October 28, 2011

DEPUTY MAYOR HOLLOWAY TO SPEAK AT BTEA SAFETY CONFERENCE ON NOVEMBER 22

The New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations, Caswell F. Holloway, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the BTEA’s 2011 Safety Conference which is will be held on November 22, 2011 at the Hilton NewYork,  located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan.  The conference which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. will include a trade show featuring safety vendors, consultants and public agencies as well as safety seminars and luncheon.

The 2011 Safety Conference will feature presentations by OSHA, the New York City Department of Buildings and the New York City Department of Health on the 2010-2011 Construction Industry Report Card.   Seminar sessions will focus on subjects such as criminal liability in the area of construction safety in New York, New York City Fire Department Inspections and New York City Fire Department Special Operations and Emergencies.

More information on conference sponsorship opportunities, program ads, registration and vendor participation can be obtained by contacting Carol Karlin at ckarlin@bteany.com or by phone at 212-704- 9745.

 

BTEA PRESIDENT OUTLINES BTEA GOALS FOR 2012

At the October 13 meeting of the BTEA Board of Governors, BTEA President Louis Coletti issued a call to BTEA member associations and their construction managers, general contractors and subcontractors “to work together to strengthen the union construction industry” in these difficult economic times.  Coletti cited the financial markets, construction market trends, owner requirements and labor issues as factors that greatly impact the future of BTEA contractors but which are largely beyond their control.

In order to better serve its members, Mr. Coletti outlined  several new initiatives for the remainder of 2011 and 2012 that would assist member contractors in increasing their competitiveness and productivity.  Among those initiatives is the implementation of a Labor Information Technology Project which would develop a computer program to consolidate CBA’s, hours worked, a PLA matrix, cost analysis and other key data. 

Mr. Coletti also announced a new program that would market the value of BTEA contractors to its own members, as well as client sectors such as real estate, healthcare, architects, public agencies and higher education.

Coletti reinforced the commitment of the BTEA to remain as the unified voice of BTEA contractors to New York City, State and Federal agencies and elected officials.  In addition, he restated the mission of the BTEA in providing union contractors an active and visible role in civic and public policy organizations outside the construction industry as well as other entities and interests within the New York City construction industry.

 

BLOOMBERG ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES OPENING OF DEVELOPMENT HUB TO ACCELERATE CONSTRUCTION APPROVAL PROCESS

 

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

 

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri

 

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri recently announced the opening of the New York City Development Hub, a state- of- the- art plan review center that will accelerate the approval process for construction projects throughout the City and speed up job creation.  Licensed architects and engineers will now be able to submit digital constructions plans to the Department of Buildings at the Development Hub and resolve any issues in a virtual environment, without ever meeting in person.  Equipped with large television screens, smart boards, webcams and desktop computer tablets, the Development Hub will allow Buildings plan examiners to review thousand of building designs faster and without the use of paper for the first time in New York City. 

The new Development Hub is located at 80 Centre Street in Manhattan.

 

CITY’S “NEW” GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING COMPETITION MAY SPUR FURTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The New York City sponsored competition for $400 million in land and subsidies for the development and construction of a new graduate school for science and engineering, is heading into the final week for the submission of proposals.  Colleges and universities from across the country are expected to submit proposals to the Bloomberg Administration for this project by the end of the month.  The competition is expected to spur economic development in the City and transform it into a “high-tech hub” that will spur future construction opportunities.

 

GOVERNOR CUOMO NAMES NEW PORT AUTHORITY AND MTA CHIEFS

Patrick Foye, an economic development official with ties to the last four New York State governors, has been named by Governor Cuomo to serve as the Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  Mr. Foye, Governor Cuomo’s deputy secretary for economic development, replaces Christopher Ward, who announced his resignation several weeks ago.

Governor Cuomo has also announced the appointment of Joseph Lhota as the next CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).  Mr. Lhota will replace Jay Walder as MTA Chairman and CEO next month.  Lhota previously served as the the deputy mayor for operations, budget director and finance commissioner under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.  He was also a board member of the MTA.