CIC Marks Milestone 45th Anniversary in 2024 With Special Presentations Planned at Events

By GEORGE DRAPEAU III – January 25, 2024

TARRYTOWN, NY—The Construction Industry Council is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year with a host of events to mark the milestone since its first full year of service to the contracting community. Over the past four and a half decades, the impact of the association has increased to become a guiding force to the broader business community, a trusted partner with organized union labor and an expert source to advise the public sector at all levels of government (federal, state and municipalities) throughout the lower Hudson Valley.

Among the highlighted events will be the 45th Annual CIC Golf Classic staged at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, NY on Mon., July 8. CIC said the celebrations will include some surprises for those in attendance, with awards presented to construction industry leaders for their “historic contributions” as measured by the decades of improvements and advancements that have benefitted the association and its hundreds of members over the years.

“The annual Spring Membership Meeting on April 17, the highly popular CIC Golf Classic in July and the annual Fall Membership Meeting on Oct. 16 are the perfect places to acknowledge the deep history of industry volunteerism to the association and leadership,” said CIC Executive Director John Cooney, Jr. “These are meetings where old friendships are celebrated and new information and campaigns are presented that serve to ensure CIC remains the leading construction trade association voice in the region.”

Longtime CIC Chairman George Pacchiana added, “We are better together when it comes to discussing and resolving the many issues the construction industry encounters each day. CIC is about interaction and discussion with our partners in organized labor, with elected officials and industry professionals. CIC is a forum where possible solutions are explored and advanced to the challenges the industry faces. Every person involved in CIC is able to voice his or her concerns and that’s what makes us different. It’s from the industry—guided by a dedicated group of volunteer board members—for the industry.”

The CIC was established in late 1978, to fill the need for a single, clear and powerful voice in the heavy-highway and site development segments in the Lower Hudson Valley. Founding members included road builders, utility and specialty contractors, the leading material suppliers and other sectors—all who lined up to support and fund the trade association. The Council’s mission—continuing to this day—is to aggressively campaign for much-needed improvements to the area’s bridges, roads, water/sewer infrastructure networks and pollution control.

CIC is also dedicated to promoting employment in the industry, and it serves as the collective bargaining agent for hundreds of employers with many of the local unions in the region’s three Building & Construction Trades Councils. 

Leading Challenges in the Hudson Valley

  • Securing federal IIJA appropriations to upgrade transportation mobility of highways, bridges, and facilities
  • Increase government capital construction budgets to address weather and pollution-related damage
  • Management/Labor Initiatives
  • Scaffold Law Reform
  • Prompt Payment Legislation
  • Legislation to Improve Jobsite Safety
  • Advance Local Workforce Participation in Public- Supported IDA Development Projects
  • M/WBE Advancement and Advocacy
From the archives: members of the BuildTheBridgeNow. org coalition in April 2012 call for federal funding needed to replace the then-aging Tappan Zee Bridge. From left: Al Samuels, president of the Rockland Business Association; Dr. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester; Jonathan Drapkin, president and CEO of Patterns for Progress; Ross J. Pepe, president of the Construction Industry Council; and Joanne Deyo, vice PUBLISHER president of facilities at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
From the archives: then-assemblyman George Pataki marches with union labor and contractors in 1991, calling for construction projects to protect the environment and control pollution in the Hudson Valley.
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