Meeting Minutes

March 8, 2007





Mary Brizzell, Town of Colonie

Terri Egan, Town of Bethlehem

Steve Feeney, representing Susan Savage, Schenectady County

Michael Franchini, representing Michael Breslin, Albany County

Kent Gray, Schenectady County

Charles Houghtaling, Albany County

Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission

Mayor Valerie Keehn, City of Saratoga Springs

Mayor John McDonald, City of Cohoes, Chairman

Ray Melleady, Capital District Transportation Authority

Marybeth Pettit, representing Mayor Daniel Dwyer, City of


David Rettig, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1,
  representing Commissioner Astrid Glynn

Beth Secor, Town of Schodack

Phil Serafino, representing Bill Rinaldi, NYS Thruway Authority

Bernard Sisson, representing Mayor Brian Stratton, City of

Mike Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission

Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of Troy

Linda von der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer 




Anne Benware, Capital District Transportation Committee

Judy Breselor, City of Troy

David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee

Tom Kearney, Federal Highway Administration

Sandy Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jim Moore, Town of East Greenbush

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee

Glenn Posca, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jim Rivers, City of Troy

Deborah Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

John Stangle, Town of Colonie

Steve Szantos, Creighton Manning Engineering

Cliff Thomas, NYS Department of Transportation

Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority




Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at approximately 3:05 p.m. and welcomed those in attendance to the CDTC offices. Members and attendees then introduced themselves.




December 7, 2006 Meeting Minutes


The minutes of the December 7, 2006 CDTC meeting were approved as written.


Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report


Chairman McDonald noted that it is CDTC’s practice for the Chairman to annually appoint the Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee for the coming year.


For the 2007-08 fiscal year, he named the following individuals to serve with him: Ray Melleady, CDTA; Charles Houghtaling, Albany County; Bob Phillips, Saratoga County, Tom Werner’s successor, NYSDOT.


The Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee will meet in April.


Nominating Subcommittee Report


John Poorman presented the report from the Nominating Subcommittee.  The Nominating Subcommittee met on March 6.  Members present included Mary Brizzell, Ray Melleady, Kent Gray and John Poorman.


There are three groups of nominations.  The first group of nominations pertains to CDTC's officers for 2007-08. The Nominating Subcommittee enthusiastically recommends re-election of John McDonald as CDTC's Chairman and Bob Phillips as Vice-Chairman.  Tom Werner, DOT Regional Director, would continue the tradition of serving as CDTC's Secretary.  However, Mr. Werner has recently retired; his successor will serve as CDTC’s Secretary.  John Poorman will be acting secretary until that time. There being no other nominations, members elected these individuals for another term and expressed appreciation for their service.


The second group of nominations pertains to CDTC's two at-large positions set aside for towns and villages.  The Nominating Subcommittee nominates Phil Barrett, supervisor of the Town of Clifton Park and Frank Quinn, supervisor of the town of Glenville to serve as members for the coming year.  They have served as alternates over the past year.  Ellen McNulty-Ryan, Mayor of the Village of Green Island and Mark Evers, supervisor of the town of North Greenbush, are nominated to serve as alternates for the coming year.  It is expected that they would be nominated as members for the following year.


Should Ms. McNulty-Ryan or Mr. Evers decline the invitation, James Gaughan, Mayor of the Village of Altamont and Richard McCabe, supervisor of the town of East Greenbush would be asked to serve as alternates.


Some discussion followed regarding Phil Barrett’s position.  John Poorman was notified subsequent to the Nominating Subcommittee meeting that Phil Barrett is now the chair of the Saratoga Board of Supervisors.  The person in this position is automatically on CDTC’s board.  Responsibilities of the Board of Supervisors position, along with Mr. Barrett’s responsibilities as Town Supervisor, might make it difficult for him to be an active CDTC Board member.  If Phil plans to be an active member, then Mindy Warmouth, supervisor of the Town of Halfmoon, would likely take Phil’s place as an at large member.  If Phil cannot be active, then Ms. Warmouth will likely become the Saratoga County representative of CDTC’s Board.  In that event, another Town representative will have to be named; perhaps Paul Sausville, supervisor of the town of Malta or Steve Tommasone, supervisor of the Town of Rotterdam.  John Poorman will speak with Phil Barrett to determine the county and town representation. The membership will be resolved by the next Policy Board meeting.


Members approved these nominations, with the caveats noted above.


The third group of nominations pertains to a single at-large position on CDTC's Planning Committee reserved for towns and villages.  The Nominating Subcommittee nominates Barbara McHugh from the Town of Clifton Park to continue to serve as member for the coming year.  In the interest of full participation in the process, alternate member status is proposed for Kevin Corcoran of Glenville, Kathy Matern of Niskayuna, Steve Watts of Halfmoon, George Leveille of Bethlehem, Heather Mallozzi of Malta, Peter Comenzo of Rotterdam, Keith Manz of Wilton and Jim Moore of East Greenbush.


Members approved these nominations.




Chairman McDonald indicated that CDTC provides an opportunity for visitors to address items on the agenda. There was no request to speak to the Committee.




Mr. Poorman noted that the Planning Committee approved a two-year UPWP last year.  The UPWP material in the mailout package only addresses technical corrections to the UPWP.  Additions to the 2006-08 UPWP include six new Community and Transportation Linkage studies and the Hudson River Crossing task.  Members approved the proposed corrections/amendments.




