Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the members of the inaugural class of Empire State Fellows.
The nine fellows, selected from a pool of more than 900 applicants, hail from diverse backgrounds and varied professions and were selected on the basis of their academic and professional experience, leadership potential, commitment to public service, as well as creativity.
"It is so important to recruit talented professionals into public service, and that’s the main goal of the Empire State Fellows program," Governor Cuomo said. "These men and women will bring new energy, ideas, and experiences to public service, as well as helping us create a new generation of leaders to guide our state's future. I welcome this first class of Empire State Fellows as they join with us in building a New New York."
The Empire State Fellows Program is designed to prepare a new generation of leaders for policy-making roles in New York State government. The Governor appointed each Empire State Fellow to a position in the executive branch matching their skills with the needs of state government. The fellows will work closely with senior administration officials, participate in the policy-making process, and engage in educational and professional development seminars at the Rockefeller Institute at SUNY Albany. Fellows may be selected to continue to serve in New York State government after completing the program.
The Empire State Fellows Program is a part of Governor Cuomo’s New NY Leaders Initiative, a new program put in place to renew the connection between the public and private sectors and prepare a new generation of leaders to serve in state government. In addition to the Empire State Fellows program, the Student Intern Program places students within the Executive Branch of government to gain hands-on experience serving the people. The Intern Program also provides interns opportunities to interact with government leaders and policy makers.
Information regarding the New NY Leaders Initiative and the Empire State Fellows Program is available at www.newnyleaders.com. The 2012-2013 Empire State Fellows biographies are included below.
2012-2013 Class of Empire State Fellows
Michael Baer most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for JP Morgan’s US Equity, Global Multi-Asset Group, Private Equity, and Hedge Fund of Funds investment platforms where he was responsible for financial planning and strategy for more than $180 billion in client assets and financial oversight of an operating budget of over $275 million. Michael writings include policy papers about the use of social impact bonds as a new outcomes-based social finance investment vehicle in financing water supply and sanitation services in developing countries. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in business management from Babson College and a Masters of Science of Global Affairs at New York University. Michael is certified as a Chartered Financial Analyst and a marathon runner and tri-athlete. Placement: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Tamara Dews most recently managed the Business & Legal Affairs division of Sony Music Entertainment where she led the team responsible for identifying ancillary markets to promote and distribute Sony’s music. Tamara earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and politics from Mount Holyoke College and an Intellectual Property Law Certification from the New York University School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Tamara serves on the Board of Directors of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow and speaks Italian, Spanish, Latin and some Japanese. Placement: New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Alejandra Diaz rose to Lead Experience Architect at NTT DATA, INC. where she managed a team in developing qualitative research approaches and uses the resulting audience insights to inform and design services, system interfaces, business processes, and communication strategies primarily in the pharmaceutical space. Alejandra earned a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Science, History of Medicine from Yale University, and a business certificate from the Columbia University School of Continuing Education. Alejandra serves on the New York community advisory board for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and HIV Prevention Trials Network. Placement: Executive Chamber
Rebecca Dixon most recently ran the Unemployment Insurance Modernization campaign for the National Employment Law Project in Washington, DC. Previously, Rebecca worked with the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, which supported low-income working families and families devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in English, and a law degree from Duke University and has taught courses on public interest lawyering at George Washington University School of Law. Placement: Executive Chamber
Sam Filler most recently served as the Director of Programs for the Transportation and Land Use Collaborative (TLUC), an urban planning consulting firm in Southern California that specialized in stakeholder engagement in Latino communities. Samuel was also a Coro Fellow in Southern California and a Americorps member with City Year. Samuel earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Vassar College, and a Master of Urban Planning from the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Samuel speaks intermediate-level Spanish. Placement: Empire State Development
Jennifer M. Gomez
Jennifer Gomez most recently served as a Legislative Counsel at the New York City Council, where she advised council members on a wide array of issues, including the impact of policies instituted by the Administration for Children’s Services, the Department of Homeless Services, and the Human Resources Administration. Previously, she Jennifer was a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law and was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Latin American Studies, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She is currently a board member of the Dominican Bar Association. Jennifer is a native Spanish speaker, conversant in French and Portuguese, and speaks basic Italian. Placement: New York State Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance
Dylan J. Hayden
Dylan Hayden served for six years in the United States Navy as an Arabic and Pashto-Afghan linguist, including a tour in Afghanistan. Dylan has worked at the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, where he helped implement a revolutionary electronic fare collection system at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Dylan earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an Associate of Arts in Modern Standard Arabic from the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center, in addition to his Master of Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Dylan is an avid SCUBA diver, holds a Private Pilot certificate and speaks Arabic and Pashto. Placement: New York Department of Labor
Kisha Santiago most recently served as Vice President and Senior Project Manager at Rosenberg Housing Group (RHG), a private affordable housing development company that specializes in working with public housing authorities on mixed-finance projects. Before joining RHG, Kisha served as a Program Assistant for YouthBuild in Harlem, a General Management Coordinator at Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, and a Community Outreach and Special Events Coordinator at Parsons Child and Family Center. Kisha earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Masters in regional planning at the State University of New York at Albany. Kisha is certified as a LEED Green Associate. Placement: New York State Homes and Community Renewal
Nora Yates most recently served as the Executive Director of the Pride Center of the Capital Region, where she revitalized and expanded the 42 year old organization. Nora previously worked at the Empire State Pride Agenda managing staff statewide. Nora developed and taught various courses as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Albany for six years, and served as a project manager at Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group. Nora earned a Bachelor of Arts in French and Women’s Studies, and a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies at the State University of New York at Albany. Nora also earned a Master in Public Administration from the Sage Graduate School. Placement: New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new initiative to combat long-term unemployment in New York State.
To help New Yorkers seeking jobs, the state will distribute $6 million in federal grants to companies that hire long-term unemployed individuals, as well as deploy a mobile response team to assist individuals seeking work in high unemployment areas.
