NYSACOP TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING
Agenda
May 11, 2022, 11:00 A.M. (Zoom)
  • Meeting Called to Order – 11:00 A.M.
  • Roll Call: Chief Joseph Sinagra, Inspector David Regina, Director of Public Safety Richard Tantalo, Chief (ret.) Daniel Denz (NYSACOP Traffic Safety Services Coordinator), Chief (ret.) Michael Geraci (NYSACOP TSOL), Assistant Chief (ret.) William Georges (NYSACOP TSOL & TSC Chairman).

All present and accounted for.

 

  • Guest Presentation: E-Bikes and Scooters.

Assistant Commissioner Kim Wiley-Schwartz, New York City Department of Transportation, Safety Education & Outreach conducted a presentation focused on the trending issues New York City is facing with E-transportation. She specifically addressed topic areas relating to user safety, the difficulty of enforcement, and the need for updated legislative regulation necessary to combat the rising numbers of injuries and fatalities involving the increased utilization in this mode of travel.

 

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

Motion: Chief Joseph Sinagra
2nd : Inspector David Regina

Approved

 

  • Updates/Status on Previous Agenda Topics:
    • NYS TAP Committee/DRE Issues: (Insp. Regina)

Inspector David Regina related that there is nothing new to report for NYS TAP Committee. He further related that the Suffolk County DRE Class is full and on schedule for June. Chairman Georges related that the plans for the DRE Class slated for later this year in Plattsburg, NY are progressing well and is expected to be a success.

 

    • NYSACOP GTSC Grants – Current and New Grants:

TSOL M. Geraci reported that the 2021-2022 Mid-Year report was successfully submitted, as was the grant proposal for 2022-2023; just waiting on final approval from GTSC.

 

    • NYSACOP Traffic Safety Position Statement and Talking Points:

Chairman Georges related that the Position Statement and Talking Points have been widely dispersed and is on the cover page of the NYSACOP Website. He also informed the TSC about a group in Massachusetts that is attempting to have a new public policy created which will eliminate law enforcement officers from conducting any VTL traffic stops. He said he would forward the information to the TSC members in the near future for their reference.

 

    • Traffic Safety Presentations at NYSACOP Annual Conference:

Chairman Georges confirmed the presentation plans for the annual conference in both the Executive Track and General Assembly Track. Chief Sinagra and Inspector Regina reaffirmed their commitment to participating in the presentation.

 

    • County Crash Dashboard:

Chairman Georges reported that the information on how to access the newly created County Crash Dashboard was distributed to all NYSACOP Traffic Safety Points of Contact. Chief Sinagra stated the program was good, however it only contained one calendar year of crash data. It may be more useful as additional data is built into the system. TSSC Denz asked if NYS Sheriff LEL D’Agostino can be contacted and get a report from him on how many agencies used the Dashboard services during the recent GTSC FY-2023 Grant Application cycle. Chairman Georges said he would contact D’Agostino inquire and report back to the TSC.

 

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

Chairman Georges related that there is a need to get the POC’s more engaged. He stated that TSSC Denz, TSOL Geraci and he are strategizing on how to best accomplish this. He asked the TSC members to formulate some ideas they think might work and we will discuss in more depth at the next TSC Meeting.

 

    • Webinar for National Law Enforcement Liaison Program:

Nothing to report.

 

    • Traffic Safety Engagement and Equity in Enforcement Programs:

Chairman Georges related that GTSC continues to look for diverse populations to focus their programs. We will continue to assist them however we can.

 

  • New Business:
    • GTSC Motorcycle Safety/Education Press Event – May 13, 2022, Troy, N.Y. (Bill)

Chairman Georges reports that Troy PD Chief Daniel DeWolf will attend/represent NYSACOP at the event.  He understands that he will not have a speaking role.  Chairman Georges will also attend.

 

    • 2023 ESLETS Conference Planning Meeting – June 1, 2022:

Chairman Georges reported that TSSC Denz, TSOL M. Geraci and he will be meeting with the NYSP on June 1, 2022, to critique the 2022 Conference and begin preliminary planning strategies for the 2023 Conference. He also asked the TSC members to bring forth ideas relating to this venture, should they have any.

 

    • Updates on Traffic Safety Activities and Training Courses:

Chairman Georges reported that TSSC Denz assisted with a Traffic Safety Fair for the senior classes located in Niagara County. The 2-day event was hosted by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and sponsored by GHSA, GTSC and the Ford Motor Company. The event was a big success.

 

    • Other

Chairman Georges related that on May 4, 2022, all NYSACOP TSC members were polled as to their interest in supporting a draft letter titled “Coalition to Protect New Yorkers From Drugged Driving”. The TSC members unanimously approved a measure to support the letter. Chairman Georges then contacted NYSACOP Executive Director Phelan and NYSACOP President Parisi who concurred, and the letter received the NYSACOP endorsement. Chairman Georges reported that NYSACOP has now been placed on the letter as an official signatory.

 

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

Chairman Georges presented a tentative schedule of holding the next TSC Meeting in person, on Thursday, June 2 nd @ 12:30 P.M. at the Desmond Crowne Plaza, Colonie, N.Y.; then the July meeting in person on Sunday July 24, 2022, at the NYSACOP Conference. Both Chief Sinagra and Inspector Regina stated that they each had unexpected scheduling conflicts arise for the 6/2 meeting and could not attend. Discussion followed and the TSC members agreed on conducting the next meeting on June 14, 2022 @ 11:00 A.M. via Zoom, with the July meeting to take place at the Conference as planned.

 

    • TSC Meetings with Traffic Safety Partners/Guests:

Nothing to report.

 

    • NYSACOP TSC – Recruitment, Diversity and Succession Plan:

Chairman Georges related that we must continue to seek additional TSC members. He reported that he discussed the qualifications for membership with Executive Director Phelan and it was determined that in order to qualify to be a sitting member of the TSC, one must be a member of NYSACOP. If a person was interested in becoming a member of the TSC, and is not a NYSACOP member, they would have to join the organization before they could be considered for appointment.

 

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

Chairman Georges related that he is going to seek “guest” authors to submit future articles and asked the TSC Members to submit ideas they think would make interesting, traffic safety articles and/or podcasts.

 

    • Other:

Nothing further.

 

  • Date of Next Meeting: Tuesday June 14, 2022 @ 11:00 A.M. – via Zoom Meeting

 

  • Adjourn:

Motion: Chief Joseph Sinagra
2nd: Inspector David Regina

 

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