DECEMBER 21, 2012

CITY COUNCIL PASSES NEW MWBE LAW

The New York City Council passed legislation this week by a vote of 49-2, which expands the scope of minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) program eligible contracts and increases city agency accountability in this area.

The legislation, Intro 911-A, significantly raises MWBE goals for city construction contracts of under $1 million.  For these contracts, Intro 911-A calls for goals of 8% for Black Americans, 8% for Asian Americans, 4% for Hispanics, 18% for Women and 6% for Emerging Businesses.  The BTEA fought hard to have the legislation prescribe that the City of New York would be responsible for the certification and maintenance of MWBE-eligible lists including provisions that ensure that the MWBEs are providing a commercially useful function and that the City pay site visits to the MWBEs during the certification process. The BTEA also strongly advocated for increasing the financial threshold for eligible MWBEs from a previously proposed $14 million in revenues to $50 million in City contracts over three years and revenues of $14 million for three years.  The lower threshold would likely have had a negative impact on union MWBE contractors.

Intro 911-A will officially become law on July 1, 2013, upon the approval and signature of Mayor Bloomberg.

 

OSHA ISSUES A CALL FOR COMMENTS ON ITS STANDARD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a “Request for Information” for its Standards Improvement Project (SIP).  SIP is an ongoing OSHA review process designed to streamline existing construction standards by removing and /or revising requirements that are duplicative or inconsistent with other standards.  The BTEA’s Safety Committee will be reviewing the Request for Information and determine whether a BTEA response is warranted.  The Safety Committee will hold a special meeting for that purpose on January 7.

BTEA members interested in this OSHA request should contact BTEA Senior Vice President Hank Kita at 212-704-9745 or by e-mail at hkita@bteany.com.

 

BTEA HOLIDAY CLOSURES

BTEA offices will be closed for the upcoming holidays on December 24 & 25, as well as December 31 & January 1.

The BTEA wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday!!