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AGC NYS Announces Partnership With TSC to Host ‘Keeping NYC Safe’ Educational Workshops and Offer its Members Additional Discounts on Services

The Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS) and Total Safety Consulting, LLC (TSC) have announced a collaborative agreement to provide the digital presentation, tools, resources, and educational materials for ‘Keeping NYC Safe’ Educational Workshops in addition to discounts on safety services for all AGC NYS members.

Support Scaffold Law Reform TODAY

Ask Your State Assemblymember and Senator to Co-Sponsor Bipartisan “Scaffold Law” Reform

TAKE ACTION by asking your state Assemblymember and Senator to co-sponsor bipartisan legislation introduced by Democrat Assemblyman John McDonald and Republican Senator Fred Akshar that would reform the “Scaffold Law” by adopting a comparative negligence standard which applies to every other type of liability in New York.

Congressman John Faso Introduces Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017, Addressing the Waste and Injustice of New York’s Scaffold Law Absolute Liability Standard

Elmendorf’s statement as a PDFCongressman John Faso’s statementAGC of America’s statementBill in PDF
Press Conference Video

“New York’s construction industry applauds Congressman John Faso for his leadership and courage in introducing legislation to address at the federal level the manifest injustice and waste of the absolute liability standard of New York’s ‘Scaffold Law.’

This law,

Governor Cuomo Announces Administrative Appointments, AGC NYS Provides Commentary

Governor Cuomo Announces Administrative Appointments, AGC NYS Provides Commentary

Just this morning, Governor Cuomo announced changes at the Thruway and NYSDOT. Matthew Driscoll assumes duty as the Executive Director of the NYS Thruway Authority. With Matt’s departure, Cathy Calhoun, NYSDOT’s current Chief of Staff,

Governor unveils $10 billion plan to improve Kennedy Airport

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a $10 billion plan to transform the aging John F. Kennedy International Airport into a world-class hub with easy access.

New York slow to embrace design-build

The replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge, a vital link between Brooklyn and Queens, with a new crossing has succeeded where many New York transportation projects have failed. It is on time and on budget.

Big spending on infrastructure faces roadblocks

“It’s not at all clear that President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to spend massively on infrastructure are going to unfold….”

Upstate ridesharing fees to benefit local transit

Upstate ridesharing fees to benefit local transit

By Jimmy Vielkind

12/20/2016 01:57 PM EDT

ALBANY — The 50-cent fee that officials are preparing to levy on ride-hailing trips outside of New York City will fund both the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other public transit systems,

The Fed Nailed 2016, If You Ignore Their Rate Outlook

“The Federal Reserve was right about forecasts this year except….”

New York Today: How to Build a Subway

New York Today


Updated, 11:47 a.m.

Good morning on this gusty Monday.

Nearly a century after the Second Avenue subway was first proposed,

Gateway funding starts coming together, in piecemeal fashion


It’s been long in coming, but at least one component of Gateway, the $23 billion plan to steel the Northeast Corridor’s arthritic spine, appears to be happening.

On Thursday afternoon, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,

NY Sen. John DeFrancisco still wants tunnel alternative for I-81

By Patrick Lohmann | 
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SYRACUSE, N.Y.– State Sen. John DeFrancisco is hoping state engineers reconsider an option for the reconstruction of the deteriorating Interstate 81 overpass,

Another Voice: Expanding design-build will save time and money (Buffalo News)

Another Voice

By Thomas J. Spearing III

Poor road conditions and traffic congestion cost drivers about $6.3 billion statewide, or an average of $694 per driver, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers report card on New York’s infrastructure.

Top economic development official may rebid some SUNY Poly projects


ALBANY — The state’s top economic development official said Tuesday he may re-bid construction contracts on some projects that had been overseen by the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, whose leader was charged in a bid-rigging scandal.

Ground broken for major Grand Central area skyscraper


Elected officials and the city’s largest commercial landlord broke ground on Tuesday on a planned 58-story office building on Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown East. The ceremony was a milestone in the city’s effort to modernize the area and attract new businesses.

