City Unveils Roadmap to Prevent Injuries and Fatalities Caused by Commercial Garbage Trucks

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New Report Outlines Steps to Improve Safety
NEW YORK:____ NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Acting Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock and NYC Business Integrity Commission (BIC) Commissioner Noah Genel today announced the release of a new roadmap to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by commercial garbage trucks. The report, titled Safe Fleet Transition Plan: Private Vehicle Crashes and Vehicle Safety Technology, focuses on ways to improve the safety of commercial garbage trucks through modified vehicle design.
Commercial garbage trucks were involved in at least 43 fatalities and 107 injuries in New York City from January 2010 through May 2019, the period examined in this report. The report examined the root causes of these crashes and identified steps to address the problem.
“Commercial garbage trucks pose unique dangers in an urban environment, but there are clear steps that can be taken to make them safer,” said Dawn M. Pinnock, Acting Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. “Enhanced vehicle design and added safety features can improve driver visibility and help operators navigate crowded city streets.”
“Improving traffic safety in the commercial waste hauling industry is an important goal of BIC’s, and the guidance provided by this preliminary report has been crucial in furthering that goal,” said Noah D. Genel, Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Business Integrity Commission. “This past summer, BIC issued new rules relating to traffic safety. Enforcement of those regulations, together with further educating the industry and working with our numerous partners on future efforts will help continue to make our City’s streets safer.”
Collisions involving commercial garbage trucks are on the rise nationally and there are heightened risks in urban environments. These large vehicles often have limited driver visibility and are more difficult to operate than other vehicles. To address the problem locally, the report, part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, offers four core recommendations:
  • Changing the design of truck cabs. Conventional truck cabs have limited visibility that increases the risk of collisions involving injuries or fatalities. Large trucks with conventionally designed cabs can have a frontal obstructed view of 20 feet or more. Since 2010, all fatal collisions in New York City involving a commercial garbage truck that was stopped and then put into drive, involved a cab with a conventional design. In 2017, the City of New York released its Safe Fleet Transition Plan for government trucks, which called for high vision truck cabs when available. This report reinforces the need for this design change for commercial garbage trucks. One way DCAS plans to put this finding into practice is through using the Volpe-developed VIEW Blind Zone app and database, which can help fleets buy the safest available vehicles.
  • Installing side guards. Side guards are barriers installed on the side of trucks to prevent vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists from sliding under the truck during a side-impact collision. Side guards can result in a 40% reduction in fatalities compared to trucks without this technology. Under Local Law 56 of 2015, the City of New York began to install truck side guards on all City-owned trucks. The law also required all trade waste trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating over 11,000 pounds be fitted with side guards by 2024. In October 2021, the city council passed legislation that moves this deadline up by one year to 2023. The new law requires truck side guards for any trucks used under a City contract valued at $2 million or more, starting with new contracts signed on or after January 1, 2023. The City will provide information sessions about truck side guards to contractors and other interested parties throughout 2022.
  • Investing in vehicle technology. Technologies like surround cameras, safety lights, automatic braking systems, and additional mirrors can reduce fatalities and injuries. These and other technologies adopted as part of the City of New York’s Safe Fleet Transition Plan for City fleet vehicles can also improve safety for private garbage trucks. DCAS is in the process of installing 1,500 surround cameras on City trucks. The Volpe Center, DCAS, and BIC will continue to work together on developing best practices for retrofitting technology onto commercial garbage trucks. BIC rules now also require certain commercial garbage trucks with conventional cabs to install a mirror to reduce the blind spot in the front of the truck, among other requirements.
  • Addressing visual impairments. Certain vehicle retrofitting devices, like bug deflectors, can increase visual impairment and pose an unnecessary safety risk.
“As part of Vision Zero, the City launched a Safe Fleet Transition Plan in 2017 to ensure that our fleet units were designed and specified for safety,” said Keith Kerman, DCAS Deputy Commissioner for Fleet Management and NYC Chief Fleet Officer. “We have implemented over 65,000 safety improvements so far. The City Safe Fleet Transition Plan can now help serve as a model and roadmap for safety enhancements for commercial waste trucks and other private fleets.”
“The U.S. DOT Volpe Center is proud to provide technical expertise to the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Business Integrity Commission,” said Dr. Alexander Epstein, US DOT Volpe Center. “In addition to safer vehicle operators and roadways, safer vehicles can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries in the BIC-regulated fleets. Our initial analysis has led to a number of best practices that can be implemented, and we look forward to continuing to partner on fleet safety for Vision Zero.”
“Studying the causes of collisions is an important aspect of running a safe, responsible business,” said Noah Budnick, Interim Executive Director of Together for Safer Roads. “Safety requires a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement. What BIC and NYC Fleet are recommending as safety measures such as high visibility vehicles and side guards makes a lot of sense and can save lives. We applaud them and the entire industry for making this a priority.”
The report was developed through the joint efforts of DCAS, BIC, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center). This report is also the first to be issued in conjunction with Mayoral Executive Order 53, which directs DCAS to promote fleet safety and sustainability across private fleets through a Fleets of the Future initiative.
Using the findings of this report, BIC created new safety rules for the trade waste industry that are now in effect. The rules include new requirements such as crossover mirrors for trucks with conventional cab designs, bi-annual truck inspections, annual safety training, and record-keeping requirements. In addition, BIC will use the findings of the report when considering additional rulemaking on traffic safety. DCAS will also partner with the trade waste industry to push manufacturers of garbage trucks to offer high vision truck options as standard features. DCAS has rolled out side guards, surround view cameras, and telematics in its own fleet and is working with BIC to implement the side guard requirements of Local Law 108 of 2021 for the trade waste industry and some City-contracted fleets.
About DCAS
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) provides effective shared services to support the operations of New York City government. Its commitment to equity, effectiveness, and sustainability guides its work with City agencies on recruiting, hiring, and training employees; providing facilities management for 56 public buildings; acquiring, selling, and leasing City property; purchasing more than $1 billion in supplies and equipment each year; and implementing conservation and safety programs throughout the City’s facilities and vehicle fleet.
About BIC
The Business Integrity Commission (BIC) regulates the commercial waste hauling (trade waste) industry and the public wholesale markets in New York City. BIC’s mission is to eliminate organized crime and other forms of criminality from those industries and provide customers and competing businesses with a fair market in which to conduct business. As of November 2019, BIC’s jurisdiction also includes safety in the trade waste industry – and particularly traffic safety.

