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  • Simplify That Code!

    WHEN: Monday, March 29, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Please join the Sullivan County Planning Department and APA Metro NY Chapter, Hudson Valley West for “Simplify That Code” Virtual Training with Author, lecturer, and site designer, Russell Arendt.

    Mr. Arendt is the country’s most sought-after speaker on the topic of creative development design as a conservation tool. His work has been featured in leading periodicals including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Wall Street Journal, Landscape Architect, Urban Land, the Amicus Journal, the Smithsonian, and the New Yorker. He is the principal and owner of his consulting firm Greener Prospects located in Brunswick, Maine, and is Senior Conservation Advisor at the Natural Lands Trust in Media, Pennsylvania. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute in London. In 2004 he was named an Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and in 2005 he received the American Institute of Architects’ Award for Collaborative Achievement. In 2008 he received an honorary degree in Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design, in Conway, Massachusetts.


    CM CREDITS: 1.5 (Pending)


    Event Type: Lecture
    CM Credits: 1.5

  • Planning in the Time of Covid 19: A Group Discussion around the Mid Hudson Region

    WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2020 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join us for an informal discussion and ideas exchange. New York Stronger will require planning, let’s be ready.


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: none

  • Planning for Floodplain Resiliency:A Community Roundtable

    WHEN: Monday, April 15, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Join the APA NY Metro Chapter at the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association 2019 Annual Conference for a discussion about resiliency.  The discussion will cover upstate, downstate, rural, urban, science, engineering, planning, floodplain management, private sector, public sector…the nexus…resiliency.

    The Panel:

    David Kvinge, AICP, RLA, CFM

    As Director of Environmental Planning for Westchester County, Mr. Kvinge is involved in the development and implementation of the County’s programs to protect and manage natural resources. Major programs include watershed planning, habitat restoration, stormwater management, hazard mitigation planning and flood mitigation. Additional program areas include the work program of the County Soil and Water Conservation District, which the Department staffs, and other areas such as open space and agricultural protection. The Department develops information for use by local municipalities, the professional community and the general public. Stormwater programs focus on retrofitting existing properties with stormwater best management practices, incorporating BMPs into capital projects and coordinating the County’s Stormwater Committee, which is responsible for the development and implementation of the County Stormwater Management Plan and County Executive Orders concerning stormwater pollution. The department works closely with state and federal agencies in areas of hazard mitigation planning, stormwater management and natural resource protection.

    Mr. Kvinge has 30 years of experience working in the private sector, local government, and regional agencies primarily on physical planning and environmental regulatory issues. Prior to joining Westchester County, he focused on water supply and stormwater management with an environmental engineering firm in New England and worked with a municipal planning consulting firm throughout Westchester County, Nassau County and the lower Hudson River Valley. His experience also includes the preparation of development plans, master plans, and regional plans; landscape architecture, including planting plans, restoration plans, and roadway and drainage design; GIS analysis; and land surveying. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners and a licensed landscape architect in the state of Connecticut. He is also a Certified Floodplain Manager from the Association of State Floodplain

     Kristin Marcell, MA, NYS DEC, HRE, Climate Resilience Project Coordinator

    Kristin coordinates regional efforts to plan for and address the effects of climate change for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell Water Resources Institute. The Estuary Program is a regional partnership to restore and conserve the Hudson River and its watershed. Kristin’s work is currently focused in two areas: (1) helping riverfront communities plan, design and implement projects that increase their resilience to flooding, heat and drought and (2) developing state policy and guidance to support consideration of nature-based solutions in project design.

    She’s worked with Hudson Valley partners to help riverfront communities complete vulnerability assessments and implement resilience plans including projects to reimagine waterfront development, consider strategic retreat, improve emergency communication, assess water infrastructure and update local policies. She was lead author of the NYS Sea Level Rise Task Force report and co-developed the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. Kristin has a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. in Biology from Clark University.

     Jane Nicholson, AICP, CFM

    An Urban + Natural Resources Planner within the Municipal Water division of OBG, Part of Ramboll, in Syracuse, New York. Ms. Nicholson has a diverse background in urban planning and design, public administration, and natural resources management, with expertise in local and state-wide planning, zoning, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, site design, community engagement, and grant administration.

    Her current projects are focused on integrating best planning practices with engineering techniques to solve complex and challenging, multi-sector projects related to green infrastructure, urban stormwater, and floodplain management.

    Ms. Nicholson received her Bachelor’s in geography and international relations from Syracuse University; Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Natural Resources Management from the SUNY ESF, and a Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Ms. Nicholson is a native of Cazenovia, NY, where she is actively involved in the community; serving her first term on the ESF Foundation Board of Directors, and second term on the Village of Cazenovia Zoning Board of Appeals.

