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NYC releases safety training requirements map July 10, 2019
The New York City Department of Buildings has created an interactive map that shows which construction sites throughout the city require safety training. According to the tool, 8,000 construction sites in the five boroughs require a minimum of 10 hours of safety training and will require at least 30 hours of training by Dec. 1. Occupational Health & Safety (7/8)
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Bushwick rezoning plans clash July 10, 2019
Two rezoning plans for Bushwick put forward by area stakeholders and the de Blasio administration overlap in some ways but differ in other, important aspects. At issue is whether the city's plan would lead to more gentrification and displacement. City Limits (New York City) (7/9)
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Rail station to be part of Nassau County entertainment complex July 10, 2019
Nassau County is hoping to bring back the New York Islanders with a new $1.3 billion arena and entertainment complex that will include a Long Island Rail Road station. Most of the $105 million in funding for the Belmont Park station will be provided by the New York Arena Partners development group. Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (7/9)
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Innovation & Technology
Cybersecurity best practices for companies July 10, 2019
Companies must be strategic about protecting sensitive information, writes Srikanth Veeraraghavan, head of security and privacy at PlanGrid. Best practices for cybersecurity include figuring out what to protect, hiring vendors with the right set of security capabilities and holding employees accountable for maintaining a secure environment. Construction Business Owner (7/9)
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Policy Watch
Q&A: The biggest issues NYC contractors face July 10, 2019
Certified public accountant Carl Oliveri says the top three issues contractors in New York City face today are succession planning, compliance and cybersecurity. His clients are also concerned about safety reform and how to comply with a local law stipulating OSHA training at job sites. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (7/8)
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US slaps tariffs on Mexican fabricated steel July 10, 2019
After investigating government subsidies that aid companies that export fabricated structural steel from Canada, China and Mexico, the US has decided to levy tariffs on fabricated steel imports from Mexico. The Associated Press (7/8)
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CCA Metro News
Spotlight on Union Carpenters and MWBE Contractors July 10, 2019
Infinity Contracting is a union MWBE affiliated with the NYC District Council of Carpenters and the Building Contractors Association. Learn more about its work on this DASNY PLA project at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with 100% union labor.
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New MBE/WBE/DBE Directory July 10, 2019
Visit our new and improved searchable MBE/WBE/DBE directory of union carpentry contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. This new directory provides you with the certifications from New York City, New York State, and the New York State Unified Certification Program for our signatory MBEs/WBEs/DBEs. Each listing also provides links to their website (if available) and their association affiliation so you know which contractors can accommodate your needs -- it's all in one place.
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Statue of Liberty Museum opens July 2, 2019
A new 26,000-square-foot museum at the Statue of Liberty that opened recently was union-made. The materials used to make the structure are meant to pay homage to Lady Liberty, said Cameron Ringness, project designer at FXCollaborative. Minot Daily News (N.D.) (6/20)
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Project Focus
220 Central Park South tower nears completion July 2, 2019
Vornado Realty Trust's $1.4 billion residential tower at 220 Central Park South is receiving its finishing touches. The building rises 67 stories and offers 593,000 square feet of new space which is projected to sell out for $3.4 billion. New York YIMBY (7/1)
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Staten Island Bay Street rezoning clears City Council July 2, 2019
Two Staten Island Republican Councilmembers were the lone dissidents as the City Council voted in favor of the Bay Street Corridor rezoning, which covers 20 blocks of the Staten Island's North Shore. The change could lead to 1,800 new housing units, 1,300 of which would be income-targeted apartments. City Limits (New York City) (6/26)
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Details of a 941-foot-tall building proposed for Brooklyn July 2, 2019
Rabsky Group is planning what would be Brooklyn's tallest tower at 941 feet if upzoning is approved for the mixed-use project at 625 Fulton St. The 79-story tower would offer affordable housing, commercial and event space and a school. Brooklyn Daily Eagle (N.Y.) (6/26)
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The Limited Record of the Associated Builders and Contractors in New York City Metropolitan Region Construction, MWBE Development, and Workforce Training
According to a new report by Rochester Research Associates, the upstate-based Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter has few contractors, MWBEs and training programs in the NYC metro area, which calls into question its qualifications on policy concerns in NYC construction. With the need to address major issues such as mass transit infrastructure, MWBEs, and safety training, it is important that those with actual experience and expertise in NYC construction lead the discussion.
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New York’s Prevailing Wage Law - A cost-benefit analysis
The Economic Policy Institute’s analysis of peer-reviewed research shows how prevailing wage laws (1) promote cost-effective quality and safety on taxpayer-funded construction projects, (2) stimulate economic growth and higher tax revenue, and (3) reduce poverty and reliance on public healthcare and assistance programs.

