A top priority on the Building Congress 2015 Policy Agenda is enactment of a
fully funded transportation program. To help focus attention on this need,
the Building Congress met with senior leadership in both houses of the Legislature and the Governor's office in Albany, urging action on the 2015-2019 MTA Capital Program for New York. On the City level, the Building Congress testified at a New York City Council Finance Committee hearing on the
New York City Capital Budget on May 18. The Building Congress asked
the City Council to investigate creating new, dedicated revenue sources
for capital investment. To read the full testimony, please click here.
In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Building Congress commended the administration's plan to reduce New York City's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The Building Congress provided broad principles developed by its Energy Committee to help frame planning for the 80 by 50 goal, including suggestions that the City: use incentives to induce investments and accelerate planned investment rather than impose mandates; foster innovation in the energy industry's supply, transmission and distribution sectors; and look to private sector innovations as it contemplates retrofits and upgrades to City-owned and occupied buildings.
The Building Congress, together with its industry partners, continues to press State legislators to support the New York State Emergency Responder Act. A letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie urges support of the Act, which would protect individuals, firms, and their employees who volunteer or provide services in response to natural and man-made disaster from unforeseeable liability that can incur while working to protect the public.
New York Building Congress 2015 Annual Report
The Building Congress recently released its 2015 Annual Report, which
highlights the organization's program of advocacy, research and reports,
committees, and events. The report features the article
"Building Innovation," a discussion among members of the Building
Congress Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices on the state of
innovation in New York City. To read the Annual Report, please click here.
New York Building Foundation Biennial Report
The New York Building Foundation Biennial Report 2015