Legal Update on Trends in Construction- Testimony Mike Kulik

Thanks to Jordan for taking the time to present a legal update to the CSI Syracuse Chapter last night.   The round table approach to this presentation allowed the attendees to gain knowledge and share experiences on the topics discussed. 

Topics discussed: 

  1. Language to include reserving rights to include for unexpected tariff impacts
  2. Trends in dispute resolution going back to litigation vs. arbitration
  3. Retainage bonds becoming an option for early release of retainage
  4. NYS protective lien laws
  5. Why funds paid by the owner are considered “trust funds” in NYS
  6. National trends in the labor laws

All the attendees took away useful information and were introduced to another construction legal professional for future reference.  

Contact Information:

Jordan R. Pavlus, Esq.Byrne, Costello & Pickard, P.C.

100 Madison Street • Tower I, Suite 1600 • Syracuse, New York  13202

Telephone (315) 474-6448 • Facsimile (315) 424-8556


Cal's Corner

On 6 December the Chapter held its annual awards presentation.  Great evening of friendship and acknowledgment of efforts. A larger attendance would have better shown appreciation for the awardees efforts.

Last month we talked about change, values and recognition of efforts. A new calendar year is upon us already and I want to continue talking about value of a CSI membership.

A few years back Ron Green wrote a wonderful letter about CSI and I kept it for future reference since it was so well written. With due credit to Ron I am including the letter with this month's message.

Dear CSI Member,

CSI offers you the opportunity to connect to your colleagues. No matter what your role:  owner, designer, specifier, contractor – all of you can make connections through CSI membership.  Connections that make you smarter and help you do your job better – they come with CSI membership.  I’ve seen professional connections develop into lifelong friendships.
As a CSI member, you can access literally hundreds of years of experience. CSI is a safe place to test ideas, hear different perspectives and build a network you can trust to give you their best thinking.  
Yes, there are many ways to network or “connect” today.  LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are all ways to do so.  But I would offer that the connection you make with a fellow CSI member is one that will serve you throughout your career.  Many times I’ve been faced with a business challenge and immediately a resource comes to mind because I know them as a result of my CSI membership.
CSI exists to provide members support and the ability to realize their full professional potential – no matter the stage of their career.  Connect at your local chapter. Connect using our directory on Connect through our brand new online communities and practice groups.  

Ronald Geren, FCSI, CCS, CCCA
Board Chair, CSI


Great programs are coming up. Hope to see many of our members and other members of the construction team in attendance.  

More next month -  Cal Bowne FCSI, AIA

CSI offers many opportunities to the members of the construction industry to meet their needs. .let' all take advantage of them