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Committee Member Agencies

The Committee membership is established by executive order to include agencies with programs that are highway safety related. Currently, there are thirteen (13) member agencies. The head of each agency acts as the agency's official representative to the Committee, with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles serving as the Chair.

The Committee meets as requested by the Chair. Discussion at the meetings may include legislative coordination, program briefings, goal setting, or any other issues the members feel should be included. The member agencies are:

  • Chair, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Superintendent, Division of State Police (DSP)
  • Commissioner, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
  • Commissioner, Department of Health (DOH)
  • Commissioner, State Education Department (SED)
  • Commissioner, Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Secretary, Department of State (DOS)
  • Commissioner, Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
  • Superintendent, Department of Financial Services
  • Chair, NYS Thruway Authority
  • Chair, State Liquor Authority (SLA)

Also participating - The Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Director of State Office for the Aging have been asked to participate in the Committee but these agencies are not listed in the Executive Order. 

Enabling Legislation

Federal Level

State Level

  • EXCERPT FROM NEW YORK STATE EXECUTIVE LAW ARTICLE 16-A (as amended L. 1976) Highway Safety(See Below)

Executive Order #97

Executive Order Number 97
Executive Order continued by Governor Eliot Spitzer in Executive Order 5, dated 1/1/2007


WHEREAS, the Interdepartmental Traffic Safety Committee was established under State Executive Law on April 27, 1967, to provide management and coordination of all highway safety programs In the State; and

WHEREAS, the Interdepartmental Traffic Safety Committee was Instrumental in Implementing New York's first in the nation mandatory seat belt and 21 purchase age laws which have saved hundreds of lives each year on our highways; and

WHEREAS, the Interdepartmental Traffic Safety Committee has improved highway safety and reduced traffic fatalities and Injuries by sponsoring and promoting innovative pedestrian and motorcycle safety, driving while Intoxicated and speed limit enforcement programs;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARIO M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New York, do hereby reestablish an Interdepartmental Committee, to be hereinafter known as the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, to consist of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, as Chairperson, and the Commissioners of Education, Health, Criminal Justice Services and Transportation, the Secretary of State, the Superintendents of State Police and Insurance, the Directors of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, Substance Abuse and Probation and the Chairpersons of the State Liquor Authority and New York State Thruway Authority. The Chairperson of the Committee shall appoint annually a Vice-Chairperson, who shall perform the duties of Chair in the Chairperson's absence, or at such other time or times as the Chairperson may direct.

I. General Powers.

The Committee shall coordinate the highway safety activities of State and local agencies, other public and private agencies and interested individuals and organizations. The Committee is hereby designated, pursuant to Article 16-A of the Executive Law, to act in my behalf in carrying out the provisions of that Article and, for this purpose, shall be vested with, and authorized to exercise and perform all of the functions, powers and duties prescribed in that Article.

II. Personnel.

The Committee shall appoint an Executive Director and shall assign to such Director such powers, functions and duties as it shall deem appropriate. The Committee may employ such additional personnel as it may deem necessary or desirable to fulfill the purposes of this Order and of Article 16-A of the Executive Law.

Highway Safety Act


AN ACT - To provide for a coordinated national highway safety program through financial assistance to the States to accelerate highway traffic safety programs and for other purposes.

Title 23. United States Codes, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof a new chapter:



401. Authority of the Secretary.

402. Highway safety program.

403. Highway safety research and development.

404. National Highway Safety Advisory Committee.

§401  Authority of the Secretary

The Secretary is authorized and directed to assist and cooperate with other Federal departments and agencies, State and local governments, private industry, and other interested parties, to increase highway safety.

