In This Issue:
  • ABC's Letter to Governor Cuomo to Keep Construction Essential
  • SBA Releases New FAQ on PPP Loan Necessity Questionnaire
  • Webinar on Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements
  • CTCNYS Spring 2021 Apprenticeship Classes Registration Open
  • myComply Webinar on January 6th-Register Today!
  • Empire Chapter Resources
ABC Sends Letter to Governor Cuomo Demanding to Keep Construction Essential
The ABC Empire State Chapter sent a letter to Governor Cuomo on Monday, December 7 demanding the Governor to continue to define construction as essential. Even if an area enters a Red Zone, the Governor cannot shut down our critical industry.

To read the letter, click the button below:
We will continue to push to keep our industry essential and working throughout the pandemic. If you have any questions, please contact us.
SBA Releases New FAQ on PPP Loan Necessity Questionnaire
On December 9, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published FAQ Number 53, addressing why certain borrowers will receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Necessity Questionnaires. (See our prior alert on the questionnaires here.) The SBA also publicly released the for-profit and nonprofit questionnaires.
 
FAQ Number 53 confirms information that appears on the face of the questionnaires:
  • SBA is reviewing all loans of $2 million or more, and the questionnaire is part of this process.
  • The questionnaire is due 10 business days after a borrower receives it from their lender.
  • "A request to complete the Loan Necessity Questionnaire does not mean that SBA is challenging a borrower's certification that is required by the CARES Act."
  • The SBA will be applying a "totality of the circumstances test" and conducting a "multi-factor analysis" of the questionnaire responses.
FAQ 53 also provides additional context about the SBA's expectations for the review process:
  • SBA notes that it is possible for a borrower to have made its economic need certification in good faith at the time of application, "even if subsequent developments resulted in the loan no longer being necessary." However, SBA "may take into account the borrower's circumstances and actions both before and after the borrower's certification to the extent that doing so will assist SBA in determining whether the borrower made the statutorily required certification in good faith at the time of its loan application."
  • The SBA expects that it will request additional information, when necessary. If additional information is requested, "borrowers will have an opportunity to provide a narrative response to SBA explaining the circumstances that provided the basis for their good-faith loan necessity certification." (See our prior alert on preparing an economic need narrative here.)
  • It appears that the SBA will make a final determination that a borrower did not have the requisite economic need only after giving the borrower an opportunity to submit additional information. FAQ 53 states: "SBA will make a final determination that a borrower lacked an adequate basis for its loan necessity certification after reviewing any additional information that a borrower chooses to submit."
ABC joined a coalition of 80 organizations in letters to Congressional Leadership and SBA/Treasury regarding the PPP Loan Necessity Questionnaires. At issue are "loan necessity" questionnaires that the Small Business Administration quietly circulated in recent weeks to obtain information from businesses that took Paycheck Protection Program loans worth $2 million or more. The nine-page forms, which the SBA issued with little public explanation, sought details from borrowers beyond what they provided in initial loan applications, including information on quarterly revenue, capital expenditures, dividend payments and whether any employees earned more than $250,000.
ABC will continue to monitor this critical issue and provide updates on any Congressional or Administration responses.
Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements Webinar
Date: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
Time: 3 p.m.
Length:60 minutes
Speakers:  Dr. Frank I. Luntz, communications professional; Ben Brubeck, ABC National government affairs; Moderator: Mike Bellaman, ABC National

Join renowned communications professional, author, political pollster and pundit Dr. Frank Luntz as he premieres research and messaging related to ABC’s fight for fair and open competition against government-mandated project labor agreements. A must-attend webinar for advocates of fair and open competition, participants will receive an overview of messaging and strategies ABC members, volunteer leaders and chapter staff can utilize to become effective advocates for the merit shop contracting community in our continued fight for fair and open competition on federal, state and local government procured public works contracting opportunities.
Construction Training Centers of New York State Spring 2021 Semester Registration

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT DUE BY: December 30th, 2020
Buffalo
Construction Training Center
2363 Broadway
Sloan, NY 14212

Carpentry 1 Classes Start: 1/11/21

Carpentry 2B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Carpentry 4B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Laborer 2B-Institute Classes Start: 1/15/21

Electrical 2B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 3B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 4B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Electrical 5B Classes Start: 1/12/21



Rochester
Construction Training Center
2672 West Ridge Road
Greece, NY 14626
(Located behind the AT&T Store)

Laborer 2B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Electrical 2B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 3B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 4B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Electrical 5B Classes Start: 1/12/21



Albany
Construction Training Center
878 Old Albany Shaker Rd.,
Latham, NY 12110

Laborer 2B-Institute Classes Start: 1/11/21

Operator 2 -Institute Classes Start: 2/8/21

Carpentry 4B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Insulating 2A Classes Start: 1/11/21

Plumbing/Pipefitting 2B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Plumbing/Pipefitting 4B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Long Island
Construction Training Center
1 Comac Loop, #4,
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Carpentry 4B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Dockbuilder 3A Classes Start: 1/11/21

Iron Worker 2A Classes Start: 1/11/21

Laborer 2B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Operator 1 Classes Start: 1/12/21

Plumbing 2A Classes Start: 1/11/21

Roofing 1 Classes Start: 1/12/21

Sheet Metal 4B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 2B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 3B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 4B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Electrical 5B Classes Start: 1/12/21




ABC Empire Chapter has partnered with myComply for accurate data and tracking of individuals training records. They are conducting a Webinar on January 6, 2021 on using all 3 systems (myComply, StructionSite, and Procore) in tandem allow contractors to gather vital site information, real-time data, and improves transparency for various stakeholders involved with a project. Learn how to leverage all 3 solutions most effectively to gather the data you require to make informed decisions in your day-to-day.
ABC Empire Chapter Resources