About Highway School

The Highway School features short sessions of general interest in the mornings and 24-28 afternoon workshops lasting 75 minutes each. A partnership with statewide vendors supports the Pothole Picnic and Tailgate Tuesday lunches. Over 700 participants, the majority being local highway and public works officials, attend the Highway School every year.

The Association of Towns of the State of New York co-sponsors the Highway School and handles all of the registrations.

Registration is open!

Click here to register online or download the registration form here. 

Date:

Highway School will be taking place June 6-8, 2022

Location:

The 2022 Highway School will be at a new location on the Ithaca College Campus -  the A&E Center.

Learn more about this great new location here.

Click here to download a conference venue map.

To view a lodging list of hotels in the area please click here

2022 Highway School (Preliminary) Agenda:

Monday

Monday Morning - General Session
A&E Center Glazer Arena Main Stage

  • 7:40am - Old Road Design Video with Lynne Irwin
    Former NYS LTAP Center - Cornell Local Roads Program Director Lynne Irwin
  • 8:00am - Pledge of Allegiance
    David Orr, PE, Director, NYS LTAP Center - Cornell Local Roads Program
  • 8:05am - Welcome to Highway School - Celebrating 75 Years!
    Gerry Geist, Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York
    Rick Marquis, Division Administrator, FHWA-NY Division
    Rich Benjamin, Highway Superintendent, Town of Thompson & President NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways
    Andrew P. Avery, PE, Public Works Commissioner Chemung County DPW & President of NYS County Highway Superintendents Association
  • 8:25am - Q&A Panel: What I Wish I Knew When I Became the Highway Superintendent
    Panel Facilitator - David Miller, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Lockport
    Gary Thorington, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Windham
    Michelle Brust, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Esperance 
  • 8:55am - Current Practices in Winter Maintenance [‘58]
    Rob Fitch, Acting Director Transportation Maintenance, NYSDOT
  • 9:25am - Finding, Recruiting, & Retaining Workers in the New World of Work 
    Ari Mack, Organizational Development Consultant, Cornell University
     
  • 9:55am COFFEE BREAK 
     
  • 10:25am - Municipal Garages & Safety
    Phil Spiezio, Senior Safety Officer, Washington County Attorney's Office
  • 11:05am - CDL Requirements
    Donna Boyce, Transportation Specialist, TST Boces
  • 11:30am - Sources of Funding from NYS and the FHWA
    Diane Kenneally, Director, Office of Integrated Modal Services, NYSDOT
    Dawn Arnold, Assistant Director Local Programs Bureau, NYSDOT

12:00 pm. Pothole Picnic

Monday Afternoon - Workshops
A&E Center Glazer Arena & Grounds

Session one: 1:15–2:30 pm.; Session two: 2:45–4:00 pm.

  • Worker/Material shortage - Finding, Engaging, and Retaining workers in a Post Pandemic World.
    Ari Mack, Organizational Development Consultant, Cornell University
  • What's it like being new on the job Q&A Panel
    Facilitator - David Miller, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Lockport
    Gary Thorington, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Windham
    Michelle Brust, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Esperance
    John Papponetti, Commissioner of Public Works, Orleans County
    Robert Milone, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Clarkstown
    Walt Cook, Town and Village of De Ruyter
  • Flagging & Work Zone Safety: An Exercise You Can Do Yourself
    Alex Gregor, Circuit Rider, NYSLTAP-CLRP
  • Snow and Ice Operations [‘52]   
    Rob Fitch, Acting Director Transportation Maintenance, NYSDOT
  • Hands-on Personal Protective Equipment
    Phil Spiezio, Senior Safety Officer, Washington County Attorney's Office
  • CHIPS & Other Sources of Funds
    Diane Kenneally, Director, Office of Integrated Modal Services, NYSDOT
    Dawn Arnold, Assistant Director Local Programs Bureau, NYSDOT
    Margaret Narins, State Program Manager Local Programs Bureau, NYSDOT

