Senior Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Carm Basile is Chief Executive Officer for the Capital District Transportation Authority. CDTA, with an annual operating budget of $86 million, serves customers throughout Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga counties.

Mr. Basile has worked at CDTA since 1981 and he was named CEO in 2009. During his CDTA career, he has a number of senior management positions. As CEO, Basile has companywide responsibility for transit development, daily operations, and presentation. Mr. Basile works with the CDTA Board of Directors to develop innovative strategies that deliver high quality services, programs and facilities to the people of the Capital Region. He has lead the transformation of the company into a community-based provider of mobility. Ridership last year was 17 million, a new record for CDTA and a 25 percent increase over the last 5 years.

Basile serves on a number of boards and civic organizations including Colonie Senior Services Center, Christian Brothers Academy, United Way of Northeastern New York, Equinox and the Colonie Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as President of the New York Public Transit Association, a statewide trade group consisting of transit agencies, manufacturers and government agencies.

Mr. Basile was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Worcester State College in Massachusetts with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Urban Studies. He lives in Latham with his wife Sheila. They have two sons.

Phone: (518) 437-8311
Fax: (518) 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: (518) 437-8315
Fax: (518) 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, Procurement and Risk Management departments.

Mr. Collins is the Chief Staff Liaison (CSL) to the Planning and Stakeholders Relations Committee of the Board of Directors.  For several years he has served as the CDTA labor relations staff member working with the Amalgamated Transit Union on employee relations and contract negotiations. 

Mr. Collins currently serves as a Trustee on the CDTS #1 and Amalgamated Transit Union Pension Plan and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Plan.   Mr. Collins is active in his community serving as the President of the Board of the Phoenix Tree Association, and previously served as the Board Chairman and Treasurer of the Northeastern Association of the Blind (NABA).

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

Phone: (518) 437-8330
Fax: (518) 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: (518) 437-8320
Fax: (518) 437-8328


Lance Zarcone
Director of Operations

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: (518) 437-8353
Fax: (518) 437-8368