October 4, 2013



NYSDOT to Consider Cracking Down on Non-Permitted Over-Dimensional Load Vehicle Travel


The NY Department of Transportation is considering a new ‘three strikes’ policy in response to a recent increase in non-permitted over-dimensional load commercial vehicles entering Manhattan. The DOT has informed the BTEA it has experienced numerous weight and dimension violations of commercial vehicles traveling across city bridges and within city limits without the proper permits.

The various roadways into the city are being monitored via license plate reading technology and the DOT has noted that failure to operate in compliance with Commercial Vehicle policy will result in increased fines and/or penalties, which may include suspension of further permits. The BTEA is working closely with the DOT to appropriately address the situation.

Please refer to section 4-15 of the City’s Traffic Rules for further information on the current policies


Team chosen for Seward Park Development in Lower East Side

Seward Park

Mayor Bloomberg last week unveiled sweeping plans for the redevelopment project known as Essex Crossing in the Lower East Side’s Seward Park area. Taconic Investment Partners, L+M Development Partners and Don Carpaccio’s BFC Partners have been chosen to lead the project and will form the joint venture Delancy Street Associates. Heavyweights such as Related Companies, and Atlantic Yards were at one point in the running to secure the bid, highlighting its appeal. The Mayor proclaimed on September 19th, “We've signed contracts…This is a done deal."

The new 1.6-million-square-foot plan calls for an aggressive mix of market and affordable housing units; the Wall Street Journal calling it a “virtually unprecedented amount of affording housing in a development of this scale.” In addition, an open market street lane and small and medium size retail will be developed. The Delancey Street Associates plan to break ground in early 2015. The project represents $1.1 billion dollars of investment and nearly 4,500 construction jobs.


BTEA President to be honored by The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, Inc

The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, Inc. will offer a special tribute to BTEA President & CEO Louis Coletti and Dennis Oppolito, former Business Manager and Financial Secretary of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 12, for their work with the organization. The initiative aims to increase employment and training of apprentices and drive union participation among the City’s graduating high school class. The tribute will take place at the Building Futures Award Reception at the Westin New York on October 16th.


Remembering Frank J. Garito

Frank J. Garito

We’re saddened to report the passing of Frank J Garito of The Environmental Contractors Association (ECA). In addition to his long time service as the ECA’s Founder and President, Frank was a valued member of the BTEA’s Board of Governors. He was an active and decorated member of the construction and civic communities of New York, serving as the President of the NDR Group (formerly the New Rochelle Revitalization Corp.) and a trustee of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle.  He will be remembered for his numerous personal and professional contributions to our great city.