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Pipecaster Issue 2: Vol. 43

Stagnant Water Systems in City’s Commercial Buildings May Pose Health Risks By Christoph Lohr, PE and Terence O’Brien A unique and unintended health hazard lies in wait for tenants of shuttered commercial buildings poised to reopen in the coming weeks: … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 1: Vol. 43

DOB Update on Refunds for Superseded LAAs The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a Service Update regarding refund requests for superseded Limited Alteration Applications (LAAs). Effective February 2020, no refunds will be issued for superseded LAA filings. According to … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 4: Vol. 42

The Plumbing Foundation Guest At Local No. 1 Apprenticeship Graduation The Plumbing Foundation City of New York’s Executive Director, April McIver, and Executive Vice President of the Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York (ACP), Terence O’Brien, … Continue reading

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New York County Supreme Court Convicts Three for 2015 East Village Gas Explosion

On November 15, 2019, after prosecution and defense spent two months at trial, the New York State Supreme Court of New York County convicted Maria Hrynenko, the owner of the building in the tragic 2015 East Village gas explosion, as … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 3: Vol. 42

2019 Renewable Energy Forum The Natural Gas Debate & Implications for the Building Industry Please join Real Estate Industry Leaders at the 2019 Renewable Energy Forum hosted by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York! To register please visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-renewable-energy-forum-tickets-71688075965 … Continue reading

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2019 Renewable Energy Forum

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Pipecaster Issue 2: Vol. 42

Association of Contracting Plumbers Raises $103,000 For Special Olympics The Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York, Inc. held its annual “Plumbing Industry Day” Charity Golf Outing on May 6th. The charity chosen this year was the … Continue reading

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Plumbing Foundation Hosts Con Ed Yellow Book Seminar

On Thursday, June 27, 2019, the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. was joined by Luke Monaghan and Peter Giasemis, P.E. from Consolidated Edison, Inc. (“Con Ed”) at a joint seminar called Yellow Book: We All Need to Know … Continue reading

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NYC COUNCIL PASSES WATER TANK INSPECTION / MAINTENANCE LEGISLATION

The Plumbing Foundation is pleased to inform the industry that on April 9, 2019, the New York City Council passed Intro. No. 1157-B, which establishes qualification requirements for those inspecting and cleaning, coating, and painting water tanks. We commend the … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 1: Vol. 42

NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Steps Down NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick D. Chandler, PE, stepped down from his position at the end of January 2019. He worked for New York City for 31 years, 20 of which were … Continue reading

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NYC Enacts DEP Reporting Legislation on Backflow Prevention Devices

Passed on February 28th and now enacted into law, the New York City Council passed Local Law 58 of 2019, requiring the NYC Department of Environmental Protection to report annually to the Mayor and Speaker of the City Council data … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 4: Vol. 41

The Plumbing Foundation Guest At Local No. 1 Apprenticeship Graduation The Plumbing Foundation City of New York’s Executive Director, April McIver, and Executive Vice President of the Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York (ACP), Terence O’Brien, … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 3: Vol. 41

Sign Off Request Survey: Please Complete! The Plumbing Foundation will be issuing an important survey to the entire New York City plumbing industry. As you may already be aware, the NYC Department of Buildings (“DOB”) began an enforcement program in … Continue reading

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Survey on NYC DOB Enforcement

IMPORTANT: PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY As you may already be aware, the NYC DOB began an enforcement program in 2016 which targets plumbers with “high rates” of denials of their sign off and gas authorization requests. The survey is to … Continue reading

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Giving Back to the Community 2018

2018 PLUMBING INDUSTRY PROMOTION FUND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS The Plumbing Industry Promotion Fund of New York City held its annual awards ceremony for recipients of its 2018 scholarship. Each student was awarded an annual $2,000 scholarship. The Promotion Fund provides … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 2: Vol. 41

2018 ACP “Plumbing Industry Day” Charity Golf Outing The Association of Contracting Plumbers held its annual “Plumbing Industry Day” Charity Golf Outing on May 7th. The charity chosen this year was New York Helmets to Hardhats, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization … Continue reading

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The Plumbing Foundation testifies at NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing

On Monday, June 25, 2018, April McIver, Executive Director of the Plumbing Foundation, testified at the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing in support of Intro. No. 268. This bill, introduced by Council Member Donovan Richards, requires building owners … Continue reading

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CHANGES TO GAS WORK REQUIREMENTS & HOW TO OBTAIN OPERATOR QUALIFICATION

It is vital that the New York City plumbing industry is aware of and prepared for various changes in training and qualification requirements for gas inspections and repairs. State & Local Changes First, there are three relevant changes for which … Continue reading

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We’ve Moved!

The Plumbing Foundation has a new home! We are now located at — 535 8th Avenue 17th Floor New York, NY 10018

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NYC Council Passes Anti-Sexual Harassment Package

Yesterday, the City Council passed several bills as part of its Anti-Sexual Harassment Package, most of such legislation will affect private employers. Please take special note of 632-a, which requires employers to conduct mandatory annual interactive training and to maintain … Continue reading

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