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2016 - 2017 Commissioner's Advisory Council

By the Fall Leadership Summit meeting of the House of Delegates, members of the Commissioner’s Advisory Council (CAC) are selected. Membership on the CAC remains within the BOCES geographical regions. The BOCES are split into 12 regions, plus the Big 5 Schools. It also includes Executive Committee Members, the President of LEAF, Inc., and Council Past Presidents.

The CAC meets four times per year to share ideas with the Commissioner of Education. Agendas are developed between the Executive Director of The Council and the Deputy Commissioner of Education and approved by the Commissioner. The purpose of these meetings is for the members of the CAC to share their ideas with the Commissioner and vice versa.

2016-2017 Meeting Dates
   November 3, 2016
   January 20, 2017
   April 28, 2017
   June 29, 2017

Commissioner's Advisory Council Representatives:

I. Western Region (Erie I, Erie2-Chatauqua-Cattaraugus, Orleans-Niagara, Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming):

Representative: Jeffrey Rabey, Depew

Alternate: Michelle Bradley, Lockport City

II. Central Western Region (Genesee Valley, Monroe 1, Monroe 2-Orleans, Wayne- Finger Lakes):

Representative: Lesli Myers, Brockport

Alternate: Michael Pero, Pittsford

III. Southern Tier Region (Broome-Delaware-Tioga, Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego, Greater Southern Tier, Otsego-Northern Catskills):

Representative: Jason Van Fossen, Maine-Endwell

Alternate: Richard Calkins, Alfred-Almond

IV. Central Region (Cayuga-Onondaga, Oswego, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga):

Representative: Donna DeSiato, East Syracuse Minoa

Alternate: Anita Murphy, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown

V. Mohawk Valley Region (Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton, Madison-Oneida, Oneida-Herkimer- Madison):

Representative: Ronald Wheelock, Sauquoit Valley

Alternate: Robert Miller, Herkimer

VI. Ontario Region (Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton, St. Lawrence-Lewis):

Representative: Rex A. Germer, Town of Webb

Alternate: Darin Saiff, Parishville-Hopkinton

VII. North Country Region (Clinton-Essex, Franklin-Essex-Hamilton):

Representative: Seth McGowan, Tupper Lake

Alternate: Scott Osborne, Elizabethtown-Lewis    

VIII. Capital District Region (Capital Region, Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery, Washington-Warren-Saratoga-Hamilton, Questar III):

Representative: Cheryl Nuciforo, Chatham

Alternate: L. Oliver Robinson, Shenendehowa

IX. Mid-Hudson Region (Dutchess, Orange-Ulster, Sullivan, Ulster):

Representative: John Evans, Roscoe

Alternate: Martin Handler, Pine Plains

X. Lower Hudson Region (Putnam-Northern Westchester, Rockland, Southern Westchester):

Representative: Brenda Myers, Valhalla

Alternate: Edward Fuhrman, Croton-Harmon

XI. Nassau County Region:

Representative: Joseph Famularo, Bellmore

Alternate: David Flatley, Carle Place

XII. Suffolk County Region:

Representative: Lois Favre, Bridgehampton

Alternate: Lars Clemenson, Hampton Bays

LEAF Board:

Neil F. O’Brien, President

Big 5 Schools:
TBD, Buffalo City
Dolores Esposito, NYC Department of Education
Barbara Deane-Williams, Rochester City
Jaime Alicea, Syracuse City
Edwin Quezada, Yonkers City

Council Past Presidents:
Maureen Donahue, Southwestern
Mary Beth R. Fiore, Elmira Heights
Clark Godshall, Orleans-Niagara BOCES
Henry Grishman, Jericho
William Johnson, Rockville Centre
L. Oliver Robinson, Shenendehowa

Strategic Partners
  • Clark Patterson Lee