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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

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November 6, 2020: Billion Dollar Fix: Moratorium on Scaffold Law

The STA would like to bring to the attention of its members, a video released by the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition (SLRC). This video was created after the SLRC’s urgent appeal to Governor Cuomo asking him to use his executive authority to issue a 12-month moratorium on the “absolute liability” provisions of the Scaffold Law.

Please click here to watch the video!

The statute, comprised of New York Labor Law sections 240/241 and commonly known as the “Scaffold Law,” holds contractors, property owners and their agents, absolutely liable for any gravity-related injuries sustained by a worker, irrespective of gross negligence on the part of the worker.

The video explains how the Governor of New York has a unique opportunity to help jumpstart the economy. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic state of emergency, the Governor can use his executive authority to issue a 12-month moratorium on the provisions of the Scaffold Law from absolute strict liability to comparative fault and save billions of taxpayers’ —and private businesses— dollars in insurance costs. These billions can be better invested in the badly needed infrastructure projects and help generate thousands of jobs in the construction industry and other businesses in the state, without affecting any of the workers’ rights and protections in place.

For more information, please visit their website: www.BillionDollarFix.nyc

October 30, 2020: COVID-19 Safety Compliance on Jobsites

I would like to bring to the attention of the STA members, a letter that went out from the Building Contractors Association regarding COVID-19 Safety Compliance on Jobsites. It is being advised that the trade associations and their contractors heed the advice outlined in the letter below. Please contact the STA office at ssweeney@stanyc.com with any questions.

Over the last few months, it has often felt like we had achieved a certain level of equilibrium working and living with this pandemic. We may have become “comfortable” with a new normal, maybe even become a bit relaxed about the urgency of following safety protocols. No doubt we have all been experiencing a certain level of Covid-19 fatigue. Unfortunately, recent spikes and increases in infection rates both locally and across the country have reminded us that we are not over the hump just yet.

I have also, unfortunately, been hearing about increased infection rates on jobsites. This is a problem that threatens your business, our industry and the overall economy. No one wants another government mandated shutdown. We cannot afford another shutdown. It is imperative that everyone remind themselves of the safety protocols that have been put in place not only by New York State and the City of New York, but those agreed to by the contractor associations and the building trades collectively.

Every contractor has been required to develop a written safety plan. I am asking you to revisit those plans, review your safety protocols, comply with them and enforce them when need be. Even though the safety guidelines may have said things like contractors “should” or “may” require temperature taking in order to avoid imposing a mandatory obligation, there is a value in public perception. How is the industry being viewed? If the State begins to see jobsites as super-spreader locations or events, you are in danger of being shutdown. There are murmurs within the industry that make me concerned. Certain sites are seeing spikes and being shutdown. Diligent compliance is key.

As the phrase goes, if you see something, say something. Talk to your subcontractors. Talk to the safety people. Talk to the supers. Talk to your labor force. Use peer pressure. Remind all workers that a shutdown impacts them directly.

In an Industrywide Zoom meeting yesterday, Union Leadership committed to reinforcing Covid awareness with their members. We need to do our part by enforcing compliance with the safety protocols.

In other words, do what you need to do to make the jobsite safe for everyone.

I have included links to the NYS and NYC safety protocol websites for your review.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/ConstructionMasterGuidance.pdf
https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/ConstructionShortGuidelines.pdf
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/about/covid-19-response.page

Thank you. I trust you will find this message to be in your best interest.

John F. O’Hare
Managing Director
Building Contractors Association, Inc.

July 20, 2020: DOH Emergency Rules - Masks & Air Travel

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has issued an emergency rule, effective July 9, 2020 that addresses the enforcement of several social distancing measures.  The new rule (Section 66-3.2 Face-Coverings) can be found here and includes the following mandates:

  • Any person who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.
  • Any employee who is present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear a mask or face-covering when in direct contact with customers or members of the public, or when unable to maintain social distance.  Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.

And perhaps most significant, the rule imposes the following enforceable requirement on all business operators and building owners.

  • Business operators and building owners, and those authorized on their behalf shall deny admittance to any person who fails to comply with this section and shall require or compel such persons’ removal.  Provided, however, that this regulation shall be applied in a manner consistent with the federal American with Disabilities Act, New York State or New York City Human Rights Law, and any other applicable provision of law.

