Updated: September 13, 2023

Helping to bring DOB leadership and the industry together to further understand important code changes is one of our favorite ways to contribute to our business. So yesterday we were thrilled to host New York Department of Buildings First Deputy Commissioner Kazimir Vilenchik, P.E., Assistant Commissioner Juan C. Arias, and an esteemed group of private construction leaders for discussion and review of NYC DOB’s newly revised 2022 Chapter 33 Code.

With the help and knowledge of our own Director of Construction Code & Safety, Bobby D’Alessio, our Senior Construction Safety Associate Bernie Ross, VP of Construction Solutions, Kevin Moran, and, of course, our CEO Diane Cahill, our gathering turned out to be a very productive deep dive into how industry and government can work together to make construction projects both safer and more efficient. “In construction, the government regulatory side and the private business side need to fully understand each other and fully appreciate both perspectives and goals,” says Diane Cahill, founder and CEO of Cahill Strategies. “The safety of our workers depends on it. The effectiveness of the agencies depends on it. The success of the industry as a whole depends on it.”

The gathering was also a reunion of DOB veterans past and present, with Cahill’s Bobby D’Alessio and Bernie Ross, both former senior executives at the department. Bobby D’Alessio also played an integral part in developing the 2014 Building Code revisions as a DOB Senior Executive Director and the 2022 Building Code revisions as Cahill’s Director of Construction Code and Safety. “These are resources that take years to develop.” Diane Cahill continues, “You can’t overstate the value of experience, and you can’t overstate the importance of keeping these players working, talking, and solving problems together. This is how we keep our job sites safe and make our projects successful.”

We’re very thankful to Deputy Commissioner Vilenchik and Assistant Commissioner Arias for spending the afternoon with us. We’re also really appreciative of the industry leaders for their time, their input, and for expressing their concerns. We’re looking forward to setting up more of these events in the future.

If you’re part of our New York City construction industry and would like to keep informed of new developments and how your project could be affected, we invite you to sign up for our mailing list. We’ll also send you our complimentary, comprehensive guide to New York City DOB’s new Chapter 33 Building Code revisions.

Cahill Strategies Construction Solutions Guide to NYC Building Code Chapter 33 Revisions

Cahill Strategies has developed a detailed and documented guide to the most important revisions that New York construction professionals are likely to encounter every day. We were able to do this because Cahill Strategies has been involved instrumentally in the development of these codes.

The 100-page book is meticulously organized and can be used as a handy reference when many common issues arise. In each section, the specific revisions are highlighted, and the new information is presented in a clear and practical manner with further explanation on why the change is so important. All of this, reviewed and vetted by one of New York’s longest serving, former DOB professionals – Cahill Strategies’ Director of Construction Code & Safety, Bobby D’Alessio.

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More on Our Construction Solutions Team

Cahill Strategies is a team comprised of skilled construction industry strategists dedicated to guiding clients through the intricate regulatory and political landscape, resulting in propelling projects within New York City to completion. Our expertise lies in representing large general contractors, sub-contractors, construction management firms, design professionals, and owners/developers.

  • Liaising with City and State regulatory agencies such as NYC DOB, DOT, FDNY, DEP, Landmarks, HPD, DOF, DOH, DOE, and others;
  • Liaising with elected officials and other stakeholders such as NYC Mayor, City Council, Community Boards, NYS Governor, Senate and Assembly;
  • Liaising with public utilities, such as ConEd, National Grid, Water & Sewer;
  • Liaising with private utilities and telecommunication companies;
  • Facilitating submissions to City and State regulatory agencies, Community Boards and other decision makers for project support and approval;
  • Consultation on Stop Work Orders, Violations, Commissioner’s Orders and other enforcement actions; and
  • Consultation and negotiating fines with the NYC or NYS Department of Finance, and other City and State regulatory agencies.

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Get to know Bobby D’Alessio

bob dalessioRobert “Bobby” D’Alessio, is a former New York City Department of Buildings Senior Executive Director of Construction Safety. Mr. D’Alessio’s focus is predominately in the areas of construction code and safety analysis for our clients’ major new building and renovation projects in the New York City and surrounding regions.

As Cahill Strategies’ Director of Construction Code and Safety, Bobby brings an unparalleled level of knowledge and practical experience to our growing construction solutions practice area.

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Cahill Strategies Welcomes Bernie RossCahill Strategies Welcomes Former NYC DOB Director of Construction Safety Enforcement, Bernie Ross

It is with great pleasure that Cahill Strategies welcomes veteran DOB safety leader Bernie Ross as Senior Construction Safety Associate.

Bernard “Bernie” Ross is former New York City Department of Buildings Director of Construction Safety Enforcement. With more than 20 years serving the DOB as a Construction Inspector, Supervising Inspector, Director Major Projects, and finally, Director of Construction Safety Enforcement. Read more about Bernie here…

Get to know Kevin Moran

Kevin Moran - Cahill StrategiesKevin, the Vice President of Construction Solutions at Cahill Strategies, brings a wealth of experience in the New York construction industry to his role. He has a strong track record of guiding clients through complex building processes, with a range of successful projects under his belt, including commercial and residential developments, infrastructure and transportation projects, and various utility matters.

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