New NY highway signs are illegal, feds say


Jon Campbell , Albany Bureau

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration dotted New York with 514 highway signs touting its tourism programs despite a federal ruling explicitly prohibiting the state from doing so.

Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan welcomed in New York

By Eric Anderson

Details sparse, but experts agree on need to reinvestment

While the plans aren’t very specific, President-elect Donald Trump‘s pledge to spend $1 trillion on the nation’s decaying infrastructure is getting a warm response.

Groups gauge another year of Senate GOP control

From education funding to water pipes, plenty to talk about

By Rick Karlin

Despite a 2-to-1 enrollment deficit, but buoyed perhaps by Donald Trump‘s election as president, New York Republicans are on track to hold at least 31 of 63 seats in the state Senate.

DOT formally announces I86, I-390 projects

DOT formally announces I-86, I-390 projects

By Stephen Borgna

CORNING | The state Department of Transportation (DOT) formally announced major rehabilitation work being conducted on weathered sections of Interstate 86 in Corning and Interstate 390 connecting Wayland and Cohocton during a press conference Tuesday.

AGCA: Construction firms add 23,000 employees in September


Industry Officials Note the Sector’s Average Hourly Earnings Increased by 2.8 Percent for the Year as Most Firms Report Shortages of Qualified Workers,

Proof that “Scaffold Law” doesn’t work

Crain’s photo shows crews take risks. Yet only employers are punished

To the Editor:

The expensive inequities and fundamental unfairness of the irrational absolute-liability standard in New York’s “scaffold law” are front and center in “Without a net”

Some, including Cayuga County Assemblyman Gary Finch, worry about NY big-projects agency

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo pitched a new big-projects agency as a way to help smooth the way for massive state construction like the planned $29 billion mass transit overhaul in New York City, but critics worry about a power grab by the famously hands-on leader.

Oil’s Magic Number Becomes $50 a Barrel for Promise of Recovery

David Wethe @davidwethe

April 26, 2016 — 6:14 PM EDT Updated on April 27, 2016 — 12:01 AM EDT

The new magic number in the oil industry is $50.

BP Plc,

Energy industry said Constitution pipeline rejection could hurt

ALBANY — The energy industry said the Constitution pipeline would be a huge loss to New York if the state’s decision to block it stands during an appeal.

“Thousands of dollars could be saved by average people in their heating bills alone,”

Construction employment increases in 244 out of 358 metro areas between March 2015 and 016 as many areas benefit from growing project demand

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine and El Centro, Calif. Top Growth List; Odessa, Texas, and Bloomington, Ill. Have Largest Declines as Energy Producing Areas Continue to See Drops in Construction Jobs

Construction employment increased in 244 out of 358 metro areas,

State rejects Constitution natural gas pipeline on environmental grounds

State cites failure to address water impacts in Constitution permit refusal

By Brian Nearing

For the second time in a week, a major natural gas pipeline project in the state appears to have hit the rocks.

Late Friday,

Kinder Morgan shelves $3 billion pipeline project

By Jon Chesto Globe Staff

The energy giant Kinder Morgan Inc. has pulled the plug on its controversial natural gas pipeline proposed through parts of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, after failing to sign up enough utility customers and facing stiff consumer and political opposition.

Tappan Zee Bridge project safer than national average

Matt Coyne,

As construction industry-wide Safety Week kicks off, the new bridge project has an incident rate of less than one percent

TARRYTOWN – The new Tappan Zee Bridge project is earning high marks for its low injury rate.

US construction spending up 0.3 pct., led by home building


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending advanced in March to its highest level in more than eight years. Gains in home building and nonresidential construction offset a drop in government projects.

Construction spending rose 0.3 percent in March after a 1 percent gain in February,

Related chairman praises rise of nonunion workers, and organized labor strikes back

Related chairman praises rise of nonunion workers, and organized labor strikes back
Stephen Ross of the real estate company called the proliferation of nonunion labor on construction sites ‘good news’

By Rosa Goldensohn

The chairman of the Related Cos.

