Town Superintendents of Highways Assoc. Holds Annual Conference
NYSAOTSOH - November 2022
The New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways (NYSAOTSOH) held its 93rd annual conference, educational symposium and expo Sept. 20 to 23, 2022, at the Holiday Valley resort in Endicottville, N.Y. The theme of this year's conference was "Keeping Communities Connected."
Speakers during the conference included:
- Carley J Hill, CEO and founder of CAHill TECH Inc., a software company in Clarence, N.Y., that develops training and compliance tools;
- Fred Hiffa and Megan Osika of NYSAOTSOH led a roundtable discussion on the state's upcoming legislative sessions and political landscape for 2023;
- Steve Fedrizzi of the town of Venice and Jeffrey Scott, a technical assistance engineer, offered a presentation titled, "Working Together With Farmers and Contractors to Build a Better Community," which included information on how highway departments can work with their farming community and contractors to help mitigate damage to roads;
- Pat Mahar of the town of Denmark and Tyler Jones of the town of Martinsburg offered a program on renewable development and tips for risk management. This program provided an overview on how to protect roads from damage, including requesting the developer to put up a bond, video and core sample of your roads and meeting regularly with the developer.
- Brian Kirch, the statewide CHIPS coordinator of NYSDOT, and Don Arnold, assistant bureau director, provided an update on NYSDOT and CHIPS;
- Alex Gregor of the town of Southampton and Chase Winton of the town of Cherburne offered a presentation titled, "Bridge New York: How to Get Your Application Noticed;"
- William Van Slyke of Van Slyke Consulting; Rich Benjamin of the town of Thompson; and Teresa Burke of the town of Red Hook offered tips on communicating with the public;
- A panel of legal and industry experts held a Q&A session, which covered a broad area of topics; and
- A representative from a local retirement system gave a short presentation covering retirement topics.
In addition to the educational portion of the event, the association held its annual banquet and installed new NYSAOTSOH officers. P