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SIEC - State Interoperable and Emergency Communication Board

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New York State County Law, Article 26, Section 717, originating from the 2010 New York legislative session, created the State Interoperable and Emergency Communication Board (SIEC Board). New York County Law, Article 6-A, Section 328, charged this Board with the following duties:

  • Make recommendations to the Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services on the expenditure of grants and other funding programs related to interoperable and emergency communications;
  • Make recommendations related to the development, coordination and implementation of policies, plans, standards, programs and services related to interoperable and emergency communications, including but not limited to ensuring compliance with federal mandates for interoperable communications and compatibility with the national incident management system;
  • Establish structures and guidelines to maintain interoperable communications planning and coordination at the statewide level;
  • Establish, promulgate and revise standards for the operation of public safety answering points; and
  • Establish guidelines regarding the creation of regionally based radio communications systems compatible with the structures and guidelines consistent with federal mandates and best practices. 

The 25 member Board is comprised of state agency heads, state legislative representatives, representatives of first responder organizations and experts in the field of interoperable and emergency communications. Members are appointed for a term of four years.

Membership

Chair

  • Robert M. Barbato - Director of the Office of Interoperable & Emergency Communications

Executive Appointees:     Total 7           7 filled/0 vacant

  • Joseph Gerace                     Chautauqua      Sheriff
  • James Voutour                     Niagara             Sheriff
  • Brian LaFlure                        Warren              Emergency Manager
  • William Bleyle                       Onondaga         9-1-1 Commissioner
  • Eric Day                                Clinton               Emergency Manager
  • John Merklinger                    Monroe              Director
  • Michael Volk                         Westchester      EMS & Communications Chief

Senate Appointees:          Total 5           4 filled/1 vacant

  • Richard Rotanz                     Suffolk                Private/technical expert
  • Joel Eisdorfer                        Brooklyn             Private/technical expert
  • Gary Maha                            Genesee             Sheriff
  • Kevin Revere                        Oneida                Emergency Manager

Assembly Appointees:      Total 5           5 vacant

 

State Agencies:                Total 7           Ex-Officio Members

  • Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer                        Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
  • Commissioner Michael C. Green                        Division of Criminal Justice Services
  • Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy                               Division of Military and Naval Affairs
  • Commissioner Joan McDonald                           Department of Transportation
  • Acting Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD    Department of Health
  • Superintendent Joseph D'Amico                        Division of State Police
  • Chief Information Officer Brian Digman              NYS Office of Information Technology Services

 

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.