NYSILC Full Council Meeting
September 8, 2006
Present:Mel Tanzman, Chris Zachmeyer, Robert Gumson,
Pratik Patel, Bruce Darling, Greg Jones, Sharon Flom, Lauren LeFebvre, Robert
Gaffney, Michael Orzel, Doug Uziak, Mike Godino, Gene Hughes, Edith Prentiss,
Dennis Boyd, Sharon Shapiro, Randy Black-Shantz, Michael Smith.
Present via phone: Christina Curry
Staff: Brad Williams, Sue Cohen, Patty Black, Joe
Guests: Melanie Shaw, NYAIL
Call to Order-9:00am
Appointment of Interim Secretary
Mel stated that
the Executive Committee is recommending that Lauren LeFebvre be appointed
Interim Secretary for the duration of Alexander Wood's medical absence.
The recommendation was moved by Mike Godino and seconded by
Dennis Boyd. All voted in favor.
Minutes: The minutes of May 19, 2006 were reviewed
and approved as presented. Moved by Sharon Shapiro and seconded by Mike Godino.
All voted in favor.
Executive Directors Report: Brad Williams
- Brad discussed his activities report and added that he
had been appointed Voting Machine Custodian. Brad recognized Mel Tanzman as
accepting a Public Policy Award presented to NYSILC at the BIANYS Annual
Conference in June. He also updated those present on the issue of adding
disability related questions to the demographical information collected by
- Brad thanked the board for its quick response to the
required vote amending the SPIL.
- Discussion was held regarding HAVA implementation and
possible strategies for the upcoming General Election.
Treasurers Report: Mike Godino reporting.
Mike Godino stated we are within budget. One item of note
was that it was no longer necessary to have two phone lines so one was removed.
Dennis Boyd moved to accept the Treasurer's Report, seconded by Pratik Patel.
All voted in favor.
- Executive Committee Christine Zachmeyer reported
that the committee has reviewed the final draft of the Bylaws that the full
council will be voting on today. The committee has also completed its
evaluation of the Executive Director, Brad Williams, and that the outcome was
most favorable. She also explained that staff salary adjustments had been made,
the visit from RSA and, the HAVA DVD Project.
- Bylaws Committee Mel highlighted the recommended
changes that have been proposed by the bylaws committee. The presented bylaws
were approved with the following changes:
emergency action must be taken but cannot be taken by the Executive Committee
(as described in Section 4.4(d)), the action may be taken without a meeting of
the council if there is consent for the action in writing or electronically by
at least two-thirds of the directors entitled to vote with respect thereto. Any
such action will be reported to the Board of Directors at the next regularly
3.7 Should a
member of the Board of Directors fail to attend two regularly scheduled Council
meetings, either in person or electronically, within the corporation's fiscal
year, the Executive Committee may recommend to the appointing authority that
such director be removed from the Council and a new director be appointed to
fill the vacancy created in accordance with the provisions of Article Two,
4.5 Duties and
Responsibilities of the Executive Committee. (e) A Special Meeting of the
Executive Committee may be called if, at any time, any two members of the
executive committee determine it to be necessary. Under such circumstances, the
Vice-Chair shall call a Special Meeting of the Executive Committee. Such a
"Special Meeting" shall be comprised of the elected officers of the
4.6 (f) Shall
dissolve all ad-hoc committees, task forces, and other subgroups of the Council
when appropriate with the exception of the Executive Committee and Standing
Treasurer shall be the Chief Fiscal Officer of the Corporation and shall be
responsible for the funds of the Corporation.
appointment of the chairperson, the Board of Directors may, by resolution duly
adopted, establish one or more standing committees, each of which shall consist
of three or more members, which committees, to the extent provided by such
resolution, shall advise the Council in the management of the Council. The
standing committees shall be the Public Policy Committee, the Finance
Committee, the Personnel Committee the Recruitment Committee, and the State
approve bylaws with changes made by Christine Zachmeyer and seconded by Doug
Usiak. All voted in favor.
Motion made by
Doug Usiak to approve the proposed Conflict of Interest Policy and include said
policy in the new bylaws and seconded by Dennis Boyd. All voted in favor.
- Travel Committee -Randy Black-Shantz reported the
Travel Survey is complete and will be available on the NYSILC website as well
as being provided to all ILC's and disability related groups. Other possible
avenues for distribution will be discussed at the next Travel Committee
- Statewide Needs Assessment Committee - Doug Usiak
reported that the committee has been gathering statistics and compiling data.
This information will be useful in determining "unmet need".
- Disability Vote - Mike Godino stated the committee
has not met since the last full council meeting. Brad added that they are
working on having a "disability" related question added to the information
gathered by pollsters for demographical purposes. Thus far, this has been very
- Statewide Consumer Satisfaction Survey - Christine
Zachmeyer reported that the committee is looking at NYS and Federal CSR's for a
6-month period. They are also collecting information from focus groups.
- Emergency Preparedness - Edith Prentiss expressed
her interest in attending the SILC Congress in New Orleans in January
- Youth Leadership - Bob Gaffney reported that there
will be a "Youth Leaders Speak Out" forum at the NYAIL Conference on October
- VESID - Bob Gumson reported that they have
increased their SILC funding request from 4 million to 5 million. He added that
the new State Plan and new SSAN RFP will be coming up in the spring.
- CBVH - Sharon Flom reported that they will be
holding open forums around the state regarding the state plan and that RSA will
begin a monitoring program in 2007.
- Open Forum - Edith Prentiss stated that Capital
Land taxi has accessible service in Albany.
Adjourn There being no further business the meeting was
adjourned at 3:00pm