"New York State’s efforts to help long-term, unemployed individuals find jobs have been recognized across the nation, and this additional $6 million will be a shot in the arm as we continue to put New Yorkers back to work and get our economy back on track," Governor Cuomo said. "With NY Works projects creating new jobs and supporting economic development all across the state, this initiative will help train workers and connect the unemployed with opportunities to launch a successful career."
The $6 million in federal grants will provide wage subsidies to businesses that hire a new employee. The Governor has directed the State Department of Labor and Empire State Development to work with local workforce development agencies to promote the available federal training dollars in every region of the state. The Administration will partner with employers which used these grants in the past to hire long-term unemployed workers as a way to promote the proven record of job creation this type of funding can bring.
The federal grant is the second "On-the-Job Training" grant given to New York State. New York was nationally recognized last year for its work using this type of grant to help unemployed individuals find jobs, and additional funding was granted to New York to expand its back-to-work initiatives.
State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, "The Governor’s multi-pronged initiative to help New Yorkers who are struggling with long-term unemployment will offer proven resources to help them find work. Getting a job can be a tremendous hurdle – especially if you’ve been out of work for more than 26 weeks and New York State is here to help."
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said, "Helping the unemployed find work should be job number one, and these federal dollars will do just that. New York has a long record of finding innovative ways to help the unemployed find work, and we are continuing in that tradition."
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, "Governor Cuomo’s plan to leverage these federal dollars is an important step forward towards addressing the long-term unemployment crisis. Congress must come together and take charge of job creation for the short and long-term unemployed as its own."
U.S. Representative Nita Lowey said, "The longer someone has been out of work, the more difficult it becomes to find a job. We must not be content to watch our neighbors suffer long-term unemployment when we have the opportunity to help. I commend Governor Cuomo for this innovative effort to promote hiring and help the long-term unemployed connect with job opportunities."
U.S. Representative José E. Serrano said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo for his innovative responses to the dire problem of people who have been out of work for long periods of time. People in this situation often need a helping hand to get out of the catch-22 that long-term unemployment can become. With these bold plans for action, our state will become a national leader in dealing with this issue and help a great number of people in the process."
U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy said, "The rise in the long-term unemployed is a consequence of the recent economic downturn that must be addressed. I’m glad that a significant amount of federal funding will go to help the long-term unemployed find jobs and I’m grateful that Governor Cuomo has been such an effective steward of this money – I’m confident that it will help connect yet more New Yorkers to more jobs in the days ahead."
U.S. Representative Tim Bishop said, "Returning the long-term unemployed to the workforce is a top national priority, and I strongly support federal funding to help employers find the skilled workers they need among the chronically unemployed. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his innovative plan to leverage federal resources to put New York back to work."
Further, the Governor’s initiative will include a Mobile Reemployment Response Team to target areas that have the highest rate of long-term unemployment in New York. The team will set up one and two day operations at libraries, schools and community centers. Unemployment insurance recipients who have received 27 or more weeks of benefits to date will be invited, although all New Yorkers will be welcome. Services will be tailored to the long-term job seeker and include resume writing and interviewing, skills matching, tailored job leads and training opportunity counseling, amongst other services. Prior to arriving, the specialized team will use DOL’s local business service representatives to canvass local employers for job opportunities that meet the terms of the federal grant.
The Mobile Reemployment Response Team is an enhanced version of the state’s Rapid Response team. Rapid Response has a proven record of helping laid-off workers find jobs. Since January 2011, Rapid Response teams have met with thousands of newly laid-off New Yorkers and helped connect 9,800 individuals to jobs.
Over the next month, the Mobile Reemployment Response Team will travel to the following upstate locations where its directive is to meet with at least 25% of the local population afflicted with long-term unemployment. Multiple New York City and Long Island locations will be announced by early October. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:
Monday, October 1 – St. Lawrence County
8 Clarkson Avenue, Potsdam NY
Wednesday, October 3 – Montgomery County
Minden Town Hall
134 Highway 80, Fort Plain, NY
Thursday, October 4 – Monroe County
Monroe Community College, Flynn Campus Center
1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY
Tuesday, October 9 – Orleans County
Genesee Community College, Medina Campus
11470 Maple Ridge Road, Genesee, NY
Friday, October 12 – Erie County
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY
Monday, October 15 – Fulton County
Johnstown Public Library
38 South Market Street, Johnstown, NY
Thursday, October 18 – Albany County
4 Everett Road Ext., Albany, NY
Friday, October 19 – Westchester County
New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY
New Yorkers interested in learning more about these initiatives can visit http://www.labor.ny.gov/careerservices/reemploy.shtm or call (888) 4-NYSDOL (888-469-7365)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a selection review team for the new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee. The review team will include internationally renowned artists and architects, under the auspices of the New York State Council of the Arts, who will review proposed bridge designs as well as assist local community leaders and transportation experts in the evaluation process.
The artists and experts who will review the designs include:
· Jeffrey Koons, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
· Richard Meier, a Pritzker Prize winning architect and Gold Medal awardee for architecture from the Academy of Arts and Letters
· Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
· Keith Brownlie, an internationally acclaimed bridge designer
"Another day, another big step toward building a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee which will be stronger, safer, better as well as one which will live up to the beauty and splendor of the Hudson River," Governor Cuomo said. "For this project, we are creating a different kind of review team – it’s a team that combines technical experts, architectural experts, local experts as well as artists to ensure the new bridge is the best choice and fit for the region."
The selection process will evaluate the technical quality of the proposals in conjunction with pricing information, to identify the proposal that offers the best value to New York State. The "best value" approach, made possible by the design-build legislation enacted by Governor Cuomo last year, looks at factors such as design and long-term quality of the project to ensure that the proposal chosen meets the needs of the region, the transportation system and toll payers.
