Construction Industry Council Update
Staff Contact: Johnny Evers
November 22, 2016
Successful Inaugural Construction Industry Council Meeting
On November 17th The Business Council hosted its inaugural New York State Construction Industry Council (NYSCIC) meeting. Over 65 Business Council members signed up for the initial meeting. The newly reformed committee, with over 420 council members, heard presentations from our President Heather Briccetti, Esq., on the overall importance of the construction industry in both our membership and as a vibrant part of New York State’s economy. The Construction Council also heard from New York State Department of Transportation Assistant Commissioner Ron Epstein on the DOT Capital Plan, letting levels, MWBE issues, a continuation of DOT upstate/MTA parity, and other matters important to The Business Council. A follow-up meeting is planned with DOT leadership and members of the Construction Council. Part of the meeting focused on the key issues facing the Construction industry: MWBE levels, Workers’ Comp, and Tort Reform. Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO of the Associated General Contractors addressed the committee and discussed procurement and MWBE issues. The Business Council will be working with AGC and our construction members on these important issues this coming legislative session. As part of the Workers’ Comp issues and ongoing efforts to enact tort reform, Lev Ginsburg, Esq. of The Business Council discussed our efforts in these areas. Workers’ Comp reform, the enactment of further reforms and programs, and the proper implementation of previously adopted measures will top our 2017 Legislative Agenda . Two other issues were discussed by Johnny Evers, PhD of The Business Council: workforce development and the 2017 draft legislative construction program. Please forward any comments on the DRAFT program to Johnny Evers.
Government Affairs Committee Planning Session, December 1
The Government Affairs Council is hosting its annual GAC Planning Session on Dec. 1, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. In addition to highlighting several Business Council priority issues for 2017 – including workers’ comp reform, additional business tax reforms, labor law issues and others – the agenda will include the following guest speakers: Division of Budget Director Robert Mujica; Elizabeth Garvey, counsel to the Senate Majority; and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner.
The full draft meeting agenda is available here. Registered participants will receive our proposed legislative agenda by email in advance of the meeting.