An empty boardroom with table and chairs.

Blasters Board of Examiners

Staff Contact

Vincent Rapacciuolo, Safety & Health Program Manager 2
Phone (518) 457-3530 email – [email protected]

Program Justification:  Worker Protection, Division of Safety & Health


  • Make recommendations to the Commissioner of Labor with respect to examinations, experience, and competence of such applicants.
  • Holds hearings prior to Commissioner's determination to suspend or revoke certificates, or to refuse renewal of certificates.
  • Reports findings and recommendations to the Commissioner with respect to such hearings.


12 NYCRR 61

Membership Structure

Three members appointed by the Commissioner of Labor. At least one shall be a blaster who holds a valid certificate of competence and at least one other member shall be a representative of explosives manufacturers. Each member of the advisory board shall serve without salary or other compensation, but, shall be allowed necessary and actual transportation expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties.

Current Board Members

Member County of Residence Member Qualification
Ms. Kris Kohler Columbia  Public Representative
Derrick Paro St. Lawrence Certified Blaster
Gregory Dembowski Genesee Certified Blaster
Jason Staats Montgomery Certified Blaster & Represents Manufacturers


Board Financials

Blasters Examining Board
Organization, Title
Member Name County of Residence FY 2022-23
Est. FY 2023-24 Expenses Est. FY 2024-25 Expenses
Mason Tenders District Council of Greater NY & LI Political Action Committee (MTDCPAC), Deputy Director Ms. Kris Kohler Columbia  $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Hilltop Energy Inc., Division Manager Derrick Paro St. Lawrence $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
The Powderman LLC, Owner Gregory Dembowski Genesee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Austin Powder Company, Technical Representative Jason Staats Montgomery $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Meeting Information

Meeting Dates: March 26, 2024

Meetings: September 30, 2022 Board Meeting Recording

Agendas: September 30, 2022 Board Meeting Agenda

Minutes: View the entire meeting here

Meeting Location: Albany, NY