NY Steel Makers Angry Over Use Of Foreign Steel In Local Projects

The U.S. steel industry has a beef with the Port Authority's renovation plans of LaGuardia Airport.

Both Canadian and Chinese steel will be used in the $4 billion dollar construction project.

The Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul said "The blatant outsourcing goes against Gov. Cuomo's Buy American" clause in the latest budget.

The Port Authority also bought steel from Turkey, Eastern Europe, and China for the refurbishing of the Holland Tunnel Pier.

A Port Authority spokesperson said they are in compliance with mandates that require 50% of the steel used in projects come from the United States.

Other local construction projects that have used cheaper imported steel includes NYC's Department of Environmental Protection, which bought Chinese steel to rebuild the Hudson River aqueduct and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's decision to buy $235 million dollars' worth of Chinese steel to upgrade the Verrazano Bridge.

60 Local steel manufacturers are in Albany today lobbying the state to use more domestic steel.

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