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Court upholds NY law on public works contracting

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's top court has upheld 2008 revisions to the law governing state and municipal public works contracts that sets varying regional thresholds.

The so-called "Wicks Law" requires separate contract specifications and bidding for three work categories in public projects: plumbing, electrical, and heating, cooling and ventilation.

From 1964 until 2008, that applied statewide to projects with costs exceeding $50,000.

The recent amendments set thresholds of $3 million in New York City, $1.5 million for Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties and $500,000 for the rest of New York.

The Court of Appeals rejected contractor claims that different state-set levels violate the constitutional authority of local governments to manage their own affairs.

The court ruling Thursday says issues of whether its apprenticeship provisions improperly favor in-state contractors need to be examined further.