, suspending, demoting, or otherwise retaliating against an employee because that employee has disclosed to a supervisor illegal conduct that creates and presents substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or who discloses such illegal conduct to a public body (including the Attorney General or the MTA inspector General) after first disclosing it to a supervisor.

Protections for Reporting Fraud in New York

If you work for a contractor or subcontractor on a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) project and you believe that your employer or another contractor or subcontractor on that project is engaged in fraud or any other illegal activity you may report what you know either to:

Office of the Inspector General

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Two Penn Plaza, 5th Floor

New York, New York 10121

24 Hour Complaint Hotline

1-800-MTA-IG4U

1-800-682-4448 

Or 

New York State Attorney General

Public Integrity Bureau

120 Broadway, 22nd Floor

New York, New York 10005

Public Integrity Hotline

1-800-428-9072

Your employer may not fire, suspend, demote, or otherwise retaliate against because you lawfully report to the MTA or to the Attorney General what you believe to be: 

  1. Fraudulent conduct that violates New York’s False Claims Act, or 
  2. Illegal conduct that creates and presents a substantial and specific threat to the public health or safety if you have first reported it to your supervisor

New  York State’s False Claims Act prohibits anyone from submitting false or fraudulent claims to the MTA for payment or approval, and allows you to sue any person or any company that you have reason to believe is defrauding the MTA, even you employer.  Called qui tam actions, these citizen lawsuits are an important tool for people to help New York State, public authorities such as the MTA, and local governments recover money or property they lose through fraud or corruption.

A person or company who violates the False Claims Act usually must pay three times the amount fraudulently obtained plus a civil penalty.  If you file a qui tam action on behalf of the MTA you may be eligible to keep a percentage of whatever funds the MTA recovers. 

Your employer may not lawfully fire, demote, suspend, threaten, harass, or otherwise retaliate against you for starting a qui tam action, and you may sue your employer if that happens. 

You may start a qui tam action on the MTA’s behalf without using an attorney, but the procedures are complicated and must be carefully followed.  Most people rely on an attorney who specializes in False Claims Act cases.  If you do rely on an attorney and the qui tam action is successful, you may be eligible for attorneys’ fees plus other costs and expenses (in addition to your share of the money the MTA recovers).  If you start a qui tam action, the Attorney General might take it over altogether, allow you to take part, or allow you to handle it on your own, but no matter what you would eligible to a percentage of any funds the MTA recovered.

“The Plaza project team has shown the utmost dedication and integrity along with a solution-oriented approach.” J. David Harrison
W South Beach