Executive Team Of NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS)

Dawn M. Pinnock

Acting Commissioner

Dawn Pinnock is the Acting Commissioner for the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). As a proud native New Yorker, Dawn Pinnock is a transformative leader with more than two decades of experience at some of New York City’s largest municipal agencies. Prior to serving as Acting Commissioner, Pinnock served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for People Operations and Risk Management at DCAS, where she led the agency’s people-centered functions, including Administration, Citywide Equity and Inclusion, Citywide Human Capital, and Internal Audit. In her role, she maintained citywide oversight of services provided to the human resources, equal employment, and diversity and inclusion departments serving at every agency. Pinnock has also served as the Deputy Commissioner for Human Capital, overseeing all aspects of civil service administration and human resources operations. During her tenure at DCAS, she led teams that developed both the City’s remote work policy and the return to work policy, launched mandatory sexual harassment training for over 360,000 City employees, and made the City’s civil service process more accessible to current and potential City employees.

Prior to joining DCAS, Pinnock served as the Vice President of Human Resources at New York City Transit and as the Director of Human Resources at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). She holds a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School for Social Research and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College. She is a Certified Human Resource Professional, and a member of both the Association for Talent Development and the Society of Human Resource Management.

Carmine Rivetti

Carmine Rivetti

Chief of Staff

Carmine Rivetti is the Chief of Staff for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Prior to his time as Chief of Staff, he served as Executive Director of External Affairs, overseeing communications and intergovernmental affairs. Rivetti came to the agency in July of 2014 as the Deputy Chief of Staff.