The rule specifies that any individual violating any provision of this rule is subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation.  Businesses are subject to civil penalties specified in the law, up to $2,000 per day of violation.  Unfortunately, the rule does not provide any guidance on just how a private sector business is supposed to enforce the rule (remove persons in violation of the face-covering requirement) which could lead to verbal and physical confrontations.

This emergency rule will remain effective for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

On another COVID-19 related matter, on July 13, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced a travel enforcement operation beginning on July 14th at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state’s quarantine restrictions.  As part of the enforcement operation, enforcement teams will be stationed at airports to meet arriving aircraft at gates to compel disembarking passengers to complete the State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed to passengers by airlines.  An electronic version of the DOH traveler form is now also available.

DOH has also issued an emergency health order mandating that all out-of-state travelers from designated states complete the traveler form upon entering New York.  Travelers who leave the airport without completing the form will be subject to a $2,000 fine and may be brought to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine.  Additionally, travelers coming to New York from designated states through other means of transport, including trains and cars, must fill out the DOH traveler form online.

The Governor has also announced that four additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added states are Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin. Delaware has been removed.  The 22 states currently on the quarantine list are:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin

July 8, 2020: DOB COVID-19 Enforcement Final Reminder

This email serves as a final reminder that beginning today, July 8, non-compliance with the NYC Department of Building’s COVID-19 Guidance will result in in the issuance of a violation carrying a $5,000 penalty.  In particular, failure to have either a COVID-19 Safety Plan, affirmation, or a hand-hygiene station on site will also result in the issuance of a Stop Work Order.  Please be sure to be in compliance with the COVID-19 Guidance to avoid receiving a violation and Stop Work Order and to keep us all safe.

Linked here you will find an updated FAQ document and a Service Notice that speaks to the process for submitting a request to lift a COVID-related Stop Work Order in DOB NOW.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

July 7, 2020: DOB COVID-19 Enforcement Reminder

The Department of Buildings has shared the following information with STA: resolving any violation issued beginning Wednesday for non-compliance with the COVID-19 Guidance will require the submission of a Certificate of Correction to the Department that includes a statement or evidence that the violation was remedied.  See www.nyc.gov/aeu for more information on resolving a violation.

In addition a web portal will be available on Wednesday to accept requests to have a Stop Work Order lifted.  Evidence such as photographs will need to be uploaded to demonstrate that the conditions that resulted in the Stop Work Order have been corrected.  Once an administrative review reveals correction the Stop Work Order will be lifted.  The Department will be performing reinspections on a percentage of lifted Stop Work Orders to ensure compliance.  Additional information will be forthcoming in a Department-issued Service Notice.

Please remember that beginning Wednesday non-compliance with the Department’s COVID-19 Guidance will result in in the issuance of a violation carrying a $5,000 penalty.  In particular, failure to have either a COVID-19 Safety Plan, affirmation, or a hand-hygiene station on site will also result in the issuance of a Stop Work Order.  Please be sure to be in compliance with the COVID-19 Guidance to avoid receiving a violation and Stop Work Order and to keep us all safe.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

July 6, 2020: NYS DOL New Payroll Reporting Requirements as of June 23

The New York State Department of Labor announced new payroll reporting requirements that take effect on all new public works contracts entered into on or after June 23, 2020.

The new requirements amend the existing Labor Law 195 mandate that requires notification to all workers of their wage rate at the time of hire and on each paycheck. The new state law now requires that the supplements paid be added to the required notices at the time of hire and on each paycheck.

The New York State Department of Labor revised the existing LS58 form to reflect the new “time of hire” reporting requirement. The form was amended to clarify that the categories of supplements to be reported are “health and welfare”, “pension” and “other” rather than a list of each specific supplement required under the collective bargaining agreement.

Please click here for the updated LS58 form.

July 2, 2020: DOB ISSUES MONTHLY ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN

The New York City Department of Buildings released its May 2020 enforcement bulletin, which provides highlights of the agency’s actions to sanction and deter bad actors in the construction industry through the enforcement of safety laws and codes of conduct for construction professionals. The bulletin includes summaries of DOB-imposed disciplinary actions, including penalties and license suspensions and revocations

The actions below represent a portion of DOB’s overall work to enforce the City’s building codes and safety laws, in addition to the thousands of inspections conducted and violations issued by the agency each month for illegal building and construction conditions.

