Legislative Update: July 2020
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New York State

July Session. The New York State legislature is planning a rare July session on July 20. Both houses of the Legislature are expected to meet for 3 days to address a limited slate of issues. Many, but not all of the bills being considered are related to COVID-19 pandemic and the changed environment it has brought about, or have a nexus to social and public safety reform. Other bills are more closely associated with the typical policy initiatives of the various originating committees. ACEC New York remains actively tracking all bills introduced and weighing in as necessary,

Meetings with Legislators. While regular Session days and advocacy meetings were disrupted by the New York Pause, ACEC New York continued its legislative outreach. On July 8, legislative committee, transportation and regional representatives of ACEC New York held a video call with Assembly Transportation Committee chair William Magnarelli (D-129) to discuss legislation considered in the Assembly Transportation Committee, as well as recovery, funding and general infrastructure issues. On July 9, Association representatives met with State Senator Tim Kennedy (D-63) via video conference. This conversation touched on similar issues of importance to the professional design and engineering industry. We plan to continue such meetings with key legislators to reiterate the importance of investing in New York State’s infrastructure.


Federal

Federal PAC. ACEC New York has raised $20,800 of the $95,000 goal. Thank you to our donors to date. Visit the ACEC PAC webpage for more ways to give, including new summer activities. 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.


New York City

Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP). Mayor de Blasio announced this week the City Planning Commission (CPC) will re-start the ULURP process in August via remote meetings. This will allow developments that create housing, facilities, resiliency and other projects to move forward after public review. The first remote meeting is scheduled for August 3.

MWBE Goal in NYC DOB RFP. A member brought to our attention that a recent NYC DOB RFP for on-call emergency services did not include updated MWBE goals. ACEC New York contacted DOB and on June 24th an Addendum was issued clarifying “Goals for this contract will be established at the Task Order Level.  Asians will count towards that goal once we issue a Task Order after the Contracts are registered.” Going forward we ask members to notify association staff if you see any RFPs that do not include updated MWBE goals.

NYC DEP Invoicing Update. DEP issued an Electronic Payment Guideline which must be complied with when Construction Contract payments are submitted.  DEP will be issuing additional Payment Guidelines for Consultants and Expenses very soon. These guideline documents are intended to simplify the invoice review process. DEP’s ACCO will return any invoices that are not in compliance with the format outlined in the guidelines.

Ken Fisher, our Municipal Affairs Counsel, Wins Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Honor. Ken Fisher of Cozen O’Connor, Municipal Affairs Counsel for ACEC New York, has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Law Journal. Honorees will be highlighted in the New York Law Journal’s upcoming Professional Excellence magazine and be honored at the New York Legal Awards 2020 on October 28. ACEC New York gives Ken our sincerest thanks for sharing his guidance, best thinking and talent in service to the engineering industry for the last 17 years. We look forward to continuing our work together. Congratulations, Ken!



 

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