Cuomo’s new agency for big state projects worries critics

By David Klepper, The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pitched a new big-projects agency as a way to help smooth the way for massive state construction like the planned $29 billion mass transit overhaul in New York City,

U.S. jobless claims hit 14-month high; analysts blame Verizon Strike

WASHINGTON | By Lucia Mutikani

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose last week to a more than one-year high, but economists blamed striking telecommunications workers for the surge and said the data did not signal a deterioration in the overall labor market.

OSHA finalizes recrodkeeping rule, will make injury data public

By Kim Slowey

Dive Brief:

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its final rule, going into effect Aug. 10, on new electronic record-keeping and reporting requirements for injuries and illnesses, and agency officials said making those records public are meant to “nudge”

85-year-old George Washington Bridge getting much-needed $2 billion renovation

Kerry Clines

The 85-year-old George Washington Bridge, spanning the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, is getting some much-needed major renovations to keep it alive into the next century. reports that officials are planning an intricate construction schedule involving 11 projects as part of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s nearly $2 billion “Restore the George” program,

America’s infrastructure $1.44 trillion short through 2025: report

By Hilary Russ

America will fall $1.44 trillion short of what it needs to spend on infrastructure through the next decade, a gap that could strip 2.5 million jobs and $4 trillion of gross domestic product from the economy,

Global Study Points to Needed Construction Productivity Boosts

Peter Reina

While productivity in other business sectors has surged ahead in the last half century, advances in construction have been “meager”, according to the World Economic Forum. In a new report, the Geneva-based business organization sets out a recipe of improvements the industry must follow to meet burgeoning global demand.

Montreign Casino and Raceway: A look at the construction progress in Catskills

Montreign Casino & Raceway is being built in Monticello, N.Y. It’s a $1 billion project by Empire Resorts and will include an 80,000-square-foot casino and a 390-room hotel.

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Lean and mean: How to ‘maximize value and miniimize waste’ with Lean Construction

By Kim Slowey

The word “lean” explains a great deal about the goals of Lean Construction. It implies that something has been trimmed of excess fat, or, in the case of a construction company, of waste and inefficiency.

Schenectady casino’s last beam in place

SCHENECTADY — Representatives of Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady on Monday held a topping-off ceremony at the $330 million gaming facility.

Representatives of Rush Street Gaming, the city and county and members of the construction team signed the final 60-foot steel beam before it was hoisted into place atop the structure.

Inside the Rivers Casino Construction Project

By Geoff Redick

The last bit of steel is in place for Rivers Casino in Schenectady. The city and gaming company hosted a “topping off” ceremony Monday at the construction site. TWC News’ Geoff Redick reports.


New York Budget Deal With Higher Minimum Wage is Reached

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislative leaders announced on Thursday that they had reached a budget agreement that would raise the minimum wage in New York City to $15 by the end of 2018,

Legislature OKs state budget, raises minimum wage

By Greg Hudson Columbia-Greene Media

State lawmakers missed the March 31 deadline by nine hours when they successfully passed a $156 billion 2016-17 state budget Friday.

The state Senate voted 61-1 Friday morning to approve the budget,

Construction drone use taking off as industry scores 40% of all FAA exemptions

By Kim Slowey

Dive Brief:

  • In a report issued by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the organization said that the construction and infrastructure industries are two of the biggest users of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS),

Oldcastle Materials Creates AWARE to Save Lives

by Lisa Cleaver

Every day, highway and street construction workers are at risk of fatal and serious nonfatal injury when working in the vicinity of passing motorists, construction vehicles and equipment.

Each year,

Fed: Economy grew modestly on strong hiring

Paul Davidson, USA TODAY

The economy’s humdrum performance of late continued in late February and March, with solid advances in the labor market and housing offsetting a mixed performance for manufacturing, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

Tappan Zee: Blue boxes help bridge rise to new heights

Matt Coyne,

It seems like every day, the towers that will make up the new Tappan Zee Bridge’s most iconic feature get a bit taller.

It’s all thanks to those blue boxes that sit on top.

The U.S. economy: Goldilocks it’s not

Growth likely to pick in spring, but economy still not ‘just right’

The last few years the U.S. economy has been marked by barren first quarters following by blossoming growth in the spring. The same pattern is likely to reemerge this year,

NY lawmakers seal budget deal

Most investment in upstate NY in history, Cuomo says

By Greg Hudson Columbia-Greene Media

New York State lawmakers successfully passed the state’s $156 billion budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year Friday.

