Developing the 21st Century: Land Use, Construction Law and Project Finance in the Built Environment

January 25, 2011

This multi-disciplinary investigation of critical Built Environment issues explored community benefits agreements and the “disconnect” between local land use practices and regional smart growth and sustainability agendas; the need for, and the manner of, modernizing public construction procurement laws for all public owners as a first step to move New York construction law into the 21st Century; and necessary statutory conditions for modernizing public finance laws, in particular the authorization of public-private partnerships.

The Construction Law, Project Finance and Land Use Planning and Zoning Committees of the New York City Bar Association jointly sponsored a multi-disciplinary investigation of several critical issues in the Built Environment entitled “Developing the 21st Century.”  This day-long event was the latest in a series of Built Environment educational events that were inspired three years ago when the Construction Law Committee released its report, “21st Century Construction 20th Century Construction Law.”  The report has been recently updated.


Moderators:  PETER EBRIGHT, Deputy Director of Special Enforcement, New York City Department of Buildings; ROBERT FLIEGER, Senior Manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP; and GEORGE MILLER, Mayer Brown LLP

Keynote Speaker:  RICHARD ANDERSON, President, New York Building Congress 

Panelists:  JOSEPH AIELLO, CEO, Meridiam Infrastructure; KENNETH BOND, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.; DAVID BURNEY, Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction; BETTI CERINI, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP; PAUL FERNANDES, Chief of Staff, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York; KENNETH FISHER, Cozen O'Conner; MICHAEL GERRARD, Columbia Law School; JOSEPH HOGAN, Vice President, Associated General Contractors New York State; FLIP HUFFARD, The Blackstone Group; TERRI MATTHEWS, Senior Policy Advisor, New York City Department of Design and Construction; JOHN MILLER, Patton Boggs; JAMES PARROTT, Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute; DAVID PERINI, Commissioner, Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance; HOWARD ROSEN, Peckar & Abramson; THOMAS SCARANGELLO, Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti; MARLA SIMPSON, Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Contract Services; MARGARET STIX, Principal, Margaret Stix & Associates; MARK STRAUSS, FXFOWLE

Co-sponsored by:  Construction Law Committee, Richard Volack, Chair; Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee, Mark Levine, Chair; Project Finance Committee, Ernest Chung, Chair

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