DOB took a number of major enforcement actions in May, including:

  • 11 violations and $299,625 in penalties, including daily penalties, issued for illegal building alterations at two separate locations.
  • 15 violations and $165,000 in penalties issued for failure to safeguard construction sites on 13 separate occasions.
  • Three violations and $30,000 in penalties issued to three different individuals for failure to carry out duties of construction superintendents.

For the May Bulletin and previously issued Enforcement Action Bulletins, please visit the DOB website.

June 17, 2020: SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program

June 17, 2020

TO:                  STA Members

FROM:            Hank Kita/Executive Director

RE:                  SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.  In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers.  Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.

Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.  These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan.

June 17, 2020: BTEA jobsite reopening inquiry email ``hotline``

June 17, 2020

TO:                  STA Members

FROM:            Hank Kita/Executive Director

RE:                  BTEA jobsite reopening inquiry email “hotline”

The Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA), of which STA is a member association, has recently created a jobsite reopening inquiry email hotline: issueswithreopening@bteany.com.

I encourage STA members to use this email for:

  • Any issues with DOB
  • Problems arsing from New York State guidance
  • Conflicting regulations
  • Untenable practical implementation

June 8, 2020: DOB Phase One COVID-19 Update: June 7th

June 8, 2020

TO:                  STA Members

FROM:            Hank Kita/Executive Director

RE:                  DOB Phase One COVID-19 Update: June 7th

Yesterday evening the Mayor signed the linked Executive Order requiring face coverings to be worn by all workers and visitors on construction sites.  The Department of Buildings will be enforcing this requirement.  As a reminder, for the first thirty days violations will carry no monetary penalty.

Linked here is an updated Enforcement Guidance for Restart document.

An FAQ document can be found here.

An updated Buildings Bulletin concerning the resumption or suspension of operations can be found here.

All this and more can be found on the Phase I Reopening Page on the DOB website, which includes a Printable Flyer.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

June 5, 2020: Urgent Update: Phase One Reopening NYC Guidance

June 5, 2020

TO:                  STA Members

FROM:            Hank Kita/Executive Director

RE:                   Urgent Update: Phase One Reopening NYC Guidance

Below you will find an email that the STA office just received from the BTEA that is of the upmost importance regarding Phase One Reopening Guidance for NYC:

Urgent Update: Phase One Reopening NYC Guidance

Effective: Upon the City of New York Entering Phase 1 Reopening

The Department of Buildings released new COVID-19 safety guidelines for property owners and contractors as ALL non-essential construction sites will get back to work as part of New York City’s entrance into Phase One of New York state’s reopening plan, currently scheduled for Monday, June 8th, 2020. Find the full guidance here: Phase 1 Reopening Guidance

These new required safety measures for construction sites can augment the NYS guidelines and were developed in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

Stop Work Orders issued by the Department for noncompliance with the nonessential construction ban will be lifted. However, this does not apply to any sites that continued work even after they were issued a Stop Work Order for violating the ban, and have outstanding civil penalties.

In addition to following our guidelines, Permit Holders for the site, as well as, all subcontractors,  are required to develop a site-specific health plan that is prominently visible on worksites, and submit and display an affirmation to the State that they have read and understood the additional reopening requirements as required in the NYS Interim Guidelines.

In New York City: workers must continue complying with social distancing protocols.

  • Anyone on site, including workers, other construction professionals, and approved visitors, who are less than six feet apart must wear face coverings. Maintaining this practice at all times is highly encouraged.
  • Sites must have readily available hygiene and hand washing stations.
  • COVID-19 safety measures signage visible to workers.
  • Properly completed and updated cleaning and disinfection logs.
  • Tightly confined spaces (e.g., elevators, hoists) occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants wear a face covering and the space is kept under 50% maximum capacity.
  • A communication plan for employees, visitors, and clients on site.
  • Correctly completed and updated logs of every person who may have had close contact with others on site to ensure effective contact tracing.
  • Tools must be cleaned and disinfected between uses.

DOB will inspect every work site across the city for social distancing compliance, proper hygiene, and to make sure construction safety requirements are met. All DOB personnel will wear gloves and masks while in public.

Enforcement: construction contractors and owners found to not be in compliance with these new guidelines will, for the first thirty (30) days after June 8th, be issued DOB Violations, which have no monetary penalty.

