We here at Safepact.com really felt for the Sandy Victims. We offered our services to them for Free (and we still are!), and we did everything we could to make sure that the rebuilding effort went as smoothly as possible. I know that the story happened in the past, and there isn’t much to be had in bringing up old topics, but I came across a story that kinda made me sad.
And the problem isn’t even the contractors or the people that they helped, it’s the actual state of New York not fulfilling their promises. The bulk of the story is about one sub who was still owed almost a half a million dollars! Being owed money can be fine for some of the bigger contracting companies, which NY hired as well, but it’s the subs (basically the little guys) who really can feel the strain of that lack of cash.
When disasters like this happen it’s always nice to hear from the company that does work for free, the person who volunteers their time for nothing more than a thanks, and the business that works for their community, but that doesn’t mean that ligitimate businesses shouldn’t get paid either.
If you make a promise to pay someone for their work you should fulfill it, whether you are a consumer paying for a new kitchen, or a state government paying to rebuild your community.
Everybody build (and pay) safe out there!