Specifically, the selection review team will be evaluating the best value of each bid based on criteria stated in the RFP, which generally include:
· Best price for toll payers
· Bridge structure and design
· Investment in future transit options, including BRT and rail
· Traffic management plan
· Plan for working collaboratively with community and local stakeholders
· Ability to meet strict environmental requirements
· Construction plan
· Bridge lifespan
· Geotechnical for bridge foundations
· History and experience of design-build team
The review team members will undergo rigorous procurement training before beginning the bid evaluation process as required by federal procurement law. Once the evaluation process is complete, the review team has a number of options before it sends a final recommendation to the Governor. The team can:
· Recommend one of the three bids submitted in July
· Authorize negotiations with one or more bidders based on its submission
· Authorize a request for a best and final offer from multiple bidders.
When the review team has made its recommendation, a final formal decision will be made by the Thruway Authority, subject to the approval of its Board.
MEMBERS OF BRIDGE DESIGN AESTHETIC TEAM
Jeffrey Koons: Artist
Internationally recognized artist Jeff Koons is widely known for his iconic sculptures Rabbit and Balloon Dog as well as his monumental floral works Puppy and Split-Rocker. His work has been exhibited extensively around the world. Working with everyday objects, his work revolves around themes of self-acceptance and transcendence. Koons has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Most recently, the Royal Academy of Arts presented Koons with the John Singleton Copley Award, Governor Ed Rendell presented Koons with The Governor’s Awards for the Arts - Distinguished Arts Award, and President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d’Honneur. He has become a fervent advocate for protecting children and has served six years on the board of directors for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). With both the International and National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children, Mr. Koons developed the Koons Family International Law and Policy Institute in 2007, with the purpose of combating child abduction and exploitation. Koons lives and works in New York City.
Mr. Koons said, "As an artist I'm honored to participate as a voice to try to help assure an aesthetic Tappan Zee Bridge project. It's a wonderful opportunity for our generation to contribute to a project that will not only enhance everyday life but help define a sense of place for New York."
Richard Meier: Architect
Richard Meier received his architectural training at Cornell University and established his own office in New York City in 1963. Since that time his international practice has encompassed major cultural and civic commissions as well as private residences and corporate and academic facilities. He has received the highest honors in the field including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the Gold Medals of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects as well as the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association. He is best known for the Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Jubilee Church in Rome. His current work includes the Mitikah Office Tower in Mexico City, Mexico; a condominium complex in Jesolo, Italy; the Rothschild tower in Tel Aviv, Israel; two residential towers in Tokyo, Japan; two hospitality and commercial projects in Mexico; a hotel in South Korea; a condominium tower in Taiwan; the Leblon Offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and private residences in Europe, Asia and North America.
Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Since becoming the ninth Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009, Thomas P. Campbell has pursued an agenda that focuses on scholarship and accessibility. These priorities maintain the Museum’s excellence in its exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and permanent collections, while encouraging new thinking about the visitor experience. Prior to his appointment, Campbell was a curator in the Metropolitan's Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts for 14 years, where he organized two major exhibitions on Renaissance and Baroque tapestry.
Mr. Campbell said, "I was very pleased to be asked by Governor Cuomo to become a member of the artistic design committee for the new bridge. I am well aware—as a former resident of the Hudson Valley and as director of a great museum holding a distinguished collection of Hudson River School paintings, which portray the majestic beauty of the region—of the great significance that the project holds from a practical as well as aesthetic standpoint. It’s a privilege to work on a project so important to New York, one that will serve such an important practical purpose while preserving and honoring the scale and scenery of the area."
Alison Spear AIA, LEED AP : Architect
Alison Spear is a local and LEED certified architect licensed to work in New York as well as other states and is presently a Senior Designer with Ennead Architects, (formerly James Polshek & Partners), in New York City. Spear was formerly the principal of her architectural and design firm, Alison Spear AIA in Wappingers Falls, New York City and Miami, Florida. She has taught at several universities including University of Miami School of Architecture, Parson’s School of Design and a visiting critic Syracuse University School of Architecture and University of Toronto. She has received several awards including the Design Star Award from the Design Center of the Americas and was named the 2005 Interior Architect of the Year by the American Institute of Architects. Spear is a resident of the Hudson Valley.
Keith Brownlie: Bridge Architect
Keith Brownlie is a leading international Bridge Architect specializing in the design of major infrastructure and engineering projects worldwide. He has been responsible for shaping numerous landmark bridge structures including the Gateshead Millennium and Twin Sails Bridges in the United Kingdom, the Metsovitikos Crossing in Greece and the Sutong Yangtze River Bridge in China. He has also directed the architectural design of many significant infrastructure projects including High Speed One rail link in the UK and the 18km Fehmarnbelt Tunnel between Germany and Denmark, as well as super high rise buildings such as the 1450ft Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China. Projects with which he has been involved have received the highest international architecture and engineering awards, including the RIBA Stirling Prize in the United Kingdom, the Arthur G. Hayden Medal in the United States and the Balthasar Neumann Prize in Germany. Brownlie graduated from Brighton School of Architecture and the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow University. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and a member of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineers.
Thomas Wermuth: Director, Hudson River Valley Institute & Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Marist College
Thomas Wermuth is a published expert on the social and economic history of the Hudson Valley. He is editor of the book series, “The Hudson River Valley: An American Region,” which focuses on the history, culture, literature and tourism of the Valley. He was an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of New York State and author of Rip Van Winkle's Neighbors: The Transformation of Rural Society in the Hudson River Valley and edited America's First River: The Hudson, published by the State University of New York Press. He serves on the Executive Board of the New York Academy of History and is chair of the editorial board of the Hudson River Valley Review. He resides in Harrison, Westchester County.
MEMBERS OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE
Brandon Sall, Chairman of Selection Committee
Brandon Sall is a member of the Thruway Board of Directors and a partner at Sall & Geist and Gellert & Rodner, located in White Plains. Sall has vast experience with real estate law and knowledge of the process involved with land transactions. He is admitted to the Bar in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Sall received his B.B.A from the University of Miami and attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He resides in Harrison.
