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Acting Commissioner/Senior Engineer

Yonkers, NY, 10710
November 15, 2018

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James A. Luke, M.E., P.E.

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Yonkers, NY 10710



To provide a description of my accomplishments, experience and education obtained during my years of employment as an engineer and New York State licensed Professional Engineer. I am seeking a challenging position in the field of chemical, civil or sanitary engineering, water quality, project management, Public Health and Safety, as well as environmental engineering management, construction compliance, radiological health, and water supply program administration.

August 2017 – Present

Acting Commissioner/Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing & Buildings, City of Yonkers

Approve/Issue Building Permits for the construction of new buildings and renovation of existing buildings.

NY State Certified Code Enforcement Officer

Manage staff and implement policy and procedures for the improving efficiency/productivity of the department.

Plan review of construction plans for compliance with the International Construction Codes and NYS supplement

FEMA Incident Command Sector training (100, 200, 400, &700 courses)

May 2017 – August 2017

Ettinger Engineering Associates – Senior Utilities Specialist

Sewer Connection applications for new construction and major renovations.

Backflow prevention device applications for new water connections and code compliance.

Dec. 2016 – Feb. 2017

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Civil Engineer for Division of Capital Projects

NYC Parks reconstruction and renovation.

Engineer’s Estimates for proposed projects.

Updating of regulations to align agency Rules w/ regulators requirements.

Nov. 2008- October 2016

NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Chief, Division of Permitting & Inspection, Bureau of Water & Sewer Protection

Supervise over 50 employees, and have supervised as many as 75 employees.

Oversee daily operation of approving permits for sewer connections, distribution and infrastructure; including over 200 plans per week for backflow prevention devices for protecting the NYC drinking water system

Approve plans for House Connection and Temporary Site Connection Proposals, Internal Water Mains, “Dewatering” and other permit issues. Supervise and Conduct Construction Compliance inspections

Worked with the Dept. of Transportation on street drainage and ground breaking permits for sewer repair.

Appeared in Educational Video:

Provide reports to City Council regarding Local Law Compliance for Cross-Connection Control/Backflow

Manage Cross-Connection Control and Enforcement Section installation of backflow prevention devices

Provide “Safe Work Place” training for staff, and complete annual incident report details as required by law.

Inspect connections for issuance of Certificate of Inspection needed for a Certificate of Occupancy required by the NYC Department of Buildings for Construction Compliance with approved plans, as well as “Tap” letters.

Issue Violations, Orders and Notifications to non-compliant facilities. Follow-up with ECB, Cease & Desist.

Liaison with the NYC Department of Buildings on the “Get It Done” program and the web-based “Hub” link

Managed and supervised an awarded contract for $595,250 to inspect and review over 10,000 backflow plans

Remediation Plan review, approval and compliance inspections for underground storage tanks, and site work.

Developed and Implemented new policies for fire sprinkler supply systems and protection requirements.

Discharge Permits and Dewatering approvals for Brown Fields remediation, and site clean-up for development.

Appeared at City Council Hearings and Town House Forums to discuss environmental issues of concern.

Oct. 1992-Nov. 2008

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Chief Engineer/Acting Director, Bureau of Public Health Engineering

Managed the Bureau’s Water Quality Protection Operations for drinking water and pool & beach water

Health & Safety Plan reviews and inspecting of public swimming pools and beaches, and provide training

Enforcement action for safety plan violations and Health Orders issued for Health Code non-compliance

Developed, improved and updated NYC Health Code, policies and procedures, Construction Compliance

Worked with Communicable Disease Unit and State Health regarding Legionella Investigations.

Reviewed and Approved remediation procedures for Environmental Clean-ups, Brown Fields, Water, underground bulk storage tanks, equipment/large vehicle cleaning stations containment and maintenance, plus water re-use.

Nov. 1984-Oct. 1992

Putnam County Department of Health

Public Health Engineer, Division of Environmental Health Services

Performed inspections, reviewed plans, generated reports and collected water samples for analysis

Managed the Public Water Supply Protection Program, Construction Compliance inspections

Issued violations for non-compliance with the New York State Sanitary Code

Reviewed and approved RFPs, Environmental Impact Statements and SEQR reviews for brown fields, etc.

Secured a $5,000 grant for Radon detectors for home testing and research study, created & implemented

June 1983-Jan. 1984

NYS Power Authority, Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Computer and Reactor Analyst

Automated operational, programming and maintenance procedures, assisted the Site’s Chief Nuclear Engineer


2012-2016: NYC DEP Chapter President, NYC Managerial Employees Association, two terms

2015: NYS Health Department approved IIA water plant operator’s certification courses I & II from Sacramento

2011 - 2014: NYC Buildings Department Plumbing Code Revision Committee and Rules Alignment

2011-2014: NYC Plumbing Code Revision Sub-Committee for Septic System and Dry Well Design Improvements

2011-2014: Instructed on Backflow Prevention to NYC Plumbers Association for Continuing Education Courses

2013: “Build-it-Back” Committee to develop resilience standards for shore-line reconstruction after Hurricane Sandy

2011-2013: Plumbing Code Revision Committee for the NYC Department of Buildings

2011: Provided & Conducted Training Module for Water Treatment Plant Operators Refresher Course

2008: Building Code Sustainability Committee for the NYC Department of Buildings, Water Re-Use Sub-Committee

2008: Developed and Co-Authored Paper on Water Supply Protection presented at the 2008 USEPA Symposium

2008: 8 Hour LEED Certification Training Course

2003-2008: Watershed Protection & Community Coordination Committee, Technical Advisory Committee (MS4)

2000-2017: NYSDEC Certified Dry Cleaners Third-Party Inspector, NYS Education Department

1996-2008: Conducted investigations of Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Prisons for remediation of Legionella.

1998-2008: Appointed Department’s Representative to the Environmental Control Board, now at OATH

1998: DCAS, Leadership Institute’s Management Academy completion

1998: NYC Hurricane Relief Effort in the Dominican Republic after Hurricane George

1997-1998: Hurricane/Coastal Storm Preparedness Committee & Exercise, NYC Department of Health for the NYC Office of Emergency Management

1994-2008: NYC Window Fall Prevention Board, Engineer assigned to the Board for Code Revision and Guard Approval

1990: NYS Licensed Professional Engineer, NYS Education Department

1985-2016: American Water Works Association member, AWWA

1985-1993: Westchester Water Works Conference Member


2005-Present: Engineering Continuing Education and Training, 12 credits minimum per year


Baccalaureate in Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY

Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), Manhattan College, Bronx NY

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