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Chief Executive Officer

Carm Basile was appointed as CDTA Chief Executive Officer in September 2009. In his current position, Mr. Basile works with the CDTA Board of Directors to insure the delivery of high quality services, programs and facilities to Capital Region residents.


As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Basile is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Authority’s fleet, facilities, staff and management. He has been employed at CDTA since July 1981, holding a number of senior level positions at CDTA, including Deputy Executive Director for Business Development, Director of Business Development, Chief of Staff, Director of Marketing and Transportation Planner.


Mr. Basile serves as a Board Member at Clearview Center, Colonie Senior Services and the Sports Foundation of the Capital Region. He serves as Board Member and President of the New York Public Transit Association and is a Board Trustee for Christian Brothers Academy.


Mr. Basile was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts and attended parochial schools. He holds a BA degree in Urban Studies from Worcester State College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He lives in Latham, New York with his wife Sheila and their two sons.

Phone: 437-6840
Fax: 437-8349


Amanda Avery
General Counsel

Amanda has been with CDTA since 2008 serving as General Counsel. Her General Practice portfolio includes Personal injury defense, Labor and employment relations, Human rights, Contracts, Compliance and Ethics, and Real Estate law. Prior to CDTA, Ms. Avery was employed at the law offices of Cooper Erving and Savage, LLP, and at Cahill Gordon and Reindel.


Ms. Avery currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless. Previously, she served on the boards of NYCLU, Capital Region Chapter, and Pierce Hall at the Children’s Place, and as a member of the NYS Bar Association, American Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta and the Justinian Society. She has received her degrees from Albany Law School and Union College. Ms. Avery resides in Guilderland with her family.

Phone: 437-8315
Fax: 437-8318

Michael P. Collins
Vice President of Finance & Administration

Mike Collins been with CDTA since 1986 and has held several positions throughout his career at CDTA. As Vice President of Finance & Administration, he is responsible for the financial operations of CDTA and oversees the Human Resources and Procurement departments.

For several years Mr. Collins was the lead CDTA labor relations staff member working with the Amalgamated Transit Union on contract negotiations. Currently he is Chief Staff Liaison to the Planning and Stakeholders Relations Committee of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Collins serves on the Board of NABA as the Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is a Trustee on the CDTS#1 and Amalgamated Transit Union Pension Plan and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Plan. He also serves as a board member in the Phoenix Tree Association.

Mr. Collins holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College. He resides in East Greenbush with his wife and three children.

Phone: 437-8330
Fax: 437-8347

Christopher G. Desany
Vice President of Planning and Infrastructure

Mr. Desany has been with CDTA since June 2007. Prior to coming to CDTA, he was a Software Architect focusing on emerging technologies, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) frameworks, and software development management.


Mr. Desany is responsible for all strategic planning, service planning, and scheduling activities across CDTA’s service area; all technology programs, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), ERP and scheduling systems, infrastructure, performance measurement, and project management; and management of all CDTA operating and administrative facilities, train stations, parking structures, and shelters. He also serves as Chief Staff Liaison (CSL) to Board of Directors Performance Oversight Committee.


He holds AAS, BS, and MS degrees in Computer Science, and resides in East Greenbush with his family.

Phone: 437-8320
Fax: 437-8328

Gary Cook
Director of Transportation

Mr. Cook has been with CDTA since November of 1987. In his current role as Director of Transportation, he oversees all functions of the department, including bus operations, supervision and support activities with a strong emphasis on customer service. Before joining CDTA, Mr. Cook spent time as an operator for a Capital Region tour bus company, providing him a background of more than 25 years in the transit industry.


Mr. Cook holds over 20 years of operations experience at CDTA and has held numerous roles with increasing responsibility since joining the authority, including time as Superintendent for STAR service, along with time as the Troy Division Superintendent prior to his most recent role of Superintendent at the Albany Division. Gary and his wife reside in Clifton Park, N.Y. and have one son.

Phone: 437-8372
Fax: 437-8328


Lance Zarcone
Director of Maintenance

Mr. Zarcone began working at CDTA in 1996 as a cleaner in the Albany division.  He has been progressively promoted along the way holding various positions in both the maintenance and transportation departments from mechanic to foreman to Assistant Superintendent of Transportation.  As Director of Maintenance, Mr. Zarcone oversees vehicle maintenance and insures that the CDTA fleet is of the highest quality and ready to serve customers at all times. Lance resides in Greenville, NY.


Phone: 437-8353
Fax: 437-8368