Nuria Fernandez is Chief Operating Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). She previously served as Senior Vice President of CH2M Hill, a firm that provides engineering, construction, and operations services for businesses and governments throughout the world. Prior to that, Fernandez served as Commissioner for the Chicago Airport System, where she directed all airport operations, planning, engineering, and management services for O'Hare and Midway International Airports, the second busiest airport system in the world. She has also served in executive positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and the Chicago Transit Authority.
Joan McDonald is Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation. Commissioner McDonald previously served as commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Connecticut, as Senior Vice President of Transportation for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and as the Vice President in charge of New York and New Jersey at Jacobs Engineering. She began her transportation career as Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Traffic Operations for the New York City DOT and as the Director of Capital and Long Range Planning for the MTA Metro-North Railroad.
Karen Rae is Deputy Secretary for Transportation in the Executive Chamber. Prior to joining the Cuomo Administration, she served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration in the Obama Administration, where she managed the federal high speed rail initiative and developed national freight and passenger rail policy. She also served as Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, including negotiating and executing the multi-billion dollar public-private partnership contract for the Dulles rail project. She was previously General Manager of transit systems in Austin, Texas, Glens Falls and Buffalo. Rae was also Deputy Commissioner of Policy and Planning at the New York State DOT, where she was responsible for finance, planning and policy, and Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania DOT, where she led the creation of a streamlined, performance-based funding program for transit.
Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef
County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef has designated County Commissioner of Planning Thomas B. Vanderbeek, P.E., to represent Rockland County on the Selection panel. Vanderbeek has a wealth of experience with respect to facilities and water supply planning, having successfully worked with major governmental agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as Rockland County’s towns and villages. He is a licensed professional engineer specializing in civil and environmental engineering as well as water resources planning. For eight years, he was a member of the Rockland County Planning Board. Vanderbeek also served as Stony Point Town Engineer and was project manager and engineer in the development of sewer systems in western Ramapo, overseeing environmental impact study, survey and design. Vanderbeek has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and is a member of the state Fire Prevention and Building Codes Council, the Rockland County Parks Commission and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
County Executive Rob Astorino has designated County Department of Planning Commissioner Edward Buroughs to represent Westchester County on the Selection panel. Buroughs’s career has since 1980 focused on municipal planning in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, following earlier experience in county and town governments in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the county staff in 1994, he served as Director of Planning for the towns of Somers and Lewisboro in Westchester and as consulting town planner for the town of Carmel in Putnam County. He earned a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a
B.A. from the University of Delaware.
Village of South Nyack Mayor Tish Dubow
Mayor Tish Dubow has designated Richard L. Kohlhausen to represent the Village of South Nyack on the Selection panel. Kohlhausen was appointed to the SUNY Rockland Community College Board of Trustees by Governor Pataki and was reappointed by Governor David Paterson. He also serves as President of the Board of Nyack Hospital, and formerly served as President of the Nyack School Board and as a Member of the Board of the Edwin Gould Academy in Ramapo. A West Virginia native, Kohlhausen moved to Rockland more than 30 years ago and currently resides in South Nyack. He has worked as a chemical engineer in the pharmaceutical industry, and now works in the insurance industry for Capitol Risk Management Services, Ltd. in Nanuet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from New York University and an M.B.A. from Iona College, New York.
Village of Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell
Mayor Drew Fixell has designated David Aukland to represent the Village of Tarrytown on the Selection panel. Aukland is a member of the Village's five-person Planning Board, to which he was appointed in 2006. His work for the Village has included reviews of the implications of various Tappan Zee Bridge replacement proposals with the Mayor and other officials, as well as other activities relating to the future development of the Village. Prior to his formal association with the Village of Tarrytown, Aukland worked for IBM. After early work in the United Kingdom, he spent fifteen years at the company's European headquarters in Paris, France.
Al Bielher is a Distinguished Service Professor of Transportation Systems and Policy at the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University, Executive Director of the University Transportation Center, and an adjunct professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the Engineering College at Carnegie Mellon. He previously served for eight years as Secretary of the Pennsylvania DOT, leading an organization that operated the nation’s fifth largest state highway system and administered one of the country’s largest grant programs for mass transit, rail freight, and aviation. As Secretary, he launched a program known as Smart Transportation to streamline and stabilize Pennsylvania’s transit program. In 2009, Biehler was elected President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, where he helped to create the State Smart Transportation Initiative to assist state transportation agencies wishing to accelerate sustainable practices. Prior to his post at DOT, he was a Vice President with the international transportation consulting firm DMJM-Harris, where he was project manager for preliminary engineering of the North Shore LRT Connector project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Director of Planning and Preliminary Engineering for extension of the Tren Urbano rail system in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Earlier, Biehler was Director of Planning, Engineering and Construction at Port Authority of Allegheny County, in charge of the agency’s $500 million capital improvement program. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a masters-equivalent Certificate in Highway Transportation from Yale University. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.
Gene McGovern is widely known and respected as a manager of large construction projects. In 1979, he co-founded Lehrer McGovern Inc., which ultimately became a part of the construction industry leader now known as Bovis Lend Lease. Lehrer McGovern was the construction manager for the mid-1980s restoration of the Statue of Liberty, and worked on other high-profile projects including renovations of Grand Central Station and Ellis Island and the construction of Euro Disney and London’s Canary Wharf business district.
Robert Yaro is President of Regional Plan Association (RPA), the nation's oldest independent metropolitan policy, research, and advocacy group. He led development of and co-authored RPA's Third Regional Plan, A Region at Risk, and has authored and co-authored numerous papers and articles on planning and infrastructure for the five boroughs of New York City and the metropolitan region. He founded and co-chairs America 2050, RPA's initiative to create a national development and infrastructure plan. He is co-chair of the Empire State Transportation Alliance, on the board of the Forum for Urban Design, and an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Yaro holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Wesleyan University. In addition to leading RPA, Yaro is a professor of practice at the University of Pennsylvania and has consulted on city and regional planning issues across the United States and in Europe, China, Japan, Turkey, and North Africa.
