Proposed Suffolk County Charter Amendment by County Executive Steven Bellone Eliminating Professional Engineering Qualification

As a result of our Memorandum in Opposition crafted by NYSSPE Legal Counsel, Mark Kriss, NYSSPE was invited to speak at the DPW Legislative Committee on May 6, 2019.   Representatives of the Long Island chapter, Tom Petracca, PE and Andrew Haimes, PE addressed the committee sharing the views of both the chapter and the state societies.  The following statement was read by Mr. Haimes.

I am Andrew S. Haimes, P.E. and I am one of the past presidents of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and past president of the Society’s Suffolk Chapter. NYSSPE represents the interests of the 25,000 licensees in New York State.

As stated in our memo dated 4/3/19, the society is strongly opposed to resolution 1312 that would allow the appointment of a non-licensed person as DPW Commissioner.

It is clear from the DPW Mission Statement and the County Charter that the DPW Commissioner is responsible for the supervision, and has the ultimate responsibility, for all the engineering done by the County, and for the County by consultants.  By State Education Law, this supervision of engineering and responsibility for engineering must be provided by a Licensed Professional Engineer. 

It is unrealistic, and even absurd, to think that a DPW Commissioner could effectively pass all of that engineering supervision and responsibility to others in the department.

The legislative intent of the bill is stated to broaden the qualifications  for the consideration of potential candidates for DPW Commissioner.  What the bill actually accomplishes is to open the position to unqualified candidates.  There are approximately 25,000 licensed Professional Engineers in NYS.  Has the County reached out to them?  It may take a while, but I would think the County could find a licensed PE who can also handle the administrative duties required of a Commissioner.

As a result of our efforts, the motion to install a Non-PE in the role of DPW Commissioner has been tabled and the motion to amend the wording in the charter has also been tabled.

An article quoting Mr. Haimes has been published in Newsday Online.

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NSPE Executive Director Update to the Board of Directors – April 2019

Mark J. Golden, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director of NSPE highlights the following in the most recent Executive Director Update: April 2019
• NAE Convocation Addresses Diversity
• Upcoming Webinars
• 60 Years of Ethics Cases
• Technicians and the Engineering Team
• News from South Dakota

FULL REPORT linked here.
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NSPE Executive Director Update to the Board of Directors – March 2019

Mark J. Golden, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director of NSPE highlights the following in the most recent Executive Director Update:
• Responding to Antilicensure Legislation
• Remember When: Software Engineers
• ‘Snooping’ on Government Contractors
• Preventing Sexual Harassment
• FEYA Winner Sends Thanks

FULL REPORT linked here.
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NYSSPE’s Jaclyn Peranteau, P.E. and Steven Fangmann, P.E. named Long Island Business News Top Engineer of 2019

New York State Society of Professional Engineers and the Long Island Chapter of NYSSPE would like to Congratulate our own Jaclyn Peranteau, P.E. and Steven Fangmann, P.E. for being named Long Island Business News Top Engineer of 2019!

The 2019 book of lists is the essential business resource for Long Island’s top executives, demographic and economic data and local business profiles.  The book is the single most comprehensive business to business resource publication on long island.

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NYSSPE Official Ballot for 2019-2021 Results

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers is proud to announce the results of the Official Ballot for 2019-2021 The following members were duly elected and will be installed in June 2018 for their terms, which will begin in July of this year.

Central New York Region VP- Peter Lautensack, PE
Mid-Hudson Region VP- Andrew Yarmus, PE, F.NSPE
Long Island Region VP- David Macedonio PE

Officers already elected for two-year terms:
James Kuhn, PE, President – 2018-2020
Joseph Pasaturo, PE – President-Elect – 2018-2020 – President: 2020-2022
Andrew Yarmus, PE, F.NSPE – Treasurer – 2018-2020
John Sucharski, PE – Assistant Treasurer – 2018-2020 [Read more…]

NYSSPE Remembers Past President Marvin Spector, P.E.

With sadness, The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) recently learned of the passing of Marvin Specter, P.E. at the age of 91.   Mr. Specter joined NYSSPE in 1955, was President of the Westchester Chapter in 1968, NYSSPE State President in 1972, and NSPE National President in 1982.