    Russell Urban- Mead – AIPG, PE, QEP

    As a consulting Environmental Scientist and Senior Hydrogeologist at The Chazen Companies, Mr. Urban-Mead oversees watercourse projects, installation and testing of groundwater wells in bedrock and glacial geologic settings, remediation of urban center and commercial properties under NYS or NYC Brownfield programs, and manages regional aquifer management and monitoring programs. His current assignments include a watershed-scale flood management study of Rensselaer County’s Poesten Kill watershed, examination of dam removal and low-head hydroelectric energy and natural resource opportunities, and numerous active water supply and site remediation projects. Mr. Urban-Mead is a Principal at the Chazen Companies, serving as Vice President for Environmental Services responsible for direction of Chazen’s wetland, wildlife, remediation, property due diligence, brownfields, remediation, and sustainable futures programs. Mr. Urban-Mead works closely with engineers, surveyors, and planners across the Chazen Companies’ seven offices, and is a licensed Professional Geologist in New York State, an AIPG Certified Professional Geologist, and a NYS Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).

    Click here for more information about the NYSFSMA Annual Conference and to register for this event



    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: 1

  • New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) Annual Meeting

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 11:15 am - 1:15 pm


    Keynote Speaker:

    Shailen Bhatt

    President and CEO
    ITS America

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    Council Secretary Ron Epstein, New York State Department of Transportation

    Council Permanent Co-Chair Paul A. Karas, Acting Commissioner, New York State Dept. of Transportation
    Council Outgoing Co-Chair Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive

    Jose M. Rivera, P.E., Executive Director

    Shailen Bhatt, President & CEO, ITS America

    E. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Reserved for registered speakers on a first come, first served basis. Each speaker will be asked to limit remarks to no more than three minutes.)


    1. ACCEPT:  February 27, 2018 Meeting Synopsis

    2. ADOPT: Resolution #2019-1 –   Council Adoption of the State Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Unified Planning Work Program.

    3. ADOPT: Resolution #2019-2 –   Recognition of Service as NYMTC Co-Chair by Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive

    4. CONFIRM:   New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg as the Council Incoming Co-Chair for 2019-2020



    Event Type: Lecture
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  • Book Reading: Cassim Shepard of City Makers

    WHEN: Sunday, June 24, 2018 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Come to this intimate book launch featuring Cassim Shepard and the ever so relevant topic of urbanism. Cassim will share an animated presentation about the examples of proactive urbanism by ordinary people followed by a Q&A.

    Cities are where solutions to the twenty-first century’s key challenges—addressing inequality, fostering political participation, responding to climate change—will be tested. And as cities adapt to new developments in technology, infrastructure, public space, transportation, and housing, so too must urban practices and our understanding of how to effect positive change evolve.

    In Citymakers, Cassim Shepard offers a vivid survey of how urbanism today is no longer the domain of just planners, politicians, and power brokers removed from the effects of their decisions, but an array of citizens working at the vanguard of increasingly diverse practices, from community gardeners to architects to housing advocates.

    Drawing on six years as the editor of Urban Omnibus, one of the leading publications charting innovations in urban practice (launched in 2009 by The Architectural League of New York), Shepard explores a broad variety of projects in New York, a city at the forefront of experimental and practical research.

    Citymakers reports from the front lines of urban practice with up-to-the-minute examples and arguments that reframe our understanding of urbanism. With original photography by Alex Fradkin, the book fuses the rich visual and graphic sensibility of architectural publishing with the informative readability of sophisticated, long-format journalism.

    Revising traditional notions of urban intervention and providing new directions for the next generation of citizen-practitioners, Citymakers is a lasting document of the perspectives driving cities today, and tomorrow.

    The Fullerton Center 297 Grand Street, Newburgh NY 12550
    Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 4pm-6pm
    Free and open to everyone. RSVP to



    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 2

  • Green Infrastructure in the Delaware River Watershed

    WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Join us on June 20th! Partners from the Delaware River Watershed are teaming up for a policy forum on the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green infrastructure. 

    This event brings together a talented group of speakers and panelists to talk about how now is more important than ever to invest in greener strategies for managing stormwater. From innovative examples to barriers and opportunities, this policy forum will provide the information and tools needed for local decision-makers to get involved and bring more green infrastructure into their communities. Please register at or here.