Mark Roche, Senior Technical Advisor
Mark Roche is a Principal of Arup and leads its Highways Business in the Americas. A civil and structural engineer, Mr. Roche has worked in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Americas on a wide range of complex multi-disciplinary bridge, rail and highway projects where innovation and constructability have been key issues. His bridge experience includes post-tensioned segmental, arch and cable-stayed plus other more common bridge forms. He has extensive experience with bridges and other structures in high seismic activity zones and areas of high environmental forces. He brings innovation and value to projects with his knowledge of bridge aesthetics, risk and extensive experience on design-build projects.
Robert Brownstein, Procurement Expert
Robert Brownstein is Vice President of AECOM and an internationally-recognized expert with 40 years of experience in infrastructure related industries, with particular expertise in procurement and project development. He has served as a procurement advisor for numerous public agencies throughout the United States and other countries. He is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the world.
Steven Polan, Counsel to the Selection Committee
Steven Polan is a partner at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. He represents government agencies and contractors worldwide in the development and construction of significant transportation infrastructure projects. He was general counsel for an international construction and engineering company, and previously served as Commissioner of Sanitation for the City of New York and as General Counsel of the MTA.
Jay Bayersdorfer is the Chief Estimator for AECOM NYC Metro and has over 29 years of experience in all types of heavy and civil construction. His experience includes planning, costing and implementation of heavy/highway projects, underground utility construction, complex excavations for underground structures, earth support systems, slurry walls, groundwater control, environmental remediation, heating, energy, and ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Donald Phillips is a Principal of Arup, a member of the Arup Americas Board and Chair of Arup's Transport Market in the Americas, with a particular focus on major projects in the fields of transport, civil structures, bridges, tunnels and heavy civil engineering. He currently holds senior management and engineering positions on a number of projects that include Lake Mead Intake #3, A30 P3 Highway project in Montreal, and California High Speed Rail Los Angeles to Fresno Segments. He was chairman of the Association of California High Speed Trains. He also acts as a reviewer and provides support and expert advice on major infrastructure projects and has been an expert on several legal cases.
Robert Conway is an environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in the environmental assessment of complex infrastructure and development projects. He has led the environmental review and permitting processes for a number of major transportation projects in the region including the Long Island Rail Road Eastside Access Project, New York State DOT Route 9A Reconstruction Project, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey World Trade Center Permanent Path Terminal and Bayonne Bridge, the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak Portal Bridge Project, and New York City DOT Belt Parkway Bridges Program.
Thomas Kellerman, CFA
Thomas Kellerman, CFA is a senior vice president with Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors. He pioneered a methodology to evaluate and optimize project finance deals and developed an analytical tool based on this methodology. He has years of experience in asset valuation, capital markets, simulation modeling, risk analysis and mitigation and financial structuring. He has worked on a wide range of public sector projects including the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Goethals Bridge Replacement Project and Illinois DOT Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass, as well as a range of major projects for the Florida Department of Transportation. He has a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey A. Parker
Jeffrey Parker is a senior managing director of Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors. One of the nation’s leading advisors on public-private partnerships and financial planning for transportation projects, he played a key role in helping to bring to fruition projects including the Port of Miami Tunnel and I-595 public-private partnerships and the Miami Intermodal Center, the largest intermodal complex in the U.S. He is currently an advisor on the Georgia Multi-Modal Transportation Project, a mixed-use redevelopment and intermodal complex in downtown Atlanta. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert L. Megna is New York State's Budget Director, where he is responsible for the overall development and management of the State’s fiscal policy, including overseeing the preparation of budget recommendations for all State agencies and programs, economic and revenue forecasting, tax policy, fiscal planning, capital financing and management of the State’s debt portfolio, as well as pensions and employee benefits. Mr. Megna previously served as the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, responsible for overseeing the collection and accounting of more $90 billion in State and local taxes, the administration of State and local taxes, including New York City and City of Yonkers income taxes and the processing of tax returns, registrations and associated documents.
Before joining the Department of Taxation and Finance, Mr. Megna served as head of the Economic and Revenue Unit of the New York State Division of Budget, as Assistant Commissioner for Tax Policy for the Commonwealth of Virginia, as Director of Tax Studies for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and as Deputy Director of Fiscal Studies for the Ways and Means Committee of the New York State Assembly.
Tony Canale has been involved in managing a wide range of design projects covering transportation, private development, and public structures. He has been responsible for traditional geotechnical studies, such as laboratory testing of undisturbed soil samples, consolidation settlement estimates, slope stability analyses, seepage analyses, and rock bolting design. Canale’s design projects have included foundation recommendations for high-rise structures in Manhattan such as One Bryant Park, the New York Times headquarters and Times Square Tower. He has been involved in projects that required piled foundations and caissons such as the new Mets baseball stadium, Citi Field, and the East River Plaza Retail Center in upper Manhattan. He has also worked on the Tappan Zee Bridge Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) project over the past nine years. During that time, he has supervised several subsurface investigations and the recently completed pile installation demonstration program, and was the primary author of several foundation related reports that were included in the EIS report.
Tony Kiefer is a project manager and project principal for geotechnical and civil engineering projects with AECOM. He is responsible for management and principal review of complex projects, and his experience includes scheduling, design of explorative programs, supervision of support personnel, and writing and reviewing of reports with engineering recommendations.
