CAGNY began with a small group of firms and individuals who came together in 1984 to pursue shared interests unique to large-scale, high-quality builders. As a result of their vision, and the vision of CAGNY's leaders today, the Association has grown to advance several objectives critical to the success of large-scale development projects in New York City. Some of these objectives include the achievement of collective bargaining reforms, the development of safety, security and ethics standards, insurance reform, support of new construction technology, the recruitment of women and minority-owned contractors and legislative advocacy on issues relating to construction. CAGNY contractors are known for their unwavering commitment to superior professional standards, creativity and innovation in construction management and energetic vision in addressing the next generation of construction challenges for New York City.
CAGNY members adhere to the highest standards. At the core of business ethics is a personal commitment to ethical conduct, which CAGNY principals demonstrate in their everyday professional activities. CAGNY members take great pride not only in "doing the right thing," but in setting standards upon which the larger industry can model itself.
Value is at the heart of CAGNY's commitment to labor-management cooperation and to providing quality unionized construction services at the best possible price. CAGNY members use the highly skilled professionals trained and represented by the craft locals affiliated with the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, AFL-CIO. By working cooperatively with these craft locals, CAGNY members achieve efficiencies and savings that independent companies cannot match. CAGNY members' commitment to value is evidenced by the number of landmarks built by its members in New York and throughout the world. These projects stand for triumph of teamwork between the owner, contractor and skilled craft locals.