Legislative Update - September 2017

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New York State

Post Session Work. The 2017 legislative session ended in June, and the State legislature has not convened since. ACEC New York continues to work with allied groups and individual legislators to advance the interests of the industry. Various ACEC New York regions have been meeting with legislators at regional legislative meetings. The Mid-Hudson and Southern Tier regions most recently held well-attended meetings with local legislators where our regional leadership continued to press for our legislative priorities.

QBS Reform. ACEC New York’s advocacy efforts saw the passage of legislation to bring QBS procurement to public authorities and public benefit corporations. The bill (A.5750(Benedetto)/ S.5600(DeFrancisco) passed both houses and we are awaiting its transmittal to the Governor. ACEC New York has prepared advocacy materials for members to submit in support of the proposal. Continue to watch your inbox for late-breaking updates on this bill and steps you can take to encourage its passage.

DPC ESOP Expansion. ACEC New York continued its summer advocacy efforts by meeting with key legislative counsel staff this month to discuss strategies to advance legislation allowing greater employee ownership of Design Professional Corporations (A.3460a (Lupardo) and S.3771a(Valesky). By meeting with key staff in August and September, ACEC New York stands ready to promote this legislation when the legislature convenes in January.

Indemnification Reform. ACEC New York’s top priority remains our indemnification reform bill. (A.8293(Morelle)/S.6622(Ranzenhofer). When enacted, this measure will provide design professionals with protection from unreasonable defense and indemnity demands. Our government affairs staff and lobbyists continue to meet with legislators at numerous events to keep this bill at the forefront of their attention. ACEC New York has continued to reach out to partners in other design professional groups to promote a unified position for the upcoming session.

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 $52,341 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 PAC events. For more information on donations, or to make a donation to the PAC, contact Campbell Wallace at campbell@acecny.org.

New York City

NYC Elections 2017. Political Action Committee (PAC) Update. The ACEC New York City PAC endorsed 13 candidates who all won their Primary Election races on September 12, and an additional 7 candidates who only have General Election races on November 7. These candidates expressed gratitude for ACEC New York’s endorsement by including the ACEC New York logo and a quote from our President Jay Simson on their campaign websites, by sending our association thank you emails and by calling our staff. Our full report on the NYC PAC includes a copy of the questionnaire that candidates were required to fill-out in order to be considered for endorsement. We want to thank all individuals who have contributed to the NYC PAC.

Mayor de Blasio announces new “Green Building” initiatives. On September 14, Mayor de Blasio announced new Green Building initiatives. The initiatives would set fossil fuel use caps for all buildings over 25,000 square feet; would require 14,500 of the least efficient buildings in the City to make energy efficiency improvements and complete retrofitting (such as upgrading boilers, water heaters, roofs and windows) by 2030; and would create a City government program that provides low interest financing to property owners to help them make energy efficiency investments in buildings. In order for these initiatives to move forward, the City Council will need to introduce, hear and pass legislation. ACEC New York will monitor these initiatives and track any legislation that is introduced in the City Council.

ACEC New York testifies at NYCDOB hearing to oppose new fees. On September 14, ACEC New York’s Government Affairs Associate, Bill Murray, testified at a NYC Department of Buildings hearing to oppose a proposed rule that would create fees for processing variations, pre-determinations, appeal determinations and appeals. Our association also partnered with the AIA/all NYC chapters and the NYSSPE in writing a letter to the DOB Commissioner expressing our concerns with the proposed rule.

Mayor’s Management Report is Released. On September 18, the Mayor’s Office of Operations released the Mayor’s Management Report (MMR). The MMR, which is mandated by the City Charter, provides a report on the performance of each City Agency. The MMR contains metrics and data on each Agency, measuring whether they are delivering services efficiently, effectively and expeditiously.
 
 
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