Safety a Major Theme at the 2016 NYSSPE Design Professionals Day

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The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) recently held the 3rd annual New York City Design Professionals Day at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

The day started with an inspiring kick-off speech by New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, P.E. and was followed by technical sessions from DOB, Department of Design and Construction (DDC), and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) representatives.

It was clear that the running theme for the day was: SAFETY in engineering…. [Read more…]

NYSSPE NYC Lobby Law Update September 2016 and FAQ

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The above NYSSPE legislative video discusses the 2013 revisions made to the New York City Lobby Law, which may be implemented in the near future. Many engineering companies are concerned that these revisions may hamper their ability to communicate effectively with officials, as they broaden the definition of lobbying.

Click here for a full FAQ on lobbying for architects and engineers and please  comment below this video with your thoughts on this issue, so we at The New York State of Professional Engineers, can consider your opinions and experiences on this issue when we make our decisions moving forward.

CLARIFICATION ON 9-30-16

To be clear the New York City law is presently in effect and in a number of respects parallels the state law.  However, the laws do have material differences.  An engineer or architect must comply with each law on a stand alone basis.  Each law must be independently analyzed to determine whether a lobbying registration requirement (or restriction) is triggered.  This can result in the need for filing in both jurisdictions or solely in one jurisdiction. Efforts are underway to amend the laws to offer an integrated approach statewide.  NYSSPE is assisting in this effort. Currently in New York City architects, engineers, and their respective firms are only required to register with the NYC Clerk’s Office if they anticipate earning or incurring more than $10,000 for lobbying activity.  The New York State threshold is $5,000.  An amnesty program in New York City has recently expired. The statewide amnesty program expires on September 30, 2016. More information about the statewide program can be found at: http://www.jcope.ny.gov/pubs/eblast/Final%20Lobbying%20amnesty%20extension%20eblast%206.30.16.pdf and at: http://www.jcope.ny.gov/Application%20Requesting%20Amnesty%206_29_16.pdf [Read more…]

New York City Department of Buildings Announces Several Improvements including DOB Now

DOB NOWOver the last year and a half the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) has launched several initiatives to attempt to improve how they engage with design professionals. These initiatives seek to reduce  reliance on paper-based processes, replace outdated systems with more dynamic ones, and enhance the DOB’s ability to share information.  DOB Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE will discuss some of these initiatives at NYSSPE’s Design Professionals Day on October 25th.

The newest DOB initiative, is called DOB NOW, which is an interactive, web-based portal that will transform the DOB’s traditional in-person, paper-based interactions and allow you to do all your business with DOB online. [Read more…]

Tappan Zee Bridge Crane Accident still under Investigation

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Aerial photo’s of a construction crane that recently collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge. 

You probably heard about the recent construction  accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge where a crane boom collapsed.  The New York State Society of Professional Engineers has been monitoring the situation and keeping up to date with all news relating to the investigation.

While there has been some talk about rushed construction, due to the large fines being imposed on the contractor for delays in re-opening the existing bridge lanes, nothing has been confirmed.  We will continue to monitor the situation as the health and safety of the public is always our primary mission. It is nothing short of a miracle that there were no major injuries.

Click here for a recent article on the accident from The Journal News.

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New York City Queens Chamber of Commerce Invites NYSSPE to Participate in Real Estate EXPO

thumbnail_2016 Queens Chamber of Commerce RE EXPONYSSPE participated and held discussions with several NYC developers and real estate managers attending the New York City (NYC) Queens Chambers of Commerce Real Estate Expo in June, 2016. Among the notable developers attending and speaking at the Expo were Patricia Dumphy of Rockrose Development, Chris Capece of Avalon Bay Communities, Tyler Morse of MCR Development, Michael Mattone of The Mattone Group, Michael Meyer of the F&T Group and Seth Pinsky of RXR Realty. John Banks, President of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) was a speaker/moderator. Additionally, Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz attended the event.

The developers’ speaker panel discussed the current Queens real estate scene to understand projected growth patterns over the next 10 and 15 years in office, commercial, residential and retail development in Queens County and the impact of transportation projects, zoning issues and affordable housing as it relates to continued growth.

A second speaker panel that included Richard Smyth of Port Authority NY/NJ, Ryan Prime of Skanska and Peter Byrme of VHB held discussions on the topic of Port Authority’s plan of embarking on a major modernization and redevelopment program to position LaGuardia airport to meet the needs of the 21st Century. This panel discussed the aspects of “LGA Re-imagined,” the timeline of events, and how these projects will affect the surrounding real estate community, as well as how can property owners and managers plan for these developments. A third speaker panel that included Louis Rizzo of National Grid, Ron Spinelli of Con Edison and Marshall Haimson of E-Captial Development held discussions on the topic of energy incentive programs to help offset energy costs. Click here for more information. [Read more…]

NYC Dept. of Design and Construction (DDC) invites NYSSPE to a Networking Fair With DDC Commissioner and Director, Providing Information on Open Positions at DDC for Professional Engineers

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NYC DDC Commissioner, Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora and Executive Director Dalela Harrison, met with NYSSPE Vice Presidents, Dave Macedonio PE and Rudi Sherbansky PE at DDC’s June 2016 networking fair for City engineers and employees in design and construction, as well as construction management. The importance of PE licensure at DDC, as well as continuing education opportunities for DDC engineers were discussed with the Commissioner. In addition, DDC provided NYSSPE with a list of open positions at DDC for qualified professional engineers. Among the 20+ open positions for PEs, the positions of Deputy Director, Executive Director, Program Executive, Project Executive, Administrative Engineer and Administrative Project Manager are available. Salaries range from $48,000 to $152000. Click here to see available PE jobs at DDC.

