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From the President

A Message from LIBI President, Steven Krieger

Welcome to a 2022 that will be filled with challenges and opportunities.

In my new role as LIBI President, it will be my task to help our organization overcome those challenges while recognizing those opportunities that advance our shared agenda. But none of that can be done without your help and support.

The issues facing us are clear and immediate.   COVID will continue to have an enormous impact on our members – from staffing to finances.  Yet we need to look beyond COVID and recognize the core issues that face every LIBI member. That list includes: prevailing wage, “good cause” eviction which will surely lead to rent regulations, NESE/gas, Water, remodeling licenses, self-certification, apprentice language, IDA reform, Article 78, and a scaffold law that continues to make a mockery of the law, logic and liability.

Also on our list is to confront with a well-designed public information campaign those who seek to demonize our industry for their own political agenda. Providing quality housing to all Long Islanders is the foundation upon which rests our region’s entire quality of life and our members have literally built that firm footing. We intend to be heard loud and strong in asserting our role.

Much of our agenda will require a strong and well financed political action committee. Our PAC has already given effective voice to our public affairs strategy but in an era when politics are becoming even more hostile to business and private enterprise we need to redouble our efforts. In addition, we will continue our public affairs work in close coordination with other business organizations who may have different disciplines but share our goals.

Equally important is LIBI’s role in recognizing the needs of every member.  Regardless of company size, workforce, number of units within its portfolio, or membership status, this is an organization that seeks to represent every member.  By doing so we not only assist each member but further strengthen an organization that has the means to effectively represent its members before government at a time of considerable political turmoil.

COVID has brought a variety of changes to how LIBI effectively communicates with its members – from Networking Zooms and online Roundtables to email alerts – all with the recognition that communication is key in an era when a pandemic has enforced so much isolation. With the health and safety of LIBI members and staff our utmost priority, we will continue to innovate how best to network while providing strategic information, insight, and public affairs analysis to our members.

There are now any number of ways companies can participate in supporting LIBI’s efforts. For example, there are a variety of sponsorship packages tailored to meet your budget and thereby ensure LIBI has the financial firepower to fulfill our shared mission. Please contact Lois at the  LIBI office to find out more.

Because of the considerable efforts of prior leadership, our former Chairman Peter Florey and Jim Coughlan, our new Chairman and our extraordinary CEO Mitch Pally, LIBI is the recognized leading builder’s organization in our state.  Our advocacy has become nothing less than crucial during this era. It will require a well-supported, well financed, and broad-based LIBI to ensure that the interests of all our members are protected and secured in the year ahead.

You have my personal pledge that I will do everything within my authority as LIBI president to fulfil that responsibility.

 

 

 

 

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