Author Archives: The Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc.

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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Pipecaster Issue 1: Vol. 41

Annoucement of New Leadership The Association of Contracting Plumbers (ACP), the management bargaining partner to the United Association of Plumbers Local #1, and The Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc., the leading advocacy association for New York City’s plumbing … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 4: Vol. 40

STEWART O’BRIEN RETIRING AFTER 20 YEARS AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Stewart O’Brien is retiring from his position as Executive Director of the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, a position he has held for 20 years. Prior to the Plumbing Foundation, … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 3: Vol. 40

2017 LEONARD X. FARBMAN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS The Plumbing Industry Promotion Fund of New York City held its annual scholarship awards ceremony on May 17th, 2017. The Promotion Fund provides funds to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement to help … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 2: Vol. 40

2017 PLUMBING INDUSTRY DAY CHARITY GOLF OUTING The Association of Contracting Plumbers held its annual “Plumbing Industry Day” Charity Golf Outing at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club in Long Island on May 8th. Beginning in 2004, the ACP has … Continue reading

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DOB Denied by ECB Judge

As the Industry has heard, DOB recently initiated a program to issue ECB violations to licensed plumbers for “negligence, incompetence, lack of competence and/or disregard of the code,” citing failure to pass inspections that they themselves requested. A finding of … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 1: Vol. 40

7-HOUR LICENSE RENEWAL COURSE For those individuals seeking to renew their DOB issued Plumbing and/or Fire Suppression licenses, there will be a 7-hour SUNY Empire State/CTL TC license renewal course on: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 We urge everyone seeking to … Continue reading

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Local Law 152 (Intro 1088) and Local Law 150 (Intro 738)

Important laws recently passed by New York City Council include Local Law 152 (Intro 1088) and Local Law 150 (Intro 738). LL 152 requires that, commencing January 1, 2019, owners of buildings with gas piping systems have such systems periodically … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 4: Vol. 39

NEW LAWS ON GAS SAFETY IN NYC On November 15, 2016, the New York City Council passed the package of 10 gas-related bills the Foundation supported in the hopes of increasing public safety. The two most important and impactful to … Continue reading

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DOB Service Update

November 2016 Service Update from NYC DOB The New York City Department of Buildings has issued the following Service Update entitled “Manhattan Gas Emergency Work Notification” Please click here to download a pdf version. Manhattan Gas Emergency Work Notification Effective … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 3: Vol. 39

THANK YOU GEORGE We are saddened to report that former Executive Director of The Plumbing Foundation, George Whalen, has passed away at the age of 85. George served as the Executive Vice President of the Contracting Plumbers Association of Brooklyn … Continue reading

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Pipecaster Issue 2: Vol. 39

CITY & STATE’S GAS FORUM On the morning of March 29, 2016, City & State, in conjunction with the Plumbing Foundation, hosted a panel discussion on New York City’s fuel gas issues at Baruch College. The discussion was led by … Continue reading

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Giving Back to the Community 2016

2016 PLUMBING INDUSTRY PROMOTION FUND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS The Plumbing Industry Promotion Fund of New York City held an awards ceremony for recipients of its 2016 scholarships. Each student was awarded an annual $2,000 scholarship. The Promotion Fund provides $80,000 … Continue reading

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