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Contractors announce partnership aimed at strengthening their voice in halls of power

The Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS) and the Building Contractors Association of New York (BCA) have entered into a collaborative agreement to strengthen the voice of the construction industry in New York City and across the State.

BCA, the association for union building contractors, and AGC, considered the most influential construction industry organization in Albany, said the partnership will bolster industry efforts “to advance and protect their interests” before New York City and New York State government,

“This strategic agreement is the culmination and formalization of a growing partnership between AGC NYS and BCA. It will allow both AGC and BCA to better serve our members and more effectively advance and protect their interests before New York City and New York State government, giving both organizations a more forceful voice and stronger presence at a time when our industry faces both significant challenges and opportunities,” said Mike Elmendorf,president and CEO of AGC NYS.


BCA chairman and managing director John O’Hare will join the AGC NYS Building Board of Governors, serving alongside leaders of the building industry from all corners of New York State.

“For 85 years, the BCA has been dedicated to the general welfare of its member contractors. The BCA continues to be the largest unified contractor voice negotiating and managing long-term labor-management relationships in the New


York Metropolitan construction market,” said O’Hare.

“It became clear to me that the BCA and AGC joining forces strengthens both associations on the local and statewide levels.

“By sharing ideas and developing common strategies, we will present a unified front to the industry at large and the politicians in City Hall and Albany. It’s a win-win.”

Howard Rowland, president of E.W. Howell, chairman of AGC NYS and vice oresident of BCA, added, “As a longtime member and now officer of both of these distinguished industry organizations, I am excited about the significant potential this forward-thinking partnership brings not only for the associations, but most importantly, their members. Working together and united, AGC NYS and BCA will be stronger, smarter and bolder — and the firms they represent will benefit.”

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