Prior to joining DCAS, he served as Associate Vice President of Income for the United Way of New York City overseeing social service related initiatives, which include financial management, food stamps outreach, hunger prevention, and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Rivetti has spent more than 20 years in the public sector starting his career as a legislative financial analyst at the New York City Council. He continued his career as a government relations specialist with the American Cancer Society and NYCHA and would later serve as Assistant Commissioner for Government and Community Relations at the Department of Homeless Services.

Carmine holds a Master’s in social work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Drew University.

Sandford Cohen

Sanford M. Cohen

General Counsel

Sanford Cohen is the DCAS General Counsel. He manages and supervises the Department’s Office of General Counsel in its handling of legal matters involving citywide personnel policies, the procurement of goods and services for city agencies, and the City’s real estate holdings and transactions, as well as the activities of the Citywide Office of Safety and Health. He entered service at DCAS as Deputy General Counsel for Human Capital in 2014 and served as Acting General Counsel in 2020.

Before joining DCAS, Mr. Cohen was the Executive Deputy General Counsel for the City’s Department of Consumer Affairs from 2008 to 2014, where his responsibilities included the oversight of the Department’s personnel policies and practices as well as the management of the legal department’s enforcement of consumer protection laws. He was the Deputy Director of the Domestic Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights from 2005 to 2007 where he directed the Center’s litigation in courts across the United States. He was an Assistant United States Attorney and the Chief of Civil Rights Litigation in the Eastern District of New York from 1995 to 2005, where he handled criminal civil rights prosecutions and civil litigation enforcing federal civil rights laws. From 1983 to 1995, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office. He was Bureau Chief from 1991 until 1995 and Deputy Bureau Chief from 1986 to 1991. He began his legal career as a staff attorney at Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services Corporation in 1979. .

Cohen is a graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University. He received Juris Doctor with honors from Rutgers-Newark School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, all of the United States District Courts in New York, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.

 

Barbara Dannenberg Deputy Commissioner Human Capital

Barbara Dannenberg

Deputy Commissioner, Human Capital

Barbara Dannenberg is the Deputy Commissioner for Human Capital (HC), which is responsible for maintaining the Civil Service system for the City of New York. HC recruits and identifies the best-qualified candidates for City employment, administers Civil Service exams for positions and provides City agencies with a qualified pool of candidates to fill their hiring needs in a manner consistent with the State Constitution, Civil Service Law and laws governing equal employment opportunity. In addition, HC develops and interprets Citywide policies and programs, develops and conducts professional development and employee training programs, and implements the City’s provisional reduction plan, among other critical functions.

Prior to serving as Deputy Commissioner, Dannenberg served as the Assistant Commissioner for Examinations, the Director of Classification and Compensation, and in various roles within Human Capital to support the City’s administration of the Civil Service process. She has amassed nearly 20 years of public sector experience and has shared her technical expertise throughout her tenure to support City agencies and Citywide operations. She has an unparalleled knowledge of the City’s title structure, and has successfully created pipeline and promotion pathways to City careers.

Anthony J. Fiore

Deputy Commissioner, Energy Management and Chief Energy Management Officer

As Chief Energy Management Officer for the City of New York, Anthony Fiore leads the team responsible for demand management and purchasing energy for all City agencies, cultural institutions, hospitals, schools, and universities. He is responsible for managing a $700 million annual energy supply budget, and a $2.7 billion 10-year capital budget to develop and implement programs to achieve the City’s One City: Built to Last strategy of an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Prior to his role at DCAS, Anthony served as the City’s Director of Energy Regulatory Affairs acting as the primary energy policy advocate for the City before numerous State and federal agencies, and providing analysis on a wide range of regulatory and legislative matters related to energy.

Anthony received a Bachelor’s in Science from Binghamton University and a Master’s in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Mersida Ibric

Mersida Ibric

Deputy Commissioner, DCAS Office of Citywide Procurement

Mersida Ibric is the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Citywide Procurement (OCP), the chief procurement agent for the City of New York and is responsible for purchasing goods and services on behalf of all City agencies. OCP solicits and awards a wide variety of contracts and manages a portfolio of approximately 1,000 multi-year citywide requirements contracts, representing $1.5 billion in annual encumbrances across 100 agencies.