Marvin grew up in Baltimore, MD where he graduated Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School followed by the Johns Hopkins University and JHU-ROTC (Scabbard & Blade), where he earned a BE in Civil Engineering, then later a MSC from Columbia University. Starting first in the USMC, then continuing in USMCR and MD State and National Guards, Marvin’s professional career began working for HNTB, SSVK, USACE, and the MD State Roads Commission, and later in private practice as a Consulting Engineer in White Plains, NY until 2017. Marvin served as Founding President and later Executive Director of the NAFE and co-founder and President of CESB. Honors; Highest Honors; NSPE, AAES, ASCE

Marvin’s contributions to and his impact on the engineering profession and specifically forensic engineering were great and will be long lasting. Marvin’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Education Foundation, 1420 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

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Trenchless Underpinning: A Method to Underpin Foundations and Stabilize Soil Without Excavating.

By the PEs in Construction Group

On Tuesday March 12th, 2019 there will be a presentation made for NYSSPE members on the topic of Trenchless Underpinning: A Method to Underpin Foundations and Stabilize Soil Without Excavating, using a chemical grout injection technique. The 1-PDH presentation will be made by Tony Alfano of Ground Works Solutions at the conference room of Brooker Engineering in Suffern, NY. For more information about the presentation and to RSVP, click here.

The presentation will provide a review the technical specifications of the URETEK chemical grout and its application on soil stabilization. The course will discuss the chemical reaction and the effect on temperature and pressure as it applied to various soil conditions. The chemical injection effectiveness and limitations will be discussed at various depths from 3 feet to 50 feet below grade. We will discuss our solution for the following applications:

  • Sub-terrain void fill and high rise underpinning.
  • Seawall, bulkhead, ground water and injectable barrier containment.
    culvert, spillway, and sewer and dam repair.
  • Soil stabilization for bridge approaches and rail ballast.
  • Slab lifting.

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Legislative Update: Letter to Commissioner Fariello

Please see the link below for a copy of a letter sent to Thomas Fariello, RA who has assumed the duties of Commissioner of NYC Department of Buildings following the decision by Rick Chandler, P.E. to step down.  We are awaiting a reply to our request for a meeting.  NYSSPE is hopeful that the meeting will lead to additional improvements at the DOB squarely focused upon the elimination of inordinate delays in the plan approval process.  Thanks to everyone who has helped with this initiative.  We will keep everyone apprised.

Letter from NYSSPE to Thomas Fariello, RA 

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39th Annual Capital District E-Week Welcomes over 800 Engineer Professionals to Albany

The 39th Annual Capital District E-week was celebrated February 14 & 15 at the Albany Marriott. Over 800 engineering professionals and over 100 students from across the state and surrounding states attended the event! There were 63 continuing education courses offered.

National Engineers Week was created in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers and coincided with President’s Day. This is no coincidence, since George Washington, the 1st President of the United States was a land surveyor and engineer. E-Week is held to create awareness of the contributions of engineers to society.

The Capital District E-Week’s focus is to promote the Engineering Profession. The purpose of this event is to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life, promote the importance of a technical education including a high level of math, science and technology literacy among parents, teachers and students, and motivate youth to pursue engineering and related careers to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.

In support of these goals, the E-Week event has financially supported organizations and events that have an underlying theme to promote some aspect of engineering to the younger community. One of our goals is to provide information on what engineering is about so students have the resources to decide whether pursuing engineering is for them. Proceeds from E-Week are graciously used to help support worthwhile student activities.
Once again, the Capital District E-Week Committee reached out to the younger community with opportunity to create a logo for next year’s event. This competition served to find a logo for the February 2020 event and was limited to students, 18 years of age and younger.

MORE Capital District E-Week Information 

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NYSSPE Annual Conference June 6-8, 2019

NYSSPE Annual Conference
June 6-8, 2019
Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway (Rt. 9), Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

The NYSSPE Annual conference is a cost-effective way to obtain up to 7 PDHs, as well as a great way to network with other Professionals! Attendees will also have access to our exhibitors who will be showcasing great products that can help your career and business.

Exhibitor Form

Sponsorship Form

June 6, 2019
NYSSPE Executive Committee Meeting

June 7, 2019
Exhibitors
Full day of PDH seminars
Awards & Installation Dinner

June 8, 2019
NYSSPE Board of Directors meeting
Interest Group meetings

More details coming soon…

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