Our History

Sixty years ago, John Baratta Sr. formed De-Bar Contracting Company, Inc. John Baratta Sr. philosophy was based on safety, productivity and efficiency. This approach proved successful as our company worked on projects for New York City utility companies such as Con Edison, Brooklyn Union Gas, and the New York City Fire Department. Louis Baratta Sr. and John Baratta Jr. expanded the company, working on major sewer projects for New York City. Upon John Sr.’s passing, his sons Louis and John Jr. regulated and further expanded the business. In 1993, the company became Verizon’s Master Contractor for Staten Island. Granite Avenue Utility Corporation was formed in 1993 as the business entity solely concerned with servicing Verizon on Staten Island.

Since its establishment, Granite Avenue Utility Corp. has serviced Verizon with the same powerful work ethic and efficiency that exemplified our grandfather’s philosophy. With the passing of Louis Baratta Sr. in 2001, in addition to the recent passing of John Baratta Jr. Granite Avenue Utility Corp. has produced a new dynamic generation of Baratta‘s to the forefront, led by President Gail Baratta, Officers Thomas Baratta, Christopher Baratta, Jason Baratta.

(1954) - Uncle Benny with local politicians.
(1954) - Uncle Benny with local politicians.
(1980) - Chill Water Lines Installation
(1980) - Chill Water Lines Installation
(2017) - Jason Baratta & Chris Baratta
(2017) - Jason Baratta & Chris Baratta

Our Union Affiliations

We are an ALL-UNION company and have affiliations with the following Unions: Local 14 & Local 15 Operating Engineers, Local 731 laborers, Local 282 teamsters, Local 1010 pavers and road builders. Our men are OSHA certified trained and educated; safety and efficiency is our priority when it comes to our work.

Our Wide-Ranging Experience

We have done an extensive amount of emergency repair work for underground cable failures, excavation for commercial, residential, industrial buildings, service installations, and do full restoration of all our work. We do an abundance of mainline conduit installation, paving work, concrete work, landscaping, as well as in-place manhole rebuilding/repairing, and a myriad of other types of construction work.

Our permanent labor force is one of the most experienced and qualified in the business. We will continue to give our utmost attention to safety, quality control, innovation, and customer service.