BARBARA J. FIALA
New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
Barbara J. Fiala was named Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in February of 2011. As DMV Commissioner, Fiala also serves as Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), which administers the distribution of federal funds that promote and support the State's highway safety programs.
Commissioner Fiala has more than 30 years experience in public service starting in 1981 when she served as an office supervisor in the Broome County DMV. In 1997, she became the first woman ever elected Broome County Clerk and in 2004 she was elected as the first woman and sixth County Executive of Broome County. She was re-elected to that position in 2008 and served until her appointment as DMV Commissioner.
Commissioner Fiala is committed to community service having served as a board member of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), President of the New York State Association of County Executives and on the County Executives of America Board. She was Vice Chair of the Broome County Industrial Development Agency Board and in 2008 was appointed as a Committee Member of the National Association of Counties; Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. She is also a proud member of Sons of Italy of America.
Commissioner Fiala holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Binghamton University and an Associate Degree from Broome Community College. A native of Broome County, the Commissioner resides in Binghamton with her husband. They have two adult sons and two grandsons.