Tuesday

Tuesday Morning - General Session
A&E Center Glazer Arena Main Stage

  • 7:35am - Video
    Shake Hands with Danger
  • 8:00am - Welcome / Presiding
    Andrew P. Avery, PE, Public Works Commissioner Chemung County DPW & President of NYS County Highway Superintendents Association
  • 8:05am - Build a Better Mousetrap Awards
    Adam Howell, Marketing & Communications Manager, NYSLTAP-CLRP
  • 8:30am - Road Maintenance [‘47]
    LADA
  • 8:50am - Dealing with Big Storms
    Jeff Parker, Stueben County SWCD
  • 9:20am - Good Traffic Signs
    Afnan Khwaja, Intern Engineer, NYSDOT 
  • 9:45am - Roads Scholar Awards
    David Orr, PE, Director, NYSLTAP-CLRP
     
  • 10:00am - COFFEE BREAK 
     
  • 10:30am - Legal Problems of the Highway Superintendent ['53]
    Moderator - David Orr, PE, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program
    Lori Mithen-Demasi, Associate Counsel, Association of Towns
    John Mancini, Counsel, NY Conference of Mayors.
    Mark Stevens, Sr. Attorney Legal Services, NYS Office of the State Comptroller

12:00 pm. Tailgate Tuesday Picnic Lunch

Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops
A&E Center Glazer Arena & Grounds

Session one: 1:15–2:30 pm.; Session two: 2:45–4:00 pm.

  • Evaluation of Local Gravels for Highway Use [‘52]
    David Orr, PE, Director, NYSLTAP-CLRP
  • Designing Your Culverts for the Future
    Jeff Parker, Stueben County SWCD
    Jimmy Joe Carl, Chemung County SWCD
  • Responsibility for Trees and Other Obstructions On or Near the Right of Way [‘50]
    Lori Mithen-Demasi, General Counsel, Association of Towns
  • Fleet Management/New Technology: The importance of the Right Equipment [‘59]
    Rich Domonkos, Program Manager, Indiana LTAP 
  • Joint Repair Demo
    Mike Murphy, LADA
  • How to Build a Better Mousetrap
    Nick Kuzmik, Special Projects Coordinator, NYSLTAP-CLRP

Wednesday

Wednesday Morning - General Session
A&E Center Glazer Arena Main Stage

  • 7:45am- Video Road Safety  
  • 8:15am - Welcome / Presiding
    Rich Benjamin, Highway Superintendent, Town of Thompson & President NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways
  • 8:25am - UDig NY
    Emily Mandresh, Field Representative UDig NY
  • 9:00am - Updates to NYSDOT Asphalt Mixes
    Tom Kane, Professional Engineer 2, NYSDOT
    Bruce Barkevich, Vice President, NY Construction Materials Association
  • 9:30am - Hazard Mitigation and Assessing Vulnerability and Resiliency on Highways
    Nicole McGrath, Community Planner, FHWA

    10:00am - How an Agency Should Determine Road Improvement Priorities [‘54]
    Geoffrey Scott, PE, Technical Assistance Engineer, NYSLTAP-CLRP
  • 10:30am - Watch Out for That Tree – Picking Low Hanging Fruit to Improve Highway Safety
    David Orr, PE, Director, NYSLTAP-CLRP
  • 11:00am - Attendance Awards
    David Orr, PE, Director, NYSLTAP-CLRP
  • 11:15am - Pictures    

All Day

  • Reception Area   POSTER SESSION

Demos

  • PERMA Simulator Trailer (Mon, Tues)
  • NYSDOT Snow Plows (Mon, Tues)
  • Brockway 776 Snowplow (Mon)

Highway School Conference Details

June 6 – 8, 2022

 

Ithaca College, Ithaca New York

To view a lodging list for hotels in the area, please click here.

 

The 2022 Highway School will be at a new location on the Ithaca College Campus -  the A&E Center.

Learn more about this great new location here.

Minimum Requirements

Counties that meet certain minimum percentages of each agency in attendance will get an honorable mention as a Road Scholar County. Each attendee from a county meeting the requirements below will receive a pin listing them as a Road Scholar.

  • Minimum of 75 percent of town and county agencies represented, or
  • Minimum of 50 percent of all agencies (town, county, village, and city) represented.

Superior Counties

The top three counties will be recognized as Superior Road Scholars based upon the percentages of municipalities represented. Each attendee will be given a hat in addition to the Road Scholar pin.

The maximum number of points that can be earned will be based upon the percentage of each municipal type at the School.

Past Road Scholar Recipients