JANUARY 17, 2012
2012 BTEA LEADERS NAMED AT ANNUAL MEETING
Jay Badame of Tishman Construction Corporation and the Building Contractors Association
David Pinter of Zwicker Electric Company and the National Electrical Contractors Association, New York Chapter
The BTEA’s 2012 Officers and Executive Board were formally installed at the group’s Annual Meeting held on January 12 at 7 World Trade Center.
Jay Badame of Tishman Construction Corporation and the Building Contractors Association and David Pinter of Zwicker Electric Company and the National Electrical Contractors Association, New York Chapter were name Co-Chairmen of the BTEA for 2012 at the meeting. They succeed Kenneth Durr of Durr Mechanical and the Mechanical Contractors Association who served as the BTEA Chairman in 2010 and 2011.
The remaining roster of 2012 Officers and members of the Executive Committee is as follows:
Pat Di Filippo, Turner Construction Co., Contractors Association of Greater New York
Arthur Rubinstein, Skyline Steel Corp., Allied Building Metal Industries
Steven Alessio, Sweet Construction Corp., Building Contractors Association
Peter Cafiero, Island Painting, Inc., Association of Master Painters
Michael Gabbay, Plaza Construction Corp., Contractors Association of Greater New York
Anthony Bell, Martin Associates, Inc., Mechanical Contractors Association
Don DeNardo, Lend Lease LMB, Inc., Contractors Association of Greater New York
In addition to the installation of officers, the Board of Governors was addressed by the President of the New York City Economic Development Authority, Seth Pinsky. In his remarks, Mr. Pinsky detailed a number of economic development initiatives of the Bloomberg Administration including the recently designated Cornell University Applied Science Center to be built on Roosevelt Island and the long delayed Kingsbridge Armory project in the Bronx. Pinsky also highlighted the need of New York City to continually updated its infrastructure.
Seth Pinsky delivering his remarks at the BTEA annual meeting
A clerical error by the leaders of the International Carpenters Union has likely scuttled the contracts negotiated by a number of BTEA member associations this past summer. The International had hoped to have the contracts ratified this week prior to the installation of a new slate of leaders at the local 25,000 member District Council of Carpenters. The clerical error raises the likelihood that the contracts may have to be renegotiated when the District Council’s new leaders assume power this week.
One of the most frequently cited regulations by OSHA is the injury and illness record keeping requirements. The compliance with OSHA recordkeeping is a yearlong effort for many contractors beginning on January 1 of each year.
On January 1, 2012, applicable contractors will need to total their 2011 data of these injury and illness records on the OSHA 300-A Form and post it in a conspicuous location for employee review from February 1 to April 30. Contractors will also need to start collecting 2012 information on any recordable injury or illness in this New Year.
The BTEA will continue to offer free safety training courses to its members through the summer of 2012 through a grant provided by the New York State Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program. For more information on this free safety training, go to the BTEA’s website at www.bteany.com or contact Carol Karlin at 212-704-9745 or e mail at email@example.com.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced several economic development initiatives during his State of the City Address last week that may positively impact the local construction industry. In his remarks, Bloomberg announced an increase in the City’s commitment to modernize the Hunts Point produce market as part of an effort to protect 3,600 jobs there. Bloomberg also announced his administration’s intention to reopen development efforts at the vacant Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.
The BTEA will hold its 2012 Leadership Dinner on the evening of April 5, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency located on 42nd Street at Grand Central Station in Manhattan. More details on this event will be provided in the next few weeks.