§402  Highway Safety Programs

(a) Each State shall have a highway safety program approved by the Secretary, designed to reduce traffic accidents and deaths, injuries, and property damage resulting therefrom. Such programs shall be in accordance with uniform standards promulgated by the Secretary. Such uniform standards shall be expressed in terms of performance criteria. Such uniform standards shall be promulgated by the Secretary so as to improve driver performance (including, but not limited to, driver education, driver testing to determine proficiency to operate motor vehicles, driver examinations both physical and mental) and driver licensing, and to improve pedestrian performance. In addition such uniform standards shall include, but not be limited to, provisions for an effective record system of accidents (including injuries and deaths resulting therefrom), accident investigations to determine the probable causes of accidents, injuries, and deaths, vehicle registration, operation, and inspection, highway design and maintenance (including lighting markings and surface treatment), traffic control, vehicle codes and laws, surveillance of traffic for detection and correction of high or potentially high accident locations, and emergency services. Such standards as are applicable to State highway safety programs shall to the extent determined appropriate by the Secretary be applicable to federally administered areas where a Federal department or agency controls the highways or supervises traffic operations. The Secretary shall be authorized to amend or waive standards on a temporary basis for the purpose of evaluating new or different highway safety programs instituted on an experimental, pilot, or demonstration basis by one or more States where the Secretary finds that the public interest would be served by such amendment or waiver.

(b) (1) The Secretary shall not approve any State highway safety program under this section which does not:

(A) provide that the Governor of the State shall be responsible for the administration of the program.

(B) authorize political subdivisions of such State to carry out local highway safety programs within their jurisdictions as a part of the State highway safety program if such local highway safety programs are approved by the Governor and are in accordance with the uniform standards of the Secretary promulgated under this section.

(C) provide that at least 40 per centum of all Federal funds apportioned under this section to such State for any fiscal year will be expended by the political subdivisions of such State in carrying out local highway safety programs authorized in accordance subparagraph (B) of this paragraph.

(D) provide that the aggregate expenditure of funds the State and political subdivisions thereof, exclusive of Federal funds, for highway safety programs will be maintained at a level which does not fall below the average level of such expenditures for its last two full years preceding the date of enactment of this section.

(E) provide for comprehensive driver training programs including (1) the initiation of a State program for driver education in the school system or for a, significant expansion and improvement of such a program already in existence, to be administered by appropriate school officials under the supervision of the Governor as set forth in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph: (2) the training of qualified school instructors and their certification: (3) appropriate regulation of other driver training schools, including licensing of the schools and certification of their instructors: (4) adult driver training programs, and programs for the retraining of selected drivers: and (5) adequate research, development and procurement of practice driving facilities, simulators, and other similar teaching aids for both school and other driver training use.

II (2) The Secretary is authorized to waive the requirement of subparagraph (C) of paragraph (1) of this subsection, in whole or in part, for a fiscal year for any State whenever he determines that there is an insufficient number of local highway safety programs to justify the expenditure in such State of such percentage of Federal funds during such fiscal year.

(c) Funds authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section shall be used to aid the States to conduct the highway safety programs approved in accordance with subsection (a), shall be subject to a deduction not to exceed 5 per centum for the necessary costs of administering the provisions of this section, and the remainder shall be apportioned among the several States. For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1967, June 30, 1968 and June 30, 1969, such funds shall be apportioned 75 per centum on the basis of population and 25 per centum as the Secretary in his administrative discretion may deem appropriate and thereafter such funds shall be apportioned as Congress, by law enacted hereafter, shall provide. On or before January 1, 1969, the Secretary shall report to Congress his recommendations with respect to a nondiscretionary formula for apportionment of funds authorized to carry out this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1970, and fiscal years thereafter. After December 31, 1968, the Secretary shall not apportion any funds under this subsection to any State which is not implementing a highway safety program approved by the Secretary in accordance with this section. Federal aid highway funds apportioned on or after January 1, 1969, to any State which is not implementing a highway safety program approved by the Secretary in accordance with this section shall be reduced by amounts equal to 10 per centum of the amounts which would otherwise be apportioned to such State under Section 104 of this title, until such time as such State is implementing an approved highway safety program. Whenever he determines it to be in the public interest, the Secretary may suspend, for such periods as he deems necessary, the application of the preceding sentence to a State. Any amount which is withheld from apportionment to any State under this section shall be reapportioned to the other States in accordance with the applicable provisions of law.

(d) All provisions of chapter I of this title that are applicable to Federal-aid primary highway funds other than provisions relating to the apportionment formula and provisions limiting the expenditure of such funds to the Federal-aid systems, shall apply to the highway safety funds authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section except as determined by the Secretary to be inconsistent with this section. In applying such provisions of chapter I in carrying out this section, the term 'State highway department' as used in such provisions shall mean the Governor of a State for the purposes of this section.

