President's Message

Hello ACI CNY members, colleagues, and friends:

We here at ACI CNY HQ sincerely hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday break! Have any of you done something extraordinary to celebrate the new year – made a new resolution? Traveled somewhere tropical? Headed to Times Square? Skydived? Skinny dipped? Pondered the virtues of building with concrete and masonry? If you did, we want to hear from you at our next meeting!

Before I get to this month’s presentation topic, I wanted to quickly thank Donna Haley and Mark Kosmowski from the New York State Department of Labor for their wonderful and informative presentation on the dangers of respirable silica. The presentation was very engaging, and several quick witted audience participants even had an apple thrown at them! Neither Donna nor Mark will be receiving a call from Major League Baseball at any time in the near future, and we can confirm that all participants (and apples) left the building unharmed.

We have another great event scheduled for 1/18/17 featuring our very own Greg Novitzki! Greg will discuss best practices for Placing and Finishing Ready Mix Concrete Slabs on Grade, a topic that applies to a lot of folks in the industry – from architects to engineers and the placement crew. Greg is a knowledgeable and dynamic presenter, and we couldn’t be happier to have him present to us. We hope to see you there!

We are getting very excited for our Awards Banquet slated for 4/5/17 - Matt Driscoll, the New York State DOT Commissioner, will be in the house and will provide a message to ACI CNY! Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner Driscoll leads a department of 8,300 employees with an annual capital program of $3.7B. That’s billion! We are very excited to welcome Commissioner Driscoll, and for him to see some of the best concrete and masonry projects in our area. So, get your project entry forms in! The deadline is 1/27/17. Visit the Awards page for more information. Contact Greg Novitzki ( for concrete award info, and Nick Carparelli ( for masonry award info.

The weather may be getting colder, but our chapter is really heating up!

See you soon,

John Pillar, P.E., S.E.
ACI CNY President

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