The Comp Alliance is a group self-insured workers' compensation program, designed exclusively for municipal corporations and school districts in New York State. Sponsored by the Association of Towns of the State of New York and the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), the Comp Alliance has over 325 participating members.  Its main purpose remains today what it was in 1994: to ensure that its members are able to meet their long-term workers' compensation liabilities while maintaining stable funding contributions.

When a municipality joins the Comp Alliance, it gets the tools needed to keep its employees safe and successfully manage its workers’ compensation costs.  Our five in-house professional risk managers are organized by region so that a loss control representative is always close by to assist our members.  We encourage our members to assume leadership by promoting safety in the workplace, and our education and training programs help our members reduce the number of workplace injuries.  And when a workplace accident does occur, our dedicated claims staff works with the member to ensure that the claim is handled professionally and expeditiously, toward a safe and healthy return to work for the injured employee.    

Our commitment to fully funding our liabilities ensures that funds will be available to pay the continuing costs of lost wages and medical care long after an employee is injured.  Fully funding long-term liabilities up front also factors significantly in reducing our members’ future workers’ compensation costs, leading to greater budgetary stability year to year.  

Our Mission — to protect our members from long-term exposure to costly workers' compensation claims by providing a fiscally sound, comprehensive workers' compensation program that maintains the stable pricing necessary for municipal budgets.


  • Full funding of liabilities
  • Pro-active risk management services
  • Diligent claims management services
  • Understanding the needs of our members

When it comes to insuring the safety of your employees, experience the Comp Alliance difference.

  pdf Workers' Compensation for Municipalities (3.83 MB)

  pdf Workers' Compensation for Schools (4.13 MB)


Board of Trustees

The Comp Alliance is governed by a Board of Trustees that includes elected and appointed municipal officials and representatives from the municipal associations that represent Villages, Towns and Cities in New York.  This balance ensures that the Board of Directors is always guided by the needs of its members small and large, and able to provide the best possible service to New York’s municipalities.    



  Gerry Geist: Executive Director, Association of Towns


Peter Baynes, Executive Director, NYCOM           


              Mike Sweeton, Supervisor, Town of Warwick


James Bach, Supervisor, Town of Aurora


Mark Blask, Mayor, City of Little Falls

Edward Brancati, Village Manager, Village/Town of Mount Kisco


Jason DiPonzio, Town Councilperson, Town of Brighton

Kristie Hansen-Hightower, Comptroller, Town of Southold  

Lori Mithen-Demasi, Counsel, Association of Towns

Janet Plarr, Village Administrator, Village of Blasdell  

Brian Ridgway, Village Administrator, Village of Old Westbury

Kim Splain, Deputy Director, Association of Towns


Barbara Van Epps, Deputy Director, NYCOM



The success of the Comp Alliance is attributable to its strategic partnerships with the Association of Towns, the New York State Conference of Mayors and Wright Risk Management. Our partners participate in the governance and management of the Comp Alliance, ensuring that the Comp Alliance stays true to its mission and remains the preeminent workers’ compensation option for New York State’s municipalities and schools.

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  pdf Meet Our Partners (2.09 MB)

Association of Towns of the State of New York

The Association of Towns of the State of New York was established in 1933 to help towns obtain greater economy and efficiency. The Association serves town governments by providing training programs, research and information services, technical assistance, legal services, insurance programs and a variety of publications to member towns. It represents town governments by providing advocacy in Albany, monitoring legislation and regulatory action, lobbying and presenting initiatives solely on behalf of towns. The Association gains all of its revenue from dues and activities and receives no State or federal assistance.

The membership of the Association consists solely of towns, and therefore all town officials are included. From inception, membership support has been strong and has grown to over 97% of all towns. The Association staffing has evolved over the years to meet member needs and now includes attorneys and professionals with experience in town government, the State Legislature and State agencies. The Association's library and computer systems house vast amounts of information on State and local governments, including fiscal and census data, and membership information for more than 20,000 town officials!

New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM)logo nycom

NYCOM's mission is the same today as it was when we were founded in 1910. At the beginning of the 20th century, "state municipal leagues" began to be formed to give general support to municipal officials in each state, serving as a way to improve local government by facilitating cooperation, the exchange of information and ideas on best practices, and the discussion of new solutions to common municipal problems.

By 1910, the state municipal league movement was well underway, with leagues formally or informally organized in more than a dozen states. The first formal meeting of city mayors in New York was held as a "Conference of Mayors" on June 23 and 24, 1910, in the City of Schenectady's Mohawk Theater, to discuss problems of municipal health administration. More than 200 mayors and other officials from 42 of the State's then 49 cities were represented at the event. In 1924, NYCOM opened its membership to village governments, and eventually changed the basis of membership from solely the mayor to the entire municipal government.

Then, as now, NYCOM's mission is to serve as:

  • A powerful advocate for city and village governments and their taxpayers before the state's Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government;
  • A readily accessible source of practical information touching upon every area of municipal activity; and
  • The preeminent provider of training for local government officials. Through membership in NYCOM, New York's cities and villages are better able to provide essential services in the most cost effective manner.

Wright logoWright Risk Management (WRM)

Wright Risk Management (WRM) has been the program manager of the Comp Alliance since 1994, when it partnered with the Association of Towns to create a workers’ compensation program to meet the unique needs of New York’s municipalities and schools.    

WRM is licensed by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to represent self-insured programs, and its current list of public sector clients includes over 700 municipalities and school districts in New York State.  WRM has substantial financial and staff resources in our Garden City, NY location where all of our public entity workers’ compensation programs are managed and administered.  WRM ‘s current staff numbers over 200 insurance professionals who handle a variety of insurance programs including but not limited to cooperatives, reciprocals, individual self-insured school districts and several other unique programs, including the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) and the New York School Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR).

Our specialization and focus on the insurance needs of New York State schools and municipalities allows us to provide unparalleled service to our clients and adapt our services to meet the challenges that are unique to our clients. Focusing upon the needs and risks that are specific to schools and municipalities, we specialize in workers’ compensation, general and professional liability, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, environmental liability, commercial property and commercial automobile - all the exposure and liability areas that confront entities in the public sector.

Upcoming Events

04 Jun 2023
12:00PM - 12:30PM
2023 ASBO New York Education Summit & Expo
05 Jun 2023
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Member Virtual Training Seminar
04 Jun 2023
12:00PM - 12:30PM
2023 ASBO New York Education Summit & Expo