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Gov. Cuomo signs 'Buy American' legislation for steel, iron

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Friday to ensure that New York buys American-made steel and iron products. (Photo: MGN Online)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Friday to ensure that New York buys American-made steel and iron products.

Starting in April 2018, all surface road and bridge projects under the purview of New York state will be required under contract to use American-made structural iron and structural steel. This applies to the Department of Transportation, Thruway Authority, Bridge Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Office of General Services, SUNY Construction Fund and Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

"Buy American will help us invest directly in our greatest asset, our workforce, to support economic development and job growth for generations to come," Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

The law requires steel or iron to have been produced or made in whole or substantial part in the U.S.

Starting April 1, all contracts executed after that date will be subject to the law.

As an additional component of the law, a 14-person work group will be established to consider expanding the 'Buy American' idiom to other manufactured products within the U.S., including concrete, cement and aluminum products. Governor Cuomo will appoint seven members and the chair of the group. The temporary president of the State Senate and Assembly Speaker will each appoint two members; each minority leader will appoint one member.

An interim report of the group's findings will be released by January 1, 2019 and a final report on January 1, 2020.

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