Building Trades

Deaths of 29 Construction Workers Spurs New Legislation

December 17, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Candlelight vigil honors the deaths of 29 NYC construction workers.

New York, NY - The deaths of 29 construction workers killed on mostly non-union job sites around town over the last two years, has led to the creation of new legislation set to debut in early 2017, that seeks to require apprentice training on certain types of new developments citywide.

City Cracks Down on Building Owners Abusing 421-a Program

December 14, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The New York City Department of Finance has sent letters notifying owners of 3,103 multi-family rental buildings, with 37,141 apartments, that their 421-a tax benefits will be suspended if they don’t comply with the requirements of the 421-a program.

Major Investments In NYC Hospitals

December 9, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New York City’s hospitals are expected to invest $6.3 billion on construction projects in 2016 and 2017, according to Healthy City: Inside New York City’s Hospital Building Boom, a new report from the New York Building Congress.

NYCHA Completes Roof Replacements At Queens Bridge Houses

December 4, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  NYCHA has completed comprehensive roof replacement work at Queensbridge Houses – months ahead of schedule – bringing major capital upgrades and improved quality of life to more than 6,500 residents.

Pipeline a plus for Pennsylvania

December 3, 2016 
By James Kunz Jr

Pittsburgh, PA - According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, pipelines are the safest way to transport energy resources.

Building Owners Must Comply with 421a

November 29, 2016
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - At a recent press conference at City Hall,  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) would be issuing letters to building owners that  their 421a tax benefits would be revoked unless they complied with the program guidelines, including registering their apartments as rent-regulated.

Carlo Scissura Named Building Congress President

November 22, 2016  
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Carlo A. Scissura will succeed Richard T. Anderson, who has served as President of the New York Building Congress for the past 23 years. Mr. Scissura, who has served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce since 2012, will take over on January 1, 2017. At that time, Mr. Anderson will assume the title of President Emeritus and continue to serve the Building Congress as a consultant. 

Building Trades, REBNY Reach Deal on Construction Tax Break

November 15, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York City’s building-trades unions announced an agreement with real-estate developers Nov. 10 that could revive the 421-a program, which gives more than $1 billion a year in city property-tax exemptions for new apartment construction.

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