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Dukes fumes over ATI

June 5, 2007

 Albany -- State Representative Winfred Dukes brings his complaints about Albany Tomorrow, Incorporated to city commissioners.

Tuesday, Dukes came before the commission and said that he believes the city may ultimately responsible for the actions taken by ATI, when they turned down his construction company for a project at the Albany Civil Rights Museum.

He says the $2 million+ project is public money and that ATI should not have courted the second highest bidder in order to bring them down to budget.

"This basically comes down to an issue of fairness," Dukes said. "Fairness In how we expend public funds. This is public money, this is not private money and it is subject to state, federal and local laws."

City commissioners encouraged Dukes to bring his complaints before the ATI board, but said they will look into if ATI broke the law, or only violated industry standards.