The state Senate voted 61-1 Friday morning to approve the budget,including a state income tax cut which will lower the tax rate to 5.5 percent – its lowest rate in 70 years – a provision that will provide 12 weeks of paid family leave,

New York State Budget Winners and Losers

By Mike McAndrew |

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Here’s an early round-up of some of the winners and losers in the $156 billion New York state budget, which lawmakers debated through Thursday night and are still voting on Friday morning.

Construction Employment Increases in 234 Out of 358 Metro Areas


Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine and Monroe, Mich. Top Growth List; Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, and Bloomington, Ill. Have Largest Declines, Many Energy-Producing Metro Areas Experience Big Losses 

Construction employment increased in 234 out of 358 metro areas,

Canal system no liability

By TU Editorial Board

 Our opinion: Oversight of the state Canal Corp. has moved to the New York Power Authority. Although it runs a deficit, the canal system remains a valuable asset.

It’s a simple lesson in government economics – if you have an agency running a deficit and another racking up surpluses,

Lawsuits dismissed, $1B Glen Cove project to start

Two lawsuits aimed at preventing the start of a $1 billion mixed-use development in Glen Cove have been dismissed, paving the way for the project’s construction to begin.

A state Supreme Court judge on Thursday dismissed the lawsuits filed by a group of residents and the Village of Sea Cliff against the City of Glen Cove’s approvals of the Garvies Point project.

Jobless Claims in U.S. Decreased More Than Forecast Last Week

Sho Chandra ShoChandra

Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, indicating the U.S. job market remains healthy.

Jobless claims fell by 4,000 to 262,000 in the week ended Aug.

Albany International wins over $3 million in federal funding

Deteriorated passenger bridges at Albany airport to be replaced

By Jake Lahut

Albany International Airport will receive more than $3 million in federal funding to replace deteriorating passenger bridges that are used by 90 percent of its passengers to board aircraft.

Governor Cuomo Announces $13.7 Million in Grants for Southern Tier Water Infrastructure Improvements

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $13.7 million in grants to support eight critical municipal water infrastructure projects across the Southern Tier. These grants are part of the second round of NYS Water Grants funded through the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.

Governor Cuomo Announces $14.6 Million in Grants for Central New York Water Infrastructure Improvements

Grants Leverage $39.7 Million in Water Quality Investments

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $14.6 million in grants to support 12 critical municipal water infrastructure projects in Central New York. These grants are part of the second round of NYS Water Grants funded through the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.

Payroll boom: The economy added 255,000 jobs in July

, USA TODAY 11:05 a.m. EDT August 5, 2016


The economy crushed expectations in July, generating 255,000 jobs. It was the second straight month of strong jobs gains and a lot better than the 180,000 expected.

State unveils draft list of 2017-2020 road projects

By on July 27, 2016 at 2:51 PM

The state Department of Transportation unveiled today its draft list of road projects to get federal funding from 2017 through 2020.

Called the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program,

A hidden epidemic: How suicide prevention efforts can transform construction industry culture

By Emily Peiffer

Editor’s note: The following is the second of two parts. Read the first part here.

Construction’s high suicide rates and the importance of prevention efforts are just beginning to reach the radar of industry leaders,

Fed close to hitting job and inflation targets: Fischer

The Federal Reserve is close to hitting its targets for full employment and 2 percent inflation, the Fed’s No. 2 policymaker said on Sunday in comments that did not address when the U.S. central bank should next raise interest rates.

Sorry state of highways in New York necessitates a renewed commitment (Buff News Opinion)

Anyone who has been a driver or passenger bumping along the state’s deteriorating roadways would hardly be surprised at New York’s poor ranking – 45th – in that category. Indeed, it might be difficult to find Western New Yorkers willing to agree the state should even be that high on the list.

Cuomo’s Vision for Revamped Penn Station: New Home for Amtrak and L.I.R.R.

