Monthly News & Updates

December 2022


I thank our outgoing Executive Director Henry “Hank” Kita for his near decade of service.

Dear STA Members and friends,

On behalf of the Subcontractors Trade Association (STA), I thank our outgoing Executive Director Henry “Hank” Kita for his nearly ten years of service. He will be retiring at the end of February 2023.

Over the past decade, Kita has transformed the STA into an even more vital, recognizable, and change-making organization that is building New York better.

Kita’s successful guidance led to myriad accomplishments benefiting our members and the industry.

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Principal, ACL Steel

President, STA Board of Directors


Effective January 3, 2023, I am retiring as the STA’s Executive Director after having served in this position for over nine years. 

My successor, Felice Farber, will be stepping into the Executive Director’s position on that date and I will remain in an advisory role to her and the STA Board of Directors until the end of February. You will be hearing more from and about Felice Farber in the coming months and the plans that she has for moving the STA forward in 2023 and beyond.

It is a bittersweet decision for me to leave the STA. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve you and the members of our Association. However, there comes a time when one must make the decision to move on and pass the leadership torch to the next generation.

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STA Executive Director

Legal Log


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

Attorneys at Law

Legal Counsel, STA

Are Oral Agreements Binding?

Unsurprisingly, sometimes oral agreements are generally binding if they do not violate the statute of frauds which is codified in New York as NY General Obligations Law § 5-701. A part of this statute states that an oral agreement is void unless there is a writing signed by the party to be charged therewith if such agreement is not to be performed within one (1) year by the agreement’s own terms.  

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On December 8, STA held a two-part holiday event attended by close to one hundred members and industry friends.

Prior to the party, a panel led by Holt Construction with industry experts discussed the “Social Side of Infrastructure.” Panelists shared their success strategies and approaches for meeting and exceeding the owner’s diversity and inclusion goals and building projects that reflect the community’s needs for new and sustainable job creation and small business growth.

We then socialized, celebrated and welcomed the new year at STA’s Annual Holiday Celebration!

The STA thanks our panelists and everyone who attended, and we also thank our event sponsors American Global & Milwaukee Tool, along with CohnReznick for hosting us.

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Cory Robbins, Business Development, EDA Contractor 

Michael Reardon

Marketing Communications Specialist, EDA Contractor

Beyond the Envelope Warranty: A New Paradigm for Building Enclosure Delivery, Performance, and Durability

The design complexity associated with delivering a high-performance building enclosure has become increasingly difficult to manage and execute. It is generally accepted that the building enclosure is the most at risk for claims and litigation on new construction, with an estimated 70% of construction litigation coming from water intrusion. EDA Contractors suggests a new mechanism for dealing with and solving this issue, mainly from the perspective of a building enclosure specialist and an innovative exterior envelope contractor.  

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Willett Public Affairs

2022 New York State General Election Review 

The largely anticipated ‘red wave’ of the 2022 midterm elections may not have unfolded quite as predicted, but Republicans picked up several congressional and statehouse seats in Long Island and in the Hudson Valley. Kathy Hochul (D) became the first woman elected governor of New York, and the offices of the Comptroller, Attorney General, and US Senate remain Democratic. The State Senate maintains a Democratic majority with multiple Democratic incumbents losing their seats on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley. The State Assembly maintains a Democratic majority with some Democratic incumbents losing their seats in New York City. 

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STA Member News

Grassi & Co

Evan Fox, CPA, JD, LLM, Joins Grassi as a Tax Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Practice

Evan Fox’s expertise covers a wide range of real estate funds and transactions, including 1031 planning, financial analysis for acquisitions/sales, joint ventures, UPREIT formation, mergers, spin-offs, reorganizations, and financings, for a wide array of clients such as leading real estate owners, operators, investors, institutional funds, REITs, and developers. Fox has served clients with a broad scope of operations, including residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, mixed use, industrial and infrastructure.  

Darcon Construction Inc.

Heavy Construction, Foundations /

Concrete / Earthwork

Contact: Angelo Caiazzo

360 Meacham Avenue

Elmont, NY 11003


Contact Samantha Sweeney-Annarumma at to be featured on STA's LinkedIn with a member profile!

STA Partners with Mutual of America for STA 401(k) Program

The Subcontractors Trade Association (STA) has teamed up with Mutual of America to offer our members a comprehensive array of retirement plan services through a Multi-Employer Plan (MEP).

For this MEP, STA acts as the plan organizer, and our members may join the plan through participation agreements. This plan is a great idea for many of our members, especially those businesses with a small number of employees, as an MEP will save you money on administrative costs, among other cost-cutting factors.

Please click here and here for more information!

Mark Your Calendars for These

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 5:30pm-7:30pm

CohnReznick offices – 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10019


Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gotham Hall – 1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018


Monday, July 17, 2023, 9:30 am - 7 pm

North Hills Country Club

Adams Plan Would Relax Rules for Developers Amid N.Y.C. Housing Crisis

Mayor Eric Adams announced a plan on December 8 to combat New York City’s affordable housing crisis by streamlining some of the city’s many rules and requirements that he said have slowed the construction of new homes at a moment when they are desperately needed.

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Mayor Adams, Governor Hochul Announce Start of Construction of $72 Million, Mixed-Use Affordable, Supportive Housing Development in the Bronx

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that construction has begun on a $72.1 million affordable housing development in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx. The Bedford Green House II will create 46 affordable apartments for families and seniors, 70 supportive apartments for those experiencing homelessness, and house a 2,410-square-foot medical clinic offering services to residents and the wider community.

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