DDC is looking for professional engineers to oversee and administer capital construction programs, including sewer, water main and roadway projects, planning and monitoring projects, administration of design, renovation and construction of public facilities, monitoring the life-cycle of projects, collaboration with other City agencies, performing funding analysis, risk analysis and scheduling reports, and oversight of consultant produced master plans. Projects include pedestrian bridges, step streets, retaining walls, public buildings and roadways from initiation through design and construction completion. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Legislative Update June 2016 – Design Build NYC Legislation Update

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Anthony Fasano PE, Executive Director of New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) speaks with Mark Kriss, Esq., NYSSPE legislative counsel in our third June/July legislative video update on the proposed Design Build (in New York City) legislation.

It is important to note that, in general, NYSSPE is in favor of Design Build, as long as it is done in a way that there are proper safeguards in place to protect the public.  Design Build is a complex area and there are many parameters to be aware of.  You can view a comprehensive FAQ on Design Build in New York here.
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Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. Names Three Personnel Assistant Vice Presidents

BABYLON, NY – Three key, long-term employees, James Bazata, P.E., ENV SP, William McMenamin, P.E., and William Stroh, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, have been named assistant vice presidents of Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI), a national engineering and construction services firm and an NYSSPE Sustaining Member firm.

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James Bazata, P.E., ENV SP, GPI’s Deputy Director of Civil Engineering, has 26 years of in-depth experience on many civil and traffic engineering projects on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. He is experienced in all aspects of civil and roadway design, which includes alignments, pavement design, work zone traffic control, transportation management plans for work zone safety and mobility, grading and roadway modeling. He has been recognized by GPI clients for his exceptional project management and communication skills, and knowledge of technology that has helped save owner’s millions of dollars. Key projects he has been involved with include Nichols Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the award-winning CR3 Pinelawn Road/Ruland Road/Colonial Spring Road Intersection Reconstruction, the award-winning Lower Manhattan Transit Signal Priority, and Brooklyn Bridge CCTV, among others. Mr. Bazata is a professional engineer in New York State, and an ISI- Certified Envision Sustainability Professional. He earned his degree in civil engineering from Polytechnic University. Mr. Bazata currently resides in Manorville, New York. [Read more…]

Job Openings for the Parks & Recreation of the City of New York

The City of New York Parks & Recreation is seeking 4 qualified individuals to fill positions for an Administrative Horticulturist and several Deputy Commissioners. The NYC Parks is the steward of nearly 30,000 acres of land (14% of NYC). They operate more than 800 athletic fields, nearly 1000 playground, 1800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 67 public pools, and many more. Qualifications, major responsibilities, and steps for application for the open positions can be viewed below:

Deputy Commissioner, COO – (Manhattan, NY)
Deputy Commissioner, CAO – (Manhattan, NY)
Deputy Commissioner for Urban Park Services and Public Programs – (Manhattan, NY)
Assistant Commissioner of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources – (Olmsted Center, Queens, NY) [Read more…]

NYC DEP Chief Engineer to Present an Overview of DEP’s Capital Maintenance Projects on April 14th at the joint ASME – NYSSPE event at the National Grid Center in Brooklyn NY.

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On Thursday evening, April 14th, 2016, Joseph Olewnicki, P.E., Chief Engineer of the Division of Capital Maintenance of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection will present an overview of the engineering operations and Capital Maintenance projects throughout the City of New York. In this presentation, Mr. Olewnicki will outline DEP’s operations in the City and in particular what the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment does, as well as discuss several capital and maintenance projects. There are still a limited number of seating remaining for this 1-PDH presentation.

Click here for details and registration information.

Joseph Olewnicki, P.E., manages the Division of Capital Maintenance for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment at DEP. The Bureau of Wastewater handles and treats all sewage for the 5 boroughs of NYC as well as operates and maintains 14 sewage treatment plants, 6 sludge dewatering facilities, 3 CSO facilities, 2 aeration facilities, 98 pumping stations, 500+ outfalls and 138 miles of sewage interceptors. The engineering program run by this division is responsible for capital projects that maintain wastewater handling and treatment systems and include both planned upgrades and emergency response.

In addition to the above presentation, there will be a 1-PDH presentation by Savin Engineering which will include [Read more…]