Legislative Update - October 2019
ACEC Legislative Update

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New York State

Legislative Calendar. The New York State legislative session calendar was recently released. The calendar shows a compressed Session, with the last scheduled day being June 2. This is considerably shorter than prior years where the Session concluded around June 20, and often stretched on a few days further.

Grandfather Firm Geologist Legislation.
ACEC New York Government Affairs staff, member firm representatives, and outside counsel continue their work to ensure that geologist licensure does not preclude certain firms from providing the complete suite of services they traditionally have done. Following meeting with State Education Department, we are continuing to work with key legislators to advance this important fix.

Indemnification.
With the new Session approaching, ACEC New York continues to review legislative options to advance this priority issue, and protect member firms from unreasonable and uninsurable defense obligations.

DPC ESOP Expansion.
ACEC New York continues its work to advance legislation allowing for greater ESOP ownership of DPC-organized firms. In addition to meetings with Assembly members and staff, we are meeting with State Education Department representatives to explain the intent of the bill.

Qualifications-Based Selection.
ACEC New York's government affairs efforts include expanding Qualifications Based Selection procurement in all practicable circumstances. The Association has begun the process of developing new legislation to expand the use of QBS across the State. We are working with other associations to develop a broad base of support for this endeavor.

Cost-Benefit.
ACEC New York continues to strongly oppose this flawed legislation. We stand ready to deliver a strong message of opposition, encouraging the Governor to veto the bill.


Federal

2019 Federal PAC. ACEC New York has raised $61,610 of our $90,000 goal. Thank you to our donors to date. Look for information on upcoming PAC fundraising events, including regional 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.


New York City

DOB NOW Feedback Sessions– important opportunity for industry input!  DOB NOW: Build is the webportal that enables professionals to do business with the Department of Buildings online. DOB is hosting 12 feedback sessions to engage in dialogue about the new system. Specifically, DOB wants feedback on the platform’s processes, online job filing structure and challenges you may be experiencing to fit your individual job filing needs. DOB asks attendees to have familiarity using the system.  This is an important opportunity for industry to give input.  Please consider attending if your business uses the DOB NOW platform. For a list of sessions and to RSVP, visit the NYCDOB website.

Left to right: Gus Sirakis, First Deputy Commissioner, NYCDOB; Melanie La Rocca, Commissioner, NYCDOB; Hannah O’Grady, Vice President, ACEC New York; Vicki Arbitrio, Chair, ACEC New York Metro Region; Ed Bosco, Overall DOB Liaison, ACEC New York. 

Metro Region Leaders meet new NYC DOB Commissioner. ACEC New York Metro Region leaders met with the new DOB Commissioner, Melanie La Rocca. The Commissioner was very aware of the longstanding partnership and technical support the DOB receives from our association’s members. ACEC New York wishes the Commissioner good luck in this important role and looks forward to working with DOB under her leadership.

Vicki Arbitrio, Chair, ACEC New York Metro Region; John Lee, Deputy Director for Green Building and Energy Efficiency, Mayor's Office of Sustainability; Scott Frank, Chair, ACEC New York Metro Energy Code Committee.

Local Law 97 (Building Retrofits) Implementation Update.  John Lee, Deputy Director for Green Building and Energy Efficiency at the NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability, gave a presentation on Local Law 97 at our October 4th Metro Membership meeting. John’s presentation is available in Members Only on our website.  Additionally, LL 97 requires the creation of a new Office of Building Energy Emissions Performance (OBEEP) within the DOB to oversee implementation of the law. This week, DOB posted job openings for this office on the City website.



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