(e) Uniform standards promulgated by the Secretary to carry out this section shall be developed in cooperation with the States, their political subdivisions, appropriate Federal departments and agencies, and such other public and private organizations as the Secretary deems appropriate.

(f) The Secretary may make arrangements with other Federal departments and agencies for assistance in the preparation of uniform standards for the highway safety programs contemplated by subsection (a) and in the administration of programs. Such departments and agencies are directed to cooperate in such preparation and administration, on a reimbursable basis.

(g) Nothing in this section authorizes the appropriation of expenditure of funds for (1) highway, construction, maintenance, or design other than design of safety features of highways to be incorporated into standards or (2) any purpose for which funds are authorized by section 403 of this title.

§403  Highway Safety Research and Development

The Secretary is authorized to use funds appropriated to carry out this section to carry out safety research which he is authorized to conduct by subsection (a) of section 307 of this title. In addition, the Secretary may use the funds appropriated to carry out this section, either independently or in cooperation with other Federal departments or agencies, for (1) grants to State or local agencies, institutions and individuals for training or education of highway safety personnel, (2) research fellowships in highway safety, (3) development of, improved accident investigation procedures, (4) emergency service plans, (5) demonstration projects, and (6) related activities which are deemed by the Secretary to be necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.

New York State Executive Law


ARTICLE 16-A (as amended L. 1976) Highway Safety


330. Legislative findings and statement of purpose.

331. Definitions.

332. State highway safety program.

333. Local highway safety programs.

334. Federal aid.

§330.  Legislative findings and statement of purpose. The rising toll of deaths and injuries resulting from highway accidents is a matter of state concern. Although the state and local governments presently are active in virtually all areas of highway safety, no formal mechanism exists for the integration and coordination of existing safety efforts. The establishment of a statewide highway safety program, under the guidance and direction of the Governor, will provide this needed mechanism, and will result in the unification of state and local efforts in the struggle to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

§331.  Definitions. - For the purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

1. "State highway safety program" means all highway safety programs conducted by the state and political subdivisions of the state.

2. "Approved local highway safety program" means a program established by a political subdivision which has been approved pursuant to the provisions of this article.

3. "Political subdivision" means a city or town with a population in excess of fifty thousand, and every county not wholly included within a city, and any combination of the foregoing having at least one common boundary.

4. "Designee" means the public officer or state agency designated by the Governor to act in his behalf in carrying out the provisions of this article.

§332.  State highway safety program.

1. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, general, special or local, the Governor is hereby empowered to contract and to do all other things necessary or convenient in behalf of the state to secure the full benefits available under the federal highway safety act of nineteen hundred sixty-six and any acts amendatory or supplemental thereto. The Governor shall coordinate the highway safety activities of state and local agencies, other public and private agencies, and of interested organizations and individuals to effectuate the purposes of that act and shall be the official of this state having the ultimate responsibility of dealing with the federal government with respect to the state highway safety program.

§333.  Local highway safety programs.

1. The Governor or his designee is hereby empowered to promulgate rules and regulations establishing standards and procedures relating to the content, coordination, submission and approval of local highway safety programs. Such rules and regulations may include, but need not be limited to, requirements in the following areas of highway safety:

(a) traffic engineering and control;

(b) traffic enforcement;

(c) investigation and surveillance of accident locations; and

(d) highway safety education.

2. To qualify for receipt of federal funds, each political subdivision shall:

(a) If a city or town, appoint, and such political subdivisions are hereby authorized to so appoint, a highway safety committee to coordinate local highway safety efforts. The chairman of such committee shall be responsible for coordinating the local highway safety program with the state program in the manner required by the rules and regulations of the Governor or his designee.

(b) If a county, establish a county traffic safety board as authorized by article forty-three of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. The chairman of such board shall be responsible for coordinating the local highway safety program with the state program in the manner required by the rules and regulations of the Governor or his designee.

