The Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (RCPT) is a multi-state steering committee that guides the RCPGP-funded activities in this region. The team is led by the Chairs of the region's two Urban Area Working Groups. RCPT members represent the interests of many stakeholders in their communities, including counties, cities, private businesses, nonprofit groups, and volunteer organizations.
Commissioner Esposito has been dedicated to public service since 1968. Prior to joining OEM, he spent over 40 years serving New York City's Police Department (NYPD), and most recently served as the NYPD's Chief of Department from 2000 until his retirement from the agency in 2013. As Chief of Department, Esposito directed and controlled the daily operations of the six major enforcement bureaus within the NYPD Patrol Services, Detectives, Transportation, Transit, Housing and Organized Crime Control. As the longest-serving chief in department history, Esposito presided over a 40 percent drop in violent crime, oversaw the agency's evolution from a traditional crime-fighting organization to one that embraced the post-9/11 anti-terror mission, and helped introduce the Toys-for-Guns program in Washington Heights. Esposito earned praise for his leadership during and after the 9/11 attacks. Esposito also oversaw the NYPD's response to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Esposito holds a B.A. in criminal justice from the State University of New York.
Scott Di Giralomo has more than 25 years of experience in public safety and emergency response. He is the director of the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety and oversees six county divisions including the Office of Emergency Management. As director, he also serves as the county emergency management coordinator and county fire marshal. Di Giralomo was a task force leader with the NJ State Police Urban Search and Rescue Team for six years. He has served as a planning section chief on several National Special Security Events. He chairs the Northern NJ Urban Area Working Group and is cochair of the NY and NJ Regional Catastrophic Grant Program.
(As of August 2015)
|Bergen County OEM||Matt Ziemkiewicz|
|Connecticut DEMHS||Robert Kenny|
|Hudson County OEM||Jim Woods|
|New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness||Steve Gutkin|
|New Jersey State Police OEM||Mario Sinatra
|Northern New Jersey UASI||Scott DiGiralomo
|Westchester County OEM||Jennifer Wacha
|Nassau County OEM||Paul Wilders|
|NYC Emergency Management / NY UASI||Joseph Esposito
|NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services||Dave DeMatteo
|Pike County OEM||Timothy Knapp|
|Suffolk County OEM||Ed Schneyer|
The RIC was created to function as the operational arm of the RCPT, managing and executing the planning goals for the NY-NJ-CT-PA area. Located in Lower Manhattan, the office served as a regional hub for the program. Core staff was composed of planners and project managers from multiple disciplines, with additional support and input coming from key emergency management personnel from around the region.