Date: August 12, 2021



Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Policy Board Chair

Capital District Transportation Committee

One Park Place, Albany, NY 12205

(518) 458-2161


Sandra Misiewicz Appointed as New CDTC Executive Director

Misiewicz Replaces Recently Retired Michael Franchini


ALBANY, NY – The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), which is responsible for federal transportation funding and programming in the four-county region of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties, has appointed Sandra Misiewicz as their new Executive Director.

The CDTC established a search committee, advertised nationally, and interviewed qualified candidates during the four-month process to find a replacement for the recently retired Executive Director Michael V. Franchini, who retired from CDTC after nine years of exemplary service.

Misiewicz – the first female to lead the organization – has served CDTC for more than 20 years, first as a Transportation Planner and Senior Transportation Planner, and most recently as Principal Transportation Planner. Misiewicz has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY University at Albany, a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from SUNY University at Albany, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from SUNY Binghamton. Misiewicz serves as the Chair of the New York State Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Safety Working Group, and has also served as a member of the City of Albany Sustainability Advisory Committee and Comprehensive Plan Board, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and American Planning Association.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “The Capital District Transportation Committee plays an integral role in ensuring the walkability and safety of our region’s thoroughfares, and I cannot think of a better person to lead this organization into its next chapter than Sandra Misiewicz. Sandy has the experience, insight, and vision necessary to lead this vital organization, and I look forward to working with her in the years to come.”

CDTA Chief Executive Officer Carm Basile said, “Congratulations to Sandy on this well-deserved promotion. As the region’s mobility provider, CDTA works closely with the CDTC. We are looking forward to a seamless transition and continuing to bring new and innovative ways to travel to the people of the Capital Region under Sandy’s leadership. Sandy’s tenure and expertise will continue to move CDTC and the region forward.”

New York State Department of Transportation Region 1 Director Pat Barnes, P.E. said, “The New York State Department of Transportation is proud to be a part the Capital District Transportation Committee and cherishes our strong working relationship with its member communities as well as the committee’s central staff. We congratulate Sandra on her appointment as CDTC Executive Director and look forward to working together to ensure that the Capital District has an efficient and safe transportation system.”

CDTC Executive Director Sandra Misiewicz said, “I am thrilled to have been selected to be CDTC’s next Executive Director and look forward to working with our many state, regional and local partners to plan for and implement a safe, resilient and modern transportation system. It’s an exciting time to work in the transportation field and hope to continue CDTC’s tradition of fair and impartial transportation planning and project programming.”