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Healthy City: Inside New York City's Hospital Building Boom
New York City's large hospital systems are making major capital investments not only to modernize their facilities but to transform how they deliver healthcare. This New York Building Congress report details how they are an important factor in NYC's construction and overall economy.
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The Economic, Fiscal, and Social Effects of Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law
76% of peer-reviewed economic research shows that prevailing wages do not increase public construction costs. Here is more research from Ohio that reaches the same conclusion.
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Union Construction workers diversify
NYC union construction has become significantly more racially diverse in the past two decades.
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Building New York's Best - Hoisting and Scaffolding
Take a look at this short video highlighting the contractors of the Hoisting and Scaffolding Trade Association – HASTA – and the Timbermen of Local Union 1556. Together, they build, erect and dismantle material and personnel hoists, scaffolding, sidewalk bridges and more on NYC’s most challenging construction projects.
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ICSC New York Deal Making Expo at the Javits Center
The ICSC New York Deal Making Expo is the largest retail real estate event on the East Coast, welcoming over 10,000 attendees and 530 vendors to the three-day event! See how union carpenters from the New York City District Council of Carpenters and union contractors played a critical role in bringing the expo to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
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Dockbuilders, Pile Drivers, & Marine Divers
Above ground, under ground, and even under water, union dockbuilders, pile drivers, marine divers, and the contractors that employ them bring strong foundations to structures throughout New York’s skyline, infrastructure, and waterways. Check out this short video highlighting the union training and skills that are crucial to both a project’s success and the safety of workers.
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Building New York's Best - Architectural Woodwork and Cabinetry
Take a look at this video that highlights how cabinetmakers and woodworkers of Local Union 2790 and contractors that employ them bring superior skill and artistry to commercial, residential, institutional and retail interiors. They fabricate and install both decorative and functional elements of design specifications including trim and molding, cabinetry, ceiling treatments, doors, windows, exposed columns and beams, displays, mantels, and staircases.
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LU 740 Millwrights at the New York Proton Therapy Center
The New York City Proton Therapy Center will be the first and only specialized treatment facility in the state of New York. Learn how members of Millwright Local Union 740 are working with Bay Crane and Varian Medical Systems to go above and beyond in Building New York’s Best!
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Building New York's Best - Resilient Floor Covering
Union floor covering carpenters and contractors are trained to meet the specifications of your project and the flooring product’s manufacturer. Because every flooring project should be installed with Quality and Performance to Stand On. Union carpenters and contractors are Building New York’s Best!
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Building New York's Best - Interior Systems, Wall & Ceiling carpenters and contractors
Union carpenters performed 10 million hours of work last year for interior systems and wall-ceiling contractors in New York City, bringing the highest quality to new building interiors and renovations for commercial, residential and institutional projects. These skilled professionals engage in general carpentry, gypsum drywall, acoustical ceilings, framing, finish carpentry, furniture installation, and more. Union carpenters and contractors are Building New York’s Best!
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Union Carpenters and Contractors Are Building New York’s Best
Take a look at this short video highlighting union carpenters and contractors who are building the best in residential, institutional, commercial, transportation and infrastructure. Build with Quality. Build with Safety. Build with Confidence.
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Building New York's Best - Reinforced Concrete Superstructures
Take a look at this short video introducing you to Local Union 212 and their affiliated contractors who build concrete superstructures. In the last five years, they have completed more than 50 million square feet of cast in place reinforced concrete superstructures. Their intensive knowledge of formwork systems allows for the most cost-effective construction on the market.
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Building New York's Best Trade Shows, Conventions and Exhibitions
Take a look at this short video introducing you to union trade show carpenters and contractors. These skilled professionals erect prefabricated exhibits and build custom exhibits for trade shows at the Javits Center, area hotels and other venues. They engage in floor layout, pipe and drape work, carpeting, booth maintenance, and rigging of signs for exhibits. The Javits Center is the busiest convention center in the U.S. It hosts 175+ events a year and generates $2 billion of economic activity. Union trade show carpenters and contractors make it possible.
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Building New York's Best - Millwright and Machinery Erectors
Call on millwrights from Local Union 740 and their contractors to deliver precision and productivity to every job. Put the best millwrights in New York to work on your next project.
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Building New York's Best - Transportation Infrastructure for the 21st Century
Meet some of the union carpenters and contractors who are rebuilding the Kosciuszko Bridge and LaGuardia Airport. They have the training, skill, and experience to work safely and deliver the highest quality on projects bringing our transportation infrastructure into the 21st century.
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Building New York's Best - Starts with Training
The Carpenters Training Center is jointly sponsored by union carpenters and contractors to provide members with the training needed to bring the highest level of skill and safety to projects throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
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