JUNE 15, 2011
Louis J. Coletti
President & CEO


Kenneth A. Durr
Mechanical Contractors Association
Durr Mechanical Construction, Inc.

Steven Alessio
Vice Chairman
Building Contractors Association
Sweet Construction Corp.

Pat A. Di Filippo
Vice Chairman
Contractors' Association of Greater NY
Gene Cardoza
Vice Chairman
Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of NY

David Pinter
Vice Chairman
National Electrical Contractors Assn. NYC Chapter

Victor Gany
Vice Chairman
Sheet Metal Contractors Assn.

Jay Badame
Building Contractors Association
Tishman Construction Corp.

Robert Peckar, Esq.
General Counsel
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.


The BTEA Board of Governors at its May 19, 2011 meeting passed a resolution to notify the Building and Construction Trades Council of its intent to:

“Terminate the NY Plan for the Resolution of Jurisdictional Disputes Between the BTEA and BCTC.”

The action discussed over the last several years was driven by the following:

  1. BTEA member associations and contractors not wanting to be bound to the NY Plan based on its membership in the BTEA

  2. BTEA member associations and contractors not wanting to be bound by language in the NY Plan requiring them to award construction contracts to companies affiliated with Building Trade Unions

Based on legal advice provided by BTEA General Counsel Steve Charney of Peckar and Abramson, LLC, the notification is the first step required to terminate the NY Plan between the two organizations which is set to expire December 31, 2011.

BTEA members are encouraged to contact their individual associations and/or their own legal counsel with respect to this issues and how it impacts their company.


The 2011 BTEA Alfred G. Gerosa Dinner held on May 24, honoring Larry Silverstein was attended by over 700 representatives of the New York City construction industry

Dan Tishman, Chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction, and Chris Ward, Executive Director of the Port Authority, presented the Alfred G. Gerosa Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Silverstein for his life-long commitment to New York City’s unionized construction industry. Mr. Silverstein was praised throughout the evening for his commitment to rebuilding downtown and his support for using union contractors to help him achieve this goal.

A special thank to you co-chairmen Pat Di Filippo of Turner Construction and Jay Badame of Tishman Construction for their hard work and kind words about the BTEA. Notable industry and public officials in attendance included:
  • Peter Davoren, President of Turner Construction
  • David Burney, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction
  • Sal Cassano, Commissioner of the Fire Department of NY
  • Lorraine Grillo, President and CEO of the NYC School Construction Authority
  • Robert LiMandri, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Buildings
  • Marla Simpson, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services
  • John Spavins,  Coordinator of Labor Initiatives of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services
  • Steve Spinola, President of the Real Estate Board of NY

In honor of his 80th birthday, Mr. Silverstein was presented with a birthday cake prepared by the celebrity baker, Buddy “ the Cake Boss” Valastro, of Carlos Bakery in Hoboken, NJ. The cake was an actual representation of the completed WTC site in Lower Manhattan.


Below are links to articles that have appeared in the press over the past few weeks with respect to labor-management issues:



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