For nearly a quarter-century, governors and mayors in New York have been stymied in their attempts to fix Pennsylvania Station, one of the busiest transit halls in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most crowded and confusing.

$2.5M lost: Uncollected Thruway tolls spike

 Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief

ALBANY – Uncollected tolls on the New York State Thruway spiked at its 58 toll plazas over the past five years — even as the superhighway slowly shifts to a cashless toll system that critics fear will lead to more lost revenue.

Employers Added 151,000 Jobs in August

Economic Indicators Reuters

U.S. employment growth slowed more than expected in August after two straight months of robust gains and wage gains moderated, which could effectively rule out an interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve this month.

ConstructConnect’s Latest U.S. Put-in-place Construction Spending Forecasts, August 2016

by Alex Carrick

Compared with the earlier April version of ConstuctConnect’s put-in-place (PIP) investment outlook, grand total construction spending has been modified as follows: for 2016, from +9.0% to +5.9% (down); for 2017, from +8.5% to +6.9% (down);

Dark times for SolarCity could leave New York out in the cold (opinion)

Dark times for SolarCity could leave New York out in the cold

What happens if shareholders of Tesla balk at bailing out the company that Cuomo and Buffalo are counting on?

By Paul Alexander

New York government officials are gambling Buffalo’s long-hoped-for economic recovery on SolarCity,

Federal Agenices Release “Blacklisting” Regulation

Construction contractor groups blast rule but organized labor praises it

Pam Hunter McFarland

Federal agencies have released a final rule and a guidance document that require firms bidding on federal projects to disclose more information about their track record in complying with workplace safety,

State DOT releases capital plan project list

By Jimmy Vielkind

ALBANY – Without fanfare, the state Department of Transportation has posted details of a five-year capital plan for roads and bridges, detailing hundreds of projects around the state that are slated for work in coming years.

Housing starts plateau in May — but single-family construction inches up

By Emily Peiffer

Dive Brief:

  • Housing starts slipped 0.3% in May to a 1.164 million annualized rate, down slightly from the revised 1.167 million rate in April, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

OSHA amplifies efforts to limit construction workers’ noise exposures

By Gloria Gonzalez

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has started the process for a potential — and some argue long overdue — Noise in Construction standard.

The potential standard was included on OSHA’s regulatory agenda published last month,

Construction Employment increases in 235 out of 358 metro areas between April 2015 and 2016


Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. and Monroe, Mich. Top Growth List While Midland, Texas and Bloomington, Ill. Have Largest Declines; Worker Shortages May be Limiting Gains in Some Areas

Construction employment rose between April 2015 and April 2016 in two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas,

La Guardia rebuild is finally underway

Contractors will begin tearing down parts of the main La Guardia airport terminal next week in the first physical move toward the $4 billion rebuild.

The plan is to tear down a few gates at a time until the whole main Terminal B is rebuilt.

Construction jobs up in most of the U.S.

by DCN News Services

ARLINGTON, VA.—Construction employment rose between April 2015 and April 2016 in two-thirds of the metropolitan areas in the U.S., a report issued June 1 by the Associated General Contractors of America indicates.

Spending on most types of structures increased for the year despite a drop in the latest month,

Report: NYC banked $61B in economic benefit from 2015 construction activity

By Kim Slowey

Dive Brief:

  • A New York City Building Congress analysis of 2015 city construction data found that $39 billion of construction activity generated an additional $22 billion in spending and output, resulting in $61 billion of total economic benefit for the city and representing a 7% increase from 2014’s $57 billion.

Joe Biden breaks ground at La Guardia Airport

Vice president Joe Biden returned to La Guardia Airport — which he once said reminded him of a “third-world country” — on Tuesday to help break ground on the new main terminal.

“The greatest city in the world needs and deserves the greatest infrastructure,” said Biden.

Governor Cuomo Announces $16.3 million in rail infrastructure improvements statewide

Grants Will Rehabilitate 3 Railroad Bridges and More Than 52 Miles ofRail Track and Facilities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $16.3 million to fund rail and port improvement projects across New York State. These grants, from the Governor’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program,

And then there were three: Skanska, Lend Lease and Gilbane compete for Javits redevelopment

And then there were three: Skanska, Lend Lease and Gilbane to compete for Javits redevelopment

The companies were finalists in competitions for RFPs

By Kathryn Brenzel

State officials have selected the three construction teams that can compete for a chance to redevelop the Jacob K.