(c) If any combination of a city, town or county having at least one common boundary, appoint, and such political subdivisions are hereby authorized to so appoint, a regional highway safety committee to coordinate regional-highway safety efforts. Such committee shall consist of at least one member from each participating city, town of county. The chairman of such committee shall be responsible for coordinating the regional highway safety program with the state program in the manner required by the rules and regulations of the Governor or his designee.

(d) Submit to the governor or his designee a local highway safety program in accordance with and meeting the standards established by the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to subdivision one of this section.

(e) Submit to the Governor or his designee such other information as may be required to carry out the purposes of this article.

§334.  Federal aid.

1. The Department of Taxation and finance shall accept and receive any and all grants of money awarded to the state and its political subdivisions under the federal highway safety act of nineteen hundred sixty-six, and acts amendatory or supplemental thereto. All monies so received shall be deposited by the Department of Taxation and Finance in a special fund or funds and shall be used exclusively for establishing and administering highway safety programs pursuant to the provisions of this article, such money shall be paid from said fund or funds upon audit and warrant of the comptroller's vouchers of or certification by the Governor or his designee.

2. At least forty percent of the federal funds so received shall be allocated and paid to those political subdivisions which have established approved local highway safety programs. In determining the allocation of such amount among such political subdivisions, the Governor or his designee shall consider the following factors:

(a) the relative populations of such political subdivisions;

(b). the total costs of the local highway safety programs;

(c) the amount of state aid and other funds received by such political subdivisions for highway safety purposes; and

(d) the safety value of any special highway safety projects conducted by such political subdivisions.

3. The federal funds remaining after the allocations and payments have been made pursuant to subdivision two of this section shall be utilized for such highway safety purposes as the Governor or his designee shall deem appropriate.



Assistant Commissioner for the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
Chuck DeWeese

Jim Allen

Miriam Reyes
Primary Phone:(518) 474-5111
Fax:(518) 473-6946

Safety Programs Group

The Safety Programs Group is responsible for programs that make New York State's roadways safer for all highway users, young and old. The staff implements and coordinates new programs and is also responsible for oversight of ongoing safety activities.   The staff oversee the highway safety programs in the state:  STOP-DWI, occupant restraint, pedestrian and wheel sport safety, all areas of safe driver behavior, police traffic enforcement and traffic records management.  Program Representative staff support local government officials, community groups and safety organizations with advice and support in creating highway safety programs and projects as well as with grant development and administration.  

Program Manager
Mary Montimurro

Highway Safety Program Representatives  
Chuck Conroy
Aubrey Feldman
Jim Knapp
Maureen Kozakiewicz
Robert Lopez
Vanessa Waldron

Child Passenger Safety Program
Aubrey Feldman

State DRE Coordinator
Renée Borden

Statewide Law Enforcement Liaison
Sgt. Todd Engwer, NYSP

Liaison from NYS Sheriff's Association
Anthony D'Agostino

The Representatives serve the following counties:

Name: Phone Number:  Counties Served:
Chuck Conroy (518) 486-1920 Bronx
Aubrey Feldman (518) 474-2279 Albany
Jim Knapp (518) 473-4734 Delaware
Maureen Kozakiewicz (518) 408-2036 Broome
St. Lawrence
Robert Lopez (518) 402-2092 Erie
Vanessa Waldron (518) 486-5395 Allegany


Fiscal Group

The Fiscal Group handles the processing of grant submissions and vouchers. Calls appropriate for this group include questions about vouchers, claims, budget certificates, and contracts.

Mary Arthur


Amy Pertgen

Betsy Neville

Jessica Cooley

Kelly Reynolds

Sandra Taylor


Grant Systems Support

Grant Systems Support is responsible for the transition from our current grants management system, eGrants, into the Statewide Grants Gateway, including prequalification of GTSC's Not-For-Profit organizations. We also process grant submissions, provide Single Audit information for federal award recipients, respond to annual audit requests of grantee disbursements, add new grantees to the Statewide Vendor File and serve as liaison between the NYS Division of the Treasury and grantees, replacing lost or destroyed reimbursements. We coordinate with Statewide Financial System and Grants Gateway staff to customize the systems to meet federal reporting requirements, report program data to federal oversight agencies and reconcile State agency expenditures.

Tammy Bopp

Brittany Paff