Bethesda, Maryland - - National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Member Richard Sobel has been appointed chairman of Panel E of the New York City Electrical Code Revision and Interpretation Committee. New York recently adopted the 1999 National Electrical Code (NEC), and five technical panels were formed to write amendments bridging the gap between New York's special circumstances and the NEC. Panel E is responsible for Articles 770 through 830 which include fiber optics, communications, CATV, and networking systems.

"For many years we have worked toward the goal of bringing New York's code in line with the more comprehensive NEC," Sobel said. "Nevertheless, the nature and density of our city requires special considerations to insure safety and usability."

Richard Sobel, PE, is a member of NECA's Codes and Standards Committee and serves on the National Electrical Code Committee, as a member of CMP-13. He is a principal in Quantum Electric Corporation based in Long Island City, N.Y.