  • Further noncompliance past the initial 30 days will result in summonses with accompanying civil penalties of up to $5,000 or Stop Work Orders.

June 3, 2020: New York State Guidance for Staging of Construction Activities & Affirmation of State Safety Protocols

June 3, 2020

TO:                  STA Members

FROM:            Hank Kita/Executive Director

RE:                  New York State Guidance for Staging of Construction Activities & Affirmation of State Safety Protocols

As a follow up to the Governor’s announcement last week allowing for the start-up of non-essential construction in New York City on June 8, the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) issued an update for the mobilization of Phase 1 construction activities specifically in New York City.  The ESDC guidance document can be accessed by clicking here.

In addition, the Governor’s Office has indicated to the BTEA that all contractors (including general contractors, construction managers, and subcontractors) must register an “Affirmation of State Safety Protocols” with the New York State Department of Health, as previously outlined in DOH rules. The affirmation form can be accessed by clicking here.

May 27, 2020: OSHA Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 27, 2020

TO:  STA Members

RE:  OSHA Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

Employers of workers engaged in construction (such as carpentry, ironworking, plumbing, electrical, heating/air conditioning/ventilation, utility construction work, and earth-moving activities) should remain alert to changing outbreak conditions, including as they relate to community spread of the virus and testing availability. In response to changing conditions, employers should implement coronavirus infection prevention measures accordingly.

The webpage includes information regarding:

  • Using physical barriers, such as walls, closed doors, or plastic sheeting, to separate workers from individuals experiencing signs or symptoms consistent with the coronavirus;
  • Keeping in-person meetings (including toolbox talks and safety meetings) as short as possible, limiting the number of workers in attendance, and using social distancing practices;
  • Screening calls when scheduling indoor construction work to assess potential exposures and circumstances in the work environment before worker entry;
  • Requesting that shared spaces in home environments where construction activities are being performed, or other construction areas in occupied buildings, have good air flow; and
  • Staggering work schedules, such as alternating workdays or extra shifts, to reduce the total number of employees on a job site at any given time and to ensure physical distancing.

Visit OSHA’s coronavirus webpage frequently for updates. For further information about the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

May 27, 2020: NYC Department of Buildings COVID-19 Update: May 26th

May 27, 2020

TO:  STA Members

RE:  NYC Department of Buildings COVID-19 Update: May 26th

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has shared that beginning June 8thnearly all DOB BIS transactions can be performed online through eFiling. This linked Service Notice provides details along with information on web-based training sessions.

Additionally, please review the updated FAQ Document on DOB’s website.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

May 18, 2020: SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOANS - Loan Forgiveness Application

May 18, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOANS – Loan Forgiveness Application
The SBA just released the Loan Forgiveness Application, linked here for your information.

As rules and regulations quickly change, please refer to the US Treasury Website:
https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses

Additional Links from US Treasury Website:

Tools

Program Overview

For Borrowers

For Lenders

Program Rules

May 14, 2020: NYS SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REOPENING

MAY 14, 2020

TO:                  STA MEMBERS

FROM:            HANK KITA/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE:                  NYS SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY   REOPENING

Last night, Governor Cuomo’s New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board released industry specific guidelines for the reopening of New York including the construction industry.  The guidelines apply to all construction businesses in New York State, including regions which have been allowed to open as well as those that remain “paused” such as New York City.  Construction businesses in New York City that have been previously permitted to operate as “essential” are now covered by these newly released guidelines.  It is important to note that Governor Cuomo has not yet reopened New York City for the resumption of what has been referred to as “nonessential construction”.

These Safety Guidelines are posted at https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase. There are three sections to these guidelines which I would urge you to review.  Those sections are:

  1. Summary Guidelines;
  2. Detailed Guidelines (with a link to affirm that you have read and understand your obligation to operate within the guidelines);
  3. A Safety Plan Template.

It is most important to note that these guidelines are mandatory for all construction businesses.  Included in the guidelines, among others, are references to CDC and NYS Department of Health cleanliness protocols, health and safety signage requirements, PPE standards, social distancing rules, and health screening for jobsite workers.

All construction businesses, including subcontractors, construction managers, general contractors, etc. are required to adopt these guidelines. As there are likely to be a number of “gray” areas where the implementation of these guidelines on jobsites is concerned, STA members should be in touch with the general contractors and construction managers on your specific jobs.

