NOVEMBER 2, 2012

BTEA CONDUCTS PUBLIC POLICY SURVEY WITH MEMBERS

The BTEA Government Affairs Committee is conducting a survey of BTEA member opinions regarding public policy and construction contractor issues that will be raised with candidates in New York City's Mayoral election in November 2013. The BTEA Government Affairs Committee will utilize the results of this survey in developing the organization's public policy positions for the 2013 citywide elections.

The survey is available online and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Responses to the survey will be kept confidential and the results of the survey will be reported back to the BTEA membership in the aggregate.

In order to complete the survey, BTEA member contractors should go to http://surveys.polling.net/BTEA and follow the simple directions there. The final date for the completion of the survey is November 16, 2012.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact BTEA Senior Vice President Hank Kita at 212-704-9745 or by e-mail at hkita@bteany.com.

 

2012 BTEA SAFETY CONFERENCE TO FEATURE OSHA HEAD AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER

The Undersecretary of Labor and national head of OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, will be the keynote speaker at the BTEA's 2012 Safety Conference, which will be held on Tuesday, November 20 at the Sheraton New York located at 811 7th Avenue in Manhattan. The 2012 Safety Conference will explore the innovative safety techniques being employed by construction professionals in New York City. The Conference's Plenary Session will feature remarks by OSHA Regional Administrator Robert Kulick, New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. Breakout seminar sessions will cover a range of topics including "New York City's Contractor Safety Report Card," "Creating a Good Safety Culture," "High Rise Safety and Security" and "Safety Utilizing 3-D Building Techniques."

In addition, the Conference will include a Safety Trade Show featuring a number of safety vendors. Sponsorships are available for the show and tickets can be purchased online with a credit card here. Checks are also accepted as payment.

For more information, please contact Carol Karlin at the BTEA at 212-704-9745 or by e-mail at ckarlin@bteany.com.

 

BUILDING CONGRESS REPORT FORCASTS INCREASE IN SPENDING IN 2012

The New York Building Congress recently issued a report that forecast a 9 percent increase in overall construction spending, from $28 billion in 2011 to $30.7 billion in 2012. According to the report, overall construction spending increased approximately 22 percent since hitting a post recession low of $25.2 billion in 2012. The Building Congress projects that construction spending in New York City in 2013 will remain steady and drop slightly in 2014.