Legislative Update: June 2020
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New York State

Phased Reopenings. Regions of the State continue moving forward with phased reopening schedules. Currently, New York City is in Phase 1 and is on track to move into Phase 2 on Monday, June 22. Mid-Hudson and Long Island are in Phase 2. All other regions are in Phase 3 of reopening. Full Phase 3 guidance is available on the NY FORWARD website. ACEC New York member firms were overwhelmingly included in the essential businesses allowed to remain open throughout the shutdown, with any remaining firms not operating covered under the Phase 2 “professional office” category.

As the State begins to reopen, the work of our Safety Committee remains as important as ever. Our Safety Resource page remains updated and offers a compendium of best practices and guidance for ensuring employee, client and public safety during ongoing business operations.

COVID-19 Legislation. The State Senate and Assembly met the last week of May to consider a number of bills dealing with COVID-19 related issues. Some touched on general business issues. A brief synopsis of business-related bills is given below. The week of June 8, both houses of the legislature met to pass a number of bills focused on police reform and criminal justice issues. No business or design-related legislation was considered in this session.

  • A.10252-A (Stern) / S.8138-B (Martinez) – Relates to deferring certain property taxes during a declared state disaster emergency and providing for installment payments thereafter to be determined by the local legislative body.
  • A.10270 (Rozic) / S.8189 (Hoylman) – Relates to price gouging; prohibits price gouging for essential medical supplies and services and any other essential goods and services used to promote the health or welfare of the public. Signed as Chapter 90.
  • A.10294-A (Stirpe) / S.8181-A (May) – Establishes a state disaster emergency loan program to be administered by industrial development agencies for small businesses and small not-for-profit corporations.
  • A.10348-A (Rosenthal ) / S.8275-A (Martinez) – Suspends the forfeiture of unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
  • A.10409-A (McDonald) / S.8236-A (Gaughran) – Provides that local code enforcement officers may issue blanket orders extending the expiration date for all active building permits for a period of up to but not exceeding 120 days beyond the expiration date stated in the permit.
  • A.10498-A (Paulin) / S.8412 (Benjamin) – Provides for the remote conduct of certain practices and procedures relating to board meetings utilizing electronic and/or audio-visual technologies.
  • A.10521 (Mosley) / S.8113-A (Parker) – Relates to issuing a moratorium on utility termination of services during periods of pandemics and/or state of emergencies.



Federal

PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications. The Federal Small Business Administration has SBA has released two new versions of the PPP loan forgiveness application: the standard PPP loan forgiveness application and the EZ loan forgiveness application.  Both are designed to implement the PPP Flexibility Act (HR 7010).

The EZ application is available to borrowers that: 1) Are self-employed and have no employees; OR 2.) Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR 3.) Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

Federal PAC. ACEC New York has raised $19,075 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

DCP Zoning Text Amendment. ACEC New York has provided comments to the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) regarding proposed Zoning Text Amendment. DCP’s proposal would regulate Mechanical Voids in Residential Towers within Central Business Districts. Previously, in May 2019, the City adopted rules regulating mechanical spaces in residential and mixed-use buildings in other limited residential and commercial districts within the City.

Int. 1957 Testimony.
ACEC New York has submitted testimony on Int. 1957, a bill to create a NYC temporary outdoor dining permit for restaurants and bars. The bill is intended to help the restaurant industry reopen and recover.

ACEC NYC PAC 2020 - Update. To date, 56 members from 27 firms contributed $9,950 to the NYC PAC. Thank you to all contributors! The goal in 2020 is to raise $15k. To support this important advocacy tool contact Bill Murray, NYC Director of Government Relations, at bill@acecny.org or 516-650-1867. Contributions may be made via credit card by filling out a form and returning it by email, or over the phone.


 

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