New York State Regional Planning Committees

The mission of the New York State Regional Planning Committees is to plan, coordinate, and administer public-safety radio frequencies so that first responders can communicate free of interference, enabling them to better serve and protect our residents in times of need.

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region 8Regional Planning Committee 8

 

RPC 8

The Region 8 700-MHz Regional Planning Committee encompasses the following areas of downstate, New York and northern New Jersey.

New York State Counties:
Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland Suffolk, Sullivan Ulster, and Westchester.

New Jersey Counties:
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

 

RPC 8 Map

 

In addition to the area encompassed by the Region 8 700-MHz Committee, the Region 8 800-MHz Committee includes the following four (4) counties in Connecticut; Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, and New Haven.

 

 

 

 

Region 8 700-MHz Contacts

Region 8 700-MHz

  • Lieutenant Anthony Melia - FCC Region 8 700-MHz Chairman

    New Jersey State Frequency Coordinator
    APCO New Jersey Frequency Coordinator
    Essex County Sheriff's Office
    Office of the Chief
    50 Nelson Place
    Newark, New Jersey 07102
    Telephone: (973) 621-4170
    FAX: (973) 621-4073
    Email: meliaa@apco911.org

  • Felix Melendez- FCC Region 8 700-MHz Vice Chairman

    Director
    City of New York DoITT FCC License Support
    15 Metrotech Center 18th Floor
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Telephone: 718-403-8278
    FAX: 718-403-8220
    Email: fmelendez@doitt.nyc.gov

  • Maribel Martinez - Bradwell - FCC Region 8 700-MHz Secretary

    President
    R & J Telecom
    Telephone: (518) 785-1703
    FAX: (518) 218-9268
    Email: mmartinez5@nycap.rr.com

Local Certified Frequency Coordinators

  • Lieutenant Anthony Melia - Certified Frequency Coordinator

    New Jersey State Frequency Coordinator
    APCO New Jersey Frequency Coordinator
    Essex County Sheriff's Office
    Office of the Chief
    50 Nelson Place
    Newark, New Jersey 07102
    Telephone: (973) 621-4170
    FAX: (973) 621-4073
    Email: meliaa@apco911.org

  • Joseph Yurman - Certified Frequency Coordinator

    2 Broadway
    New York, New York 10004
    Floor 3, Room D384
    Telephone: (646) 252-3231
    FAX: (646) 252-2666
    Email: joseph.yurman@nyct.com

  • Jerry Zarwanski - Certified Frequency Coordinator

    1111 Country Club Road
    P.O. Box 2794
    Middletown, Connecticut 06457
    Telephone: (860) 685-8157
    FAX: (860) 685-8363
    Email: jerry.zarwanski@po.state.ct.us

Other Certified Frequency Coordinators

Region 8 800-MHz Contacts

Region 8 800-MHz

  • Lieutenant Anthony Melia - FCC Region 8 800-MHz Chairman

    New Jersey State Frequency Coordinator
    APCO New Jersey Frequency Coordinator
    Essex County Sheriff's Office
    Office of the Chief
    50 Nelson Place
    Newark, New Jersey 07102
    Telephone: (973) 621-4170
    FAX: (973) 621-4073
    Email: meliaa@apco911.org

  • Felix Melendez- FCC Region 8 700-MHz Vice Chairman

    Director
    City of New York DoITT FCC License Support
    15 Metrotech Center 18th Floor
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Telephone: 718-403-8278
    FAX: 718-403-8220
    Email: fmelendez@doitt.nyc.gov

  • Maribel Martinez - Bradwell - FCC Region 8 700-MHz Secretary

    President
    R & J Telecom
    Telephone: (518) 785-1703
    FAX: (518) 218-9268
    Email: mmartinez5@nycap.rr.com

Local Certified Frequency Coordinators

  • Lieutenant Anthony Melia - Certified Frequency Coordinator

    50 Nelson Place
    Newark, New Jersey 07102
    Telephone: (973) 621-4170
    FAX: (973) 621-4073
    Email: meliaa@apco911.org