Please direct any questions on these guidelines that you might have in writing to info@stanyc.com.  My office will look into the development of a FAQ for these guidelines depending on the inquiries that we receive.

May 13, 2020: SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOANS - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - UPDATED MAY 13

May 13, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOANS – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – UPDATED MAY 13
Please click here for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans – FAQs, last updated today, May 13.

Please pay special attention to Question #46 in the FAQs which came out today. This addresses the issue of how the SBA will review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request.

As rules and regulations quickly change, please refer to the US Treasury Website:
https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses

Additional Links from US Treasury Website:

Tools

Program Overview

For Borrowers

For Lenders

Program Rules

May 12, 2020: Governor's Press Office: Reopening Plan & Regional Monitoring Dashboard Resources

May 12, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                Governor’s Press Office: Reopening Plan & Regional Monitoring Dashboard Resources

A guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan is available here.

The Governor also launched the state’s regional monitoring dashboard, which is available here.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced that as of May 11, the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th. If the trend continues, starting on May 15th, these three regions can begin opening businesses for phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT NEW YORK CITY IS NOT INCLUDED IN THESE REGIONS. THE METRICS WILL BE REMEASURED IN TWO WEEKS FOR THE CITY.

May 12, 2020: STA Officer and Board Nominations (FY 2020-2021)

May 12, 2020

To:                   Members of the Subcontractors Trade Association (STA)

From:               Hank Kita
Executive Director

Subject:            STA Officer and Board Nominations (FY 2020-2021)

The STA’s Nomination Committee recently met and herewith submits for your information and consideration the following slate of nominations for Officers and Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, commencing July 1, 2020.

Officers (One Year Term: July 1, 2020– June 30, 2021)

President                      Joseph Leo (Atlantic Contracting & Specialties, LLC)
1st Vice President          Christine Boccia (JD Traditional Industries)
2nd Vice President         Stephen Gianotti (Arcadia Electric)
Treasurer                     Jake Bidosky (Keystone Management Associates, LLC)
Secretary                      Anthony Acerra (ALC Steel)

Board of Directors (Term of July 1, 2020 –June 30, 2023)

John Dierks                  Dierks Heating Company, Inc.
John Villafane              Eldor Electric
Tommy Cafiero            Island Painting

Board of Directors (Unexpired Term of July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022)

Elizabeth Weiss             A.J. McNulty & Co., Inc.

In accordance with STA By Laws, the election of STA Officers and Board of Directors will take place at the Annual Meeting which will be held on June 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, this Annual Meeting will be conducted as a “virtual “  meeting.  Additional information regarding participation in this meeting will be disseminated in the coming days.

Please contact the STA at info@stanyc.com  if you have any questions or comments regarding the nominations as listed here.

May 12, 2020: DOB COVID-19 UPDATE: LICENSE, REGISTRATIONS & PERMITS

May 12, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                DOB COVID-19 UPDATE: LICENSE, REGISTRATIONS & PERMITS
On May 9th the Mayor signed an Executive Order extending the State of Emergency to June 7th.  As such, licenses, registrations and permits are extended through that date.

Those sites with approval to work need to print and post a new Certificate of Authorization with the expiration date of June 7th.  Please see this linked Service Notice for more information.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

May 7, 2020: DOB COVID-19 UPDATE: ONLINE LICENSE RENEWALS

May 7, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                DOB COVID-19 UPDATE: ONLINE LICENSE RENEWALS

This linked Service Notice serves as a reminder that license renewals are being accepted online and effective tomorrow DOB will not be accepting renewals in-person or by mail.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

May 7, 2020: NY State Compensation Insurance Rating Board: Classification Code and Experience Rating Plan Changes in Response to COVID-19

May 7, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                NY State Compensation Insurance Rating Board: Classification Code and Experience Rating Plan Changes in Response to COVID-19

Just released by the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board, RC Bulletin 2512, excluding claims from the experience rating calculation related to COVID-19 with an accident date on or after 12/1/2019.

The bulletin also established classification code 8873-Temporarily Reassigned Employees to be applied to the payroll of employees who, during the stay at home order, performed clerical work from home or were idle. Code 8873 has the same loss cost as clerical employees, Code 8810.

