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The Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley is a 50 year old trade association of commercial and industrial building contractors and construction support services in Delaware, Dutchess,Orange, Ulster, Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan, Columbia and Greene counties.

Over the last five decades, CCA members have played a leading role in every major construction project in Hudson Valley. Our Mission is to connect owners with responsible contractors who have demonstrated the ability to complete projects on time and within budget and to provide contractors with the resources, skills and support they need to be competitive in the 21st Century construction business.
We are in business to help you succeed in the Hudson Valley construction industry!
Director's Message
A. Alan Seidman
Executive Director
T. Boone Pickens is quoted to have said: “I don’t dwell on the past. I have too much to look forward to.”

Great thought for all who have survived in business since 2008. I mentioned in my last column, the uptick in activity. Thankfully jobs are underway and it has started to benefit our members and the members of the local building trades. Man-hours have increased significantly over last year (most locals have increased 20-30% year to date) and the trend looks like it will be strong for the next couple of years.

We have all read about the casinos and the Hudson Valley is guaranteed one and is in the running for a second. Three months ago, I would have predicted where they would be, but all the jockeying and positioning, I think it is a tough call now to make a prediction, but I will say, I think we are in good position for two casinos in our region. The State balanced the 2014-2015 budget with license income from casinos. The budget ends March 31 and the casinos awarded have 30 days to get their license fees in following notification, so if we go back from the March 31 date, 30-45 days, I would expect announcements no later than February 15, 2015. There is a possibility that the announcements could be used as a pre-election announcement and could be as early as late October or early November.

The CPV power plant is moving along-they have their approvals in place and seemingly are waiting on the State Power Authority to sign off. Approvals were supposed to have been issued by the State last fall, but my guess is that approvals are being timed for political gain.

Congratulations to Todd Diorio and the Building Trades on securing Project Labor Agreements for all casino projects as well as the CPV plant. I am also pleased that Woodbury Commons and Pratt & Whitney (Advanced Coating Technologies) are proceeding with our members and local building trades members as well. Todd and I were able to secure a meeting with management of Amy’s Kitchen for their project in Goshen. They have a long way to go with SEQRA approvals from DEC and believe they won’t be ready to go to bid until April, 2015. Our meeting was productive and we established a line of communications so that we will be able to help them once they get approvals are ready to proceed.

The rebound in the housing market continues to be softer than expected, so there will remain a number of non-union contractors that are not busy and will be looking at the commercial, governmental and education markets. As our projects pick up, we can’t afford to keep an eye out for contractors without the proper experience trying to gather our market share.

We continue to work on issues that plague our industry such as scaffold law, comp and disability and misclassified workers. Our membership deserves to know that there are safeguards in place to provide a level field when bidding. We must drive out those that cheat!

On a bittersweet note, I would like to wish John D’Ambrosio, President of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and Charlie North, President of the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce, long, happy and healthy retirements. Both have announced their intentions to retire by the end of this year. In addition to being personal friends, they have both contributed immensely to increased business opportunities in the Hudson Valley as well as improved the quality of life for all of us. Their work and leadership on innumerable charitable committees has benefitted many. To John and Charlie, thanks for everything! You’ll be missed!
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