Events & News

Upcoming Conference Events

March 18th – 20th, 2024
2024 Landfill Operator Certification
Woodcliff Hotel Fairport, NY
Information and Registration
On-Line Registration

New Officers and Board members 2024

David Rhodes, Director of the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste, was elected president by the board, upon the departure of Amy Miller, P.E., who recently left her position as director of the Madison County Department of Solid Waste. She served as president since 2022.

Josh Olbrys, executive director of the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, was elected to serve as vice president.

Tyson Robb of the Delaware County Department of Public Works, was elected to replace Josh as secretary.

At the fall conference held in Lake Placid, Sue McIntyre was re-elected to a 2-year term as treasurer.

Others re-elected at the conference were:

Melissa Rotini of the Westchester County DEF, 3-year term as Director East 1

Christine Fetten, Commission of Recycling & Sustainable Materials Management for the Town of Brookhaven, 3-year term as Director South 2.

Melissa Rotini, an attorney with the Westchester Co. DEF, 3-year term as Director East 1.

Todd Perry, executive director of the Franklin County SWMA, 3-year term as Director North 2.

Newly elected positions were:

  • Andrew Opperman, P.E., solid waste engineer with the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, 3-year term as Director, Central 2.
  • Michael Lutestanski II, Director of Solid Waste in Oswego County, to fill the remainder of an at-large position, until 2024.
  • Aaron Gustafson of the Chautauqua County DPW-Environment, to fill the remainder of the Director, West 2 term until 2024.
  • Greg Gelewski, Interim Director of the Madison County DSW, was appointed in February to fill out an at-large position through 2026


James V. Biamonte was the recipient of the 2021 Solid Waste Achievement award.

The award was presented by Rich Bills, president, who noted the award is presented to a solid waste professional who has dedicated their career to the field and contributed to NYSASWM’s mission of promoting efficient, effective, and environmentally sound practices.

He noted that Mr. Biamonte, who served as Environmental Coordinator for the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, is well deserving of the Award.

Mr. Biamonte has been with the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority since March 1989. He was responsible for conducting and reviewing studies and analysis, in addition to providing recommendations on environmental, economic, and legislative impacts and developments as they relate to comprehensive solid waste management. He also served as Contracting Officer for the acquisition and disposition of Authority property.
Jim was instrumental in developing a comprehensive local solid waste management plan for the Oneida-Herkimer region. He also played a role in the Authority winning its landmark case in the United States Supreme Court that has set a national precedent for public solid waste systems.

Jim served as NYSASWM president from 2002-2003 and subsequently served on the board.

He holds an A.A. degree from Mohawk Valley Community College and a B.A. and M.P.A. from the State University Center at Albany.

In presenting the award, Bills noted that NYSASWM congratulates and recognizes the exceptional leadership and accomplishments by Mr. Biamonte and extends the highest level of appreciation and commendation.

(Mr. Biamonte retired from the OHSWA at the end of 2021, and presently works for Barton & Loguidice Engineers, D.P.C.)

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Solid Waste Achievement Award nomination

The solid waste achievement award is designed to recognize an outstanding leader in the field of solid waste, or an outstanding program. This is a way to bring exceptional programs to the attention of members throughout the state.

The individual awarded (or one representative from the awarded agency) will receive a plaque and a free registration to either the March training course, or fall conference, their choice.

Nominees will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the NYSASWM board, and the award will take place at the fall conference.

Please use this form for for your nominations.