Legislative Update: May 2020
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New York State

As various regions of the State, including the Capital District, begin reopening, news reports indicate that the State Legislature has begun exploring reconvening. The State Senate has indicated interest in reopening next week, with Tuesday and Wednesday being discussed as possible first dates. The State Assembly's reopening plans remain opaque. Activity is likely to focus on COVID-19 related legislation and action on bills not explicitly related to the pandemic remains unclear.

ACEC New York's government relations staff has remained in contact with legislative leadership and continues to explore opportunities to advance the Association's legislative agenda.

State Budget. Earlier in May, the State released the FY 2021 Enacted Budget Financial Plan. This comprehensive document analyzes the State's budget situation in light of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Plan highlights the need for significant levels of Federal financial support to offset revenue shortfalls approaching $60B billion dollars.

Joint COVID-19 Hearings. The New York State Senate and Assembly held pair of hearings related to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The hearings looked at the impact on the pandemic on small business and on minority communities. The hearings are archived and can be viewed online.


Federal

2020 Federal PAC . ACEC New York has raised $18,875 of the $95,000 goal. Thank you to our donors to date. 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.


New York City

MTA Debarment Update. The MTA Board adopted revised regulations regarding the debarment of contractors, responding to public comment and significant industry concern. View a summary of the new regulation as presented by the MTA to its Board. The next step is publication of the proposed regulations, expected within the next few days or weeks, followed by a 45-day period which begins a new regulatory approval process before the regulations can be fully adopted. The revised regulations will go into effect in the interim upon publication, replacing the prior debarment regulations. The MTA Board is expected to adopt the new regulation on a permanent basis after that process has concluded.

City Hall response to Key Industry Questions. ACEC New York has been communicating with NYC Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin’s Office to identify key issues facing the industry and to request updates on topics including the design project pause at City agencies, the capital program and City payments. ACEC New York prepared an information sheet summarizing important elements of the Deputy Mayor’s communications with us.

PASSPort Release 3 – Update.
The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) provided an update on PASSPort Release 3 - the City's plan to create online procurement processes across Mayoral agencies. Release 3 will be launched in phases over the next month or so. MOCS directs firms to the following resources for support:

MTA Revised Safety documents. On 5/15 and 5/18. The MTA issued revised Flowcharts for contractor/consultant exposure scenarios, general COVID-19 safety info and a safety checklist, updated to reflect NY Forward guidance. These replace the previous versions.

NYC Council Hearing on Capital Budget. The NYC Council Hearing on Capital Budget was held 5/6 and may be viewed online. Melanie Hartzog, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) testified around the 20-minute mark. Ronnie Lowenstein, Director of the NYC Independent Budget Office (IBO) testified around 4:17. These officials engaged in Q&A with Council Members about the status of NYC’s budget.

Fillable Form 214ER
. NYCDEP asked ACEC New York to remind all firms that when preparing and saving the fillable 214ER form, firms must use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC or higher to avoid issues with receiving the document on DEP’s side. When the 214ER is submitted to DEP in any format other than Adobe Acrobat/PDF, this presents an issue and the ability for subsequent electronic approvals later in the process is lost.

ACEC NYC PAC 2020 - Update. To date, 52 members from 19 firms have contributed $9,050 to the NYC PAC. Thank you to all contributors! The goal is to raise $15k in 2020. If you would like to participate and support this important advocacy tool please complete this fillable Contribution Form and email it to Bill Murray, NYC Director of Government Relations, at bill@acecny.org or call him at 516-650-1867 to contribute over the phone.