Legislative Update - May 2018

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New York State

Advocacy Days. ACEC New York spent much of May in the Capitol, deepening our already-strong relationships with legislators, representing our industry and advocating for our position on critical legislation. So far, 6 of our 8 regions have had a full day in Albany, and we have conducted 71 meetings with legislators and key staff. Our meetings included the Assembly Speaker’s office, the Assembly Majority Leader’s office, Senate Majority Finance and the leadership of multiple committees. Advocacy Day activities are just one part of our larger advocacy strategy, but one that clearly highlights the dedicated men and women in our member firms, the important work they do, and the real-world impacts of the policies that invite our legislative initiatives. This work continues to pay off as we have added a host of additional sponsors to our priority defense and indemnification legislation and raised the profile of the bill. June will see our final Advocacy Day meetings, and continued advocacy effort, as we will be working hard through the very end of session to deliver for our membership. This dedicated engagement ensures that the consulting engineer’s voice rises clearly in Albany, and we wish to thank the dedicated volunteers who took the trip to Albany for the day.

Indemnification Reform. ACEC New York’s government affairs team is continuing their persistent efforts to advance this bill (A.8293[Morelle]/S.6622[Ranzenhofer]). We have conducted numerous meetings with Assembly and Senate members, their staffers, and internal Legislative body staffers to make the case for this important bill. Our work is ongoing, and we wish to thank the members who have shared real-life examples of unreasonable defense demand language. We reiterate the call for such examples and problematic contract language.

DPC ESOP Expansion. ACEC New York’s lobbying efforts on behalf of the Association’s DPC ESOP expansion legislation (A.3460a [Lupardo] and S.3771a[Valesky]) continue to move forward. Our government affairs team continues to meet with legislators and outside ESOP experts to build support for this business-friendly measure.

Federal

2018 Federal PAC. ACEC New York has already raised $31,960 of our new $85,000 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, including the upcoming Summer and Fall Sweepstakes. For more information on donations, or to make a donation to the PAC, contact Campbell Wallace at campbell@acecny.org.

ACEC Annual Convention: FAA QBS Advocacy Success. On April 17th and 18th, ACEC New York members converged on Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional representatives and advocate for industry priorities, which included protecting and expanding QBS. In a testament to the power of citizen lobbyists and their ability to shape policy, ACEC-supported amendments to the FAA reauthorization were passed, which further enhanced the use of QBS procurement on local airport projects. We invite you to participate in this excellent program next year.

New York City

ACEC New York leaders meet with Comptroller Scott Stringer. On May 4, ACEC New York leaders met with Comptroller Scott Stringer to discuss procurement reform. The group shared a copy of the association’s updated Procurement Policy white paper with the Comptroller. In the meeting, discussion focused on Change Orders, Salary Caps, Electronic Invoicing and strategy for achieving reforms in these areas.

Sexual Harassment Legislation. On May 9th, Mayor de Blasio enacted several new laws aimed at reducing workplace sexual harassment. Some of the new laws place requirements on private employers who operate within the City; and may impact your firm. Summaries of the most significant laws have been provided by Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, the association’s Metro Municipal Affairs Counsel. Full texts of the laws may be viewed here. We recommend you share these with the appropriate department or human resources person at your firm.

2018 NYC PAC. To date, 93 members from 25 firms have contributed $11,400 to the NYC PAC. Thank you to our contributors! The NYC PAC empowers our association to support public officials who demonstrate an understanding of engineering issues and who back policies that are beneficial to the engineering industry. In last year’s General Election, 19 of 20 candidates endorsed by the NYC PAC won their elections and entered public office. It is important we build on this success. We encourage all members to contribute and help reach our goal of raising $15k this year.

ACEC New York meets with City Hall to discuss Design-Build. On April 26, ACEC New York was invited to meet with officials from the Mayor’s Administration and several City Agencies to discuss the Design-Build method of project delivery. Attendees included NYCDOT, NYCDDC, NYCHA, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, the Law Department, Senior Advisors to the Mayor and the General Contractors Association. The association was represented by Jay Simson (President) and Bill Murray (Government Affairs Associate) who took the opportunity to make recommendations to the City on how to implement “Design-Build Done Right”, based upon the association’s updated Design-Build position paper.
 
 
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