In This Issue:

  • MEMBERSHIP

  • Congressman Reed to Address ABC Membership

  • GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

  • Call to Action: Support The Fair and Open Competition Act

  • EDUCATION

  • Confined Space Entry Training

  • SAFETY

  • How to Prepare for and Defend Against an OSHA Inspection

  • WEBINARS

  • Construction Back to Basics Safety - Presented by Milwaukee Tools

  • CHAPTER UPDATES

  • Welcome Santino R. Thomas - Director of Communications & Marketing
  • Welcome to our new Board Members

  • NEW THIS WEEK

  • Women In Construction Week 2021

  • EMPIRE STATE CHAPTER RESOURCES

  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • Paycheck Protection Program

Membership
Congressman Reed to Address ABC Members
Please join us on March 16, 2021 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. for our first Quarterly Membership Update of the year. The staff and Board will highlight some of the great work the Chapter has accomplished on behalf of the membership in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Membership
  • Government Affairs 

We’ll be joined by our special guest speaker, Rep. Tom Reed (R- District 23 - Corning/Elmira), co-chair of the influential Problem Solvers Caucus. The caucus is a group of 24 Republicans and 24 Democrats who meet weekly to solve some of the most contentious issues facing our country today.
Rep. Reed will share with us the latest update from our nation's capital and what we, as the merit shop industry, can anticipate for this legislative session.

More on Rep. Reed:

  • Rep. Reed has been in office since 2010 and has been a firm believer in and supporter of the merit shop philosophy in the construction industry;
  • He currently serves on the vital Ways & Means Committee and the Social Security subcommittee; and
  • Before joining Congress, he served as the Mayor of Corning, New York for one term (two years).

Registration is required. 
Based on the merit shop philosophy, we help our members develop skilled tradesmen and women, submit winning bids, and deliver profitable work in a safe, ethical, and timely manner for the betterment of the communities in which they work.
ABC Top Performers 2021
Empire State Chapter recognizes our membership
named to the national Top Performers List


Cianbro
Top 200 Performer
Top 100 General contractor
Accredited Quality Contractor
Excellence in Construction Award
ABC National Safety Excellence Award


Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing & Heating Contractors, Inc.
Top Performer with Special Designation - Women's Business Enterprise


Gypsum Systems, LLC
Top 200 Performer
Top 75 Trade Contractor
Top Specialty Contractor
Accredited Quality Contractor


RSI Roofing, Inc.
Top 200 Performer
Top Specialty Contractor
Accredited Quality Contractor


Structural Associates, Inc.
Top 200 Performer
Top General Contractor Up to $50 Million
Accredited Quality Contractor


Wu & Associates, Inc./Design Builders & General Co.
Top Performer with Special Designation - Minority Business Enterprise
Top General Contractor Up to $50 Million
Accredited Quality Contractor
Government Affairs
Call to Action: Support The Fair and Open Competition Act
The Fair and Open Competition Act has been reintroduced in Congress. This legislation protects federal and federally assisted construction contracts from government-mandated project labor agreements and will allow merit shop contractors to have a fair chance at competing to rebuild America.

After the bill was introduced, an ABC-led coalition of 17 construction industry and business associations sent a letter to congress in support of the bill, urging them to immediately pass this common-sense legislation.

ABC Chapters and members can take action to urge their representatives to sign on as a cosponsor by clicking the button below:
Education
Safety
OSHA Inspections:
Preparing for and Defending Against

Need a refresher on how to prepare for an OSHA inspection? Follow the link below to watch the video from last week's webinar.

  • Proactive measures any employer can take (before OSHA ever shows up) to mitigate if not eliminate future OSHA exposure

  • The most important rights employers have during an OSHA inspection, and strategies for asserting those rights during an inspection

  • What OSHA must do to prove a violation against a construction company, and why employers should consider contesting OSHA citations

  • How to establish commonly-asserted defenses to OSHA citations

Webinars
Webinar: Construction Back to Basics Safety
Presented by Milwaukee Tools
Join the ABC Empire State Chapter for a complimentary Safety Webinar presented by Milwaukee. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate and interact with Milwaukee representatives and take part in different product demos. Attendees will also receive a market share presentation and learn what to look out for in 2021.

Complimentary for all ABC Empire State Chapter Members!
TODAY
Wednesday,
March 10, 2021
1st Session: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
2nd Session: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For Registration and Questions please reach out to Amy Platenik
Cell: (585) 363-1657
Chapter Updates
New Faces All Around
Welcome Santino R. Thomas
Director of Communications & Marketing
As we continue to position the Chapter to provide the best services to our membership, I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Santino R. Thomas as our new Director of Communications & Marketing. We’re excited for him to join our team!

We had been without a full-time Marketing and Communications professional for close to a year now. Two members of our team, Stephanie and Tanner, did an exceptional job filling in where they could in these roles, in addition to their other responsibilities.

Having not had a full-time team member in this capacity, combined with Stephanie moving on from ABC, the Chapter decided it was time for a new hire, in line with our commitment to providing our membership with quality services.