  • Joseph Yurman - Certified Frequency Coordinator

    2 Broadway
    New York, New York 10004
    Floor 3, Room D384
    Telephone: (646) 252-3231
    FAX: (646) 252-2666
    Email: joseph.yurman@nyct.com

  • Jerry Zarwanski - Certified Frequency Coordinator

    1111 Country Club Road
    P.O. Box 2794
    Middletown, Connecticut 06457
    Telephone: (860) 685-8157
    FAX: (860) 685-8363
    Email: jerry.zarwanski@po.state.ct.us

Other Certified Frequency Coordinators

region 30Regional Planning Committee 30

 

RPC 30

 

The Region 30 700- and 800-MHz Regional Planning Committee encompasses the following 31 counties in eastern upstate New York:

 

Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Green, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, and Washington.

 

Region 30 700-MHz Contacts

Region 30 700-MHz

  • Lee Shurtleff - Chair

    Tompkins County
    92 Brown Road
    Ithaca, New York 14850
    Telephone: (607) 257-3888
    Email: shurtleff@tompkins-co.org

  • Larissa Guedko - Vice-Chair
    New York State DHSES - OIEC

    State Campus Building 7A - Suite 710
    1220 Washington Ave
    Albany, NY 12226
    Email: Larissa.Guedko@dhses.ny.gov

  • Robert Isby, Jr - Secretary

    Rensselaer County Search and Rescue
    434 West Sand Lake Road
    Wynantskill, New York  12198
    Telephone:  518-389-8876
    Email: RIsby@harris.com

  • Matthew Delaney - Technical Subcommittee Chair

    New York State DHSES - OIEC
    State Campus Building 7A - Suite 710
    1220 Washington Ave
    Albany, NY 12226
    Email: Matthew.Delaney@dhses.ny.gov

Local Certified Frequency Coordinators

Region 30 800-MHz Contacts

Region 30 800-MHz

  • Lee Shurtleff - Chair

    Tompkins County
    92 Brown Road
    Ithaca, New York 14850
    Telephone: (607) 257-3888
    Email: shurtleff@tompkins-co.org

  • Larissa Guedko - Vice-Chair
    New York State DHSES - OIEC

    State Campus Building 7A - Suite 710
    1220 Washington Ave
    Albany, NY 12226
    Email: Larissa.Guedko@dhses.ny.gov

  • Robert Isby, Jr - Secretary

    Rensselaer County Search and Rescue
    434 West Sand Lake Road
    Wynantskill, New York  12198
    Telephone:  518-389-8876
    Email: RIsby@harris.com

  • Matthew Delaney - Technical Subcommittee Chair

    New York State DHSES - OIEC
    State Campus Building 7A - Suite 710
    1220 Washington Ave
    Albany, NY 12226
    Email: Matthew.Delaney@dhses.ny.gov

Certified Frequency Coordinators

region 55Regional Planning Committee 55

 

region 55 map

 

The Region 55 700- and 800-MHz Regional Planning Committee encompasses the following 17 counties in western upstate New York:

 

Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

 

 

 

Region 55 700-MHz Contacts

Region 55 700-MHz

  • Steven C. Sharpe - FCC Region 55-700 MHz Chairman

    Director of Emergency Communications
    Genesee County Office of the Sheriff
    165 Park Road
    Batavia, New York 14020-1283
    Telephone: (585) 345-3000 x 3400
    Email: ssharpe@co.genesee.ny.us

  • Peter Stritzinger - FCC Region 55 700-MHz Vice Chairman

    Carlton Fire Dept.
    Lead Engineer - Fiber, Microwave, Land Mobile Radio
    Iberdrola USA Management Corporation
    OT - Telecommunications
    89 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 14649 
    Telephone: 585-724-8956
    Cell: 585-590-0724
    Email: peter.stritzinger@iberdrolausa.com