Construction contractors warn of a labor shortage as building booms

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune

Cranes have sprouted in Chicago as surely as tulips, but a busy construction season is coming with concerns that there aren’t enough skilled workers to do all the building.

SL Green Taps AECOM’s Tishman Construction to Manage Construction of $1B Office Project in Manhattan

by Jeff Shaw in New York, Northeast, Office, Top Stories

NEW YORK CITY — SL Green Realty Corp. has chosen AECOM’s Tishman Construction unit to manage the construction of One Vanderbilt,

Westchester to take a longer look at bioscience center project

Matt Coyne and Mark Lungariello, 7:15 p.m. EDT July 12, 2016

Legislator Shimsky: “We’re talking about the largest piece of county-owned property. We’re talking about a 99-year lease”

WHITE PLAINS — Westchester County is going to put a little more time into its review of plans for a $1.2 billion biotech center in Valhalla,

Tishman Speyer secures partner and loan for 1.1 million square-foot Long Island City office project

The developer, which has partnered with investment firm Qatari Diar, received a construction loan from Bank of the Ozarks. WeWork will anchor the development

By Daniel Geiger

A pair of new office towers will rise in Long Island City.

USDOT to award $759 in infrastructure grants

Memorial Bridge, ports among projects slated to get transportation grants

By Melanie Zanona

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected over a dozen transportation projects to receive funding from a newly created competitive grant program, quickly drawing the praise of lawmakers who represent districts or states that will benefit from the fresh injection of infrastructure cash.

A $400 million expansion planned for Aqueduct casino

Under the proposal, the Queens venue, Resorts World Casino, would get a hotel, spa and resort and convention center

By Amanda Fung

The Resorts World Casino in Queens may get bigger.

The owner of Resorts World Casino,

World Stocks tumble as Britan votes for EU exit

NEW YORK | By Herbert Lash and Edward Krudy

Global stock markets lost about $2 trillion in value on Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union, while sterling suffered a record one-day plunge to a 31-year low and money poured into safe-haven gold and government bonds.

May construction starts up 5% from April on Public Works, Power and Multifamily Housing

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $636.7 billion, new construction starts in May increased 5% from April, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Much of the growth came from the nonbuilding construction sector (public works and electric utilities),

Editorial: Playing politics with tolls

Gov. Cuomo’s budget would spend billions on the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Coupling it with a giveback to favor Thruway users is an unnecessary political ploy.As so many municipalities and school districts struggle, hemmed in by the property tax cap and only modest increases in state aid,

Con Ed battles over Second Avenue Subway Funding

By David K. Li

Con Edison, KeySpan and Brooklyn Union Gas are balking at state and MTA pressure to pony up millions of dollars for work on the Second Avenue Subway.

The utility companies are already asking for rate hikes they believe are crucial to maintain an aging infrastructure — and they have no interest in shouldering the $375 million the MTA says is needed to move underground lines as it continues to build the long-awaited subway,

Housing Starts in U.S. Drop to Lowest Level in Three Months

Michelle Jamrisko @mljamrisko

February 17, 2016 — 8:30 AM EST Updated on February 17, 2016 — 8:56 AM EST

New-home construction in the U.S. unexpectedly cooled in January, indicating there is a limit to how much gains in residential real estate will boost growth at the start of 2016.

73-Story Tower Would Be Brooklyn’s Tallest by far


Scrutiny is about to begin of a proposal for the tallest tower in Brooklyn, one that would be impossible to ignore.

Two developers have submitted plans in recent weeks for a 1,066-foot building in Downtown Brooklyn,

Study: 58,000 U.S. bridges found to be ‘structurally deficient’

Bart Jansen, USA TODAY12:49 p.m. EST February 18, 2016

WASHINGTON – Nearly 10% of the country’s bridges – 58,495 out of 609,539 – were considered structurally deficient last year and needed repairs,

Road funds off-balance

Road funds off-balance


WARSAW — The Department of Transportation knows the New York City subway is important — but that doesn’t stop the roads in upstate New York from crumbling.