May 6, 2020: SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOANS - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

May 6, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOANS – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please click here for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans – FAQs, last updated yesterday, May 5th.

Please be aware that the May 7th loan repayment date has been extended to May 14th, of which more information can be found on question #43 in the above linked FAQs.

As rules and regulations quickly change, please refer to the US Treasury Website:
https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses

Additional Links from US Treasury Website:

Tools

Program Overview

For Borrowers

For Lenders

Program Rules

May 4, 2020: Department of Buildings COVID-19 Service Notices Update

May 4, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:               DOB COVID-19 Updates
A few DOB COVID-19 Updates:

Beginning on Monday, license and registration renewals can now be performed online.  Please see this linked Service Notice for more information.

Sign-offs of non-essential construction and withdrawal inspections have resumed. Submit requests in the same manner as you have been.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

April 27, 2020: Department of Buildings COVID-19 Service Notices Update

April 27, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                Department of Buildings COVID-19 Service Notices Update

A few DOB updates to share which are captured in this linked Service Notice:

  • Phase I of the Crane Filing Work Type will launch in DOB NOW on Monday.
  • The Essential Construction Questionnaire that is included in LAA and Electrical applications has been revised to better reflect the guidance issued by the Department on the 15th.  As mentioned yesterday, Certificates of Authorization can now be issued for these jobs.
  • Please submit your Certificates of Correction online.  Beginning May 2nd, any Certificates of Correction received in the mail will be returned.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

April 23, 2020: Department of Buildings COVID-19 Service Notices Update

April 23, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                Department of Buildings COVID-19 Service Notices Update

A few updates from the Department of Buildings:

  • Pursuant to Mayoral Executive Order permits will be extended during the state of emergency.  Insurance requirements must be maintained.
  • We are pleased to share that next week licenses and registrations will be able to be renewed online.  Details are forthcoming and please remember that pursuant to the Mayoral Executive Order licenses and registrations are extended during the State of Emergency as well.

Linked is a Service Notice which provides more information on the above.

Additionally, linked here is Bulletin 2020-006 which supercedes previously issued Bulletin 2020-004.  The updated Bulletin references permit and insurance requirements mentioned above, and that violations may result from failure to comply with the Bulletin.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

April 22, 2020: Department of Buildings COVID-19 Service Notices Update

Linked below are two DOB Service Notices for your awareness.

The first Service Notice announces that the deadline for submission of annual benchmarking reports for larger buildings has been extended from May 1st to August 1st.  Any fees associated with violations issued for failing to submit benchmarking reports must be paid electronically.

This second Service Notice addresses a myriad of issues including the following:

  • Enhancements to the process for submitting PAA’s and correction requests;
  • Updating the Essential Construction Request Portal to include Electrical and LAA permits, which will enable these jobs to appear on the Essential Active Construction Sites Map and have a Certificate of Authorization available for printing and posting;
  • Updating the Essential Construction Request Portal to include Demolition filings; and
  • Certificates of Authorization have been updated to include an expiration date of May 15th.  Please repost your Certificates as needed to reflect the new date.

Please be sure to check the Essential Construction Map to be sure your work is listed.  If not listed, submit an Essential Construction Request for approval.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

April 20, 2020: Department of Buildings COVID-19 Update - License Renewal Extension and Essential Construction Requests Update

April 20, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                Department of Buildings COVID-19 Update – License Renewal Extension and Essential Construction Requests Update

Pursuant to Mayoral Executive Order 107 licenses and registrations set to expire will continue to remain in effect during this state of emergency.

Additionally, the State Executive Order prohibiting non-essential construction has been extended to May 15th.  For Certificates of Authorization posted before April 17th, please print and post Certificates with the new expiration date.

This linked Service Notice provides additional information along with updates on Essential Construction Requests and Certificates of Authorization.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

April 15, 2020: Department of Buildings COVID-19 Updates

April 15, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                Department of Buildings COVID-19 Updates

Linked below you will find a few documents from NYC DOB clarifying the updated guidance released by ESDC on Thursday:

  1. Updated Service Notice
  2. Updated Guidance Document on Enforcement of Essential and Nonessential Construction
  3. Updated FAQ

A few notes to highlight:

  • Approvals for emergency and essential work will now include a Certificate of Authorization.  To limit the possibility of disruption of this work, we ask that you post your Certificate at your job site.
  • Essential Construction Requests for the following scopes of work will now be subject to professional-certification and Department audit:
    • Work necessary to protect the safety of occupants
    • Work in support of an Essential Business
    • Work limited to a single worker
  • A maximum of two appeals can be requested on a disapproved Essential Construction Request.
  • We will be establishing a process to notify the Department electronically when work to make a site safe has concluded.  More to come.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

April 13, 2020: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Enforcement Guidance For Recording Cases of COVID-19

April 13, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                U.S. Department of Labor Issues Enforcement Guidance For Recording Cases of COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim guidance for enforcing OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements (29 CFR Part 1904) as it relates to recording cases of COVID-19.

