Help Plan STA’s Summer Tech Expo!

STA will be holding a Construction Technology Expo in June 2024. This event geared towards subcontractors will bring in established and emerging technology and innovation companies for demonstrations, panel discussions and general information via an industry-wide tech expo.

We have put together a very short survey about construction technology and the different utilization of tech that our members might be interested in. The companies and vendors invited to our 2024 tech expo will be based on the results of this survey, so we urge everyone to take this brief 1-to-2-minute survey.

Please click here to take the construction technology survey.

STA’s Technology Committee will be assisting in the planning and development of this important event. If you or someone in your company is an expert in construction technology or has a general interest in this topic, please email [email protected] to join this committee!

Upcoming STA Events

STA Young Professionals Seminar: Legal Insights for Subcontractors

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

4:00pm - 6:00pm

STA Office, 1325 6th Avenue, New York City

Free for STA members


Construction Finance: What's my company worth?

Thursday, November 16, 2023

3:00pm - 5:00pm

CohnReznick - 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 7th floor

Free for STA members


NYC DDC Change Order Process Roundtable

Tuesday, December 7, 2023

9:00am - 11:00am

DDC Offices, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City

Free for STA members


An Update on the Construction Industry from Anchin

By Phillip Ross, CPA, CGMA, Accounting and Audit Partner, Anchin

What’s new in construction? While construction has been through its share of suffering in a series of disruptive challenges that began during the pandemic, looking forward, we have begun adapting and finding better and more resilient ways to work. Diamonds are formed under pressure, and we endeavor to forge ahead through additional uncertainty in one of the most important sectors within the local and national economy.


Largely, since the pandemic, we have seen disruption at scale. Additional unexpected inflation and rising interest rates also posed new challenges as the Federal Reserve embarked on a program introducing rapid interest rate hikes that had no small impact on financing across the built world. This affected every participant in the real estate cycle, including construction contractors and subcontractors. The outlook remains uncertain, including questions about the prospect of a slowing economy. It’s also true that financial sector uncertainty in the U.S. and decisions regarding the debt ceiling now loom large on the minds of most decision makers.

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New York Modifies Important Defense to Workers Compensation Claims

By John Dorsey, Esquire, Client Executive, Graham Company

A recent amendment to the New York Workers Compensation Law (“the Law”) will present new challenges for employers in 2023 and beyond.


The Bills Seeking to Change the Law

The New York Assembly passed three pro-employee bills in 2022 seeking to amend the Law. These three bills were recently presented to Governor Hochul. She vetoed two bills, but signed the third bill into law, Senate Bill S9149. This new law limits the use of what is called “collateral estoppel” as a defense to workplace related injury claims.

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Industry News, Updates & Events

NYC DOT Holding "Contracting Fair" on November 30

On November 30, DOT will be holding a Contracting Fair from 9am-12pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Please click here for more information. Please click here to register to attend.


NYCHA Awards First Design Build Projects for Large Scale Comprehensive Modernization Program


At the full board meeting on October 24, NYCHA approved the first large scale design-build projects for the Comprehensive Modernization program, NYCHA’s program to take a wholistic approach to renovations by engaging in large scale renovations rather than component-based repairs. NYCHA approved awarding a $150 million design build project for Todt Hill Houses in Staten Island to Community Modernization Group and a $477 million design build project for St. Nicholas Houses in Harlem to St. Nicholas Renovation Partners.


The projected scope of improvements for both sites include kitchen and bathroom renovations; improved ventilation; hazardous material abatement, including the removal of all lead-based paint; full plumbing replacement; electrical upgrades; elevator replacements; full flooring replacement; window replacement; façade repairs; and pest and waste management upgrades. Todt Hill will also get needed in-unit radiator repairs, while Saint Nicholas will receive a comprehensive heat and hot water system replacement.


As part of Comprehensive Modernization, NYCHA will oversee construction and all residents will remain in the Section 9 public housing program. The design and construction process for these properties is expected to take three to four years. 

Please click here for more information.

Truck Weight Enforcement on BQE in Brooklyn Takes Effect November 10th

The warning period for overweight trucks traveling across the BQE from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street in the Queens-bound direction ends November 9th. Starting November 10th overweight vehicles on the BQE will receive a $650 ticket per violation. The City Department of Transportation installed the first in the nation automatic weigh-in-motion technology to get overweight vehicles off the BQE triple cantilever and started issuing warnings to overweight vehicles on August 10th.  Starting November 10th overweight vehicles on the structure will be ticketed.

STA Industry Sponsor Spotlight

C.D.E. Air Conditioning Co., Inc.

C.D.E. Air Conditioning Co., Inc., founded in 1930 by Joseph F. Azara, Sr., started as a one-person electric appliance repair operation. It evolved from residential refrigerator repairs to commercial refrigerators, and in the 1950s, it embraced air conditioning. In the late fifties, C.D.E. became the go-to HVAC contractor for Brooklyn funeral homes. In the sixties, it shifted toward municipal work, serving various city departments. Fast forward to 2023 and their team includes nine mechanical engineers, and specializes in HVAC installation and replacements, specifically for government and institutional work. 

Joseph F. Azara, Jr. took over as President in 1979 and is the current CEO. Brian J. Azara, the third generation of Azaras in the HVAC business, joined the company in 2005 and serves as Corporate Secretary.

C.D.E.'s success over its 93-year history is attributed to its dedicated employees who have upheld the company's values and ethics. 

STA is proud to have Joseph sit on the STA Board of Directors and Public Agencies Committee, and Brian serve on the Young Professionals Committee and the Technology Committee.

For more information on C.D.E., please go to their website,

1325 Avenue of the Americas

10th Floor

New York, NY 10019

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