    10:00 am – 10:15 am –
    Breakfast and Networking
    10:15 am – 10:20 am –
    10:20 am – 10:30 am –
    Opening Remarks
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm –
    Part I: Spread it Out, Slow it Down, and Soak it In
    12:00 pm – 12:45 pm –
    12:45 pm – 2:00 pm –
    Part II: Goals and Opportunities for Planning and Implementing GI in the Region
    2:00 pm – 2:15 pm –
    2:15 pm – 2:35 pm –
    Part III: Keep it Green – Delaware County Stream Corridor Management Plan
    2:35 pm – 3:00 pm –
    Concluding remarks, Q&A, group discussion, and next steps
    3:00 pm –



    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: pending

  • Regional Planning Panel Discussion

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Please join the APA NYM Transportation Committee for a panel discussion on regional planning challenges and opportunities in the New York City metropolitan area. Hear from the Regional Plan Association and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council on their recently released regional plans, followed by a moderated discussion led by the NYC Department of City Planning. Light snacks will be provided. 1.5 CM credits pending.

    RSVP required for building security –

    Please note the new location. Event will be held at AECOM’s offices at 125 Broad St, 15th Floor


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 1.5 pending

  • Housing in Urban Centers: What it all means

    WHEN: Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is bringing together national and local housing experts at a September 14th forum to outline how to increase and improve housing in the valley’s urban areas- an important component in helping rejuvenate communities and a goal of Pattern’s Urban Action Agenda. The overall goal of the forum is to expose people to tools, examples, and methods of successful urban revitalization strategies that can be utilized in small cities.

    We hope to reach the overall goal by hearing from the following speakers and the tools, examples and methods they plan to share. Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies and author of The Well-Tempered City will discuss tools for long range planning that are inclusive of climate change, increase in urban population, resource scarcity, lack of affordable housing, and inequality. In his talk he will include examples of Jonathan Rose Companies’ successful green mixed income developments that include social services as well as the necessity of integrating housing, health, education, transportation, open space and healthy food to regenerate communities that grow opportunity for their residents. A panel comprising of Joan Straussman Brandon, Northeast Regional Vice President, NeighborWorks America; Paul Singh, Director of Community Stabilization, NeighborWorks America; and Lynn Peterson, Senior Relationship Manager, NeighborWorks America, will talk about the necessary factors for successful urban revitalization. This discussion will include: national examples of how Low Income Housing Tax Credit single family homes can be converted to homeownership; methods of preserving existing housing stock; and the outcomes of the Working Cities Challenge in Massachusetts. Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, will provide perspectives on population segments sometimes left behind amid housing growth. Her talk will include: housing policy updates from Washington DC and how to use wage data to show the need for affordable housing on a local level. Tiffany Manuel, Vice President of Enterprise Community Partners will discuss: the best ways to frame the need for affordable housing and services in public meetings and how the Opportunity 360 tools can be best utilized to create neighborhoods of opportunity.

    Please join us at this forum to spend time learning from experts in the community development field and generate discussion on how best to apply this knowledge to the Hudson Valley.

    This event is approved for 4.75 AICP CM Credits.

    For more information, or to register, email


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: 4.75 requested

  • What the Future Holds for Suburban Mobility in Rockland County

    WHEN: Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This session, entitled “What the Future Holds for Suburban Mobility in Rockland County” will be the third event presented as part of the “A Year of Transportation” program, a year-long series of presentations and workshops.

    This session will focus on how our regional partners rethink street design, and how demographic, climate, and economic changes might transform transportation decisions in the future. An overview of the Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan, “A Region Transformed: Building a Long-Term Vision for the Metropolitan Region,” scheduled to be released in the fall, will be provided.

    We are pleased to have Kate Slevin, Vice President of state programs and advocacy at the Regional Plan Association and Alyssa Pichardo, Senior Planner for Transportation at the Regional Plan Association, lead the discussion on these pertinent issues.

    Click here to learn more and for registration information.


    Event Type: Lecture
    CM Credits:

  • Healthy Communities and Placemaking

    WHEN: Friday, June 9, 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    The Orange County Citizens Foundation is presenting a daylong conference focusing on the role of active design in planning healthy communities. The conference will begin with a keynote address outlining the roles active design and healthy communities play in placemaking, and will continue with a panel discussion of designing communities for all ages and ability levels.  Presentations throughout the day will include the logistics of planning and zoning for all users, active transportation design challenges and solutions, walk audits of the City of Newburgh, and a discussion of the walk audit experience by previous participants.

    Planners will learn to:

    1) Conduct a “walk audit” to determine whether sidewalks and crosswalks are present and provide a viable transportation alternative to driving in a community;

    2) Write language for comprehensive plan updates and zoning codes that accommodates active transportation;

    3) Identify solutions that work for a wide range of challenging situations, and communicate those solutions effectively; and

    4) Reach out to groups that may be given less consideration in the planning process, such as children and young adults, the elderly, and people with disabilities, and incorporate their needs into the design of their community.

    Click here to register


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: 5.25 Requested