Legislative Update: December 2019

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New York State

Legislative Session Planning. The 2020 legislative Session will commence on January 8, 2020 and is scheduled to conclude on June 2. ACEC New York’s annual live Legislative Committee meeting will be held on January 26, 2020 at our Winter Conference. Members of the ACEC New York Legislative Committee are invited to participate in this important kick-off to this year’s legislative Session.

DOT Capital Program Hearing. ACEC New York Director of Government Relations Campbell H. Wallace testified before the Assembly Standing Committee on Transportation on December 6, 2019. Thanks to all who contributed to the development of the testimony. The written testimony was submitted and helped guide the oral testimony presented to the committee.

DPC ESOP Expansion. ACEC New York government affairs staff continues to work to educate legislators and regulators about the intended operation of A03514 to help ensure its two-house passage this Session. Multiple ACEC New York member firms have relayed their interest in this legislation – if you believe that allowing your firm to go to an ESOP ownership model will assist in growth, retention and transition planning, we encourage you to contact ACEC New York State Director of Government Relations Campbell H. Wallace at campbell@acecny.org to share your firm’s story.

Grandfather Firm Geologist Legislation. ACEC New York held another series of conversations with legislators and State Education Department leadership to identify concerns and advance this important fix.

Indemnification. ACEC New York government relations staff and member firm are reviewing amended legislative language to pursue our work in protecting ACEC New York member firms from unreasonable defense obligations.

Qualifications-Based Selection.
Expanding Qualifications-Based Selection procurement remains a priority for ACEC New York. We continue to meet with allied stakeholder groups to identify opportunities to spread QBS procurement to additional public clients.

Cost-Benefit. Legislation that would have required State Agencies to conduct a cost-benefit analysis before the procurement of professional services over $750,000 was vetoed on December 13. Download the veto memo for more information.


2019 Federal PAC. ACEC New York has raised $86,560 towards our $90,000 year-end goal. Thank you to our donors to date. In the coming year, look for information on upcoming PAC fundraising events and visit the ACEC PAC webpage for more ways to give. For more information on donations, or to make a donation to the PAC, contact NYS Director of Government Relations Campbell Wallace at campbell@acecny.org. There is still time to achieve our fundraising goal.

New York City

City Council passes Plumbing Code; introduces NYC Energy Code bill. On December 10, the City Council passed Intro. 1481-A to update the Plumbing Code. The bill will take effect once Construction Code revisions are enacted. The Council also introduced Intro. 1816 to update the NYC Energy Conservation Code, which we expect will receive a hearing in January. 

NYC DOB issued a Service Notice with interim guidelines for structural work type filing in DOB NOW: Build. The Department is working to address concerns raised by industry related to engineers certifying work beyond their area of expertise and resultant professional liability insurance issues. We thank our Code Committees for their efforts to identify these issues and look forward to them being resolved in the new year.

Green and Solar Roof Requirements for New Buildings and Roof Replacements. Local Laws 92 and 94 took effect November 15, requiring new buildings and alterations of existing buildings to have a sustainable roofing zone including a solar PV system, green roof, or a combination. Projects that were pending approval at DOB as of this date will need to comply. DOB issued a Buildings Bulletin and press release, and the Urban Green Council created a helpful policy brief.

Local Law 97 Climate Advisory Board appointments includes ACEC New York leader. The City is in the early stages of implementing Local Law 97, requiring Building Retrofits. Good news: the Mayor’s Office announced appointees to the Climate Advisory Board which will make recommendations to the City to optimize implementation of the law and Scott Frank of JB&B, Chair of our Metro Region Energy Code Committee, has been selected to serve on the board! Through Scott, ACEC New York will have a seat at the table as the City strives to reach its ambitious goals.

NYC PAC. The 2019 NYC PAC has hit its annual goal, raising $15,200 to date. Thank you to our contributors! The 2019 NYC PAC Report is available on the member’s only section of our website.


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