One Year into Tenure of Carlo A. Scissura, City’s Top Construction Trade Group Previews New Push For Gateway, Congestion Pricing; Promises to Mobilize Membership of 522 Organizations Representing Over 300,000 Workers
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Outlines Plans for Infrastructure in Keynote Speech
New York, NY—In front of hundreds of representatives from labor, construction and real estate development in New York City, Carlo A. Scissura, President and CEO of New York Building Congress, outlined a new focus on advocacy for the City’s top construction trade group at its annual membership meeting and forum today— taking advantage of a growing membership base to push for needed infrastructural reforms in Albany and City Hall.
“We are entering an era of both unprecedented opportunity and unprecedented challenge in New York. More people are moving to New York than ever before, but the crisis of growth threatens to derail the gains we’ve made,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the New York Building Congress. “If we want New York City to remain an economic engine for the United States, we are obligated to build infrastructure that supports growth. That includes supporting congestion pricing to fund public transportation and make New York a more livable city— and pushing for the Gateway project to ensure that the entire tri-state area can continue to grow.”
To help alleviate some of the infrastructural challenges New York faces, the New York Building Congress is taking an increasingly regional approach in its agenda for the coming year-- expanding its influence further into Westchester, Long Island, and New Jersey, and focusing on the Gateway project as a driver of economic opportunity across the region.
The meeting also included a keynote speech by incoming City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, in one of his first public addresses since his appointment. In it, he outlined a path for working with the construction and development trades to ensure that New York continues to grow in a sustainable way.
NYBC membership also elected Milo E. Riverso, PhD., P.E., CCM, one of the building industry’s leading executives, chairman of the New York Building Congress, succeeding Richard Cavallaro.
Riverso is president and chief executive officer of STV., a leading engineering, architectural design, planning, and construction management firm. He joined STV in 2005 as senior vice president of its construction management division, eventually becoming president of the firm in 2009, and chief executive officer two years later. During his tenure, STV has grown geographically, taken on increasingly complex assignments, and has seen its revenue increase by more than 70 percent.
“It is a tremendous honor to be elected chair of the New York Building Congress,” said Mr. Riverso. “Thank you to the board of directors for their faith in me and to Richard Cavallaro for all the incredible work he has done over the past two years. This is an exciting time for the construction sector in New York, and as chair, I look forward to working with Carlo, the board and our membership to take the Building Congress and the entire industry to even greater heights. Together, we will build a better New York.”
Upon completing his two-year term, Richard Cavallaro, who is president and CEO of Skanska USA Civil, said, “It has been a privilege to serve the Building Congress, especially during a period of record construction activity throughout the five boroughs. I look forward to continuing to work with Milo and all my Building Congress colleagues as we look for innovative ways to advance the industry.”
About New York Building Congress
The New York Building Congress is a non-partisan, public policy coalition of business, labor, professional and governmental organizations, which serves the design, construction and real estate industry by promoting strategic infrastructure investment and enlightened economic development throughout New York City.