eSpatially New York is authored by Sam Wear who has managed and led development of the Westchester County, New York GIS program since 1988. In addition to overseeing the County’s enterprise GIS program, he works extensively with municipal governments throughout the County in building both local GIS capacity and collaborative efforts with the County. His 30+ years of County service also include a four-year IPA detail with the U.S.Geological Survey, National Geospatial Program in Reston, Virginia.
He is two-time President of the Northeast Arc Users Group and founder of the New York State GIS Association. Born in Ancon, Panama and raised in east Akron, Ohio, he earned his B.S in Wildland Recreation Management from the University of Idaho and a M.S. in Natural Resources Management at the University of Vermont. It was at UVM when he began work in GIS as part of his graduate education using ESRI’s first software product PIOS (Polygon Information Overlay System).
When not writing about geospatial across the New York State landscape, you might find him on a golf course close to you, on the family farm in Missouri, or bagging Adirondack High Peaks with his family, dogs, and extended posse of excentric friends.