Mission Statement

Advise the State on effective use of geospatial technology resulting in tangible benefits to New York State.

The NYS Geospatial Advisory Council (formerly called the GIS Coordinating Body), was established in 1996 by the Office For Technology (OFT), the predecessor agency to ITS, as an advisory workgroup of NYS GIS stakeholders representing federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, academics, and private interests.

Through its advisory role, the GAC provides guidance to the ITS, Office of the GIO on how to improve the delivery of public services, protect the public and the environment, and enhance the business climate for the benefit of the State, its municipalities, businesses and citizens, through the use of GIS and related technologies.

The GAC, which meets quarterly, is composed of 22 representatives representing the various sectors and geographic regions. Sixteen of these representatives are nominated and elected to 3-year terms. The other positions are ex-officio.

The GAC was instrumental in guiding the development of the new GIS Clearinghouse, and plays a major role in NYS GIS strategic planning efforts.


Chair: Sylvie Browne

Vice Chair: Christopher Holewinski

Executive Director: Elisabetta DeGironimo


Albrecht, Dr. Jochen
Professor - Department of Geography
Hunter College
695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065
Benincasa, Santina
Senior Specialist for Demand Response
PH: 646-877-1325
Con Edison
4 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
Browne, Sylvie
NYSDOT Photogrammetry
PH: 518-485-7572
FAX: 518-485-1438
NYS Dept. of Transportation (DOT) 
50 Wolf Road
POD 24
Albany, NY 12232
State Government
Craigmile, Joanna
GIS Coordinator
PH: 585-786-5135
Wyoming County Planning & Development
36 Center Street
Warsaw, NY 14569
Local Government
Croll, Christina
PH: 518-473-7787
FAX: 518-474-7013
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 
625 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12238
State Government
Ducett, Jr. -SDO, Keith E.
Supervisor of Dispatch Operations/GIO
PH: 315-435-5106
FAX: 315-435-8630
Onondaga County 
3911 Central Ave
911 Emergency Communications
Syracuse, NY 13215
Local Government
Duncan, Katie
GIS Specialist
PH: 315-477-6506
441 South Salina Street
Suite 354
Syracuse, NY 13202
Federal Government
Fogarty, Emily
Assistant Professor
PH: 631-420-2739
SUNY Farmingdale
2350 Broadhollow Road
Memorial Hall 232
Farmingdale, NY 11735-1021
Genaway, Dave
Department of Information Technology
PH: 631-351-3161
Town of Huntington
100 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
Local Government
Hiraldo-Gomez, Ana
Manager of Information Technology Shared Services and Education
PH: 914-995-5162
FAX: 914-813-4024
Westchester County 
112 E. Post Road
Room 365
White Plains, NY 10601
Local Government
Holewinski, Christopher
GIS Coordinator
PH: 716-938-2322
Cattaraugus County
207 Rock City Street
Suite 101
Little Valley, NY 14755
Local Government
Newell, Rebecca
Office of Planning, Development & Community Infrastructure
PH: 518-486-7669
NYS Department of State
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1010
Albany, NY 12231
State Government
Spraker, Larry
Principal, Northeast Regional Service Leader – Technology
PH: 518-389-3636
FAX: 518-452-0324
100 Great Oaks Boulevard
Suite 118
Albany, NY 12203-7924
Non Profit
Simek, Zachary
PH: 518-576-2082
The Nature Conservancy
8 Nature Way
Keene Valley, NY 12943
Non Profit
Tareen, Karyn
President / CEO
PH: 718-667-3010
FAX: 407-210-3901
GeoCove, Inc.
7014 E. Quaker Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127
For Profit
Tylutki, Erin
GIS Analyst
PH: 315-798-5710
Oneida County Planning Department
321 Main Street
Utica, NY 13501
Local Government
Wolf, Alex
PH: 845-473-4440
Scenic Hudson
85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Non Profit



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Upcoming Meetings

  • September 19, 2023
  • December 13, 2023

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