Monthly News & Updates

January 2023


Dear Readers,

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Executive Director Felice Farber, who started this position on January 3 and is the first woman to ever be appointed Executive Director of STA. This is an important feat in our association and for the New York City construction community as whole.

Felice brings broad and robust industry experience to the STA. For over a decade, she served as Senior Director of Policy and External Affairs for the General Contractors Association (GCA) of New York, a 300+ member trade association representing the heavy civil construction industry in New York City. Prior to the GCA, Felice worked in City Government as Special Counsel to the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation.

Read More


Principal, ACL Steel

President, STA Board of Directors


Dear members,

2023 is off to a great start! As STA’s new Executive Director, I’m honored to join the leading voice of the subcontracting industry as we collectively grow the Association and further improve each member’s success in 2023.

I thank Hank Kita for his dedicated service to the industry and STA and wish him a well-deserved and wonderful retirement.

You’re encouraged to join us in honoring Hank with a Special Industry Service Award at STA’s 2023 Construction Awards Gala on April 12. (Click here to register.) As a special addition, we are recognizing Emerging Leaders in our industry and hope that you will nominate the rising stars in your organization (Click here for nomination form).

Read More


STA Executive Director

Legal Log


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

Attorneys at Law

Legal Counsel, STA

You Can’t Just Go Out Of Business And Start Another Company To Avoid Paying Damages

There are many contractors who have been in business for many years fortunate enough to avoid litigation. However, at some point, if you work on enough projects, litigation is unavoidable. I have fielded many calls from contractors who seek legal advice concerning a construction dispute who I unfortunately have to advise that they face liability and damages. The prospective client then informs me that the company does not have the ability to pay and that they were advised by others just to close shop and open up a new company because the owners are shielded from personal liability because the company is a corporation or a limited liability company. Not so fast!

Read More

What You Need To Know About OD Claims


Senior Advisor,

American Global, LLC

A subject of Workers’ Compensation claims often difficult to accept for employers is the Occupational Disease (OD) claim.

To begin, New York Workers’ Compensation recognizes two main types of claims: accidents and occupational diseases ("OD"). A compensable (payable) injury must “arise out of and in the course of employment”. Under New York State law, there is a presumption that a claim for compensation and in the absence of substantial evidence to the contrary, is compensable and falls within Workers’ Compensation.

This can be found in New York Workers’ Compensation Law (WCL)-§21(1). However, the claimant is still not relieved of the burden of showing that an injury was sustained in the course and arose from his/her employment. It is this presumption that is most often a point of contention for many employers.

Read More

Legislative Update


Chair, STA Legislative Committee

Owner, Skyline Steel Corp.


New York City’s Capital Process Reform Task Force released their sweeping 2022 year-end recommendations. STA thanks all involved for this comprehensive set of reforms that will benefit subcontractors and all of New York City. Special thanks to Arthur Rubinstein, who participated in the Task Force and represented STA on our behalf. His update is provided below:

I was honored to be a member of the Mayor’s Capital Reform Task Force, and am very pleased to report on areas for which I (as well as others) advocated that have been adopted as recommendations.

Read More

Gramercy Group

3000 Burns Ave

Wantagh, NY 11793

Contact: Joanna Parziale

P: 516-876-0020

Demolition, Environmental and Civil Contractors


View Member Profile

MC2 Mechanical, inc

160-55 Cross Bay Blvd.

Howard Beach, New York 11414

Contact: Florinda Carrone

P: 718-578-9604

MWBE, Mechanical Contractor, HVAC

Civetta Mechanical, LLC

732 Garrison Avenue

BRONX, New York 10474

Contact: Michael Williams

P: 718-880-3884

Plumbing & Heating

View Member Profile

Heritage Mechanical Services Inc

70 Schmitt Blvd.

Farmingdale, NY 11731

Contact: Jeff Porrello

P: 516-558-2059

Mechanical Contractor

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!

STA wants to put your news in our monthly newsletter and share on the STA’s LinkedIn page!

Please send photos, company news or anything else you wish to share with STA to to be featured in our next newsletter and on our LinkedIn page.

Mark Your Calendars for These

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Wednesday, April 12, 2023

6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Gotham Hall – 1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018


Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Location and time to be announced


Monday, July 17, 2023

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

North Hills Country Club

NYC Prepares to Implement Large Building Emissions Limits

Construction firms are poised to play a key role in cutting New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions as large building owners move to comply with a local law limiting emissions from their properties. But some concerns remain about the law and the way it will be carried out.

Read More

New York Adopts New Labor Law To ‘Protect Integrity Of Public Work’

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation last week designed to better enforce labor laws and regulations on public works projects. Employer groups have questioned its necessity and impact.

Read More

View as Webpage