Communications Commission

The Communications Commission is comprised of seven commissioners and two alternate commissioners.  Their primary function is to assist with disseminating information to the citizens of Oakland.  They oversee the various committees that operate the various aspects of the Borough's communication with Borough residents.

Underneath the Commission, there are several committees.

  • The Television Committee operates the Borough's Local Access Television Station (Channel 77 on Cablevision, Channel 2145 on FiOS, and Channel 75.6 on LocalBTV), and use it to broadcast Mayor and Council meetings, community announcements as well as various community events. 
  • The Newsletter Committee publishes the monthly emailed newsletter for the residents of Oakland which includes stories, news, and announcements about Oakland.
  • The Bulletin Board Committee is responsible for updating the community announcements and news that are posted onto the local access channel, Oakland TV, in addition to selecting the background music that is played during the bulletin board slides.
  • The Welcome, Website & Social Media Committee helps to run and advise the Borough on its social media accounts, has a role in the Borough's website, and creates and maintains a Welcome Packet for new residents of Oakland.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer on one or several of the Communications Commission's committees, click here! If you would like to join the Communications Commission itself, please email to learn more.

Contact the Oakland Communications Commission

Sub-Committee Chairpersons & Council Liaison

Committee TitleCommissioner Liaison
Oakland Television CommitteeJim Barry
Borough Newsletter CommitteeKerri Sirinides
Bulletin Board CommitteeSalma Shamy
Welcome, Website & Social Media CommitteeRyan Schwertfeger
Borough Council LiaisonKevin Slasinski

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Michael Carelli Administrative Liaison (201) 337-8111 ext. 2001
Wendi Seelin Borough Secretary (201) 337-8111, ext. 2026

Oakland Communications Commission

Name Title
Jim Barry Commissioner & Oakland Television Committee Chairman
Patricia Carrera Alternate Commissioner #1
Salma Shamy Alternate Commissioner #2 & Bulletin Board Committee Chairwoman
Ryan Schwertfeger Chairman
Benjamin Good Junior Commission Member
William Sisti Commissioner
Kerri L. Sirinides Newsletter Chairwoman, Commissioner
Amy Eilert Commissioner
Andrea Levy Commissioner, Chairperson Welcome, Website and Social Media
Kristina Pawelko Commissioner