The state of New York has dropped the ball on regulating construction related blasting and hydraulic hammering. The only state department that has any jurisdiction over blasting is the Department of Labor and their focus is solely on certification and licensing, NOT oversight of individual projects.
After speaking with Mary from the NYS DEPARTMENT of LABOR in Albany, I was left with less than a warm feeling. Mary was very pleasant and professional as she tried to reassure me, stating that Maine Drilling and Blasting had a good reputation. Though no one "... really knows the condition of the rock until they start blasting..."
Ohio State 2008 ROCK BLASTING Regulations
After a short time Mary called back and stated that her department's responsibility was similar to a patrol officer with a speed gun, waiting for someone to commit an offense. So, as I had suspected NYS DEPT of LABOR does not offer any oversight of individual projects. They respond if there is an accident or serious mishap. She did give me the person in charge of Safety Assessment at Maine Drilling and Blasting: Jim Jilson (603) 647-0299 EXT: 8515