Due to the Covid-19 virus, BRANNY events are on Pause. As soon as we can, we will update you on upcoming events. We ask that you stay safe and healthy.
Students of the trades please contact Shanta Dolan at 518-966-2769 or [email protected] to find out the incredible scholarship opportunities for a future career in the trades.
Deadline is March 15, 2020
Our annual NYSBA Legislative Day will be Tuesday, May 5th in Albany. More details will follow, but mark your calendars now and plan to show the strength of New York’s Builders at the State Capitol!
When: May 5, 2020
Location :144 STATE ST, VARIOUS LEGISLATOR OFFICES, ALBANY, NY 12207-1605
Email: [email protected]
February 13 – NYSBA Board Meetings – Turning Stone Resort – Clubhouse Building – Verona, NY
9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast/NYSBA REF Board Meeting
9:45 a.m. LDF Board Meeting
10:15 a.m. PAC Board Meeting
10:45 a.m. NYSBA Board Meeting
On August 19th there will be a code council meeting in Albany. We believe this will be the final meeting to decide if Fire Sprinklers will be mandated for residential construction. It is very important to have a strong showing from us. We need to have as many people there as possible. You will not need to talk, simply fill seats.
This is important to us all.
NYSBA has made a slight change to our plans for Lobby Day and the Spring Board Meeting. So as to maximize our chances of meeting with State Legislators instead of staff, we have moved Lobby Day to Tuesday April 28th, and the Spring Board Meeting will take place the following morning at the Century House in Latham.
NYSBA will also host a dinner for all members who are staying over for the board meeting at the Century House. The full schedule of events are below. If you need assistance in scheduling meetings with your Senator or Assembly Member, please feel free to contact Lew Dubuque at any time.
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The New York State Budget that was completed last week also included a 10-year extension of the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. This program, which was set to expire at the end of the year, provides New York State tax credits for developers who clean up and build on contaminated sites.
The program, which began 2003 under Governor George Pataki, was designed to encourage clean up and redevelopment of polluted old industrial properties that are often heavily contaminated, and the substantial cleanup and construction costs sometimes outweighs the anticipated value of the projects.
Governor Cuomo’s budget included increases on permit fees from $100 to $125 per acre disturbed plus from $600 to $700 per future impervious acre. Through negotiations the fees dropped to $110 and $675.
The Senate though was successful in eliminating the provision which would have increased these fees on an annual basis pursuant to the CPI.
NYSBA and other business groups argued that this is the latest example of New York State trying to fill the piggy bank with money off of your work. We have always argued that there is no connection between this fee and the administration of the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program. It is just a money making opportunity for the state government. As a consequence, these increases represent a tax on the building and construction industry in New York State. This tax is a job killer.
NYSBA is not giving up the fight on this issue, and it will be discussed further at our Legal Defense Fund and Spring Board Meetings on April 28th in Albany.
Due to the overwhelming success of NAHB’s 2014 Bringing Housing Home Legislative Conference, the NAHB federation will once again be Bringing Housing Home and conducting in-district legislative meetings for 2015.
Show federal lawmakers the ECONOMIC POWER of the housing industry where they live, work and play during this week-long event of congressional meetings in YOUR HOME district.
Last August, Governor Cuomo signed Chapter 201 L.2014 into law. This law requires home builders to provide paperwork to prospective buyers on the benefits and costs of installing fire sprinklers in their homes.
The law states that the New York State will provide “written materials prepared by the Office Of Fire Prevention and Control, which details the benefits of and includes factors that can affect the costs associated with the installation and maintenance of automatic fire sprinkler systems.” While NYSBA is not thrilled with the final product, builders are still required to present the documentation to all prospective home buyers.
Here is a link to an online version of the brochure without the OFPC logo at the bottom. If you would like New York State to send you copies contact the Office of Fire Prevention and Control at (518) 545-6685 or by email.
NYSBA recommends that when you hand this document to the prospective home buyer, you include a sign-off sheet to show that you provided them with the proper documentation (for liability purposes).
Also, Executive Law § 382-b, as added by Chapter 353 of the Laws of 2014, provides that any person utilizing truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction for the erection of any new residential structure, for any addition to an existing residential structure, or for any rehabilitation of an existing residential structure must (1) notify the local government that will issue the building permit that truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction is being utilized and (2) affix a sign or symbol to the electric box, if any, on the exterior of the structure indicating that truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction has been used.
A new Part 1265 to Title 19 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) has been adopted. The new Part 1265 prescribes (1) the form to be used to notify code enforcement officials that truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction is to be used in a residential structure; (2) the sign or symbol to be affixed to the exterior of a residential structure that has been constructed, added to or rehabilitated using truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction.
New Executive Law § 382-b does not apply, and this rule will not apply, in New York City.
NOTE: This rule was adopted as an emergency rule on December 30, 2014, and is currently in effect. A public hearing on the proposal to adopt this rule on a permanent basis will be held at 10:00 am on March 2, 2015 at 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY in Room 505.
Code Enforcement Officials should not issue a Certificate of Occupancy for a residential building that contains truss-type construction, pre-engineered wood construction or timber construction unless:
- the owner has notified the AHJ, on the form prescribed in the rule, that contains truss-type construction, pre-engineered wood construction or timber construction has been used and;
- the structure has the sign prescribed in the rule attached in the place prescribed in the rule.
Code Enforcement Officials may want to notify people who received a permit prior to January 1, 2015 but did not receive a Certificate of Occupancy prior to January 1, 2015, so that those people can file the required notice and affix the required sign before the final inspection.
The rule text is available by clicking here.