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In Memoriam: Nicholas J. Bartilucci 

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Nicholas J. Bartilucci. These photos were taken at the NYWEA Spring Meeting in Hauppauge in 2014. Nick is pictured here (top photo) as he received a standing ovation from the members present as the NYWEA Board of Directors created the Nicholas J. Bartilucci Environmental Scholarship. Nick was fortunate to present the very first $5,000 scholarship in his name to Reva Butensky (lower photo, center). 

 Nick was involved in NYWEA activities since he was a student at Manhattan College. Nick's service to the Association has been an important part of the organization's programmatic and financial success. He held leadership positions in both the Local Chapter and State Association, serving as NYWEA President in 1977. His name appears on the NY Water Pollution Control Association's 1976 Certificate of Incorporation, and he never swayed from his commitment and dedication to this organization, serving for over 30 years as Treasurer. During this period of time, he dedicated countless hours and extended great leadership on a significant number of issues that have positively impacted the organization. 

 Nick was the former President and Chairman of the Board of Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers. His professional experience spanned over fifty years in civil and environmental engineering. Nick graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and received his master of Civil Engineering from New York University. He admirably served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps in the Panama Canal Zone.

 Nick was a true mentor and exemplary leader, not only involved in NYWEA, but many other organizations. He was active up until his death in various community, fraternal and charitable organizations. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Jericho Water District and Trustee of the Village of Laurel Hollow. He served as the First Vice President of the Center for the Developmentally Disabled and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association. He also served on the Board of the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. Devoted to his religion, Nick served as an Extraordinary Minister, Trustee and former member of the Special Projects Committee and Pastoral Council at St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church located in Syosset, NY. He was also a member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. Nick was a nearly 50-year member of the Giuseppe Verdi Lodge #2163, Order Sons of Italy in America and in 2011 received their Golden Lion Award for his dedication to the Italian American community. Nick was also "knighted" in the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus which is an honor given to those who have contributed to the benefit of mankind through good works, the arts and letters, sciences and humanitarian disciplines. Nick was a non-government representative to the United Nations and was recently honored by Manhattan College for his dedication, and where the Engineering Conference Room of the library was named in his honor.

 Nick's dedication to his work and family was remarkable. Up until the time of his death he was Treasurer Emeritus for NYWEA helping with contract negotiations. His conversations with me in the Spring and Summer often included what was growing well in the garden -- his outside of work interest. His love and support from his beautiful wife Joan helped him to focus on his many work passions. It was his kind, generous and likable, gentlemanly manner that over the many years made him many NYWEA "family" friends. When I spoke at his retirement dinner, I was taken with the outpouring of appreciation and respect for Nick, it was Harry Anand, the Mayor of Laurel Hollow, who said it so well, "Nick treated everyone with the same respect -- if it was the man shining his shoes, a chambermaid or a client -- all were treated with dignity." For those fortunate enough to have worked with him, we feel honored to have had the experience. We will miss him greatly, and extend our condolences to his family, his immediate colleagues and his many "NYWEA" friends.

  ~ Patricia Cerro-Reehil

Click here for obituary.

 Click here to see the Shutterfly book that was presented to Nick Bartilucci upon his retirement as Treasurer, in 2014.

 Click here for a detailed biography from the 2011 Golden Lion Award from the NY Grand Lodge Foundation.

 

"Former Nassau Chapter Nick Bartilucci has passed away, Please keep his family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. -pete"


 
   
 
   

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                                                             February 23, 2015 
 
 
NYSSPE February 2015 Position Statement on
Design Build Budget Proposal

 

Good Afternoon Jaclyn, 

As we have received many questions from our members about the current Design Build legislation, therefore we have posted an updated position statement on our website, which was drafted by Mark C. Kriss, Esq., The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) Legislative and Legal Counsel. 

The following is an introduction to the position statement which discusses the Design Build process with respect to both the private and public sector.

 Private Sector 

Design Build (an alternative project delivery methodology used in lieu of Design-Bid-Build) is permitted to be employed on private sector projects in New York State, provided that the scope of design services and the amount to be paid for such services is clearly set forth in a contract executed by the project owner, the contractor and the design professional. While many, particularly in the general contractor community, maintain that the use of a three-way contract is not required and that a general contractor can contract with a design professional on project owned by a third party, the NYS Education Department unequivocally maintains that this type of an arrangement runs afoul of the State Education Law and Rules governing the design professions. A design professional should consider the potential for professional disciplinary action (e.g. fee splitting and aiding and abetting the illegal practice of engineering) before participating in a Design Build project. 

Public Sector 

With regard to the public sector projects in 2011 legislation was enacted on a pilot basis to permit specially named state agencies to utilize Design Build. NYSSPE along with others in the design professional community, as well as the State Education Department, voiced concern regarding the failure of the 2011 legislation to expressly include quality assurance safeguards in the legislation. The original statute expired in early December 2014 (with an exemption for ongoing projects) and new legislation has been proposed by Governor Cuomo as part of his executive budget. The Society has issued, and broadly disseminated, a position statement which renews our concerns regarding the 2015 Governor’s Budget Proposal which proposes some amendments to the pilot program. A copy of the NYSSPE’s position statement is set forth below.  

(For additional information please consult the
NYSSPE website FAQ addressing Design Build.)

Click here to read our entire position statement.

 

Thank you,

 

Anthony Fasano, P.E., LEED AP, ACC
New York State Society of Professional Engineers
Executive Director

 

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