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Welcome to the February issue of the Fast Four. This month’s construction industry brief offers important information about New York State’s reopening and moving the construction industry forward.

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Key Mayoral Appointments for Construction Industry

As newly elected Mayor Eric Adams begins to fill his cabinet, his selections bode well for BTEA New York’s longstanding relationship with these newly appointed cabinet members. Welcome and congratulations to the following cabinet members: 

  • Lorraine Grillo, former Senior Advisor for Recovery at City of New York and former New York City School Construction Authority Department of Design and Construction Commissioner will serve as First Deputy Mayor.
  • Maria Torres-Springer has been appointed Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Workforce Development.
  • Commissioner of Transportation is Ydanis Rodriquez, a former City Council member who was Chair of the Transportation Committee for eight years.
  • Commissioner of Small Business Services is Kevin D. Kim, an attorney, entrepreneur, and public servant. 

BTEA New York is looking forward to working with Mayor Adams and his team!

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BTEA New York Luncheon with Governor Kathy Hochul

The Building Trades Employers' Association of New York cordially invites our members to join us at an exclusive construction industry luncheon with Governor Kathy Hochul.

The luncheon will take place on Friday, February 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Manhattan. The location will be provided upon your RSVP and receipt of contribution. Space is very limited – please get your registration in as early as possible. 

Contact Lena Vega at 212-704-9753 or [email protected] with any questions.

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Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 27, 2022 and Thursday, April 28, 2022! Following the success of the previous year, BTEA New York brings in fresh perspectives and a new partnership with BTEA Northeast to help safety professionals and your businesses Navigate a New Dynamic following the nation’s continued recovery efforts from the pandemic. 

We will be holding our annual Safety Awards on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. If you have a leader you would like to nominate, visit the Safety Awards page. Deadline for nominations is Monday, February 28, 2022!

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New York City Sees a Jump in Construction Projects

As we transition to a higher level of normalcy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is reporting an increase in construction project filings. Quarter four of 2021 saw a 37 percent increase from the third quarter and a 22 percent increase year-over-year.

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Building Trades Employers Association is the construction contractor's unified advocate for construction safety standards, professional development. government affairs, public relations and fostering communication between public officials, public and private owners, labor and the general public. Realizing that a construction industry is essential to the vibrant future of New York City, its activities are dedicated to a building environment meeting the highest of environmental standards, integrity, cost efficiency, productivity and value that contributes to improving the quality of life in New York City. BTEA represents 26 Construction Manager, General Contractor, Subcontractor and Specialty Trade contractor associations with over 1,200 individual contractor members.