Legislative Update - April 2018

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New York State

Budget. The 2019 New York State budget was adopted late on March 30, continuing a streak of on-time (or close) budgets. ACEC New York’s lobbying team was very active transmitting the Association’s priorities to lawmakers as the final budget legislation was approved and we scored an important victory. The Cost-Benefit analysis language that appeared in the Assembly’s one-house budget legislation was not found in the final adopted bill. Our government affairs staff sent letters and met with leadership to express our position, and our members contacted legislators to express their disapproval of this measure. Another important issue in the budget was Part Q of the Assembly one-house bill which drastically altered the State’s MWBE program in a way that could have led the current program to an uncertain future. The current Article 15-A was reauthorized through 2019 without the substantive policy changes that were proposed. The budget granted a limited expansion of design-build in New York City. The limited expansion mandates PLAs and is restricted to Rikers Island Project (Part KKK), “NYC Housing Modernization Investment Act” (Part LLL), and NYS BQE Project (Part QQQ).

Indemnification Reform. ACEC New York has spent significant time meeting with legislators and their legal staff to continue to detail the need for this bill (A.8293[Morelle]/S.6622[Ranzenhofer]). A number of members have shared concrete examples of the unreasonable contract language they have encountered, and live examples of the defense demands by public clients. However, more examples are needed. If your firm has encountered language in a contract that demands the payment of defense costs in the absence of a showing of fault, please contact campbell@acecny.org to discuss how we can leverage it to advance the bill.

QBS Expansion. ACEC New York remains committed to promoting QBS procurement in New York State. The Association and allied stakeholder groups met recently to revisit our efforts to advance the measure. The unified design profession has been busy working toward advancing an amended measure to expand the use of Qualifications-Based Selection.

DPC ESOP Expansion. ACEC New York lobbying efforts continue on behalf of the Association’s DPC ESOP expansion legislation (A.3460a [Lupardo] and S.3771a[Valesky]). Government affairs staff has been in communication with a range of stakeholder groups to make the case for this common-sense item.

Advocacy Days. ACEC New York regions have locked in their 2018 Advocacy Day visits to Albany. Starting the first week of May, engineers will be in the Capitol raising the profile of the industry and our legislative priorities. Participating in a regional Advocacy Day is a great way to help build the profile and legislative presence of ACEC New York and the consulting engineering industry in the Capitol. Our continued efforts ensure that the consulting engineer’s voice is heard above the din in Albany. If you’d like to participate, contact your regional leadership or campbell@acecny.org for more information.

Federal

2018 Federal PAC. Our 2018 fundraising efforts have begun, and we have already raised $31,260 of our new $85,000 goal. Thank you to our donors to date. Look for information on upcoming PAC fundraising events, and consider purchasing a ticket for the 2018 ACEC Spring Sweepstakes. At the most recent board meeting, a goal of $100,000 was set for 2021 in recognition of ACEC New York's upcoming 100 year anniversary. For more information on donations, or to make a donation to the PAC, contact Campbell Wallace at campbell@acecny.org.

ACEC Annual Convention. Once again, The ACEC Annual Convention was a rousing success, and ACEC New York was part of the action. Our members had meetings with a number of congressional offices, including getting to talk with Representatives Chris Collins, Nydia Velazquez, Paul Tonko, John Faso, Kathleen Rice and John Katko.

New York City

ACEC New York Provides Comments to City Government on Big Retrofit Bill. On April 2, the Metro Energy Codes Committee submitted comments to the City Council and Mayor’s Office regarding Intro. 1745. The bill would require thousands of buildings in NYC to undertake energy retrofits in order to limit their energy use. The City Council is currently revising the bill and is expected to reintroduce it. The Committee hopes the City will take their comments into account when revising the bill.

Albany Advocacy Day. On May 2nd, Metro Region members will travel to Albany to meet with key State legislators and to advocate on issues of importance to the engineering industry. Contact Bill Murray for more information if you are interested in participating.

NYC MWBE Expo Event. Governor Cuomo announced the 2018 Regional Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Opportunities Expo Series. The NYC Expo will take place Friday, May 25 at The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 5th Avenue. The event will connect MWBEs with State agencies, expert resources, information on State projects and tools to access State opportunities. For more information download the event flyer, and to register, visit the event website.

2018 NYC PAC Raises $10,000. To date, 88 members have contributed a total of $10,850 to the NYC PAC. Thank you to our contributors! The NYC PAC is a powerful tool enabling our association to continue to raise its profile among influential City policymakers. We encourage all members to contribute and help us reach our goal of raising $15k this year.
 
 
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