SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

BTEA’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY COMPLIANCE AND INTEGRITY INTSTITUTE TO HOLD SEMINAR ON OCTOBER 2 & 3

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance

The BTEA’s newly formed Construction Industry Compliance and Integrity Institute will be holding a conference on Tuesday, October 2, and Wednesday, October 3, at the Westin Times Square located at 270 West 43rd Street in Manhattan.  This program is the first step in a sustained effort by the BTEA working with government to increase awareness of laws, regulations and practices that New York construction companies must comply with to do business in this industry in New York City.  In addition to a variety of interactive seminar sessions, the conference with feature as keynote speakers Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch and New York City Department of Investigations Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn.

The deadline for conference registration is 12:00 p.m. on Monday October 1.  For more conference registration information, please visit the BTEA’s web site at www.bteany.com or contact Carol Karlin at ckarlin@bteany.com or by phone at 212-704-9745.

 

BTEA OPPOSES NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RULE REGARDING PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC MANAGERS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES

The BTEA recently forwarded a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) stating its opposition to proposed new rules for pedestrian traffic managers.  Specifically, in the proposed new rules, the NYCDOT states that all pedestrian traffic managers must have a minimum of five or more years of law enforcement or traffic control experience when they are deployed.  Law enforcement experience could include the New York City Police Department, New York City Department of Corrections, New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police, New York State Police, military police or other comparable municipal law enforcement agencies.  In addition, the pedestrian traffic managers must have current flagger certification from an accredited organization.

In a letter to the NYCDOT regarding these rules, BTEA President and CEO Louis Coletti stated that “the BTEA feels that these [pedestrian traffic manager] rules are unnecessary and only serve to increase the cost of construction in New York City.  The rule does not provide any administrative details that would allow a fair and complete assessment of its impact on construction contractors and owners.”

For more information on this proposed rule, please contact BTEA Senior Vice President Hank Kita at hkita@bteany.com.

 

NEW YORK BUILDING CONGRESS REPORTS CONSTRUCTION STARTS DOWN IN FIRST OF 2012

In a recently released report, the New York Building Congress (NYBC) found that New York City construction starts were down considerably during the first half of 2012.  The NYBC analysis of McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge data found that $6.6 billion in construction projects were initiated in the first half of 2012.  This represented a 16 percent decrease from the first half of 2011 when construction starts were at $7.9 billion.

On the positive side, the NYBC found that residential construction starts more than doubled during the first half of 2012 ($1.9 billion) as compared to the same period in 2011 ($929 million).

 

SAVE THE DATE: 2012 BTEA SAFETY CONFERENCE TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 20, 2012