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New officers and board members installed

2016NewOfficersWilliam Rabbia, executive director of the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, was sworn in as president at the Fall NYSASWM conference in Lake Placid.  Bill served as a Central Region representative, then secretary, and three years as vice president under Frank Visser. 

Bill has been executive director of the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority since 2009, having worked for the Authority since 1991 in various capacities and was previously deputy executive director.  He heads the Authority’s integrated solid waste management system which includes a 150 TPD single stream recycling center; green waste composting facility; permanent household hazardous waste and electronics collection facility; three solid waste transfer stations; a land clearing debris facility, and a 1,000 TPD regional landfill.

Susan McIntyre moved from secretary to vice president, Eric Swenson, Town of Oyster Bay (retired), retained his long standing seat as Treasurer and Matthew McGarry moved from director east to become secretary.  Ms. McIntyre is the Director of the Solid Waste division of the Delaware County DPW, and McGarry is a Professional Engineer working for the Town of Colonie.

Two new board members were inducted – Pantelis K. Panteli, P.E., Deputy Director of the Department of Public Facilities Division of Environment as At-Large, and Timothy Rose, P.E., Executive Director of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, as Director East 2.

Mr. Panteli has been with Chautauqua County since 1994, starting out as senior engineer of the Public Facilities Division of Environment, and he became deputy director in 2004.  He is in charge of planning, engineering design, project management, contract development, construction administration, energy management for the county landfill and other public facilities. He is director of County Solid Waste Management, with duties including managing technical and financial operations at the county landfill, the landfill-gas-to-energy plant and solid waste transfer stations.

He has been involved with Chautauqua County Landfill projects including permitting, design and construction administration of various new landfill cells (vertical and lateral expansions), cell closures, landfill gas collection systems and its landfill gas-to-energy plant.   He has also worked on various HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, energy conservation compliance, and electrical power/lighting projects for building services systems throughout the County.

He previously worked for private engineering companies on commercial and environmental projects.  Mr. Panteli has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He obtains Continuing Education Credits through NYSASWM, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Air & Waste Management Association, and SWANA.

Mr. Rose has been with UCRRA since February 2010, first as Director of Operations and Safety then starting in October 2010 as Executive Director.  He is a NYS Licensed Professional Engineer, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with a specialty in Water Supply and Wastewater through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Annapolis, MD and a Qualified Environmental Professional with a specialty in Environmental  Science, Management, and Policy through the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice, Pittsburgh, PA.

He holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Environmental Control/Hazardous Waste and an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Science – Math & Science from Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering Technology degree from the Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg – The Capital College, Middletown, PA and a Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY.  He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Solid Waste Association of North America and the NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling.

The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency is a Public Benefit Corporation that was established by the New York State Legislature in 1986.  It consists of two transfer stations, Ulster and New Paltz and are permitted for 650 tons/day and 390 tons/day respectively for MSW/C&D and 100 tons/week for sewage sludge; three closed landfills with leachate collection that range in size from approximately 18 acres – 30 acres, a material recovery facility with a permitted capacity of 80 tons/day, a vehicle maintenance facility, two scale houses, offices, fuel depot, and a food/yard waste composting facility with a permitted capacity of 1,000 cubic yards per year of food waste and 10,000 cubic yards per year of yard waste.  The Agency employees 30 full-time and 1 part-time employee and the budget is approximately $13 million.

John Brusa Jr., P.E., will be serving his first full term as an at-large board member.  He is a senior vice president with Barton & Loguidice D.P.C., out of Liverpool, NY.  Other board members who were reelected to 3-year terms were Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation Director James Zecca – Director Central 1 and Steuben County Public Works Assistant Landfill Supervisor Rich Bills – Director West 2.  One of the four At Large Director positions, previously held by Thomas Lynch who recently retired from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, remains vacant at this time. We welcome all of our Board Members and issue a special thanks to the hard work and dedication of our previous Board Members.