Under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness, and employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if the case:

  • Is confirmed as a COVID-19 illness;
  • Is work-related as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5; and
  • Involves one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7, such as medical treatment beyond first aid or days away from work.

In areas where there is ongoing community transmission, employers other than those in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations (e.g., emergency medical, firefighting and law enforcement services), and correctional institutions may have difficulty making determinations about whether workers who contracted COVID-19 did so due to exposures at work. Accordingly, until further notice, OSHA will not enforce its recordkeeping requirements to require these employers to make work-relatedness determinations for COVID-19 cases, except where: (1) There is objective evidence that a COVID-19 case may be work-related; and (2) The evidence was reasonably available to the employer. Employers of workers in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations and correctional institutions must continue to make work-relatedness determinations pursuant to 29 CFR Part 1904.

For further information and resources about the coronavirus disease, please visit OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage.

April 10, 2020: Update on ESD Guidance for Essential Construction

April 10, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                 Update on ESD Guidance for Essential Construction

Yesterday, April 9, Empire State Development (ESD) updated their guidance for Essential Construction:

“All non-essential construction must safely 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, but only to the point that it is safe to suspend work).

Essential construction may proceed, to the extent that:

  • the construction is for, or your business supports, roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or healthcare facilities, homeless shelters, or public or private schools;
  • the construction is for affordable housing, as defined as construction work where either (i) a minimum of 20% of the residential units are or will be deemed affordable and are or will be subject to a regulatory agreement and/or a declaration from a local, state, or federal government agency or (ii) where the project is being undertaken by, or on behalf of, a public housing authority;
  • the construction is necessary to protect the health and safety of occupants of a structure;
  • the construction is necessary to continue a project if allowing the project to remain undone would be unsafe, provided that the construction must be shut down when it is safe to do so;
  • the construction is for projects in the energy industry in accordance with Question No. 14 in the FAQ at: https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/ESD_EssentialEmployerFAQ_033120.pdf;
  • the construction is for existing (i.e. currently underway) projects of an essential business; or
  • the construction work is being completed by a single worker who is the sole employee/worker on the job site.

At every site, it is required that the personnel working on the site maintain an appropriate social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exits.  Sites that cannot maintain appropriate social distancing, as well as cleaning/disinfecting protocols must close. Enforcement will be conducted by state and local governments, including fines up to $10,000 per violation.

Construction may continue solely with respect to those employees that must be present at the business location/construction site in support of essential business activities. No other employees/personnel shall be permitted to work in-person at the business location/construction site.  Any other business activities being completed that are not essential are still subject to the restrictions provided by Executive Order 202.

As noted above, local governments, including municipalities and school districts, are allowed to continue construction projects at this time as government entities are exempt from these essential business restrictions. However, to the greatest extent possible, local governments should postpone any non-essential projects and only proceed with essential projects when they can implement appropriate social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. Essential projects should be considered those that have a nexus to health and safety of the building occupants or to support the broader essential services that are required to fulfill the critical operations of government or the emergency response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.”
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ALL GUIDANCE ON EXECUTIVE ORDER 202.6

April 7, 2020: DOB - COVID-19 Update

April 7, 2020

TO:                 STA Members

FROM:           Henry Kita
Executive Director

RE:                DOB – COVID-19 Update

In DOB’s continued effort to reduce in-person interactions between industry professionals and Department personnel in response to the COVID-19 Virus, effective tomorrow Certificate of Correction (COC) documents and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) payments will be accepted online.

The Service Notice linked here provides further information along with notice of additional service changes that are forthcoming.

Additionally, please be mindful that as part of the Department’s enforcement of the suspension of non-essential construction work, for those site that can continue performing essential construction, our inspectors are checking for site safety and adherence to social distancing requirements.  Please see the guidance linked here.

