Phillip Eng, P.E.
Executive Deputy Commissioner / Chief Engineer
Phillip Eng was recently appointed executive deputy commissioner of the Department of Transportation, where he functions as the department’s chief operating officer. His leadership is focused on supporting Commissioner McDonald in all aspects of the department, including engineering, operations and capital planning. Eng also continues to serve as chief engineer, overseeing the design and construction of the department’s $1.7 billion annual capital construction letting program and assuring the safety of the 17,000 publicly-owned bridges in the state. Eng has been with NYSDOT for more than 31 years. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State. He received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Cooper Union.
Roderic Sechrist, P.E.
Assistant Commissioner, Operations and Asset Management Division
Roderic Sechrist, P.E., is assistant commissioner for the Operations and Asset Management Division of the Department of Transportation. He is responsible for the department’s Transportation Maintenance, Traffic Safety and Mobility, Modal Safety and Security and Fleet Administration and Support. He also oversees the department’s 11 regional directors. Sechrist is co-chair of the Comprehensive Program Team that oversees the development of the Comprehensive Program Update, including the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, a list of all highway and transit projects that propose to use Federal funds. He is responsible for the Department’s Asset Management Program.
Ronald L. Epstein
Chief Financial Officer
In January 2009, Ronald L. Epstein was named chief financial officer for the Department of Transportation. As CFO, Epstein is responsible for developing, directing and implementing the department’s annual budget; developing resource estimates in support of multi-year capital financing plans; managing personal and non-personal resource allocations within the department; providing financial and policy advice to the commissioner; and ensuring fiscal accountability within the department. Previously he was director of the department’s Public Transportation Bureau. In that capacity, Epstein was and continues to be responsible for developing, analyzing, and coordinating state and federal transportation policy initiatives, funding proposals, legislation, and regulations.
Assistant Commissioner, Administrative Services
Pete Snyder is the assistant commissioner for administrative services at the Department of Transportation, overseeing human resources, contracts, purchase, facilities management, audit and employee safety and health. Pete has had a wide-ranging career with the Department, having spent 20 years working in intergovernmental and public relations on the staffs of five different Commissioners of Transportation. He served 12 years in Traffic and Safety, performing a variety of administrative functions and working on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects, with particular emphasis on interagency coalitions and Rural ITS, and he also managed human resources for the Operations Division statewide for four years.
Diane C. Lombardi
Director, Office of External Relations
Diane C. Lombardi brings to the Department of Transportation over 25 years of experience in state government. As director of the Office of External Relations, Lombardi is responsible for communications, interfacing with federal, state and local governments, managing community relations and marketing, as well as interacting with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials and the Northeast Corridor Commission. Prior to NYSDOT, Diane served as executive director to the State Comptroller, responsible for all aspects of the Executive Division of the office of the State Comptroller.