Legislative Update: September 2020
ACEC Legislative Update

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New York State

Open Committee Calls Ongoing. ACEC New York Open Committee Calls are ongoing now. If you are interested in the work of the US Army Corps of Engineers, NYS Canal Corporation, NYS DEC, NYC DEP, NYS EFC, Energy Committee or NY Power Authority Liaison Committees, please join us on October 8 at 3:00 PM when these committees hold an Open Committee Call to discuss prior and upcoming committee meetings, shared areas of interest and plans for future conversations. Please email campbell@acecny.org to be added to the call-in invite.


Federal

Funding Action Alert. ACEC has issued an action alert to all member organizations to highlight urgent industry priorities in legislation to support the nation’s economic recovery. The alert has a link to contact your federal representatives to impress upon them the importance of supporting infrastructure investment as a keystone to economic recovery. As per ACEC: “Congressional leaders are in negotiations with the White House over the next economic relief package, so time is of the essence to make sure these priorities are included." Take action today via the ACEC Action Alert Center.

2020 Federal PAC. ACEC New York has raised $32,525 of our $95,000 goal. Thank you to our donors to date. 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.


New York City

Drones & Building Façade Inspections. On September 16, the City Council passed Intro 1853-A, requiring the Department of Buildings to issue a study on the safety of permitting drone use to inspect building façades.  ACEC New York advocated for the City to advance the bill as member firms have expressed drones can be a useful tool for A&E work when used properly. The Mayor is expected to sign the bill into law later this month.

Industry Partners raise concern with Chimney Mediation proposal. ACEC New York and industry partners wrote a letter to NYC DOB raising a concern that arose during the code revision process. DOB proposed amending the code in a way that would enable owners of buildings adjacent to new tall building developments to slow, stall or cancel projects by withholding their consent related to chimney modifications.  (note: can you link the work “letter” to copy of attached letter on the backend of website)

Metro Region Public Policy Committee.
On August 25, the Committee held its first meeting of the year. Minutes are available on the Members Only section of our website. They provide a snapshot of recent Metro Region advocacy efforts on topics ranging from procurement reform to legislation.

ACEC NYC PAC 2020 - Update.
To date, 65 members from 32 firms contributed $11,850 to the NYC PAC. The PAC remains short of its annual goal. To contribute, contact our NYC Director of Government Relations, Bill Murray, at bill@acecny.org or 212-682-6336. Any amount given moves us closer to the goal of raising $15,000 in 2020. Thank you to those who have contributed so far!


 

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