Hugh Lacy is a partner with Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE). He is an expert in underpinning, protecting existing structures during adjacent construction, and ground freezing technology. He was instrumental in developing the frozen soil testing capability for MRCE's in-house soil laboratory as a state-of-the art facility, and the only private lab in the United States that offers these services. He directs numerous high profile projects involving tunnels, subways and shafts, bridge foundations, building foundations and deep basements, wastewater facilities, dams, and the majority of the firm's work in Washington, DC. He specializes in geotechnical investigations, analysis of probable foundation performance, pile foundation performance, pile foundations, design and construction of building and waste water facility foundations, railroad structures and tunnels, associated dewatering and excavation support including ground freezing.
Peter W. Denton
Peter Denton is an attorney with Nossaman’s Infrastructure Practice Group, advising clients on design-build and other innovative contracts for development of major transportation projects. These projects include the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s intercity passenger rail system, the Virginia DOT Midtown Tunnel project, the North Carolina DOT I-77 HOT Lanes project, the Georgia DOT West by Northwest Managed Lanes Project and the Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit District’s commuter rail project.
Tom Cascino is Vice President in charge of AECOM’s upstate New York transportation business practice, covering all design and construction inspection services. He has worked on multiple design-build projects, including the Gauley Bridge in West Virginia, and has a wide breadth of experience with staff throughout the region and with various New York State agencies, including the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State DOT.
Charles Dwyer is a Program Director with AECOM with over 20 years of experience in the procurement and management of design-build projects. His skills include planning, design and construction of highways and bridges, and he formerly worked as the design-build project manager at the South Carolina DOT for the new Ravenel Bridge mega-project in Charleston. His responsibilities included budget, schedule, quality, public relations, partner/dispute resolution, and environmental agency coordination.
David Palmer is a principal consultant to Arup. He has extensive U.S. and international experience in the planning, design and construction of major infrastructure projects in rail transit, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, ports and harbors. He has recently been principal-in-charge for the design of Second Avenue Subway and Fulton Street Transit Center in New York City and the Tappan Zee Corridor. He provided construction management for New Jersey Transit new Hudson River tunnels, the California High Speed Rail Los Angeles to Fresno segments, and numerous other projects throughout the Americas.
Operations & Security
Jerry Gluck is a senior manager at AECOM with more than 30 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering. His vast experience comes from both the private and governmental sectors and includes highway operations/planning, access management and system analysis. He has directed major studies including the Long Island Expressway Capacity Improvement Project, and has a unique knowledge of access management from his involvement supporting numerous state DOTs.
Mr. Gunalan is a vice president of global alternative delivery with AECOM with 30 years of engineering and construction experience throughout North America. He has served on both the owner’s and contractor’s sides in many alternative delivery projects, and most recently as the lead for development of technical requirements for the $1 billion Presidio Parkway public-private partnership project in California.
Peter Matusewitch is an associate engineer with Arup, with expertise in structural design, rehabilitation, planning studies, cost estimates and inspection of fixed and movable bridges. His strength is in the technical leadership of diverse aspects of planning and design of bridges. He served as the technical coordinator for an Airport Taxiway Bridge in Cancun, Mexico and for two major river crossings on a 42km-long design-build-operate project to extend Autoroute 30 around Montreal, Quebec. The coordination included seismic design, foundations, prestressed concrete beam fabrication issues and environmental issues.
Mark Swatta is a market segment director for AECOM’s Alterative Delivery Group and a structural engineer with over 39 years of project delivery experience. His diverse background includes structural analysis, design, and construction and project management capabilities, particularly in the transportation industry. He was recently a project director on Florida’s $1 billion Port of Miami Tunnel public-private partnership project.
Dr. Arnold Bloch
Dr. Arnold Bloch is the principal in charge of the New York Office of Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates (HSH), and has more than 36 years of experience in the private, public, and academic sectors. At HSH, he has overseen hundreds of public involvement projects, including many projects for state DOTs, and most recently he has been in charge of HSH’s efforts on the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Environmental Review and the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project.
Jennie Granger serves as a project manager and planning market segment leader for AECOM. Her focus includes project coordination of major fast-paced National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) projects with extensive public involvement programs. She also specializes in preparation and review of various forms and documentation for NEPA and natural, cultural, and socio-economic resources; coordination of instruction efforts; and preparation and compilation of administrative records for litigation.
Roadway Design Advisors
Philip Cremin is currently Assistant Chief Civil Engineer at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. He has over 30 years of experience in civil engineering design at the Port Authority. He has held his current position for the past seven years, overseeing approximately forty staff members. Cremin has worked on the Goethals Bridge and Bayonne Bridge replacement programs and is currently overseeing the civil design for the LaGuardia Redevelopment Program and the Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal A Program. He was on the Port Authority committee responsible for the development of sustainable design guidelines for infrastructure-type projects. In addition, he directs the agency’s pavement management program.
Structural Design Advisors
Jamey Barbas is a design manager for major design build and public-private partnership projects for Hardesty & Hanover. Her 28 years of experience in bridge design, construction and inspection have a special emphasis on complex and long-span suspension bridges. She has worked on many award-winning alternative delivery projects, including acting as the bridge design manager for the major bridges across Autoroute 30 in Montreal, one of the largest public-private partnership bridges in North America.
George Christian is currently a transportation quality control engineer with AECOM. He is a structural technical advisor on bridge projects and for design build proposal development, which includes developing design concepts for complex bridges. Before joining AECOM, he had over 38 years of engineering management experience in varied bridge planning, design, construction and evaluation activities in the New York State DOT Office of Structures.
Angus Low is a consultant with Arup with over 30 years of experience with long-span bridges over shipping channels, in a variety of roles as designer, checker, assessor, tender assessor or technical advisor. His extensive experience covers many countries and includes many design build and alternative delivery bridge projects, such as the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in China and the Second Severn Crossing in England and Wales.
Ken Wheeler is a transportation industry director with AECOM with over 35 years of experience in bridge engineering, particularly for major bridge projects. His experience includes particular emphasis on design build projects and encompasses concrete and composite steel cable-stayed, pre-stressed concrete box girder, composite steel box girder and composite steel truss bridges.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Federal Highway Administration has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) approving the state's plan for a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee. This federal approval completes the last step in the review of the project's environmental impact, allowing the state to move forward with implementing a plan to build a new bridge.
