From the Morning Memo:

A workforce development organization that provides training to New York City Housing Authority residents is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the top leaders in the Assembly and Senate to include a design-build provision for improvements, but asked that they not include a project-labor agreement in a final deal.

In the letter to Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Charlene Nimmons, the chief executive officer of Public Housing Communities writes that project labor agreements, or PLAs, “have failed the public housing community by denying its residents opportunities to gain meaningful construction work in and around their homes.”

Having a design-build provision in the final agreement, however, “would be a step in the right direction” for encouraging construction and improvements.

Lawmakers and Cuomo are considering about $250 million earmarked for NYCHA improvements, with discussions surrounding a private contractor for the repairs — a push that’s opposed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Heastie. A spokeswoman for the Independent Democratic Conference told Zack Fink of NY1 that an independent monitor would oversee how the money is being spent and there is no language about a private contractor.