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Gotham Government Relations has a specialized, dedicated team of government affairs professionals with expertise in the construction industry. Construction Law requires a highly specific area of knowledge, with many challenges and nuances, not faced in other aspects of the law. Gotham understands the construction industry from all angles – legal, legislative, political. In this capacity, Gotham is well-equipped to help you navigate regulatory agencies like the Department of Buildings, government offices like the Mayor’s Office, community groups like local community boards, and political offices.

Gotham represents clients in various aspects of the construction industry, allowing the firm to keep to date with industry standards and trends, and changes in construction law. Gotham represents clients in all phases of contract negotiations.

Gotham’s combined strategy of lobbying, relationship building, communications and problem solving has benefited our clients related to the construction industry in the following areas:

Service Offerings:

  • Government liaison for owners, developers, contractors with regulatory agencies, governmental departments including ECB, DOT, DOB, NYC Council, Council Committees, DOF, Mayor’s Office
  • Creating grass roots campaigns that include gaining community support for pending jobs
  • Engage in dialogue between contractors and owners
  • Facilitation of timely solutions
  • Facilitating applications and permits after expeditor’s submission
  • Facilitating the rescinding of Stop Work Orders
  • Negotiating fines and fine reduction with Environmental Control Board, Department of Transportation, and Department of Buildings
  • Resolving and remedying disputes and problems as they arise
  • Testimony and representation at hearings during the public review process
  • Further legislative agenda of the construction industry
  • Ensures that legislators and regulators recognize and consider the challenges faced by the construction industry
  • Relationship building with public officials, policy makers, and NYC Community Boards
  • Organize outreach to community groups and business leaders
  • Utilize strategic communication to further relations with community interests, business interests, and surrounding property owners
  • Continuous review of proposed legislation, regulations, and industry standards for their potential impact on the construction industry
  • Negotiating language before potential laws are voted on
  • Supporting and blocking legislation as appropriate
  • Navigation of city, state and federal construction law, codes, rules and regulations
  • Consultation for bid documents
  • Preparation and guidance during procurement

GGR has experience in representing large construction management firms, owners, real estate developers, general contractors, expeditors, trade organizations, subcontracting firms, and engineering firms. Gotham continuously monitors legislation and regulatory changes on the federal, state, and local levels to ensure that the interests of the construction industry are considered and protected. GGR champions the interests of the construction community by advocating on behalf through legislative action, political action, and legal action to protect and promote the construction community by developing a comprehensive lobbying plan to meet your needs and strongly position you with the following NYC government and agency decision makers:

  • Government liaison for owners, developers and contractors with government and regulatory agencies including DOF, ECB, DOT, DOB, NYC Council, Council Committees and the Office of the Mayor;
  • Facilitating applications and permits after expeditor’s submission;
  • Creating grass roots campaigns that include gaining community support for pending jobs;
  • Facilitating the rescinding of Stop Work Orders;
  • Negotiating fines and fine reduction with DOF for ECB, DOT, and DOB;
  • Resolving and remedying disputes and problems as they arise;
  • Organize outreach and strategic communication to community groups, community boards, business leaders, and surrounding property owners;
  • Relationship building with public officials, policy makers, local Community Boards and other key decision makers;
  • Consultation for bid documents;
  • Preparation and guidance during procurement;
  • Continuous review of proposed legislation, regulations, and industry standards for their potential impact on the construction industry;
  • Navigation of New York and federal construction law, codes, rules and regulations; and
  • Furthering the legislative agenda of the construction industry.

Case Studies:

A large construction company sought our aid after a debarment was filed against them through the New York State Department of Labor. They came to Gotham in an effort to have this debarment lifted so that they may resume business.
Gotham took on an advocacy role in hopes of effectively proposing the State Agency to change their ruling.
By working with New York State elected officials who represented the client’s district as well as appropriate committee members, our team was able to determine the reasoning for debarment. Ultimately, the barring was lifted and the State Agency is continuing to negotiate a settlement.
A large general contractor, building a 100 million dollar plus project on West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in NYC was seeking a partial sidewalk closure. The NYC Department of Building (DOB) and NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) were involved. The DOB made a determination about a specific piece of construction equipment that would impact the use of the sidewalk for pedestrians. The DOT made a determination about what precautions and modifications would take place regarding the sidewalk itself. The local Community Board has an opinion and both issues and were affecting approval with both NYC agencies. This was affecting our client’s ability to meet deadlines with the owner and sub-contractors.
Gotham embarked on a grassroots campaign with the Community Board, local business owners and local NYC Council members. Further, we worked with key personnel at the NYC DOB and DOT to come to a compromise with each agency which would satisfy the Community Board and local business owners, while gaining approval from the DOB and DOT as requested.
Gotham secured permits from the DOB for use of the requested crane and secured approval from the DOT for a partial sidewalk closure, a proposed mid-block crosswalk, and use of a flagman during work hours. This had not been done before other than at 6th Avenue, and that was a City project. The results were secured expeditiously, therefore not impacting our client, the large general contractor and the owner.
A developer came to us and was changing General Contractors on a large scale downtown construction site where two SWO’s had been imposed, 1 by the Department of Buildings and 1 by the Department of Transportation. The situation had gone so far as the DOB was ordering backfill of the site and imposing thousands of dollars in fines per day.
Gotham engaged with the DOT and DOB, as well as the local Community Board in order to work out an agreement that would be in the best interests of all parties and alleviating community impact.
Gotham worked out an agreement with the DOB wherein the Developer and new GC were permitted to submit plans for rectifying SWO issues at the site, proceed to dewater the site instead of backfilling, secured permission to proceed and had the SWO rescinded. Additionally, Gotham worked out an agreement with the DOT to allow for the proper sidewalk closure, permissions to cross the sidewalk with required equipment, and remove the current SWO. Lastly, Gotham engaged with the local Community Board and gained their support of the Developer and new GC’s plans to rectify issues at the site and move forward with the project. The results of Gotham’s efforts saved our client approximately $750k dollars in costs and fines.