"In less than a year, the project to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge was expedited by President Obama, public hearings were held, the environmental review process was completed, and now the federal government has approved the plan," Governor Cuomo said. "With this major milestone, New York once again is demonstrating that we can make government work efficiently and effectively for the people of the state, and we can take a large step toward building a safer, better and more reliable bridge."
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said, "The construction of this new bridge will create thousands of jobs. It's a prime example of what President Obama called 'an America built to last.' When completed, it will make travel safer and more efficient in one of the nation's busiest areas – setting the stage for economic growth for years to come."
Congresswoman Nita Lowey said, "A new Tappan Zee Bridge is critical to move people and goods safely and efficiently throughout our state and the region. Today's signing is a hugely important step on the road to better transportation options for residents of Westchester and Rockland Counties and others. I will continue working with Governor Cuomo to ensure the federal government does its part to help New York with this project of national importance."
Congressman Eliot Engel said, "The Tappan Zee Bridge is a vital link for the upstate, downstate, and New England economies, and is the backbone to our region's transportation system. A replacement bridge is necessary for the safety of all New Yorkers, but our local communities also deserved a say in this project which will profoundly affect their homes and quality of life. I believe all voices have been heard, and the project has done everything possible to minimize the adverse effects of the project on residents. This project is very important and necessary to the Hudson Valley region and beyond, I commend everyone involved in the planning of the project for their hard work, and Governor Cuomo for his leadership in moving it forward. I look forward to the long-overdue groundbreaking in the near future."
Representatives from a dozen federal and state agencies were in daily contact and met weekly throughout the environmental review process leading to the ROD. Federal agencies involved include the Federal Highway Administration; Environmental Protection Agency; National Marine Fisheries Service; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. State agencies involved include the Department of Environmental Conservation; Department of State; Office of General Services; Thruway Authority; Department of Transportation; and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Environmental review of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project was accelerated after the project was fast-tracked by President Obama on October 11, 2011, and all required steps in the process have been completed. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was released on January 24, 2012. In February and March, 1,100 individuals attended public hearings, and 3,000 submitted written comments on the DEIS.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued on August 1, 2012 and contained comprehensive requirements for mitigating environmental and public concerns raised on the impacts of construction. This included environmental protective steps such as use of bubble curtains to protect fish from acoustic effects of pile driving, limits on dredging to avoid peak fish migration and spawning and requiring that a National Marine and Fish Services approved species observer be present during dredging to ensure that any sturgeon captured during dredging are documented and released. As part of the environmental process the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a biological opinion in June stating the project will not be likely to result in jeopardy to the endangered shortnose or Atlantic sturgeon. The FEIS also includes extensive actions to mitigate public concerns, including installing 24-hour video cameras to document the project, noise monitors to measure construction noise and air quality monitors to assess emissions.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer said, "This is another important step forward that demonstrates the federal government's commitment to this project and Governor Cuomo's leadership in addressing the issues necessary to make the new bridge a reality."
Senator Jeffrey Klein said, "This is a huge milestone for building a new bridge. Many federal agencies, including environmental agencies like Fish and Wildlife, have comprehensively reviewed this project and are now giving their sign off. This demonstrates that the federal government is fully confident that we can build a new bridge in a way that accommodates the community needs while protecting our environment. Today is another reminder of the Governor's unprecedented success in making a new Tappan Zee Bridge a reality."
Senator David Carlucci said, "Today's Record of Decision signing for the Final Environmental Impact Statement is an important milestone in the process of rebuilding a stronger Tappan Zee Bridge. I commend Governor Cuomo for issuing this plan that will ensure the right environmental protections are put in place and make certain this project remains transparent as we work to rebuild a safer, stronger bridge for future generations to enjoy."
Assembly Member Sandy Galef said, "The Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement is such an important project. I am grateful that President Obama recognized this as a priority project, that Governor Cuomo has expedited the necessary processes to move it forward, and that we can stop talking and start building in the foreseeable future. This next step is important to allow us to take action to put a safe, viable structure in place that will help our transportation network and our economy for decades to come."
Assembly Member J. Gary Pretlow said, "The signing of the joint ROD and SEQRA Findings Statement is a huge step forward for the plan to replace the Tappan Zee, and it represents an extraordinary achievement by Governor Cuomo and the state and federal officials who collaborated closely to get this done on an accelerated timetable."
Assembly Member Amy Paulin said, "I want to credit the Governor for his leadership in moving this important project forward. The Tappan Zee Bridge is critical to the economic and social well-being of all New Yorkers, from the metropolitan area to Buffalo and beyond."
Assembly Member George Latimer said, "This is the latest in a string of examples that has shown how effective Governor Cuomo and his team are in delivering results for taxpayers in line with what they deserve. Hudson Valley residents all understand the critical nature of building a new Tappan Zee Bridge now and we are thankful that the Governor has made this a priority and worked across many layers of government to move the process along. Like many other issues that have faced this State, the Governor has brought stakeholders to the table, taken feedback and made intelligent decisions that have clearly benefited New Yorkers and the result this time will be an improvement in local infrastructure and an infusion of much needed economic development."
Assembly Member Ellen Jaffee said, "The signing of the Record of Decision is a milestone in the process toward making the construction of the new TZ Bridge a reality. Moving forward, working with the river village communities, this will provide economic opportunities, while safeguarding the environmental impacts on the community and our precious Hudson River."
Assembly Member Robert Castelli said, "As an environmentalist, I am pleased that many federal agencies, like the Fish and Wildlife Service, have comprehensively reviewed this project and are now ready to sign off, without having taken any shortcuts. This once again demonstrates that our Federal government is confident that we can build this new bridge in a way that is responsible to the community and offers the best protections for the environment. My hat is off to Governor Cuomo and his team for having accomplished another milestone, proving more can be done in ten months than the past thirteen years when a dynamic leader, working with bipartisan cooperation, puts public service ahead of politics."