  • Matthew J. Trusso - FCC Region 55 700-MHz Secretary & Treasurer

    Chautauqua County Office of the Sheriff
    15 E Chautauqua St.
    P.O. Box 128
    Mayville, New York 14757-0128
    Telephone: (716) 753-4615
    FAX: (716) 753-9525
    Email: trusso@sheriff.us

Local Certified Frequency Coordinators

  • Gary Perkins - Certified Frequency Coordinator
    607 El Mar Drive
    Rochester, New York 14616
    Telephone: (585) 621-4599
    FAX: (585) 621-4599
    Email: geperkins@frontiernet.net

Other Certified Frequency Coordinators

Region 55 800-MHz Contacts

Region 55 800-MHz

  • Steven C. Sharpe - FCC Region 55-700 MHz Chairman

    Director of Emergency Communications
    Genesee County Office of the Sheriff
    165 Park Road
    Batavia, New York 14020-1283
    Telephone: (585) 345-3000 x 3400
    Email: ssharpe@co.genesee.ny.us

  • Peter Stritzinger - FCC Region 55 700-MHz Vice Chairman

    Carlton Fire Dept.
    Lead Engineer - Fiber, Microwave, Land Mobile Radio
    Iberdrola USA Management Corporation
    OT - Telecommunications
    89 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 14649 
    Telephone: 585-724-8956
    Cell: 585-590-0724
    email: peter.stritzinger@iberdrolausa.com

  • Matthew J. Trusso - FCC Region 55 800-MHz Secretary & Treasurer

    Chautauqua County Office of the Sheriff
    15 E Chautauqua St.
    P.O. Box 128
    Mayville, New York 14757-0128
    Telephone: (716) 753-4615
    FAX: (716) 753-9525
    Email: trusso@sheriff.us

Local Certified Frequency Coordinators

  • Gary Perkins - Certified Frequency Coordinator
    607 El Mar Drive
    Rochester, New York 14616
    Telephone: (585) 621-4599
    FAX: (585) 621-4599
    Email: geperkins@frontiernet.net

Other Certified Frequency Coordinators

Resources and Links

About the SIEC

Funding/Grants

700 MHz Resources

800 MHz Resources

4.9 GHz Resources

Other Agencies

Tribal Nations

Tribal Nations in the Region 8 New York State Area

  • Poospatuck Tribe, Long Island
    P.O. Box 86
    Mastic, NY 11950
  • Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribal Office
    P.O. Box 5006
    Southhampton, NY 11969

Tribal Nations in the Region 8 New Jersey Area

  • Powhatan Renape Nation
    P.O. Box 225
    Rancocas, NJ 08073

Tribal Nations in the Region 30 Area

  • Oneida Indian Nation
    5218 Patrick Road
    Verona, NY 13478
  • Onondaga Indian Nation
    RR#1 Box 319-B
    Nedrow, NY 13120
  • St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
    RR#1, Box 8A
    Hogansburg, NY 13655

Tribal Nations in the Region 55 Area

  • Allegany Reservation
    G.R. Plummer Building
    P.O. Box 231
    Salamanca, NY 14779 
  • Cattaraugus Reservation
    William Seneca Building
    12837 Route 438
    Irving, NY 14081
  • Cayuga Nation
    P.O. Box 11
    Versailles, NY 14168
  • Seneca Nation of Indians
    P.O. Box 231
    Salamanca, NY 14779
  • Tonawanda Seneca Nation
    7027 Meadville Road
    Basom, NY 14013
  • Tuscarora Nation
    2006 Mt. Hope Road
    Lewistown, NY 14092

About NYS-RPC

Regional Planning Committees (RPCs) have been formed to plan, coordinate, and administer public-safety radio frequencies. RPCs consist of representatives of public-safety agencies and those interested in furthering the goals of public-safety communications at the state and local levels within each region.

These committees are allowed flexibility to meet state and local needs, encourage innovative use of the spectrum, and accommodate new developments in technology equipment. They are responsible for creating and managing regional plans pertaining to public-safety radio communications.

The following public-safety radio frequencies are governed by the RPC process:

  • 769-775/799-805 MHz General Use Channels, and
  • 806-809/851-854 MHz National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) Channels.