Batchellerville Bridge


John Poorman noted that this has been a long standing project, but that construction has been dependent upon resolution of ownership, match and finding funding.  This project was inadvertently omitted from the Planning Committee’s TIP discussions.  Dave Rettig reported that NYSDOT has put together an “unusual” set of funds to pay for the project, without impacting the rest of CDTC’s or Region 1’s HBRR program.  The project should remain in the 2007-12 TIP Listings, with these fund sources identified.


NYSDOT/AMTRAK Rail Initiative


Mr. Poorman reported that the NYSDOT/AMTRAK Rail Initiative, including projects A394 (Livingston Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation and A395/S150 (Rensselaer-Schenectady Double Track) have previously been listed in the TIP with no dollars allocated in the TIP.  At this time there are no federal funds allocated to intercity rail projects.  Consequently, these projects have been dropped from the TIP Listing.


Discussions followed regarding this change.  Marybeth Pettit suggested that the bicycle/pedestrian issue on the Livingston Avenue Bridge is a concern of both the city of Albany and the City of Rensselaer and needs to be addressed even if the TIP project is dropped.  John Poorman responded that the Hudson River Crossing project is looking at all Hudson River Crossings (not just the Patroon island Bridge) and that this issue regarding the Livingston Avenue Bridge will likely be addressed.


Mike Stammel indicated that there are Air Quality concerns with the idling trains that can’t proceed without the double track.  Delays also occur because of the single track between Albany and Rensselaer.


CMAQ Programming in the 2007-12 TIP


Mr. Poorman noted that the CDTC Planning Committee revised its estimate of the available CMAQ commitments at its February 21st meeting. The funding available for the new “bundle” of commitments is approximately $4M less than previously estimated.  However, the Planning Committee agreed to recommend that the draft 2007-12 TIP show the full bundle, noting that a slight overprogramming outside the four-year STIP period is acceptable and also noting that CMAQ projects tend to be completed at a slower rate than other projects.  The Planning Committee also recommends that CDTA be provided the latitude to apply for diesel-electric bus purchases with the $8M that was initially restricted solely to the incremental cost of the diesel-electric technology.


Approval for Release for Public Review


Mr. Poorman reported on progress of the 2007-12 TIP Update.  In September, the Planning Committee released a bundle of CMAQ projects for public review.  The status and schedule for all existing projects has been updated.


Once released by the Policy Board, CDTC staff will conduct the Air Quality conformity analysis that is required.  A public review period would then begin concluding in May with final action by the Planning Committee and Policy Board in June.  The CDTC TIP would then be assembled with others to form the statewide TIP (STIP) which is the formal document that receives federal acceptance by October 1st.


During the public review period, the Planning Committee will continue to refine project details. 


Mayor Keehn noted that the City of Saratoga Springs was disheartened to see the construction phase of TIP Project SA88 (NY 50, North of Saratoga Springs Reconstruction) move from the 2009-10 column in the 2005-10 TIP to the Post 2012 column of the 2007-12 TIP. 


Members agreed to release the draft program for public review and comment, incorporating the three changes noted previously (Batchellerville Bridge, Intercity Rail Projects and CMAQ).





SAFETEA-LU regulations require that CDTC have a public participation policy in place.  CDTC staff will work with the Planning Committee on a Public Participation plan if the Policy Board concurs with this approach. Members agreed with this approach.





Capital District Transportation Authority


Ray Melleady reported that CDTA recently released a regional transit map which covers all four counties.  The Transit Development Plan effort was recently completed and can be viewed on CDTA’s website.  He also noted that CDTA staff is working on the BRT Plan and Queue Jumpers.  The first of the BRT hybrid-electric vehicles will be arriving this June; these will be deployed on Route 5. CDTA also submitted several appropriations requests that would fund a bus facility in Saratoga County, a Park and Ride Lot at Exit 16 and an innovative hydrogen demonstration project in partnership with GE.


Capital District Regional Planning Commission


Mike Stammel reported on CDRPC’s involvement in the successful ECOS conference at Union College that was held in February.  CDRPC is also finalizing employment growth scenarios for New Visions work.  CDRPC will publish a report that summarizes the property owner and trail user survey data that was collected this past summer.



New York State Department of Transportation


Dave Rettig reported that Tom Werner has retired; no replacement has been named.  Mr. Rettig further noted that the TIP update has been a difficult process because of the lack of sufficient funding to progress projects other than maintenance projects; he noted that that is the case with the Route 50 project in Saratoga Springs.  Mr. Rettig reported that a public meeting for the I-87 exit 6 reconstruction project is scheduled for April 8th.  A single point interchange will likely be recommended for this exit.  Mr. Rettig also noted that the Round Lake ByPass will be let on March 29th.


Capital District Transportation Committee


John Poorman touched upon the major activities that staff is progressing.  Pieces of the New Visions workgroup reports are being synthesized.  The financial task force has been meeting to identify future funding needs and opportunities.  The New Visions 2030 Plan will assume that funding streams will be identified within the 30 year planning horizon to address infrastructure maintenance needs and modest infrastructure improvements.




The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for 3:00 pm, Thursday June 7, 2007 at the CDTC offices.  There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:05 pm.


Respectfully submitted,




John Poorman

Acting Secretary