Minutes – August 21, 2017

Chairman DeLia called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call

Present: Rocco Arcuri, Dennis Bova, Bruce Brodsky, Dave Corr, Vincent Coyne, Elis DeLia, Richard Karam, Frank Mutolo, Bette Szesny and John Wallace. Eric Kane arrived at 5:04 PM and Mark Ford arrived at 5:08 PM. Also Present: Richard Goodney, Phil Tangorra, Jim Korfonta, Scott Gorgas, Anne Milograno and Ken Bobrow, Esq.

Chairman DeLia presided and Suzanne Harmon took the minutes.

Approval of the July 17, 2017 Minutes

Motion made by Mr. Arcuri to approve the minutes. Seconded by: Mr. Mutolo.
Vote: (10) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (2) Absent Motion Carried.

Award of Cyber Security Assessment Mandate

The MVWA is subject to the Vulnerability Assessment and Emergency Response Plan requirements of Public Health Law Section 1125: Water Supply Emergency Plans. This section of the PHL was recently modified to require an assessment of cybersecurity in the required Vas. Community water systems are mandated to begin this assessment by June 1, 2017 and to submit the cybersecurity VA to the NYS DOH by January 1, 2018. DOH is consultation with the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is providing this guidance to assist you in accomplishing this important task. The assessment must assess the vulnerability of each aspect of the IT system used by your water system to conduct both operations and business functions. The assessment should list identified vulnerabilities and provide a prioritized plan with actions and dates for addressing the vulnerabilities.

The Operations Committee reached out to six companies and received four quotes. The committee recommends International Business Machines in the amount of $102,733.20.

Motion made by Mr. Mutolo to hire IBM. Seconded by: Mr. Coyne.
Vote: (12) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (0) Absent Motion Carried.

Committee Reports

Mr. Korfonta stated that for the seventh month of the year, total revenues are consistent with the prior year totaling $13.2 million and operating cash is healthy.

Executive Director’s Report

  • Mr. Becher stated that regarding the AMI project there are 38,500 installations. The MVWA is at approximately 98% completion with approximately 900 left to go. There are a few hold outs that will not let the MVWA into their homes so we will be charging $50 a quarter for our inconvenience.
  • On August 1st the MVWA did the kick off with SUEZ on-site. There was good media coverage. So far, it is going very well. The full cut-off date still looks like it will be at the end of this year and on schedule.

Chairman DeLia asked for a motion to go into Executive Session at 5:35 PM to discuss potential contract negotiations.

Motion made by Mr. Brodsky. Seconded by: Mr. Karam.
Vote: (12) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (0) Absent Motion Carried.

Came out of Executive Session at 5:55 PM.

Motion made by Mr. Mutolo. Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky. Vote: (12) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (0) Absent Motion Carried.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,


Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary
Mohawk Valley Water Authority