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The Code Council is comprised of 17 members appointed by the Governor; some with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Code Council is empowered to maintain and periodically update the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and State Energy Conservation Construction Code, and to adopt higher or more restrictive local standards upon the recommendation of local governments. The members of this group represent architects, engineers, builders, trade unions, persons with disabilities, code enforcement, fire prevention, villages, towns, cities, counties, state agencies, the State Fire Administrator and the Secretary of State. A quorum of nine members must be present to adopt proposed code changes.

The Executive Law requires meetings to be held a minimum of four times a year. The mandated meetings are typically scheduled at the last meeting of each year. Meetings are held in Albany. All general meetings are open to the public.

2014 Meetings

For More Information, Contact:
        Mark Blanke, P.E.
        Assistant Director of Code Development
        New York State Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes
        One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1160, Albany, NY 12231
        Phone: (518) 474-4073
        Fax: (518) 486-4487

Code Council Members

Two members designated by statute:  
Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, Secretary of State
(Designee: Ronald Piester, A.I.A.)
State Fire Administrator

Bryant D. Stevens
(Designee: Paul Martin)

Two state officials appointed by the Governor:  
Commissioner of Health Vacant
Commissioner of Labor Peter M. Rivera
(Designee: Vincent Rapacciuolo)
Six elected officials appointed by the Governor:  
City (population over 1,000,000)

Bill de Blasio Mayor – City of New York
(Designee: Keith Wen, RA)

City (population over 100,000)


City (population under 100,000) Judith L. Kennedy, Mayor - City of Newburgh
(Designee: Michael Vatter, EFO, Esq)
County Willie J. Lightfoot, Legislator - Monroe County
Town Sue Mangold
Board Member - Town of East Greenbush
Village William K. Tucker, Mayor - Village of Canisteo
Seven members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate:  
Fire Service Official Joseph F. Sauerwein
Registered Architect Shawn Hamlin, R.A.
Professional Engineer Thomas B. Vanderbeek, P.E.
Code Enforcement Official John H. Flanigan
Builders Representative William W. Tuyn, Buffalo
Trade Union Representative John J. Torpey, Nyack
Persons with Disabilities Representative Richard M. Vargas, Watervliet