APRIL 9, 2013

BTEA 2013 GEROSA LEADERSHIP DINNER TO HONOR IENUSO, KANNER & PLATE

Joseph A. Ienuso
Executive Vice President for University Facilities
Columbia University

Sabrina Kanner
Senior Vice President for Design and Construction
Brookfield Properties

Steven Plate
Deputy Chief of Capital Planning and Director of World Trade Center Cosntruction
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

The BTEA’s 2013 Alfred G. Gerosa Leadership Dinner will honor three builders whose organizations have shown an extraordinary commitment to the utilization of union contractors on their projects.  The honorees include Joseph A. Ienuso, Executive Vice President for University Facilities at Columbia University; Sabrina Kanner, Senior Vice President for Design and Construction at Brookfield Properties; and Steven Plate, Deputy Chief of Capital Planning and Director of World Trade Center Construction for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

The 2013 Gerosa Leadership Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 583 Park Avenue in Manhattan.  A Cocktail Reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Dinner and Awards Program at 7:00 p.m.  The Dinner’s Executive Co-Chairmen include Jay Badame of Tishman Construction, Pat Di Filippo of Turner Construction and Ralph Esposito of Lend Lease, LMB, Inc.  Vice Chairmen for the Leadership Dinner include Richard Kennedy of Skanska USA Building and David Pinter of Zwicker Electric.

For more information on the 2013 Gerosa Leadership Dinner, including the purchase of tickets and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lena Vega-Wystup at the BTEA at 212-704-9745 or by e mail at lvega-wystup@bteany.com.

 

BTEA TESTIFIES ON CITY COUNCIL’S PROPOSED PAID SICK LEAVE LEGISLATION


Louis Coletti, BTEA, and William Shuzman, Allied Building Metal Industries,
testify at City Council Paid Sick Leave legislation hearing.

BTEA President and CEO Lou Coletti recently testified, along with representatives of various BTEA member associations, at a New York City Council hearing on proposed Paid Sick Leave legislation.

The legislation, as currently proposed, would potentially force BTEA member contractors to pay for five more days of sick leave for their workers.  This could result in an average cost of $2,500 per employee and $250 million annually across the New York City construction industry.

As currently drafted, the current version of the proposed Paid Sick Leave legislation would exempt BTEA member contractors from the requirements of the legislation only if such “provisions are expressly waived in such collective bargaining agreement.”   In his testimony, Coletti urged the City Council to delete this waiver provision and in the process not provide the construction unions with a legislatively mandated bargaining chip in the collective bargaining process.

City Council President Christine Quinn recently indicated that she will move this legislation forward with a number of new provisions.  While the legislation is being redrafted by the City Council, the BTEA will continue to strongly advocate for the removal of the aforementioned waiver language.  The BTEA will continue to keep its members informed on further developments related to this legislation.

 

SAFETY COMMITTEE SPONSORS CONSTRUCTION SAFETY REPORT CARD SEMINAR / 72% OF CONSTRUCTIONS FATALITIES IN 2012 AT NONUNION SITES


(Left to Right) Safety Report Card Seminar Panelists Jeff Hutchens, Turner
Construction; Dwayne Carter, Tishman Construction; Kay Gee, OSHA; and
Michael Alacha New York City Department of Buildings.

Approximately 50 participants attended the BTEA’s recent Construction Industry Safety Report Card Seminar, held at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen.  Kay Gee, Area Director for the Manhattan Office of OSHA, and Michael Alacha, Assistant Commissioner for Engineering and Emergency Operations for the New York City Department of Buildings, provided a statistical analysis on construction safety accidents and fatalities over the past year.  They were joined in an ensuing panel discussion on safety trends and best practices by Jeff Hutchens of Turner Construction and Dwayne Carter of Tishman Construction.

According to Ms. Gee, the OSHA statistical analysis for 2012, showed that 72% of the 21 construction related fatalities in New York City, occurred at nonunion construction sites.  Panelists and members of the audience expressed the need for more vigilance in the area of construction safety, at both union and nonunion sites.  In an April 7 New York Post story regarding the 2012 construction fatality statistics, BTEA President Louis Coletti said, “Union construction sites are inherently safer for workers than nonunion sites.  At the end of the day, the most important thing is getting our employees home to their families.”

Copies of the Power Point presentations of Ms. Gee and Mr. Alacha can be found by visiting the BTEA website at www.bteany.com.

 

RONSCO, INC. “RYAN’S WALK” TEAM AIMS TO RAISE ANOTHER $50,000 FOR AUTISM RESEARCH, AWARENESS

BTEA Board of Governors member Lee Zaretzky, Ronsco, Inc. (Ronsco) and The Zaretzky Family are pleased to announce their participation at this year’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks through their “Ryan’s Walk” team on Sunday, June 2, 2013. In an effort to increase accessibility to friends, family and colleagues this year’s team will be participating in the Westchester/Fairfield County Walk. The walk will take place on the campus of the NewYork – Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division, located at 21 Bloomingdale Road in White Plains, New York.

Lee Zaretzky, President of Ronsco and BTEA Board of Governors member, and The Zaretzky Family first became involved with Walk Now for Autism Speaks for personal reasons. Mr. Zaretzky has since recruited the support of his company, members of the construction industry, friends and family members to assemble a team of over 100 enthusiastic members.

The Zaretzky Family is looking forward to the 2013 event and is currently calling for new sponsorships from the construction industry and other industry partners. Registration opens at 9:00 AM, the Opening Ceremony is at 10:00 AM and the walk will begin at 11:00 AM. Those interested in sponsoring or walking with Ryan’s Walk Team may contact Mr. Zaretzky directly at LZ@ronscoinc.com or visit the Ryan’s Walk website for more information or to make a donation: http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/westchesterfairfield/lzaretzky