George Spanos steps down as NYS County Highway Superintendents Association President

Saratoga Springs — The New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (NYSCHSA) elected Charles H. “Skip” Vezzetti President of NYSCHSA at its Annual Winter Conference and Tradeshow held this month at The Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY. Vezzetti is the Superintendent of Highways for Rockland County.

At the conference, Vezzetti thanked the members of the association for their friendship and their confidence in allowing him to serve as president and spoke about the future: “Our goals for the coming year will be to continue to seek additional funding to improve our roads and bridges and to provide safe roadways for our residents and motorists,” Vezzetti said.

Vezzetti is a native of Rockland County and was appointed Superintendent of Highways for his county in 2000. He has previously served as Commissioner of Public Works and Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Orangetown. Vezzetti was also president of a private paving and pavement maintenance firm. He paid tribute to outgoing association President George P. Spanos, P.E., Director of Public Facilities for Chautauqua County and recognized the work he has done to develop the organization’s strategic plan and redesign of the website.

“I’m proud to have served the New York State County Highway Superintendent’s Association over the last year,” said Spanos. “As President, Skip will take the lead of an Association that is a strong advocate for a safe and efficient road and bridge network and will effectively work with our elected leaders and other stakeholders to further these goals.”

As part of the conference’s business, Dennis S. Davis, Commissioner of Public Works for Oneida County, was elevated to NYSCHSA First Vice President.

“I want to thank NYS Department of Transportation Executive Deputy Commissioner Ron Epstein who represented Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas and highlighted our conference opening session,” Vezzetti said. “We are fortunate to have the Department of Transportation as a partner in our efforts to address the needs not only of the state system but the local transportation system as well.”

Local roads and bridges account for 87 percent of the roads, 50 percent of the bridges and 48 percent of the vehicle mileage logged in New York State. They are a vital and indispensable part of the overall transportation infrastructure. With an aging and ailing local transportation system, and the ever-rising costs of materials, labor and equipment, funding levels have not kept up with the needs.

NYSCHSA is a designated Sponsor Organization by the Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc. (PIE). This allows NYSCHSA to develop, evaluate and administer accredited training programs that meet New York State Education Department continuing education regulations to our membership. “One of my main objectives this year is to promote more high-quality education and training programs in professional development for our membership,” Vezzetti said.

NYSCHSA is a non-profit organization whose county superintendents, public works commissioners and affiliate members have been gathering for over 100 years to share knowledge and experience, and to build professional networks and relationships. NYSCHSA recognizes that having a modern system of roads, bridges and culverts in New York State must be a priority. Through its well-recognized “Local Roads Matter!” campaign, NYSCHSA works to enhance federal, state and local investment in our transportation infrastructure to help to ensure the continued safety and functionality of our roads, bridges, culverts and other transportation assets to secure New York’s competitiveness for economic development and job creation.

“I will work hard as I always have to see that our local highway departments throughout the state get the resources that they need to maintain our vast systems of roads, bridges and culverts for the benefit and safety of the travelling public,” Vezzetti said. “NYSCHSA is looking forwards to further promoting our strong partnership with the Association of Town Superintendents of Highways and to cohosting our first ever joint County and Town Superintendents summer conference this year in Verona, New York,” Vezzetti concluded.