Leadership

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Elizabeth Crowley

President and CEO
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Elizabeth Crowley has a long and robust history of public service and work in construction and community development.

Government Service. Crowley served on the New York City Council, representing the city legislature’s 30th District in Queens from 2009 to 2017. As a member of the New York City Council, she  successfully fought for a record amount of funding for construction of schools and passed resolutions that strengthened construction safety standards, expanded opportunities for Minority and Women owned Business Enterprises, and funded programs that provided industry training including Nontraditional Employment for Women.

Non-Profit and Advocacy. Prior to joining BTEA, Crowley was a board chair and co-founder of a non-profit group “21 in 21” — renamed “The New Majority.”  The organization was dedicated to bringing more gender parity into the City Council. The effort succeeded in establishing the first female majority in the legislative body.

Before her election to the NYC Council,  Crowley worked in the construction industry as a decorative painter with District Council 9 on landmark restorations including Radio City Music Hall, the Central Synagogue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Education. Crowley holds a Master of Science Degree from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and Environmental Science from the School of Architecture, as well as a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Art Restoration from the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) she resides in Queens with her two sons Dennis and Owen.

BTEA NEW YORK 2024 Officers

Co-Chair

Pat A. Di Filippo is an executive vice president of Turner Construction Company with responsibility for Turner’s offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and the New England states. Additionally, Pat is responsible for managing Turner’s partial ownership of E.E. Cruz, a New York City based heavy construction company.

Di Filippo joined Turner in 1984, and from there built up his career within the company and in 1998, he was promoted to vice president. In 2003, Di Filippo was promoted to Senior Vice President overseeing projects in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. In January 2005, he returned to his current assignment as Executive Vice President of the New York and New Jersey Business Units, managing Turner’s largest region.

Throughout his career, Di Filippo has been involved with and taken a leadership role in numerous high profile construction projects including the United States Tennis Facility in Flushing Meadows New York, Goldman Sachs Tower – 30 Hudson Street in Jersey City, NJ, the World Trade Center Bomb Blast Repair, and the most current project – Xanadu Entertainment Facility in East Rutherford, NJ. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Contractors’ Association of Greater New York, Inc., Di Filippo is BTEA New York’s 2022-2023 Co-Chairman.

Pat A. Di Filippo

Contractors Association of Greater New York
Turner Construction

Co-Chair

Kristine De Napoli is a Licensed Master Electrician and co-founder of KND Licensed Electrical Contracting & Services, Corp., a certified Women-Owned business and signatory contractor with both IBEW, Local #3 Chapter in New York City and IBEW, Local #25 Chapter in Long Island. She has been in the electrical contracting trade for over 22 years, making her the third generation in her family to perform electrical work.

Kristine De Napoli is a recognized industry leader. In 2021, she was installed as the President of New York Electrical Contractors Association, making her the second woman to hold that position. NYECA is the largest chapter of electrical union contractors within the National Electrical Contractors Association, the leading voice of the electrical industry in the United States.

Kristine DeNapoli is the President, Treasurer and co-founder along with her partner, Vice President and Secretary, Nanci-Jean DeNapoli of KND Electric. As President of KND, Kristine leads the firm in its strategic planning, policy and operations. She is involved in all aspects of her business from the bidding process, estimation, and job analysis to site inspections and maintaining client and union labor relationships. She is actively involved in project management and brings hands-on expertise to reducing costs and improving productivity for the firm’s projects.

Kristine is a Licensed Master Electrician in New York City, Suffolk County, Nassau County’s Town of Hempstead and the State of New Jersey , a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York State, and is also a Licensed New York State Security & Fire Alarm Installer. She received a diploma in Electrical Technology from the Mechanics Institute and her B.S. in Accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Additionally, Kristine serves as a Board Member on NYC’s Master Electrician Licensing Board, Trustee of Local 25 Long Island Joint Apprentice Training Committee, is President for National Electrical Contractors Association – New York City Chapter, as a Trustee for Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry, Annuity Plan Fund, Deferred Salary Plan Fund, Additional Security Benefits Plan Fund and Cultural and Educational Fund, Joint Industry Finance Committee, Treasurer of Employer/Employee Self Insured Safety Plan, a Board Trustee of the Building Trades Employers Association and is a Founding Board Member of The Bridges Academy in West Islip, NY.

Proudly, she is mom to son Michael Jr. and daughter Juliet.

