On November 5th, 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law requiring that excavators who work for a local government and their hired contractors, as well as excavators that work for an operator and their hired contractors, receive training and education on underground utility safety. When a person has successfully completed the Dig Safely New York Certified Excavator Program (CEP) in Safe Digging Best Practices, they are certified by the one-call center for five (5) years, demonstrating a fundamental understanding of the Safe Digging Best Practices that should be used for safe excavation. This certification must be completed by May 4th, 2019 to be in compliance with the amendment. The SWCD will be holding a certification class Wednesday, February 27th. There will be 2 sessions, one in morning and one in the afternoon. Registration is due by Tuesday February 19th. If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact us at (607)756-5991.