covid19

The Subcontractors Trade Association (STA) has prepared a special website that will provide the latest information we have to help you manage your company and your jobsites for issues related to the COVID-19/Coronavirus.

THE INFORMATION YOU WILL FIND

STA Communications

March 27, 2020: NYS DEFINITION OF NON-ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

March 27, 2020

TO:                        STA MEMBERS

FROM:                  HANK KITA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE:                        NYS DEFINITION OF NON-ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

The New York Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) has today updated its previous advisories on construction as an essential business activity.  ESD now says:

  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

See the link here to read the full guidelines.

The STA will be seeking further clarifications to this change in allowable construction activities as they become available.

March 25, 2020: REVISED UPDATE TO STATE COVID QUARANTINE PAID SICK LEAVE LAW

MARCH  25, 2020

TO:                  STA MEMBERS

FROM:            HENRY KITA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE:                  REVISED UPDATE TO STATE COVID QUARANTINE PAID SICK LEAVE LAW

Linked here, please find a bulletin from STA Legislative Counsel, Perry Ochacher of Willett Public Affairs, regarding the New York State COVID Quarantine Paid Sick Leave Law (Ch. 25/Laws of 2020).  This bulletin is a revised update in an easy to read Q & A format.  It is in addition to the bulletin distributed by the STA on the same subject yesterday March 24, 2020.

Mr. Ochacher has graciously offered to answer any STA member questions on the subject matter contained in this bulletin.  He can be reached by phone at 914-319-9173.

The STA will continue to keep you updated on issues related to the COVID 19 crisis.

March 24, 2020: UPDATE TO STATE COVID QUARANTINE PAID SICK LEAVE LAW

MARCH  24, 2020

TO:                  STA MEMBERS

FROM:            HENRY KITA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE:                  UPDATE TO STATE COVID QUARANTINE PAID SICK LEAVE LAW

Linked here, please find a bulletin from STA Legislative Counsel, Perry Ochacher of Willett Public Affairs, regarding the New York State COVID Quarantine Paid Sick Leave Law (Ch. 25/Laws of 2020).  This bulletin is an update to the one distributed by the STA on the same subject on March 18, 2020.

Mr. Ochacher has graciously offered to answer any STA member questions on the subject matter contained in this bulletin.  He can be reached by phone at 914-319-9173.

The STA will continue to keep you updated on issues related to the COVID 19 crisis.

March 24, 2020: NYC DOB Service Notice

March 22, 2020: CONSTRUCTION IS AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS16, 2020: STA Office Closure/COVID 19 ISSUES

  • March 22, 2020

    TO:                  STA MEMBERS

    FROM:            HANK KITA
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    RE:                  CONSTRUCTION IS AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS

    Since my last bulletin on this issue on Friday evening, I have continued to hear from STA members inquiring on whether or not “construction” is considered an essential business under Governor Cuomo’s most recent Executive Order.

    I would like to reiterate that yes, “construction” is indeed deemed to be an essential business under the Governor’s most recent Executive Order.

    The term “construction” is being interpreted very broadly at this time to include jobsites, back offices, and suppliers, among other industry related activities.

    Events as a result of the COVID-19 crisis remain fluid and we will keep you updated as events warrant.

March 20, 2020: NYC Department of Buildings Covid-19 Updates & Resources

TO: STA MEMBERS

RE: NYC Department of Buildings Covid-19 Updates & Resources

Covid-19 Updates and resources from the Department of Buildings can be found here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/about/covid-19-response.page

As part of the citywide response to the coronavirus, the DOB is instituting temporary rules to drastically reduce walk-in traffic to its offices. Effective immediately, the following mandatory operational changes have been implemented:

Buildings News: COVID-19 Special Editions

Please refer to the DOB website for other resources: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/index.page

March 20, 2020: Executive Order Update

March 20, 2020

TO:                  STA Members

FROM:            Hank Kita
Executive Director

RE:                  Executive Order Update

Linked here for your information and review is a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo providing additional guidance on what constitutes an essential business or service under the Executive Order that he announced earlier today.  “Construction” is included in the list of those considered to be an essential business.

The New York Building Congress advises that it has been in touch with the MTA, Port Authority, and New York State Department of Transportation and they maintain that they are continuing construction at this time, as usual.

Developments in this area will continue to unfold on a constant basis and the STA will keep you informed as we receive information.

March 19, 2020: COVID UPDATE: Executive Order 202.6

March 19, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:            Hank Kita
Executive Director

RE:                  COVID Update:  Executive Order 202.6

As you may be aware, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order today which included a mandatory reduction in job/worksite workforces by 50 percent excluding essential services.  Various industry advocates and partners to the STA, including the BTEA and GCA among others, were in touch with the Governor’s office, lobbying for the inclusion of construction activities within the definition of essential services.  As a result of these lobbying efforts, construction activities are considered essential services and are excluded from the mandate.  A copy of the Governor’s Executive Order can be found here.

In spite of this positive news from the Governor’s office, per the BTEA, New York City sources are indicating that Mayor de Blasio is considering the shutdown of construction jobsites in NYC despite industry efforts to have construction exempted.  We may have word from the Mayor on this issue in the next 12 to 24 hours.

We will keep you informed on these and related COVID-19 issues affecting our STA members as events warrant.

March 18, 2020: COVID 19 QUARANTINE LEAVE

March 18, 2020

TO:                STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                COVID 19 Quarantine Leave

Linked here for your information and review is a summary (provided by the STA’s Legislative Counsel) of emergency legislation from Albany dealing with Quarantine Leave related to COVID 19.  This legislation provides paid leave for up to fourteen days when an employee is subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by a government entity due to COVID 19.

This legislation is expected to pass both houses of the State Legislature today and be signed by the Governor shortly thereafter.

The STA is monitoring industry related COVID 19 activities such as this and will keep our members informed as events warrant.

March 16, 2020: STA Office Closure/COVID 19 ISSUES

TO: STA MEMBERS

RE: STA OFFICE CLOSURE/COVID-19 ISSUES

In response to the current public health crisis, the Subcontractors Trade Association (STA) main office will closed for the next two weeks and staff will be working remotely. We will reassess the situation as needed. Our staff can be reached during regular business hours as follows:

Hank Kita, Executive Director
E-mail: hkita@stanyc.com
Cell: 908-347-3429

Samantha Sweeney, Communications / Membership Director
E-mail: ssweeney@stanyc.com

In addition, you can leave a voice message at the STA’s office number at 212-398-6220 and we will return your call.

The STA’s Annual Awards Dinner scheduled for April 2, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt has been postponed and rescheduled for November 17, 2020 at the same venue.  Other STA seminars and meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

We will be following COVID-19 issues closely and how they impact the New York City construction industry.  We will be participating in conference calls this week with public officials, organized labor, and other contractor trade associations.  We will keep you updated on information and decisions emanating from those conference calls.

The STA has worked for over 50 years to improve the economic climate for subcontractors in New York City’s construction industry. Whatever happens over the next few months, please be assured that we will be standing there with you during and on the other side of this crisis.

We are thinking of all of our members, friends, and supporters during this difficult time, and wish the utmost health and safety to all of you.

NYC Department of Building Notices

COVID-19 Hotline Information

NYS COVID-19 hotline – 1-888-364-3065
New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.