Dear BOMA New York Members,
I hope this newest edition of the BOMA FACTS finds you well. A lot has changed since the February issue and I wanted to let you know that BOMA New York continues to be at the forefront of every important conversation. As it relates to COVID-19, our dedicated staff regularly coordinates with our partner organizations throughout the city to ensure the message to all New Yorkers is clear and consistent. Your safety is paramount.
On behalf of BOMA New York, I want to thank the entire healthcare community for being on the medical frontline. I am so grateful to the many doctors, nurses, first responders and public safety personnel including EMT, police, and fire for keeping us safe.
As the DOB and other city officials change or update policy, we regularly communicate those changes via email and social media. As a result of the pandemic, BOMA NY has shifted all in-person Committee Meetings to conference calls. Our BOMI curriculum evolved into online courses, while other programs such as our monthly Lunch & Learns are now being offered as webinars.
Our unsung heroes continue to be the essential building staff – such as property managers, engineers, security, and cleaners – who collectively keep buildings open and functioning while the shelter in place continues until at least May 15th. In the meantime, the BOMA New York Preparedness Committee alongside other real estate organizations and city government are having active conversations about lessons learned and new standard operating procedures for when we return to our commercial buildings.
The nominations for the 2021 Pinnacle Awards are open. Now is a great time to think about the properties and people that differentiate, lead, and stand apart. The Pinnacle Awards considers the entire operation of a building. In addition to honoring Property Managers, Engineers, and Chief Engineers – we added two new categories in order to recognize Custodial and Security personnel.
When the going gets tough, New York has always proven its resiliency and leads by example. It’s important to help others and equally important to remain focused on being productive. Personally, I try not to worry about the things I can’t control and rather focus on the things I can create.
I wish all of you and your families good health and look forward to connecting again in person.
Hani J. Salama, PE, LEED-AP
Chair & Chief Executive Officer
BOMA New York
We sat down with BOMA New York Board Member - Alex Trotta - Associate Director, CBRE.
Our primary focus has been tracking issues related to the coronavirus and sharing that information with members. We have several calls each week with OEM, DOH, and other relevant agencies. To date, we have sent many email blasts to members informing them of best practices for staying healthy; changes to DOB and other agency’s procedures; information about employee benefits under federal, state, and local laws; and updates regarding critical work/employees. A few of those links and resources are listed below.
BOMA New York has also co-sponsored six webinars on COVID-19 related topics – with RAB and Proskauer taking the lead on content.
The City Council shut down due to the coronavirus on approximately March 16th and has remained closed (as of Monday 4/20). Their plan is to start conducting virtual meetings. State laws that would have prevented such meetings have been suspended. The Council Calendar currently shows several virtual meetings planned for May.
SITING LARGE RENEWABLE PROJECTS:
BOMA New York and many partners wrote a letter to the Governor and the leaders of the Assembly and State Senate to push for measures to speed up the siting of renewable projects. The existing system, known as Article 10, was laboriously slow, such that only 5 renewable projects had made it through Article 10 in the last eight years. Faster siting of large renewable projects will be critical to de-carbonizing New York’s electric sector and for buildings in New York City to comply with Local Law 97. The measures we advocated for were passed by the State as part of the recent budget.
BOMA New York hosted The Pinnacle Awards at Pier Sixty on Thursday night, February 27th. The 49th annual dinner and celebration entertained a record-breaking number of guests. The awards celebrate, honor and propel commitment and advancements to the commercial real estate industry.
The festivities were emceed by Pinnacle Awards Committee Chair Tom Krol, VP of Donnelly Mechanical, an Engie Company. He said, “Everyone in this room are winners – New Yorkers leading the CRE industry by example. And the winners are…”
New Water Street Corp and the TRANE Company presented a detailed overview of two specific building upgrades – The Ice Plant Upgrade and The Demand Response System Upgrade.
The Chair and Chief Executive Officer of BOMA New York wrote a letter, published by New York Real Estate Journal. He talks about safety, communication, business continuity, responsibility and programming. READ MORE HERE
The 2020 BOMI Calendar has transitioned to online courses. We have a diverse set of classes, organized in multiple formats. Please contact Becky Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A new law regarding continuing education for real estate salespersons and brokers was recently adopted. The amendment changes the course requirements for renewal. The amendment also REMOVES the 15-year real estate broker continuing education exemption. To review the bill, please CLICK HERE.
The Home Depot offers BOMA members an exclusive annual rebate program. Receive a 2% annual rebate on all qualifying in-store and online pre-tax purchases, plus extra services and savings. There is no cost to enroll. Annual purchases must total a minimum of $25,000 to qualify for the rebate. So, what are you waiting for? Start earning money on your company’s Home Depot purchases now. Be sure to enter the program code BOMA when you register. Learn how to get started in this video. The 2019-2020 rebate year began March 1, 2019. Click HERE to enroll.
Learn about the new requirements for the ninth cycle of the Facade Inspection and Safety Program or FISP (formerly known as Local Law 11). Presented by Brian Sullivan , from Sullivan Engineering. To register, CLICK HERE.
Please join us in welcoming our new BOMA New York members.
If you have a candidate for membership, please contact Ami Shah, our Director of Membership and Special Events at email@example.com. And visit us at bomany.org for information on the difference a BOMA New York membership makes.