Legislative Update - August 2017
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New York State

End of Session. Following the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session in June, ACEC New York has continued its efforts to build a strong foundation for our upcoming efforts to advance the interests of the industry.

Legislative Recap. Our efforts to advance QBS saw positive preliminary results. A.5750(Benedetto)/ S.5600(DeFrancisco) passed the Senate on June 14, 2017, and passed the Assembly on June 19 and we are working to seek its signing into law. The Emergency Responder Act again passed the Senate (S.4135/(Savino) but failed to pass the Assembly. ACEC New York Members and staff worked hard to educate legislators on the details of legislation (A.3460a (Lupardo) and S.3771a(Valesky) allowing greater employee ownership of Design Professional Corporations professional corporation ownership and will continue to seek passage of the bill.

Indemnification Reform. Our bill (A.8293(Morelle)/S.6622(Ranzenhofer) to protect design professionals from unreasonable defense and indemnity demands remains a top priority. Our government affairs and lobbying staff have spent significant time over the summer meeting with the relevant legislators at political events to maintain the high profile of our association, and to keep our priorities at the forefront of their attention. Recently, ACEC New York has been coordinating with allied groups to develop a coordinated, multi-point strategy to present a unified, industry-wide position of support.

PAC Thank You. ACEC/PAC donors gathered in Saratoga on the 13th for an elegant day of racing and appreciation of our PAC donors. ACEC/PAC works hard to ensure that Federal legislators on both sides of the aisle hear and remain responsive to our message. ACEC/PAC’s successes are only possible with the generous support of our member donors – thank you!

JCOPE Regulations. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) – the state’s primary regulator of lobbying activity – released new comprehensive regulations governing lobbying. ACEC New York Staff is reviewing and analyzing these regulations and stands ready to meet with JCOPE to ensure that our political advocacy programs remain effective and compliant.

Federal

2017 Federal PAC. Our 2017 fundraising efforts are going strong. If you didn't get a chance to give last year, there are many opportunities to do so, including upcoming events and the Fall Sweepstakes. So far this year we have collected $43,655 toward our $69,000 goal. Many thanks to all our donors and supporters to date. As 2017 progresses, we invite you to consider joining a leadership club - please be aware of the ways to support the industry by participating in regional events. For more information on donations, or to make a donation to the PAC, contact Campbell Wallace at campbell@acecny.org.

New York City

Launch of PASSPort. On August 1, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) launched PASSPort (ie. “Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal”), the City's new user-friendly online procurement portal. PASSPort is significant to our members that do business with NYC because VENDEX is now online through PASSPort. ACEC New York encourages firms to file their VENDEX packages early to support a more efficient procurement process for your company. MOCS is also offering in-person and online training sessions.

New York City Elections 2017. This fall, New York City will hold elections for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller and all 51 City Council seats. Party primaries are scheduled for September 12th, and the general election will be held November 7th. This election cycle, the ACEC New York City Political Action Committee (NYCPAC) mailed a questionnaire covering issues of importance to the engineering community to every candidate running for elected office. Over 70 candidates completed the questionnaire. Based on the questionnaire and other important factors, ACEC New York is now going through the process of forming a list of candidates who will receive endorsements and/or contributions. We want to thank all of those individuals who contributed to the NYCPAC.

ACEC New York hires Associate with City Government experience. ACEC New York has added a new Government Affairs Associate, Bill Murray, to its NYC team. Bill has spent the last eight years working at the New York City Council, where he was involved in the development, negotiation and enactment of 40+ laws relating to green building, renewable energy technologies, air quality and other subjects. He has extensive knowledge about the City’s legislative process; the City Council’s operation and dynamics; key stakeholders influencing the City’s policy agenda; and a variety of City agencies. A native of Queens, New York, Bill holds degrees from Columbia University and Queens College. Contact bill via email at bill@acecny.org
 
 
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