Mersida Ibric previously worked at the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services as Deputy Director for Research and IT. In that role, Ibric was responsible for maintaining and developing procurement data analytics and reporting; managing the City’s Doing Business and Accountability Project; and the planning and developing of mayoral procurement initiatives such as the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program and hireNYC.

Ibric received a Bachelors in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Keith Todd Kerman

Keith Todd Kerman

Deputy Commissioner, Fleet and Chief Fleet Officer

Keith Todd Kerman is the Deputy Commissioner of Fleet and New York City’s first Chief Fleet Officer. In that role, he is responsible for the largest municipal fleet in the United States with 30,000 vehicles, 80,000 fleet operators, and more than 2,000 employees engaged in fleet operations. Kerman manages inter-agency shared fleet services in partnership with major fleet agencies including the Police, Fire, Sanitation, and Transportation departments.

Kerman implements Mayor de Blasio’s NYC Clean Fleet initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2025. The City has one of the greenest fleets in the nation with more than 17,000 vehicles operating on some type of alternative fuel. Kerman is also a lead focusing on fleet safety for Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate City traffic fatalities.

Kerman is in his 24th year of public service, having served more than 17 years with New York City Parks, most recently as Assistant Commissioner for Citywide Operations. He is a graduate of Harvard College.

Silvia Montalban

Chief Citywide Equity and Inclusion Officer

Silvia Montalban is the Chief Citywide Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Office of Citywide Equity and Inclusion (OCEI). She is responsible for fostering the City of New York’s emergence as an innovative and global leader in equitable, diverse and inclusive employment practices. OCEI is responsible for ensuring proper and consistent implementation of the City’s EEO Policy and other related policies and procedures and provides best practice guidance impacting the workforce across over 80 City government agencies.

Montalban is an attorney experienced in institutional compliance with non-discrimination laws and policies, employment law and employee relations matters in both city government and higher education. Prior her role at DCAS, Silvia worked 10 years at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she served as the head of the Compliance and Diversity department, addressing matters impacting both the employee and student populations. She handled investigations under non-discrimination policies and laws, including Title IX, and led policy training programs for employees and students. During her tenure at John Jay College, she also served as the secondary head of the Office of the General Counsel for several years.

Her prior City government service includes: Director of the Employment Law Unit at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS); and as an attorney with the NYC Department of Homeless Services monitoring emergency assistance petitions, representing the agency in appeal hearings and labor proceedings, advising the Family Services division in the legal compliance of programmatic initiatives, and later serving as the agency’s Personnel Director.

Montalban is a graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law.

Shameka Overton

Deputy Commissioner, Administration

Shameka Overton is the Deputy Commissioner of Administration. In this role, Overton is responsible for internal support services to the agency’s 2,300 employees. These services include Human Resources, Payroll and Timekeeping, Labor Relations, Disciplinary Proceedings, Employee Relations, and Transportation Services. Overton also oversees the City Store, the Official Store of the City of New York, and the DCAS Police force, which provides law enforcement and security services for employees and visitors to DCAS-managed facilities.

She began her career in City government career more than 20 years ago as a college intern. She holds a degree in Business Administration and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

 

Nitin Patel

Nitin Patel

Deputy Commissioner, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Nitin Patel is the Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology and DCAS’s Chief Information Officer. In that role, he is responsible for providing technological guidance for the agency and for establishing and directing the strategic and tactical goals, policies, and procedures for the information technology department. He collaborates with the agency’s Commissioner and consults with all Lines of Services to present new approaches and discuss system changes.

Prior to joining DCAS, Patel worked at New York City’s Financial Information Services Agency (FISA) implementing Citywide Human Resources, payroll, and timekeeping systems. Previously, he worked in the consulting, media, and healthcare industries and has more than 22 years of experience working as an IT executive linking business strategies and technology solutions.

Patel has an electrical engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.

