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BTEA President-Elect Elizabeth Crowley Stresses Partnership of Electrical Workers and Contractors

BTEA President-Elect (center) with CCEW Leadership

BTEA President and CEO - Elect Elizabeth Crowley was the special guest speaker at a recent breakfast hosted by the Catholic Council of Electrical Workers, a club of IBEW Local 3. The event was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. In her address, Elizabeth lauded the union’s accomplishments, its support for the health and wellbeing of members and its longstanding partnership with NY Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, and its leadership on diversity and inclusion.

"I have strong faith in the labor movement and the power of the labor management alliance,” she said. “Working with your union, I believe that our partnership will better address industry challenges, increase work hours and market share, expand, project labor agreements, drive innovation and effect lasting change.”

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Patrick A. Wehle Joins BTEA in Executive VP Role

New BTEA EVP, Patrick Wehle

On June 1, Patrick A. Wehle joined BTEA as Executive Vice President. Wehle comes to the position with more than 20 years of experience formulating and implementing policies that advance the growth of New York City. Prior to this new BTEA position, Wehle served as Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Policy & Industry Relations at the NYC Department of Buildings. In a statement, BTEA President-Elect Elizabeth Crowley said. “I look forward to working with Patrick to strengthen partnerships in the industry, improve safety, and promote the value of building with union labor.”

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BTEA Takes its Legislative Agenda to Albany for Lobby Day

LiUNA Local 731 Assistant Business Manager Carmine D’Amato, State Senator Robert Jackson, NYS Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon BTEA’s Elizabeth Crowley and BCTC President Gary LaBarbera

On May 16 – Building Trades Apprentice Day - BTEA took our legislative agenda to the State Capitol where the leadership conducted meetings with lawmakers to discuss construction industry challenges and BTEA priorities for the current legislative session including the New York Small Contractor Captive Insurance Pilot Programs and the need for a statewide housing plan that includes a 421A extension and the allowance of commercial conversions all to include prevailing wage. Legislators visited included Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, Chair of Assembly Housing Legislative Committee; Assemblymember Latoya Joyner, Chair of Assembly Labor Committee, and Senator Brian Kavanagh, Chair of Senate Housing & Construction Committee, among others. Also in Albany, BTEA President and CEO-elect Elizabeth Crowley addressed the New York Chapter of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA). The organization shares key legislative priorities with BTEA, including infrastructure investment and protecting labor standards.

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Mental Health and Wellness take Center Stage at 2023 SafeBuild Forum

The 2023 BTEA Safebuild Forum is days away! On June 22 at Club 101 in New York City, BTEA will host guest speakers and conduct informative sessions with a special focus on mental health and wellness – a first for SafeBuild and a first for the New York City construction industry!


Be sure to join the conversation that will bring sustainable change to New York’s construction industry. 

For more information on sponsorships, advertising opportunities and registration, contact Lena Vega, Senior Vice President, at [email protected] or call 212.704-9753. 

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Building Trades Employers Association of New York (BTEA New York) 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 New York represents 26 Construction Manager, General Contractor, Subcontractor and Specialty Trade contractor associations with over 1,200 individual contractor members.


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