NYSACOP TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING
Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls, N.Y.
July 24, 2022, 2:00 PM
Meeting Minutes
  • Meeting Called to Order – 2:00 PM
  • Roll Call:  Chief Joseph Sinagra, Saugerties PD, Inspector David Regina, Suffolk County PD (via telephone), Monroe County Director of Public Safety Richard Tantalo, Chief (ret.) Daniel Denz, West Seneca PD (NYSACOP Traffic Safety Services Coordinator), Chief (ret.) Michael Geraci, Schenectady PD (NYSACOP TSOL), Assistant Chief (ret.) William Georges, Albany PD (NYSACOP TSOL & TSC Chairman)

All members present.

 

  • Guests: No guests scheduled for this meeting.

 

  • Approval of June 14, 2022, Committee Meeting Minutes.

Motion: Chief Sinagra
2nd : Director Tantalo

Approved

 

  • Updates/Status on Previous Agenda Topics:
    • NYS TAP Committee/DRE Issues:

Inspector Regina reported that the DRE training hosted by Suffolk County PD was a huge success. Students did exceptionally well with classroom work and practical exercises during phase II in Jacksonville, Florida.

Chairman Georges related that as of now, there are two additional DRE Trainings scheduled for later this year.

 

    • IACP Impaired Driving & Traffic Safety Conference – August 21-23, San Antonio, TX

Greg Sandbichler, Suffolk County PD and Jon Rivers, Rochester PD have been sponsored to attend the conference. Both are registered and have secured travel for the event.

 

    • GTSC Labor Day Press Event – August 12, NYS Welcome Center, Dix Hills, N.Y.

TSSC Denz reported this press event is still in the planning stages, but everything is almost in place. Officer Tim Thrane from Suffolk County PD has been secured to be the Victim Advocate speaker through the efforts of Inspector Regina. TSSC Denz has set up a Zoom meeting between Officer Thrane and GTSC staff to discuss the event.

TSSC Denz will also be reaching out to our Zone 1 Suffolk County Rep, Chief Martin Flatley, Southold Police Department, and Zone 2 Nassau County Rep, Police Commissioner Kenneth O Jackson, Garden City Police Department, in order to see if they are able to attend on behalf of NYSACOP.

 

    • 2022 Annual New York Highway Safety Symposium – October 26 -28, Colonie, N.Y.

Chairman Georges reported that he contacted GTSC to inform them that we were available to conduct a presentation at the event and GTSC stated they would reach out to NYSACOP if we were needed. Also, Inspector Regina has been contacted re: a presentation at the conference.

 

    • Traffic Safety Points of Contact (POC) Outreach/Initiatives Plan

Chairman Georges reported on the POC webinar we conducted in conjunction with GTSC on July 21, 2022. There were just under 100 participants. Chairman Georges detailed the webinar content and reviews.

 

    • Traffic Safety Engagement and Equity in Enforcement Programs

Chairman Georges reported that immediately following NYSCAOP Conference, he will be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend an IACP Highway Safety Committee meeting. At the request of the Virginia State Association of Chiefs of Police, one of the tentative agenda topics will be discussion by U.S. DOT and NHTSA re: the definition of “equity” as it pertains to traffic enforcement.

 

  • New Business:
    • GTSC Leadership Change & Recent Discussions with Staff/Updates

Chairman Georges outlined the recent reorganization of staffing at GTSC.

 

    • Outreach to Regional Chiefs of Police Associations & Major City Chiefs

Chairman Georges relayed that the Traffic Safety Team is formulating plans to attend regional meetings. TSSC Denz will make a request to NYSACOP Zone Reps to assist with getting the Traffic Safety Team invitations to independent regional meetings in their respective areas.

 

    • DMV Legal Response re: Drivers Participating in Zoom Meetings While Driving

Chairman Georges discussed the inquiry made by Chief Sylvester to DMV regarding the legality of an individual being on a video conference call/meeting while driving and the corresponding response from DMV (circulated to the committee). TSC members discussed possibility of approaching elected officials to address the issue through legislative action. All agreed that we should explore through proper inquiries of the NYSACOP Board.

 

    • National LEL Program Request for Webinar

Chairman Georges related that Tim Burrows, NLELP Director, is requesting that we conduct a webinar, in conjunction with Suffolk County PD, regarding some of their department’s traffic initiatives. Inspector Regina stated that he is willing to take a proposal through proper channels at SCPD and seek approval. Chairman Georges stated he would draft an official request and proposal for Inspector Regina to run up the chain of command.

 

    • DCJS Public Safety Symposium – September 27-29, 2022, Albany, N.Y.

As of this meeting, the NYSACOP Traffic Safety Team will not be attending. TSSC Denz submitted a proposal to conduct a training session, however when notified by DCJS that they accepted, there was a conflict in his schedule and he had to decline.

 

    • Updates on Traffic Safety Activities and Training Courses

Inspector Regina reported on initiatives that Suffolk County PD had recently conducted regarding to drag racing in his jurisdiction.

 

    • Other

Chief Sinagra relayed discussions he has had with the Coalition Against Big Trucks and their inquiry if NYSACOP would be willing to support their initiatives. Chairman Georges suggested that CABT send an official letter explaining what their role is and what they are specifically requesting from NYSACOP, so that the TSC can properly vet and forward to the Board of Governors for approval of any actions. Chief Sinagra stated he will reach out to CABT and have them send an official letter and position statement.

 

  • Follow-up Activities/Assignments:
    • Schedule re: Future TSC Meetings

Chairman Georges suggested a tentative date and time of Tuesday, August 16th, 11:00 A.M. via Zoom meetings. All concurred that they are available.

 

    • TSC Meetings with Traffic Safety Partners/Guests:

No current partners/guests are scheduled at this time

 

    • NYSACOP TSC – Recruitment, Diversity and Succession Plan:

Chairman Georges stated we are still looking for additional members.

 

    • Topics for “Intersections” and podcasts including guest contributors:

Chairman Georges stated he is always looking for, and open to any input on topic matter.

 

    • Other:

Inspector Regina asked Chief Sinagra to update the TSC on the status of the “Less than 21” loophole in the current marijuana possession law. Chief Sinagra reported that he was informed by his legislative contacts that the law was deliberately written as it exists, in order to create the loophole, and to not expect any further legislative action at this point to close the loophole.

 

  • Date of Next Meeting: Tentative – Tuesday, August 16th, 11:00 A.M. (Zoom)

 

  • Adjourn:

Motion: Inspector Regina
2nd: Director Tantalo

 

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