Kristine DeNapoli

New York Electrical Contractors Association
KND Licensed Electric

Scott Wolkowitz

Roofers & Waterproofing Contractors Association
Wolkow Braker

Treasurer

Scott Wolkowitz has led Wolkow Braker as President and CEO since 2014, and represents the fourth generation of Wolkowitz family leadership. Wolkow Braker provides quality service for New York’s construction industry, and has built a reputation as the tri-state area’s premier roofing, sheet metal, and waterproofing organization since its founding in 1944.  Scott is a trustee for Local 8, the Vice President of the Roofers & Waterproofing Contractors Association, and a board member for North American Roofers Insurance (NARI), serving on the Underwriting Committee.

Steven Charney

Chairman
Peckar & Abramson, P.C

General Counsel

Steven M. Charney is the Chairman of the firm and is regarded as one of the foremost construction lawyers in the United States of America. Mr. Charney’s practice includes ongoing representation of contractors that are among the top ten as reported by Engineering News Record. Mr. Charney’s background couples extensive academic and hands-on experience in the construction industry with decades of experience in litigating for and providing legal counsel to contractors and developers.

Throughout Mr. Charney’s career, he has handled numerous construction related disputes, in court, arbitration or in alternative dispute forums. Mr. Charney frequently handles multimillion-dollar delay, lien, default, equitable adjustment, termination and construction and design defect matters. Mr. Charney’s experience includes the representation of contractors and owners in connection with some of the most prominent projects built throughout the United States. He represented the developer of the largest private building construction project ever to take place in New York City and represented contractors and design/builders in connection with numerous professional sports facilities (such as the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium and several National Football League and Major League Baseball stadiums). Mr. Charney led the Associated General Contractors of America to establish a task force to study mold related issues, and then vice-chaired that task force as it drafted the industry’s first guide to understanding this problem.

Mr. Charney serves as an Adjunct Professor for Columbia University, in both the College of Engineering and College of Law.

Before joining Peckar & Abramson, Mr. Charney served as Eastern Division Counsel for Turner Construction Company. Mr. Charney was employed by Turner Construction Company for nearly a decade, prior to entering private legal practice, and served in a number of operations related roles, including field superintendent, cost and scheduling engineer, and manager of litigation and claims, before serving as counsel.

Mr. Charney is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America, and was awarded the prestigious Gold Coin for his contributions to that organization, including his service on the Risk Management and Contract Document Committees of this leading national organization. Additionally, his contribution to the construction and development industry includes serving as General Counsel to the Building Trades Employers’’ Association New York (BTEA) and active engagement with the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI).

Mr. Charney has often published commentary regarding issues applicable to the construction and development industries, including commentary in New York Construction. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and served on the Construction Law Subcommittee of that association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

In view of his accomplishments, Mr. Charney has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA, as a leading attorney in the field of Construction Law in New York. He has also been repeatedly named to Who’s Who of International Construction Lawyers, selected for inclusion in the publication Best Lawyers in America, and listed in New York Magazine, as a top construction attorney in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Mr. Charney is also a fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers.

Mr. Charney is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, where he attended as an evening student while working full-time in the construction industry. In 1983, Mr. Charney received a Master of Science degree in construction management from the School of Civil Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (where he also studied as an evening student while working full-time in the construction industry). Mr. Charney also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Syracuse University, with a concentration in construction technologies.

Board of Governors

Anthony Acerra

ALC Steel

Roland Acosta

Northeast Remsco, Inc

Kieran Ahern

Ahern Painting Contractors, Inc.

Rick Amarosa

Downs Rachlin Martin

Jeffrey Anikstein

Cord Contracting

Robert Ansbro

New York Roofing Company

Melissa Barbour

SMACNA LI

Kevin Barrett

Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Anthony Bell

Martin Associates, Inc.

Steven Benkovsky

Triple S Air Systems Inc

Christine Boccia

JD Traditional Industries

Jim Botto

Botto Mechanical

Ken Buettner

York Scaffold Equipment Corp.

Oswald Calderon

Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc.

John Caruso

JTC Painting & Decorating Corp.

Michael Chatterton

Schindler Elevator Corp.

Ted Civetta

John Civetta & Sons

Jed Coldon

New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors

Alex Concannon

Gateway Demo

John Contrubis

Law Offices of William Rothberg

Tom D'Ercole

Plaza Construction Corp.

Brandon Darmstadter

BK Tile & Stone, Inc

Steve Davi

Allied Building Metal Industries

John Delillo

Insulation Contractors Association

Krissy DeNapoli

KND Electric

Pat Di Filippo

Turner Construction Company

Stacey Dillon O'Rourke

BOND Civil & Utility Construction

Carlo DiSilvestro

Turner Construction Company

Donald Donnelly

Hailey Insulation Corp.

Kenneth Durkin

John P. Picone, Inc.

Scott Erath

Wm. Erath & Son, Inc.

