DECEMBER 5, 2012


The BTEA was saddened to learn of the death this week of our Past Chairman, John A. Cavanagh. 

Mr. Cavanagh’s outstanding career in the New York City construction industry included positions as the President of Morse Diesel International and Vice Chairman of AMEC Construction Management, Inc.  John served for two terms as Chairman of the BTEA and was instrumental in the organization’s resurgence in the late 1990s.  He held the position of Chairman Emeritus of the BTEA and the BTEA’s Annual Award for Leadership was named after him.

Mr. Cavanagh also held the position of Chairman of the New York Building Congress and was a founding member and Chairman of the Board of the Contractors Association of Greater New York (CAGNY).  CAGNY honored John by naming its scholarship program after him. Mr. Cavanagh served on numerous charitable and industry boards, including the Regional Alliance of Small Contractors, Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW) and the Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, among others.

John Cavanagh tirelessly led one of the four prime contractors involved in the cleanup of the World Trade Center site following the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  He was part of the team that executed the cleanup of the site ahead of schedule and under budget.

BTEA President and CEO Louis Coletti expressed the sentiments of many in the New York City construction industry when he said, “On behalf of the BTEA, I would like to express our condolences to the Cavanagh family.  John Cavanagh was a true gentleman and leader of our industry whose presence will be sorely missed and whose contributions to union construction and the greater community of New York City, will not soon be forgotten.”



The BTEA has been closely working with the City of New York regarding the registration of construction contractors for the City of New York’s Rapid Repair Program.  Registration for the program can be completed through the BTEA’s website at

The Rapid Repairs Program is an initiative undertaken by the Bloomberg Administration providing construction services to local neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  The construction services generally provided under the program include the restoration of heat, electrical service and hot water to damaged homes. 

The City of New York recently designated six general contractors to coordinate the Rapid Repairs Program.  Those contractors include Conti Construction, Gilbane Construction, Judlau Contracting, Navillus Contracting, Skanska USA Civil Construction and the Tudor Perini Corporation.  Each of these contractors is responsible for overseeing field work for the Rapid Repairs Program for a specific geographical area in each of the City’s five boroughs.




Recently, the Commissioners of the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) and the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) announced the results of a crackdown on fraudulent scaffold certification and OSHA safety cards.  According to DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn and DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri, more than 70 such fraudulent documents were confiscated during a two week sweep that resulted in the arrest of 30 construction workers at sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  The joint operation resulted in partial and full stop work orders issued at 14 of the sites for a variety of violations, including the unapproved installation of supported scaffolding.

According DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn, “Safety at construction sites is a priority, and this joint sweep underscores the City’s commitment to enforcement.  Using fake certifications to bypass required training is wrongdoing that puts workers and the public at risk and will not be tolerated.  I commend the DOI investigators and the DOB inspectors who uncovered and stopped this hazardous conduct.  DOI’s effort in this area continues.”