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution passed calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo restore parity between the upstate and downstate budget.

Region needs to invest in failing infrastructure

A lot of vertical construction – factories, restaurants, hotels, lofts – is going on in the Queen City. But what about the horizontal structures – roads, bridges, storm drains, sewers? We depend on them every day.

Take a closer look.

Innumerable benefits from tackling our infrastructure

By Mike Elmendorf and Gerry Geist, Commentary

Last month, in his State of the State speech and budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was proposing a $22 billion, five-year investment in road and bridge funding,

As Roads Crumble, Infrastructure Spending Hits a 30-Year Low

By Eric Pianin

Last December Congress finally pushed through a $305 billion, five-year highway and transit bill after years of delay and neglect of the nation’s roads and infrastructure.

However, despite the celebration by lawmakers and state and local officials who have long sought the increased spending,

Bringing Young Blood to the Construction Labor Force

By Dian Zhang

The construction industry is facing a severe labor shortage. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median age of construction industry workers is 42.8, with young workers under 34 accounting for less than one third of the total workforce.

State promises payments to SolarCity contractors, says timetable unchanged

New York state is processing nearly $80 million in late payments for construction of the SolarCity factory in South Buffalo, representing the work done in November and December.

The payments will flow from Empire State Development Corp. to SUNY Polytechnic Institute and its nonprofit development subsidiary,

Rebuild NY Praises Senate’s Parity Push For Transportation

The coalition of building and trades organizations that is seeking parity in the funding for Department of Transportation capital projects is praising the Senate-backed budget resolution that adds an additional $3.5 billion to the five-year capital plan.

“The Senate has shown strong,

REBNY report finds most fatalities occur at shorter building sites

By Sally Goldenberg

5:14 a.m. | Mar. 16, 2016

With construction site safety an increasing source of controversy between developers and unions, the Real Estate Board of New York is releasing a study that shows most fatal accidents in New York City take place at job sites for buildings shorter than 10 stories.

Cost to overhaul LaGuardia Airport soars

The price has reached $5.3 billion, more than $1 billion above original estimates

By Amanda Fung

The latest price tag for the overhaul of the aging LaGuardia Airport has soared to $5.3 billion, more than $1 billion higher than previously estimated,

Panama to Open $5.3B Canal Expansion June 26 or ‘Lose Face’

Updated on March 23, 2016 — 1:55 PM EDT

The last gate of the Pacific Locks is being installed as part of the Panama Canal expansion, as the media is offered a tour, in Cocoli, near Panama City,

New York’s transportation hub gets massive $22 billion boost

The New York City metro area took a giant step toward revitalizing its crumbling capacity-strained transport hubs on Thursday as a major bistate agency authorized up to $22 billion of spending on air, rail, and bus infrastructure.

Officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,

OSHA issues long-delayed silica rules

By Tim Devaney

Millions of construction and manufacturing workers will be protected from harmful silica dust under long-delayed rules from the Obama administration.

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Thursday it is cutting in half the level of silica workers can be exposed to on the job.

You Paid For It – Authority overload

There are 560 public authorities in New York State, and now Gov. Cuomo is looking to add another, as another layer to one of the biggest authorities.

Greg Floyd takes a look at this proposal, because You Paid for It.

Battery Maritime Building to get a new life, again

By Dana Rubinstein

5:15 a.m. | Mar. 16, 2016

By the time Mayor Bill de Blasio’s citywide ferry service is up and running, one of the relics of the city’s ferry heyday will have finally been converted into a hotel.

Group working with de Blasio administration recommends change in building codes

By David Giambusso

5:14 a.m. | Mar. 16, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s buildings working group is about two months late with recommendations it was supposed to make on cutting building emissions across the city. But now one of the biggest players in the group has released its own report detailing ideas for reducing carbon emissions in city buildings.


Exit 53 Overpass Repair Work

AGC NYS President Mike Elmendorf discusses the unprecedented coalition calling for MTA/DOT Parity