General Contractors Association of New York Launches New Transportation and Infrastructure Breakfast Series

The General Contractors Association of New York (GCA NY), the leading voice of the heavy construction industry since 1909 representing over 200 of the city’s heavy construction contractors, kicked off the first “GCA Transportation and Infrastructure Breakfast Series” at the Cornell Club on Thursday, November 6th that included a keynote address by MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast on the vital significance of the MTA Capital Program to the future vitality of the region.

The new speaker series was created as a way to raise awareness on how critical our region’s infrastructure is to the economic prosperity of the tri-state area in terms of job creation, new development and future growth and mobility.

“For far too long, transportation policy in New York and the nation has divided and fragmented urban from suburban/rural and driver from transit and commuter,” said Denise Richardson, Executive Director of the General Contractors Association.  “Whether you ride the rails on a regularly basis or sit behind the wheel, we must work together as a region to ensure our roads and bridges are sufficiently maintained and our rail networks are expanded as the New York metropolitan area continues to grow at a rapidly increasing rate.”

Following the keynote, stakeholders from academia, business and real estate participated in a roundtable on the MTA Capital Program that tackled ways to fund the program, the politics surrounding it and the need to invest in our infrastructure now or pay the consequences later.  The panel of experts included Mitchell Moss (Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University), Seth Pinsky (Executive VP at RXR Realty and Former President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation), Carol Kellermann (President of the Citizens Budget Commission and Marc Shaw (Senior Advisory to the CUNY Chancellor for Fiscal Policy and Former MTA Chairman and COO).

Future forums will focus on core city, state and federal issues and projects such as Amtrak’s Gateway Initiative, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Bus Terminal, the Highway Trust Fund and the federal gas tax.

The next breakfast in late January 2015 will feature a keynote and discussion on the next New York State Department of Transportation Five-Year Capital Program.  For more information on the GCA NY, follow us on Twitter @GCANewYork