For the last six years he served as Chief of Staff & Director of Communications for Assemblyman Brian Miller and directed the communications and public relations for more than ten members of the New York State Assembly. He focused primarily on developing communications and public relations strategies for the Assembly members and supporting those plans with media outreach, content creation for social media platforms, and copywriting for websites.

During his tenure in the Legislature, he worked on legislation beneficial to the construction industry, working to break the stigma of jobs in the trades; and promoting craft training programs and the return of trades training to our schools.

Santino started out in the sports and entertainment industry. He has worked with multiple NCAA athletics departments including his Alma Mater, SUNY Cortland, and Division I Siena College. He has also worked with several professional sports franchises including both the New York Yankees’ and Mets’ organizations.

Santino will be working closely with the staff to improve and enhance our internal and external communications, promote the merit shop industry across multiple media platforms, and support the Government Affairs team fighting negative legislation. He will also curate the overall messaging for ABC’s Empire State Chapter and serve as a spokesperson for the chapter.

Please help us welcome Santino! Feel free to reach out to him for anything you may need.

Brian Sampson
President
ABC Empire State Chapter
Welcome the Newest Board Members of
ABC Empire State Chapter

Patrick Kennelly - Principal and Owner
Anthony G. Ferry Inc.

Patrick acquired Anthony G. Ferry Inc. in 2007 and has been the Principal Owner since that time.

Patrick has more than 25 years of experience in the electrical contracting industry and received his Master Electrician’s license in 2001. He obtained his B.A. in History from St. Anselm’s College, and has previously served as a Trustee on the Board of St. Ignatius School in the Bronx, NY.  
Erin Sperry - SperryCo, LLC
President & Owner

Erin Sperry is the President and Owner of SperryCo, LLC, a heavy/highway and commercial contractor specializing in geotechnical construction - deep foundations and support of excavation systems. SperryCo pursues projects primarily in the upstate New York region. Erin studied engineering at Clarkson University and had previous experience as an executive at a manufacturing company before founding SperryCo in 2018.

SperryCo now holds the prestigious distinction of a New York State Women Business Enterprise and a New York State Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, with reciprocity in Rhode Island and Vermont.

“What I love most about construction is the people. I am proud of the team that I have built at SperryCo and the relationships we have made with other contractors and groups within the industry. We have to deal with many technical and circumstantial challenges - unexpected conditions, weather, safety, suppliers - and at the end of the day managing all of these elements leads to a tangible sense of accomplishment that builds the strength of the team.”
Linda Petrie - Northern Glass Co. Inc.
Owner

Since 1992, Linda, along with her brother and co-owner Ian, has continued the proud tradition of providing services throughout the tri-county region of New York State's North Country.

Linda ensure's that the strength of the team at Northern Glass is its team of dedicated professionals and customer service personnel who place customer satisfaction and quality installations as their top priority.

She is focused on maintaining Northern Glass's reputation for providing quality services in the community .
New This Week
Women In Construction Week 2021
Celebrating Women in Construction
At ABC Empire State Chapter, we are committed to recruiting and training women in all trades areas so we can continue to develop a diverse and inclusive construction industry.

A recent study shows working women are experiencing the worst effects of the recession because the industries they tend to work in are harder hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Five million women have lost or left their jobs in the past year. In December 2020 alone, the U.S. economy lost 140,000 jobs—all of them previously held by women.

There is no better time for women to consider a career in construction, where workforce shortages are a constant concern and new talent is in demand to rebuild our economy and crumbling infrastructure.

In that light and in honor of WIC Week 2021, we have been recognizing many of ABC Empire State's women in the construction industry:
Erin Sperry - SperryCo, LLC
President & Owner

Erin Sperry is the President and Owner of SperryCo, LLC, a heavy/highway and commercial contractor specializing in geotechnical construction - deep foundations and support of excavation systems. SperryCo pursues projects primarily in the upstate New York region. Erin studied engineering at Clarkson University and had previous experience as an executive at a manufacturing company before founding SperryCo in 2018.

SperryCo now holds the prestigious distinction of a New York State Women Business Enterprise and a New York State Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, with reciprocity in Rhode Island and Vermont.

“What I love most about construction is the people. I am proud of the team that I have built at SperryCo and the relationships we have made with other contractors and groups within the industry. We have to deal with many technical and circumstantial challenges - unexpected conditions, weather, safety, suppliers - and at the end of the day managing all of these elements leads to a tangible sense of accomplishment that builds the strength of the team.”
Amber A. French - RADEC Electric
Journeyman Electrician

Amber began her journey as an electrician in 2013. As a single mother of three boys, at the time, she knew that she needed a solid way to provide for her children while teaching them the value of hard work.

She started out by attending an electrical trade class at OACES in the city of Rochester, NY. Upon completion, she was offered a position as a helper at RADEC Electric. After nine months working in that role, she was offered an opportunity to participate in the apprenticeship program. She has since completed the apprenticeship program and is now a journeyman electrician.

