Monthly News & Updates

April 2023


Dear STA members,

As the President of the STA Board of Directors, I am thrilled to extend my heartfelt appreciation for all the support at our April 12 Construction Awards Gala. It was truly a remarkable evening, filled with camaraderie, celebration, and a shared vision for the future of the union construction industry in New York City.

The success of the Construction Awards Dinner was a testament to the power of coming together in one room, with representatives from all parts of the building process, including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and our partners in labor. It was an opportunity to foster meaningful connections, build relationships, and promote collaboration among industry professionals. Your presence and participation made the event truly special and contributed to its success.


Principal, ACL Steel

President, STA Board of Directors

I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all our guests, journal advertisers, and sponsors who generously contributed to the fundraising efforts of the evening. Your investment in our organization empowers us to provide valuable resources, training programs, and networking opportunities to our members, fostering their growth and success.

Together, we are building a stronger, more vibrant, and inclusive construction community. We look forward to your continued support as we strive to make a positive impact and advance the industry for all of New York City’s union subcontractors.

I encourage all of our members, supporters and friends to continue attending STA events. Each one provides invaluable opportunities to network, learn and grow in our industry. Please look out in your inboxes, on our website and on our LinkedIn page for more information on future STA events. Coming up on May 4 is a breakfast seminar continuing the What do you do? Series Do You Do? series on “Managing your EMR and Protecting Your Bottomline”, our "Annual Member Meeting" and “Let’s Do Business Speed Meetings” on June 1, and our "Annual Golf Outing" on July 17. There are more details in our events section further down in the newsletter.

Thank you, and, again, congratulations to all our honorees and Emerging Leaders Awardees.

Very best,

Anthony Acerra

STA President

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Greetings STA members,

Thank you to all our members, supporters and sponsors for attending the Construction Awards Gala and supporting the STA. Your engagement helps us build a stronger organization to support you, our members, with services and advocacy to advance the union subcontracting industry in New York. Your support demonstrated that we are stronger when we all work together and support each other.

Working together has always been an important theme to the construction industry, Next week’s Construction Industry Safety Week is a prime example of our coming together to highlight a vital issue to all. This year’s theme Strong Voices, Safe Choices is a clear statement that everyone can own and act on safety. May 1 through May 5 is an opportunity for empowerment, recognition, partnership and most importantly impact, as we all live our values. Hosting a Safety Week event is a great way to engage your team and celebrate safety where you work. Planning tools, resources and best practices to help you plan an event at your company are available for download.

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STA Executive Director

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Co-Managing Partner(LI), Kaufman Dolowich Voluck,

Attorneys at Law

Legal Counsel, STA

Claims Against City Agencies

There are different forums for bringing claims against City agencies depending on the nature of the claim. One set of claims must be adjudicated pursuant to the New York City Procurement Policy Board (PPB) rules and others are to be brought as ordinary lawsuits before the courts of the State of New York.

The PPB rules set forth the rules for filing certain claims under City of New York public improvement contracts. Under section 4-09 of the PPB rules, the adjudicatory requirements for claims for construction and construction related services only apply to: disputes concerning scope of work; Interpretation of contract documents; the amount to be paid for extra work or disputed work; the conformity of the vendor’s work to the contract; and the acceptability and quality of the vendor’s work. 

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On April 12, the top leaders, companies and labor officials gathered together at Gotham Hall in New York City for the association’s annual Construction Awards Gala.

This night was a major success in the well-deserved recognition of our awardees, , in fundraising for the STA, and celebrating with friends and colleagues.

Congratulations again to our esteemed honorees:

·      Lifetime Achievement Award: Lewis Rapaport, Chairman & CEO, Component Assembly Systems, Inc.

·      Public Official of the Year: Rick Cotton, Executive Director, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

·      Builder of the Year: Turner Construction, Brouck Amerga, Vice President, Operations Manager, and Elin Thorsteinsdottir, Procurement Manager, Turner New York

·      Silver Shovel of the Year: Helena Williams, Project Executive & CEO, JFK Millennial Partners

·      Subcontractor of the Year: Aric Domozick, President, PAL Environmental Services

·      Labor Leader of the Year: Eric Meslin, President & Business Manager, Sheet Metal Workers Local 28

·      Design Professional of the Year: Mitchell Simpler, Managing Partner Emeritus, Jaros, Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers

·    Special Industry Service Award: Henry Kita, Executive Director Emeritus, Subcontractors Trade Association

The association would like to thank all of our sponsors, especially our Event Underwriters Turner Construction & PAL Environmental. STA would also like to give a very special thank you to our top fundraiser, Lewis Rapaport and his team at Component Assembly.

Below are two articles authored by STA member American Global on the topics of Occupational Disease Claims and Experience Modification Rates as they relate to safety.

Hear from American Global Safety and Insurance Professionals, as well as the New York State Insurance Fund and the STA’s Legislation Committee Chair Arthur Rubenstein, at a the upcoming forum, “What Do You Do? Managing Your EMR to Protect Your Bottom Line,” on May 4, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at the LaGuardia Marriott.

Click Here To Register
EMR as it Relates to Safety
What You Need to Know About Occupational Disease (OD) Claims

STA encourages all members to attend the breakfast seminar on May 4.

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Mark Your Calendars for These

Upcoming Meetings and Events



Thursday, May 4, 2023

LaGuardia Marriott

102-05 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11369

8:00am – 10:00am

Free for STA members



“Let’s Do Business” Speed Meetings

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Club 101, 101 Park Avenue


STA INDUSTRY PARTNER EVENT: Anchin’s Construction, Design and Real Estate Awards

Tuesday, June 13

Club 101, 101 Park Avenue

5:30pm – 8:00pm



Monday, July 17, 2023

9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

North Hills Country Club


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The Gateway Development Commission announced that it has revised its procurement strategy to build the Hudson Tunnel Project, dividing the “civil works” construction of the new tunnel from one package to four packages, including additional early works projects.

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OSHA Steps Up Enforcement on Infrastructure Jobs

OSHA is ramping up its capacity to inspect infrastructure projects as federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act money flows into the industry, said the agency’s Directorate of Construction Director Scott Ketcham, according to New York City-based law firm Jackson Lewis. The agency is increasingly focused on construction, and last year inspected construction workplaces more than any other industry. As federal funds flood into construction over the next seven years thanks to the IIJA, OSHA is especially concerned about protecting workers in the infrastructure sector.

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STA Executive Director Felice Farber Named in City & State's 2023 Construction Power 100

In January, Felice Farber was named the Subcontractors Trade Association’s STA’s first female leader in its the organization’s 66-year history, replacing Hank Kita. Farber has a long history of construction expertise in New York, including previously serving as senior director of policy and external affairs for the General Contractors Association for more than a decade. With the STA, Farber leads a group whose goal is to advocate for union subcontractors, aiming for dispute resolution rather than litigation.

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Elizabeth Crowley to replace Replace Lou Coletti as Building Trades Leader in May

Lou Coletti will retire from his longtime position as President of the Building Trades Employers Association during the first week of May and will be replaced by Elizabeth Crowley, a former member of the City Council who will be the first woman to lead the organization, Crain's can exclusively report.

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