 

Laura Ringelheim

Laura Ringelheim

Deputy Commissioner, Real Estate Services

Laura Ringelheim is the Deputy Commissioner for Real Estate Services responsible for overseeing and providing for the real estate needs of New York City agencies. This includes accommodating space in City-owned buildings as well as leasing from private landlords when necessary. Her line of service also supervises the rental of City buildings for use by private citizens and organizations.

Ringelheim came to DCAS in 2014 and served as Special Counsel to the DCAS Commissioner, providing legal counsel, analysis, and oversight on agency policy and operations.

Before joining DCAS, Ringelheim served as Deputy General Counsel at the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS), the City’s lead office for contracting and procurement.

Prior to working at MOCS, Ringelheim served as the General Counsel for the New York City Commission to the United Nations, Consular Corps, and Protocol (subsequently renamed the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs). As General Counsel, she served as a key legal advisor for matters involving the City’s role as host to the United Nations and 192 foreign government offices.

Ringelheim also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department for eight years handling both affirmative and defensive litigation in the Real Estate and Tort Litigation Divisions.

Ringelheim received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to practice law in New York and before the courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts.

 

Richard Thom

Richard Thom

Deputy Commissioner, Fiscal and Business Management

As Deputy Commissioner for Fiscal and Business Management (FBM) at DCAS, Richard Thom is the chief fiscal officer for the agency and is responsible for overseeing the agency’s budget in all aspects, including expense, revenue, and capital. He also oversees the Audits and Accounts Unit and the Non-Public School Reimbursement Program within FBM. Deputy Commissioner Thom served as Acting Deputy Commissioner for Fiscal and Business Management from December 2020 until his appointment as Deputy Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner Thom has served at DCAS for 22 years and has worked for the City of New York for 36 years. At DCAS, he previously served as the Assistant Commissioner for FBM. Prior to this, he was Director of State Reimbursement, dealing with the New York State Office of Court Administration on the reimbursement of court cleaning and maintenance expenses.

Prior to his time at DCAS, Deputy Commissioner Thom spent the first 14 years of his career at the NYC Office of Management and Budget. He started as an Assistant Budget Analyst in 1984 and worked his way up to being the lead analyst overseeing the NYC Department of Environmental Protection budget.

Deputy Commissioner Thom is a graduate of Baruch College where he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in 1984.

Jerry Torres

Jerry Torres

Deputy Commissioner, Facilities Management

Jerry Torres is the Deputy Commissioner of Facilities Management. He is responsible for overseeing the operational and programmatic procedures for the 55 DCAS-managed buildings. In this role he monitors, advises, and oversees the various internal operational groups, including: Building Services, Mechanical Maintenance and Operations, Energy, Skilled Trades, Contract Services, and Fire and Life Safety.

Torres is a seasoned veteran with more than three decades in City government. He has led projects related to building operations, and served as a coordinator for several mayoral inaugurations and over 30 parades.

He has received FEMA Emergency Management training and played a pivotal role assisting the City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

He began his career as a Custodian with DCAS’s predecessor agency, the Department of General Services. He attended John Jay College and has a certificate in Fire Safety.

Joseph Wagner

Joseph Wagner

Chief Engineer, Construction and Technical Services

Joseph Wagner is Chief Engineer responsible for DCAS’s Construction and Technical Services (CTS). He coordinates all phases of construction for DCAS facilities, is responsible for the maintenance and repair of nearly 600 vertical lifts, and for the inspections, condition assessments, recommendations, and repairs of approximately 1,800 DCAS properties, including waterfront properties within the five boroughs.

Wagner is a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience in structural engineering. His background is in structural design, construction, field inspections of high rise buildings, and the maintenance and rehabilitation of existing buildings.

Prior to joining the City of New York in 1988, he served as Vice President and Partner of Ramp Engineering Consultants, where he handled multi-million-dollar projects, from design through construction, for both the public and private sectors.

He is registered as a professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and North Carolina. He also holds certification as a structural engineer from the Structural Engineering Certification Board, a certification as a special inspector of threshold buildings in the state of Florida, special inspector for the City of New York, and holds a New York City contractor’s license. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University

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