Amber resides in Hamlin, NY with her new husband and their five sons. Together they are teaching their boys the value of hard work and perseverance and that a little dream can go a long way!
Lisa Clark Patriquin - P & W Electric
Vice President of Operations

Lisa has more than 25 years of experience with P&W Electric with a background in a variety of disciplines within the electrical contracting field. She has worked in areas from project management to administrative services, including payroll, estimating, and human resources.

Lisa is also responsible for the implementation of the New York State Apprenticeship Training Program for P&W Electric and she serves as a member of one of the Empire State Chapter’s Regional Leadership Committees.
The team at the Empire State Chapter of ABC could not possibly function as well as it does, nor serve our membership in the diligent and professional way we do without the women on our team. Therefore, we could not possibly highlight Women in Construction in our chapter without recognizing these incredible individuals who make this chapter run and who make all of us better just by working with them. The Empire State Chapter of ABC takes great pride in recognizing:

The Women of ABC Empire State Chapter
Jamie Campisi – Education Coordinator

Jamie Campisi is our Education Coordinator. She works out of the Rochester office but travels around to all of our training centers.

Prior to joining ABC, Jamie worked for the Greater Rochester Chamber where she worked in the Staffing, Training, and Reference Checking departments.

She has extensive experience with managing large scale projects that require a great attention to detail and a high level of customer service. She puts those critical skills to work daily in her role.
Tracie Cunningham – Controller

Tracie Cunningham is our controller, she is responsible for all accounting as well as the coordination, completion, and accuracy of the financial records, payroll process and human resource administration. She works out of our Syracuse office.

Prior to joining ABC, Tracie worked as an administrative manager of construction companies for over 20 years as a controller. She also owned a trucking business for many years.
Donna McGoey – L.I. Member Engagement Director

Donna Mcgoey is our Long Island Member Engagement Director. Based on The Island, Donna will help you maximize your investment in ABC by accessing the products and services we provide.

Donna is a resourceful and flexible manager offering more than 20 years experience across multiple facility, construction management and real estate industries. Donna has a demonstrated history of providing excellent support to clients, while developing relationships based on trust and mutual respect to create a positive experience and outcome. She is highly regarded as a dedicated leader and problem solver for creating client satisfaction and reaching client goals and objectives, as well as for providing both strategic and tactical decision-making that is insightful and astute.

She possesses outstanding skills in planning, supervision and leadership to achieve critical timelines, clients’ specifications and company standards within regulatory compliance.

As your primary point of contact on Long Island, Donna is be the key person to keep you linked to the Empire State Chapter. It will be her job to help you maximize your investment in ABC by accessing the products and services we provide.
Amy Platenik - Educational Director

Amy serves as the Educational Director for the ABC, Empire State Chapter. She works closely with our members by uncovering & providing them with many training opportunities.

Because of Amy's efforts the Empire State Chapter is able to offer a wide range of programs and training topics including Safety, Leadership, and Craft. Amy will work with you to tailor any training topic to the needs of your company, specifically. Amy has been a trusted business partner to all ABC members.
The Empire State Chapter of ABC would also like to recognize the women of our trusted partner:

Cahill Strategies

Led by Diane Cahill and Kristin Senese, their construction services team is involved in the legislative and regulatory processes at the federal, state, and local levels which affect the construction industry in New York State, New York City, and surrounding regions. The Cahill Strategies Construction services team also takes a direct hands-on role on many of the City’s biggest projects.

In addition to leading many of these projects through difficult pandemic shutdowns and restarts in the past year, Cahill’s construction team was instrumental in developing the City’s new safety legislation leading to significant changes to construction safety protocols and policy.
Diane Cahill - Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO Diane Cahill is an active leader in the City’s Construction industry, and a seasoned government relations and communications strategist, focusing on business and industry, construction, education, and healthcare. 

She has significant experience working on behalf of a broad spectrum of client interests in both the public and private sectors. Diane has a proven track record when dealing with all levels of business and government, including State and City agencies and decision-makers, along with public utilities, and regulatory agencies including but not limited to the NYC Department of Finance, NYC Department of Building, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Environmental Control Board, NYC Fire Department, NYS Department of Finance, NYS Department of Transportation, and the NYS Public Service Commission.

Diane also leads the team of government relations and communications professionals at Cahill Strategies.
Kristin Senese - Vice President
Kristin brings her experience in government relations, communications, construction, politics, education, and community outreach, to the Cahill Strategies team.

Experienced in the federal, state and local legislative process, she has worked to pass and block legislation across a broad spectrum of industries, especially related to the New York real estate and construction industry.

Today, Ms. Senese, also a licensed expediter/filing rep sits on the New York City Chapter 33 Construction Code Committee.

In managing their firm’s construction team, which represents some of the largest developers, construction management firms, general contractors, and sub-contractors, Ms. Senese solves some of the most complex problems when dealing with city agencies and public utilities. She is proficient at navigating the different perspectives and goals of each client in an effort to anticipate the needs of every project until completion.

Cahill Strategies, a New York State Certified MWBE company, is very proud to be a part of New York’s Construction community and is especially proud of all the women making ever-greater contributions to this vital and very significant part of New York City’s continuing development and we are proud to count them as a vital partner in our work for the construction industry.
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