David Etkind

Echtman & Etkind, LLC

Chris Evans

Universal Builders Supply, Inc.

Felice Farber

Subcontractors Trade Association

Michael Fregara

Epic Mechanical Contractors

Joseph Furelli

JDP Mechanical

Stephen Gianotti

Arcadia Electrical Co., Inc.

Craig Gilston

Gilston Electric

Chris Grando

IAR International

Nick Grecco

Lend Lease LMB, Inc

Jerome Haber

W&W Glass, LLC

Scott Haber

W&W Glass, LLC

Van Helmsley

Nicholson & Galloway

Tom Hussey

AM&G Waterproofing LLC

David Israel

Rael Fire Protection

Leon Jacobs

Halmar International

Carol Kleinberg

Kleinberg Electric, Inc.

Ed Lydon

Pavarini McGovern

Justyna Majer

The Grenadier Corporation

Anthony Mann

E-J Electric Installation Company

Matthew Martin

Evergreen Architecture Arts, Inc.

Raymond McGuire

Contractors' Association of Greater New York

Aislinn McGuire

Contractors' Association of Greater New York

Shane McMorrow

Mechanical Contractors Association

David Meberg

Consolidated Carpet

Sam Mirian

Megrant Corp.

Kevin O'Callaghan

Universal Builders Supply, Inc.

Jesse Ottesen

Weeks Marine, Inc.

Robert Palumbo

Cauldwell Wingate Company, LLC

Nayan Parikh

Ashnu International

Randy Pearlman

Albert Pearlman, Inc.

Robert Perricone

Component Assembly Systems

David Pisacrita

Metropolitan Walters LLC

Bert Rahm

Turner Construction Company

Marcel Ramalho

Sirina Fire Protection

Peter Rescigno

New York Electrical Contractors Association

Steve Rizzo

William A. Gross

Patrick Rooney

Walsh Construction

Arthur Rubinstein

Skyline Steel Corp.

Bruce Ruinsky

Association of Master Painters & Decorators

Joe Russo

Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Michael Russo

Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp.

Sal Russo

Russo Development Enterprises, Inc.

Vincent Sabatino

Eagle One Roofing

Michael Salgo

The Cement League

Robert Samela

AC Associates

Jonathan Saukin

CAC Industries Inc.

Robert Saville

Five Star Electric corp.

Joe Sheehan

EE Cruz

John Solla

Center Sheet Metal

Steven Sommer

Lend Lease LMB, Inc

Matt Stevens

Island Diversified, Inc.

Sylvie Straus-Figueroa

Law Offices of William Rothberg

Justin Tomasino

KONE New York Metropolitan District

Peter Vrankovic

KSW Mechanical, LLC

Michael Weber

Island Acoustics LLC

Elizabeth Weiss

A.J. McNulty & Company, Inc.

Robert Weiss

A.J. McNulty & Company, Inc.

Robert Wessels

General Contractors Association

Scott Wolkowitz

Wolkow-Braker Roofing Corp.

Gary Yerganian

Citnalta Construction Corp.

Lee Zaretzky

Ronsco, Inc.

Richard Ziskin

Ziskin Law Firm

BTEA Executive Committee

Jeffrey Anikstein

Cord Contracting

Kevin Barrett

Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Christine Boccia

JD Traditional Industries

Kristine DeNapoli

KND Electric

Marc DePaul

Pavarini McGovern

Tom D'Ercole

Plaza Construction Corp.

Pat A.Di Filippo

Turner Construction Company

Donald Donnelly, Jr.

Hailey Insulation Corp.

Stephen Gianotti

Arcadia Electrical Co., Inc.

Nick Grecco

Lend Lease LMB, Inc.

Scott Haber

W&W Glass, LLC

Anthony Mann

E-J Electric Installation Company

David Meberg

Consolidated Carpet

Jesse Ottessen

Weeks Marine, Inc.

Robert Palumbo

Cauldwell Wingate Company, LLC

Nayan Parikh

Ashnu International

Robert Perricone

Component Assembly Systems

Bert Rahm

Turner Construction Company

Arthur Rubinstein

Skyline Steel Corp.

Michael Russo

Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp.

John Solla

Center Sheet Metal

Steven Sommer

LendLease LMB, Inc.

Matt Stevens

Island Diversified, Inc.

Justin Tomasino

KONE New York Metropolitan District

Paul Vieira

IDL Communications & Electric

Peter Vrankovic

KSW Mechanical, LLC

Elizabeth Weiss

A.J. McNulty & Company, Inc.

Robert Weiss

A.J. McNulty & Company, Inc.

Scott Wolkowitz

Wolkow-Braker Roofing Corp.

Lee Zaretzky

Ronsco, Inc.