Assembly Member Shelley Mayer said, "I am pleased that we have reached this important milestone in the construction process of the Tappan Zee Bridge. With federal agencies, including environmental agencies, having comprehensively reviewed the plans, we can confidently move forward in building a new bridge that is so essential for our regional economy."
Marsha Gordon, President & CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, said, "Today's event represents another major milestone in building a new Tappan Zee Bridge. Many federal agencies, including environmental agencies such as the Fish and Wildlife Services, have comprehensively reviewed the project and their support clearly demonstrates that a new bridge can be built in a way that is both responsible to the community and protective of the environment."
Ross J. Pepe, President of Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc., said, "Receipt of the Federal Record of Decision for the Tappan Zee's replacement marks an historic milestone for New York State and a resounding validation of Governor Andrew Cuomo's efforts to expedite the approval process to build a new, safe Hudson River crossing. A new bridge will serve as the gateway for motorists and for the future economic prosperity of the region and the state. Finally, the promise of tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs to build and support the construction program are near at a time of great need. We congratulate the Governor's team of state officials who have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to make this moment come true."
Action Targets Drivers With Repeat Dangerous Driving Convictions
New DMV Rules Among Toughest Licensing Policies in the Nation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today a multi-pronged initiative to keep drivers with a history of repeat alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions off the road.
At the Governor's direction, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will issue new regulations that will give New York among the toughest protections in the nation against drivers who persistently drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
"We are saying 'enough is enough' to those who have chronically abused their driving privileges and threatened the safety of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians," Governor Cuomo said. "This comprehensive effort will make New York safer, by keeping these drivers off our roadways."
Under current law, drivers who are convicted of multiple alcohol or drug related driving offenses cannot permanently lose their licenses. For example, if a driver is convicted of three alcohol or drug related driving offenses within a four year period, or four within an eight-year period, the driver will lose his or her license for as little as five years, and may then apply to be relicensed. Some drivers still have a license even after as many as six or seven alcohol or drug related driving convictions over longer periods of time. The only time a driver really faces losing a license permanently is when he or she has two alcohol or drug related convictions arising from separate crashes involving a physical injury.
These new regulations strengthen DMV's ability to keep dangerous drivers off the road for good.
The regulations call for:
· Lifetime Record Review by DMV
DMV will be able to review the lifetime record of all drivers who apply to have a license reinstated after a revocation.
· Truly Permanent License Revocation for Persistently Drunk & Dangerous Drivers
After conducting a lifetime record review, DMV will deny any application for reinstatement of a license after revocation if the applicant has:
o Five or more alcohol or drug related driving convictions in his or her lifetime
o Three or more alcohol or drug related driving convictions in the last 25 years plus at least one other serious driving offense during that period. A serious driving offense includes: a fatal crash, a driving-related penal law conviction, an accumulation of 20 or more points assessed for driving violations within the last 25 years, or having two or more driving convictions each worth five points or higher.
· Delayed Re-Licensing, Driving Restrictions, & Interlocks for Other Drivers with Repeated Alcohol- or Drug-Related Driving Convictions
For those drivers seeking reinstatement of a license after revocation who have three or four alcohol or drug related convictions but no serious driving offense in the last 25 years, DMV will:
o Deny their applications for five years beyond their statutory revocation period if the applicant's license was revoked for an alcohol or drug related offense; or two additional years if the applicant's license was revoked for a reason other than an alcohol or drug related offense;
o Restore the applicant's license after that additional period as a "restricted" license limiting the applicant's driving to, for example, travel to and from work or medical visits; and
o For those drivers whose revocations stem from an alcohol-related offense, require an interlock on the vehicle driven by the applicant for five years.
· End the Reduction of Mandatory Suspension or Revocation Periods
Currently, repeat drunk drivers whose licenses have been revoked or suspended for six months or a year can nevertheless get their full driving privileges back in as little as seven weeks by completing DMV's Drinking Driver Program. DMV's new regulations will ensure that those drivers cannot obtain their driving privileges until their full term of suspension or revocation has ended.
Every year more than 300 people are killed and over 6,000 are injured on New York's highways as a direct result of alcohol-related crashes. In 2010, 29% of fatal crashes were alcohol-related.
Although the number of alcohol-related crashes involving physical injuries or fatalities has decreased during the last several years, there has been a disturbing increase in the number and percentage of crashes with an injury that involved a driver with three or more alcohol-related driving convictions. In 2010, 28% of the alcohol-related injurious crashes statewide involved someone with three or more alcohol-related convictions. This reflects a marked increase since 2005, when only 22% of the alcohol-related injurious crashes involved a driver with three or more alcohol-related convictions. In short, the problem of persistent repeat DWI offenders has grown.
Crashes involving alcohol are 10 times more likely to cause a fatality than crashes that do not involve alcohol.
Currently, more than 50,000 drivers with valid or suspended licenses have three or more alcohol-related convictions in their lifetimes, and 15,000 of those drivers had their 3 or more alcohol-related convictions in the last 20 years.
Approximately 17,500 licensed drivers who already have three or more alcohol-related convictions have been involved in at least one crash that injured or killed someone after those convictions. These drivers have been involved in over 22,000 crashes that injured or killed someone, resulting in over 500 fatalities.
Barbara J. Fiala, Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee , said, "The Department of Motor Vehicles is proud to be working with Governor Cuomo in a concerted effort to address the problems caused by the most dangerous drivers with a history of repeat alcohol- or drug-related driving offenses. For the safety of all those who share our roads, we believe now is the perfect time to strengthen our regulations and procedures."
As a result of the new DMV regulations, an estimated 20,000 drivers will have their licenses permanently revoked or delayed this year.