The New York State Laborers' Union represents over 40,000 members employed in the construction industry and other fields throughout the state.
Our members are organized into more than 24 local unions and 5 district councils. We are a proud affiliate of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).
Daniel Ricciardella a Local 79 member, was on his way home from work Friday night with his wife and children when they got caught in traffic on the George Washington Bridge. Daniel saw a young woman exit her car with a small dog under her arm and made her way to the bridge. Thinking she was getting ready to throw the dog over the bridge, Daniel got out of the car yelling, “Don’t do it!”
When the woman began to climb the rail of the bridge, Daniel realized that she was planning to jump. Ricciardella, a construction foreman, said "I had my three-year-old daughter and my two-month-old in the car. I didn't want my three-year-old to witness something like that. And I don't think it was that girl's time to die."
“She kept yelling ‘There’s no other way!’ But I told her that there is always another way. I don't think it was her time to die.”