Tappan Zee Bridge Crane Accident still under Investigation

erial photo's of a construction crane that has collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Photo: Credit: NBC4 New York)

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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The Passing of John W. Angstadt- Life Member of NYSSPE Erie-Niagara Chapter

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John W. Angstadt

Oct. 10, 1915-June 30, 2016

John Walton Angstadt, of Clarence Center, a retired mechanical engineer, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 100 years old.

Born in Kutztown, Pa., he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1937 from Pennsylvania State University, where he played clarinet in the band. Mr. Angstadt began working the Buflovak Equipment Division of Blaw-Knox Co. in 1938, made a number of design and manufacturing improvements and held several patents. He became vice president for engineering in 1977 and retired in 1980.

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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…]

New Hire: Celia D’Agostino Joins the New York State Society of Professional Engineers as Summer Intern



The New York State Society of Professional Engineers is proud to announce the recent hiring of Celia D’Agostino.  D’Agostino just recently graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic University (RPI) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.

D’Agostino plans to work with NYSSPE for the summer while she finalizes her first engineering job.  Last summer she worked for a company doing sustainability modeling for greenhouse gas emissions.  D’Agostino has also participated in a study abroad program where she was immersed renewable energy and sustainability projects in Iceland.

D’Agostino will help NYSSPE to bolster our social media presence to ensure we are a news source for engineering professionals in New York State.  The NYSSPE is excited to add Celia to the team.

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2016 Incoming President Message from Laura M. Pellizzi, PE

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Laura Pellizzi, PE

As I take over the reins, my term as NYSSPE’s President is starting out like no other…..
As many of you know, NYSSPE’s Executive Committee has recently voted to change the Presidency to a two-year term hoping that this will give us more time to accomplish the tasks we set out to achieve. Even at two years, I’m sure the time will fly.

I’ve had over a year to think about what I would like to accomplish, but there are so many initiatives that it’s difficult to come up with just one or two. Back in November, in conjunction with our Fall Meeting, we conducted a Strategic Planning Day headed by our current President, Larry O’Connor, PE. Many of NYSSPE’s past, present, and future leaders attended, and we spent the day brainstorming ideas about the direction of NYSSPE. We developed a “short list” (which wasn’t so short after all), of initiatives that the members felt were of high priority to be focused on in the next few years.

The value of membership was by far the front-runner on the list. Over the next two years, I will be focusing my efforts on increasing the value of the NYSSPE membership and taking an overall look at the three-tiered National/State/Local membership structure. The rising cost of membership dues has been an on-going concern. We have spoken at length to NSPE’s leadership regarding this three tiered system vs. states only membership and are anxiously awaiting their ideas which they have promised to roll out at the Annual conference this June being held in Dallas, TX. [Read more…]

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.

(Ref: Photographer Jim Lennon)

(Ref: Photographer Jim Lennon)

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…]

Message from 2015-2016 Outgoing President Lawrence J. O’Connor, PE, LS, F.NSPE

The Importance of the PE License in My Engineering Career

LarryOConnorMy year as President of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers is now at a close and it is time to pass the baton on to someone else. The Society has made some progress facing challenges, adapting to the changing world we live in, and bringing some fresh ideas and talent to our mission. I will let our Executive Director explain more about this in his address.

Instead, I choose to reflect on a couple core questions facing our profession. Why choose Engineering? And more importantly, why become a licensed Professional Engineer? This article is for the young engineer who is debating the need for a PE license, or the young person choosing an academic path for College.

Students may ask: “Will all the money and years spent in College prepare me for a meaningful career, one that will carry me through life?” [Read more…]

2015-2016 Annual Report from the NYSSPE Executive Director Anthony Fasano, P.E.

Introduction – Not a Template 
Anthony-FasanoSince I started as the Executive Director of The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE), I have written this update for the journal every year. Looking back, I feel like the message is always somewhat generic and written in a template fashion. For this year’s update, I didn’t follow any past year’s pattern in an effort to give you an engaging and up-to-date information on NYSSPE and where we are headed moving forward.

Strategic Planning
For the first time in a long time, this past November, NYSSPE staff and leadership gathered for a day long strategic planning meeting. The reason for the meeting was to assess where the organization is currently, to put together a plan for moving forward, and growing NYSSPE in a way that is most beneficial to our members.

Some of the key initiatives that resulted from the planning meeting include:

  • Survey members and non-members to gauge their perspective of NYSSPE with respect to other associations.
  • Add more member benefits for engineering corporations.
  • Become more of an industry leader on breaking engineering news, both practice related and legislative.
  • Improve communication with members, non-members, and the public by organizing our channels of communication.
  • Explore the idea of putting on regional events through state and local partnerships.
  • Build a more comprehensive chapter toolbox to make it easier for the chapters to succeed.
  • Continue STEM activities and attempt to measure their success.

We have already begun and completed several of these initiatives, including the survey, all of which I will touch on through the remainder of this report.

Staffing Updates/Changes
Over the past year, we have made some significant staffing/operational changes. We have retained an outside company to handle all of our bookkeeping. This decision was made due to the increase in bookkeeping workload because of the large number of events we now put on each year. [Read more…]

2106 Award Spotlight: PEC’s Project of the Year, New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

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PEC Project of the Year:
New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

PEC Project Engineering Firms:
Savin Engineers, P.C.
CDM Smith

The Long Island Sound is an estuary that serves numerous local communities and the regional economy by providing boating, fishing, swimming and sightseeing. The sound is a vital water body that provides a home for numerous species of aquatic life to breed, nest and nurse.  Due to concerns over poor water and aquatic quality, significant efforts have been made toward identifying pollutants and other issues that impact the sound and developing plans to mitigate them.

Water quality studies have been performed and nitrogen has been identified as a principal factor limiting the water quality of the Long Island Sound. Excess nitrogen levels in the Long Island Sound stimulate phytoplankton growth, which in turn blocks light and prevent growth of submerged aquatic vegetation, destroying the habitat of different fish and shellfish. When the phytoplankton die and decay, available oxygen is then depleted. Thus, dissolved oxygen concentrations fall below the needed levels for the survival of aquatic organisms. [Read more…]