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General Category => NY Canal Corp Announcements & Updates => Topic started by: Doug K on March 28, 2019, 09:48:29 am

Title: Good-bye Mr. Callaghan, Erie Canal Neighbors thank you for your Service
Post by: Doug K on March 28, 2019, 09:48:29 am
The ECNA has just been informed that Mr. John Callaghan will be moving to a new job opportunity within New York State very soon. John has a long, storied career with the New York Canal Corporation that will suit him well as he transitions to his new role as Chief Executive Officer for the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District, the HRBRRD for short.

Here's the Letter from Brian Stratton sent along to John's co-workers in the NY Canal Corporation, notifying them of the upcoming change


Please join me in offering congratulations and warm wishes to our Acting Executive Deputy Director John Callaghan, who will be departing the Canal Corporation in mid-April to become the Executive Director of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District in Albany.   

Created by the NYS Legislature in 1959, the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District combined the Black River and Hudson River regulating districts, which were formed in 1919 and 1922, respectively, to reduce flooding and augment flows at times of drought or other periods when normal river flows are low.  Its jurisdiction includes the Great Sacandaga Lake, impounded behind the Conklingville Dam, and its shoreline. It also includes the Indian Lake Reservoir and Dam, and reservoirs and dams at Stillwater, Hawkinsville, Old Forge, and Six Lakes.

John began his career as a seasonal Tender Captain in 1997 after being honorably discharged from the U. S. Coast Guard.  He has also served as Tugboat Captain, Canal Traffic Agent, Director of Canal Policy Implementation and Planning, Special Assistant to the Director, Deputy Director, Acting Director of the Canal Corporation, and – most recently – Acting Executive Deputy Director.  John, whose State service also includes time spent at the Legislative Bill Drafting Commission and the New York State Museum, has been honored by the Canal Society of New York State with its prestigious “Spirit of the Canal” award and is widely considered to be one of the State’s foremost experts on today’s New York State Canal System.

As my Deputy Director and Acting Executive Deputy Director, John has been invaluable to me as I worked with all of you to deliver on Governor Cuomo’s vision for our Canals, and for New York State.

John’s character, passion for his job, sense of humor, and unwaveringly positive attitude, has endeared him to colleagues both here at Canals, and throughout our many partner agencies and organizations.  The Canal Corporation has benefited immeasurably by having someone of John’s integrity, intellect, and work ethic on the executive management team.  While John will be missed, I know his leadership at the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District will help it perform its critical mission in a way that reflects well on his time here at Canals.

Please join me in wishing John all the best!


John has been a fixture on the Canal's Embankment Integrity Program for the NYCC, heading up public meetings and addressing individual concerns of many residents that have been involved with recent canal embankment safety efforts. John has worked tirelessly with the ECNA as well, helping us understand the safety issues with the Erie Canal System, as well as helping us create the narrative for embankment safety that you see here in this forum. John has been a steady force throughout this safety project, and his departure will leave a void that will be hard to fill.

John's new role is laid out here in the HR-BR District Org Chart


And here's the extent of the Hudson River & Black River water


And for those who think John is leaving because of all the commotion regarding Dams in NY State, think again. John's new role has even larger dams to keep safe and functional, and a lot more water to deal with as part of his new position.


Thanks John Callaghan, for all you have done to further the safety along the Erie Canal. Good Luck in your next adventure with Hudson River & Black River Water District management...smooth sailing... and "full freightings".

The ECNA will be posting any additional information on Mr. Callaghan's replacement once that becomes available...TBD
Title: Re: Good-bye Mr. Callaghan, Erie Canal Neighbors thank you for your Service
Post by: Doug K on April 14, 2019, 10:30:51 am
The Canal Corporation posted a nice farewell to John recently.