Editor’s Note

It’s time to sign, seal, and deliver some letters. We are approaching the final two months of Legislative Session in New York, and passage of the Good Samaritan Act for Licensed Professionals (S. 3942-A/A.4380-B) will allow architects to help communities in the wake of a disaster without the added stress of liability concerns. Click here to send an e-mail to your state legislators asking them to pass the bill.

In addition, Massimo Vignelli, the graphic designer responsible for the groundbreaking 1972 NYC subway map, is not well and is spending his last days at home. His son, Luca, invites all of those for whom Vignelli was an influence or inspiration to write him a letter. Please send your letters to: Massimo Vignelli, 130 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10021.

Lobby from Albany; Learning from Piers

AIA New York State 2014 Albany Lobby Day took place on 04.29.14. With a series of important issues to press, an enthusiastic delegation from AIANY took to the Capitol.

All of our meetings were informative and productive, but our meeting with Assemblymember Deborah Glick was particularly significant because she is chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, the committee currently considering passage of the Good Samaritan Act. This legislation would provide protections for architects who volunteer necessary services to the public during disasters and emergencies, as determined by the governor. Following Superstorm Sandy, the need for this legislation was made very apparent when willing architects hesitated to respond without proper protections. This bill needs a final push to get it through the Assembly Higher Education Committee. Continue reading “Lobby from Albany; Learning from Piers”