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APA NY Metro Chapter – 2015 Annual Planning Conference

October 30, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm



8:00 – 8:45 Registration

Coffee and light breakfast will be served

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome Remarks

9:00 – 9:30 Opening Address

James Drinan, Executive Director, American Planning Association

9:30 – 10:30 Keynote

Howard Zemsky, President, CEO, New York State Empire State Development Corporation

10:30 – 11:45 Plenary Panel

Diversity in the Planning Profession
Moderator: Jee Mee Kim, AICP, Principal, HR&A Advisors
Maria Torres Springer, President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Purnima Kapur, Executive Director, New York City Department of City Planning
Maxine Griffith, AICP, Executive Vice President, Columbia University

12:00 – 1:00 Awards Lunch

1:15 – 2:30 Breakout Sessions

Hudson Valley Economic Development in the 21st Century
Moderator: Christopher Gomez, AICP, Planning Commissioner, City of White Plains
Ed Burroughs,AICP, Planning Commissioner, Westchester County
Dave Church, AICP, Planning Commissioner, Orange County
Eoin Wrafter, AICP, Planniing Commissioner, Dutchess County
Freda Eisenburg, AICP, Planning Commissioner, Sullivan County

Designing Engagement Tools for Small Business Resiliency
Moderator: Vanessa Monique Smith, AICP, Moderator, Director of Research & Outreach, 3×3 Design
Laetitia Wolff, Program Director for Civic Initiatives, American Institute of Graphic Arts/New York Chapter
Megan Marini, LEED, Director of Service Design, 3×3 Design
Jonathon Jackson, Partner & Creative Director, WSDIA/We Should Do It All
Bill Wilkins, Dir. of Economic Development, Local Development Corporation East New York

Improving the Implementation Tool Kit for Mega-Transportation Project
Moderator: Dr. Floyd Lapp. FAICP, Consultant Adjunct Urban Planning Professor, Columbia University
Sandy Hornick, Consultant, Former Deputy Executive Director for Strategic Planning, NYC Planning Department
Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, MTA Capital Construction President
Richard Roberts, Chief North East Corridor and Trans Hudson Project Development
Bill Wheeler, MTA Director of Planning and Special Projects

Parking Management Strategies to Support Livable Communities in the New York Metropolitan Region
Moderator: Eric Zamft, AICP, Project Manager, Town of Babylon Office of Downtown Revitalization
Larry McAuliffe, Sustainability Manager, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
Gregory Del Rio, PE, Director, Transportation Engineering, RBA Group
Naomi Klein, Planning Director, Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation
Andy Freleng, AICP Chief Planner, Suffolk County

2:45 – 4:00 Breakout Sessions

Planning Law Update [UNTIL 4:15]
David Karnovsky, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and Visiting Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Mark Levine, Of Counsel, Akerman, and Adjunct Professor, NYU Wagner School of Public Policy
Wesley O’Brien, Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

Trans Hudson Crisis: Regional Growth & Economic Impact of Transit Infrastructure
Introduction: Dan Baer, AICP, National Planning Marketing Lead, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Moderator: Beth Zall, AICP, Transportation Planner (Parsons Brinckerhoff)
Andrew Lynn, Director of Planning and Regional Development, Port Authority of NY & NJ (Invited)
Michael Lahr, Associate Director, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) (Invited)
Rich Roberts, Chief, NEC Trans-Hudson Projects, NJ TRANSIT (Invited)

Planning the Open City
Moderator: Moses Gates, AICP, Pratt Institute, ANHD
Hon. Mark Levine, NYC Councilman for 7th District, Chair of Parks Committee, Upper West Side
Mitchell Silver, FAICP, Commissioner, NYC Parks Department
Naomi Herrson-Rinkskog, Executive Director, No Longer Empty
Kate Slevin, AICP Vice President for Planning and Policy, Municipal Art Society

Triple Bottom Line Based Business Cases
John Williams, RLA, CEO, Impact Infrastructure Columbia University, Faculty School of International & Public Affairs
Rick Cunningham, RA, F.SAME, Sustainability Solutions Market Development Executive, Autodesk, Inc

4:30 – 5:45 Breakout Sessions

Post Sandy Waterfront Planning in New York City
Moderator: Bonnie A. Harken, AIA, APA, former Co-Chair, Waterfront Committee, NY Metro Chapter, APA and President, Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc.
Kate Dineen, Deputy Executive Director, New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
Carrie Grassi, Deputy Director for Planning, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, City of New York
Michael L. Marrella, AICP, Director, Waterfront and Open Space Division, New York City Department of City Planning
Stephen Whitehouse, RLA, AICP, LEED AP, Principal, Starr Whitehouse

Live Well Kingston Initiative – CDC Plan4Health Grant
Moderator: James Rausse, AICP, President, APA-NYM Chapter, Capital Projects Director, Bronx Borough President Office
Kristen E. Wilson, Senior Research Educator, Healthy Communities Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC)
Laurie Mozian, MS, RD, Project Coordinator, Health Alliance of Hudson Valley (HAHV)

Ethics in Planning Case of the Year [UNTIL 6:00]
Donald C. Burns, AICP, Past President APA-NYM, Senior Planner US DOT
Debbie Lawlor, AICP, AICP Region 1 Commissioner

Leveraging Transportation Infrastructure Investment to Revitalize the Public Realm
Moderator: Katie Theis, AICP, RLA, LEED, AP, Co-chair of APA-NYM Urban Design Committee, HNTB
Moderator: Christopher Riale, AICP, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Co-chair of APA-NYM Urban Design Committee
Skip Smallridge, Director of Urban Design, Crosby, Schlessinger & Smalllridge, LLC
Janet Campbell-Lorenc, AICP, Senior Director, NEC Business Development in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Investment Development Department
Natalie Shieh, AICP, AMTRAK, Project Director for the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan
Scott Hamwey, Manager of Long Range Planning, MassDOT

6:00 – 8:00 Cocktail Networking


October 30, 2015
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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APA NY Metro


Columbia University, Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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