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

April 1, 2020: NYC DOB COVID-19 Update: Suspension of Non-Essential Construction FAQ

APRIL 1, 2020

TO:                STA MEMBERS

FROM:           HENRY KITA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE:                 NYC DOB COVID-19 Update: Suspension of Non-Essential Construction FAQ

Linked below you will find the most recent guidance from the NYC Department of Buildings:

FAQs: Essential and Non-Essential Construction In New York City During the Covid-19 New York State Emergency

Please direct any questions to COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov.

March 30, 2020: SUSPENSION OF NON-ESSENTIAL SCA CONSTRUCTION

MARCH 30, 2020

TO:                 STA MEMBERS

FROM:           HENRY KITA
                        EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE:                 SUSPENSION OF NON- ESSENTIAL SCA CONSTRUCTION

The New York City School Construction Authority this afternoon issued a notice that “all non-essential construction projects (of the SCA), are to be placed on “pause” until further notice pursuant to Executive Order 202.6…”. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE NOTICE.

As a part of the notice, the SCA suggests that contractors reach out to the agency if there are any questions regarding the applicability of the “pause” to their particular project.  I strongly urge STA members currently working with the SCA to follow that suggestion.  In addition, I also urge you to fully review the notice in order to determine any other necessary actions where the SCA is concerned.

The STA will continue to notify you of further COVID Crisis issues impacting construction as necessary.

March 30, 2020: Executive Order 202.13 - Modifies definition of construction as essential service

March 30, 2020

TO:                  STA MEMBERS

FROM:            HENRY KITA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE:                  Executive Order 202.13 modifies the definition of essential construction

Executive Order 202.13 issued today states:

1)  “Executive Order 202.6 is hereby modified to clarify that construction which was an essential service not subject to the in-person work restrictions is modified to provide ONLY CERTAIN CONSTRUCTION IS CONSIDERED EXEMPT from the in-person restrictions as of March 28, 2020.  Further, on and after March 27,2020, Empire State Development Corporation is hereby authorized to determine which construction projects shall be essential and thereby exempt from the in-person workforce prohibition, contained in EO 202.6 and subsequent Executive Orders which further reduced the workforce requirements.  All continuing construction projects shall utilize best practices to avoid transmission of COVID-19.”

Based on Executive Order 202.6, construction projects that were defined as Essential Business or providing Essential Services as outlined in that order for construction were: “essential health care operations including research and laboratory services; essential infrastructure including utilities, telecommunications, airports and transportation infrastructure, essential manufacturing. . .”

2) The new Order extends these provisions until April 15, 2020.

3) The Order modifies the Worker’s Compensation Law by stating:

“Worker’s Compensation Law are now modified to impose a moratorium on an insurer canceling, non-renewing, or conditionally renewing any insurance policy issued to an individual or small business, or in the case of a group insurance policy, insuring certificate holders that are individuals or small businesses, for a period of 60 days, for any policyholder, or in the case of a group insurance policy, group policyholder or certificate holder, facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The foregoing relief shall also apply to the kinds of insurance set forth in paragraphs (16), (17), (20), (24), (26), and (30) of Section 1113(a) of the Insurance Law.  For the purposes of this order, a small business shall mean any business that is resident in this State, is independently owned and operated and employs 100 or fewer individuals.”

Please click here for the full Executive Order 202.13

March 28, 2020: NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY (SCA) PROJECTS TO CONTINUE

March 28, 2020

TO:                  STA MEMBERS

FROM:            HENRY KITA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE:                  NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY (SCA)
PROJECTS TO CONTINUE

I have been in touch this morning with Gordon Tung, Vice President of Construction Management at the SCA.  Mr. Tung advises that the SCA construction projects will continue to move forward in spite of the fact that “schools” were not explicitly mentioned as “essential” in the Empire State Development Corporation’s advisory on essential activities circulated yesterday.

Mr. Tung cautions that this direction is subject to change but as of 10 p.m. last night, the SCA would be proceeding with its construction projects.

Additional information will be provided by the STA on this subject as it becomes available.

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.

Publications

Publication 1: CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief And Economic Security Act) and The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Publication 2: Application of Recent Executive Orders, State and Federal Sick Leave Laws

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.