800-MHz History

In 1979 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commenced a series of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proceedings to allocate 800 MHz spectrum for Land Mobile Radio (LMR) use (806-821/851-866 MHz), a portion of which was allocated for public-safety use, while 6 MHz was held in reserve. This total block of 800-MHz spectrum, including cellular telephone was previously allocated to analog television broadcast channels 70 - 82.

Later, in its Report and Order (R&O) in General Docket No. 84-1233, the FCC allocated 6 MHz for public-safety use from the previously reserved spectrum at 800 MHz. In order to develop rules for its use, the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) jointly established a federal advisory committee known as the National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC), which set the precedent for establishing FCC rules and regulations for additional public-safety spectrum allocations.

Further, 55 RPCs were formed to plan, coordinate, and administer the public-safety radio frequencies. In 1987, the NPSPAC channels, as they came to be known, (821-824/866-869 MHz) were released for licensing as each of the 55 regional plans was completed and approved by the FCC. New York State is covered by 3 Regional Planning Committees; Region 8, 30, and 55.

700-MHz History

On August 6, 1998, in the First Report and Order (R&O) and Third Notice of Proposed Rule Making in WT Docket No. 96-86, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted service rules for the 24 MHz of spectrum in the 764-776/794-806 MHz frequency bands (collectively, the 700-MHz band). The FCC reallocated this spectrum from analog television broadcast services to public safety services. Please refer to Figure 1. The National Coordinating Committee (NCC), now decommissioned, recommended the Regional Planning Committee (RPC) process to administer the designated spectrum. The FCC adopted the NCC's recommendation and established the RPC process in the R&O. RPCs consist of representatives of public safety agencies at the State and local levels within each region.

700-MHz Public Safety Band PRIOR to Reconfiguration

Figure 1. 700-MHz Public Safety Band PRIOR to Reconfiguration

On July 31, 2007, the FCC adopted the Second R & O, reallocating the 700-MHz public safety spectrum to the 763- to 775-MHz band and the 793- to 805-MHz band. From this allocation, the bottom portion of the Band (763-768/793-798 MHz) has been designated as broadband spectrum licensed under the Public Safety Broadband Licensee (PSBL). Therefore, the principal 700-MHz spectrum resources under the jurisdiction of the  RPC's are the 769- to 775-MHz and 799- to 805-MHz narrowband channels, which are further divided into General Use, Interoperability (voice, low-speed data, and national call), Secondary Trunking, State License, Low Power, and Reserve spectrum allotments. Please refer to Figure 2, which follows.

Reconfigured 700-MHz Public Safety Band

Figure 2. Reconfigured 700-MHz Public Safety Band

No allotments will be made in the General-Use category for the 769- to 775-MHz and 799- to 805-MHz bands until a regional plan for the area has been accepted by the FCC. The 700-MHz public safety spectrum will be made available for use after February 17, 20091 in accordance with the FCC's digital television transition schedule.

Similarly to the 800-MHz NPSPAC channels, the 700-MHz General Use channels are governed by the RPCs.

1 Date for television broadcasters to vacate the 700-MHz public-safety spectrum is February 17, 2009. Public safety entities may operate in the 700-MHz band prior to the transition date if they secure an FCC waiver.

How to Apply for 800-MHz NPSPAC and 700-MHz General Use Channels

State, county, and local public-safety entities that are eligible to apply for and license 800-MHz NPSPAC and 700-MHz General Use channels are defined by the FCC in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 47, Telecommunication, Chapter 1, Part 90, Private Land Mobile Radio Services.

Please refer to the Application Processing Flowchart for a detailed depiction of the application filing and evaluation process undertaken by the RPCs.

Robert M. Barbato

Director

 

About the Office of Interoperable & Emergency Communications

Created through Executive Law section 717, the Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications (OIEC) is the principal state agency for all interoperable and emergency communications issues and oversees and directs the development, coordination and implementation of policies, plans, standards, programs and services related to interoperable and emergency communications, including those related to land mobile radio communications.