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.


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…]

Former NYC DDC Deputy Assistant Commissioner and NYC DOT Director of Roadway Design, Walter A. Zimmerman P.E. Honored for his Distinguished Engineering Career.

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Walter A. Zimmerman P.E. was recently honored and received The New York State Society of Professional Engineers Certificate of Excellence for his distinguished career as a professional engineer in official positions of several agencies of the City of New York, including his service as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction, Director of Roadway Design at the NYC Department of Transportation and Supervising Engineer of the Bureau of Topography at the office of the Borough President of the Bronx.  Mr. Zimmerman was also honored for his exemplary dedication in supporting the engineering profession as past-president of the Rockland and Bronx Chapters of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE).

The Certificate of Excellence was presented by Mal McLaren P.E., Trustee of the Foundation for Engineering Education (FEE) and by Rudi O. Sherbansky P.E., New York City’s Regional Vice President of NYSSPE and Chair-elect of the PE’s in Construction Group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). The Certificate which is issued annually by NYSSPE’s Professional Engineers in Construction Group (PEC) to distinguished members of the engineering society, was also endorsed by the Chair of PEC, Kaitlin Sajduk P.E. and presented to Mr. Zimmerman on March 15, 2016. [Read more…]

NYC Dept. of Buildings to begin Issuing Violations and Stop Work Orders for Energy Code Infractions

Beginning March 2016, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) will issue DOB Violations for Energy Code Infractions that are Class 2 (major) violations, which carry a monetary penalty.  Additionally, the DOB may also issue Stop Work Orders (SWO) for Energy Code Infractions and violations.  If the cure date has passed, SWOs will not be lifted unless, the violation is paid and an approved certificate of correction has been obtained. Failure to correct violating condition(s) may negatively affect the ability to sell, refinance, and obtain a new Certificate of Occupancy or a Letter of Completion for a property.

For more information, refer to this March 2016 DOB Bulletin.

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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Honors 2016 Engineers Week in New York City

The Annual Celebration of Engineers’ Week in New York City kicked off on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering (NYU-Polytechnic) in downtown Brooklyn, NY. The NYC Mayor’s Proclamation ceremony was conducted and presented by Salvatore Galletta PE, MESC Program Chair, Wasyl Kinach, P.E., MESC Chair and Mark Klein, P.E. President of the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York.

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Proclamation declared February 21st – 27th, 2016 in the City of New York as “Engineers Week”. The keynote speaker was Richard S. Thorsen, Ph.D., Dept. Chair and Vice President Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering NYU Tandon School of Engineering.  The event was attended by Al Brand P.E. (of Mueser Rutledge) and Rudi Sherbansky P.E., past and current NYC Regional Vice Presidents of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE).  [Read more…]

New York City Buildings Department & NYSSPE hold 2nd Annual Design Professionals Day, Featuring Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE

NYC Design Professionals Gather for the 2nd NYSSPE Design Professionals Day (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

NYC Design Professionals Gather for the 2nd NYSSPE Design Professionals Day (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

A large group of New York City design professionals attended the NYSSPE’s second annual New York City Design Professionals Day on October 22nd, 2015. New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE opened the event with his “Building One City” presentation. Chandler spoke about the Department of Building’s Transformative Blueprint for Change. This new plan is focused on enhancing public safety, reorganizing processes, and reducing wait times through a more efficient and modern system of operation at the NYC Department of Buildings. Some notable implementations will include an increase of 159 plan examiners and 34 development inspectors over two years, the launch of a dedicated affordable housing unit, a redesign of the DOB’s online presence and capabilities, and a big push to make online plan review and submission the default practice in New York City. [Read more…]