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4.20. A “public work” is considered an Article of Procurement under State Finance Law §139-j(1)(b).  What does “public work” mean under this statute? (Last Updated: 4/20/2006)

Public Work is not defined in State Finance Law §§139-j and 139-k.  However, the Department of Labor, which is charged with regulating the prevailing wages for public works, defines public work as a project for construction, reconstruction or maintenance done on behalf of a governmental entity where a governmental entity is a party to a contract involving the employment of laborers, workers or mechanics and which the project's primary objective must be to benefit the public.  See Labor Law §220.  For more information on what constitutes a public work, please contact the New York State Department of Labor, Bureau of Public Works.


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