Message from APA-NYM President (04/27/18)

Chapter members and friends,

Building upon the momentum from our Chapter Leadership Retreat earlier this year, our topical Committees and geographic Sections continue to host a range of events that offer professional development and networking opportunities to our members throughout the region. The focal point of our Leadership Retreat was to identify and advance actionable strategies to provide value to our members. Over the course of this year, we will be developing an annual Work Program and a longer-term Development Plan to demonstrate our enduring commitment to achieve this fundamental goal for the Chapter.

In concert with our ongoing efforts throughout the region, our recent participation in NPC18 underscored the dedication of our Chapter and our members to the planning profession:

  • Maxine Griffith, FAICP, and Jan Degenshein, FAICP, became Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) during the 2018 Induction Ceremony. Maxine was recognized for excellence in professional practice, and Jan was recognized for excellence in community service and leadership.
  • The New York City Economic Development Corporation & New York City Department of Parks and Recreation were honored with the National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design | Silver for the Rockaway Boardwalks Reconstruction.
  • Giovania (G) Tiarachristie, Tiffany-Ann Taylor, Daphne Lundi, and Catherine Nguyen led an impassioned session on the reinvigoration of our Chapter’s Diversity Committee, which was recently highlighted in an APA blog post as one of the most active local chapter committees across the country. Other members of our Chapter also organized and spoke in sessions throughout the conference, showcasing great work in our region and beyond.
  • Olivia Jovine, David Burgy, Alex Wallach, and Ryan Singer represented our Chapter in the annual Delegate Assembly, which included discussion of in-progress APA Policy Guides—developed under the guidance of APA’s Legislative and Policy Committee—on the topics of social equity and inclusive growth, housing, and surface transportation.
  • We partnered with the New Jersey and New York Upstate Chapters to host a New York/New Jersey Reception that encouraged donations to the APA Foundation, which supports student scholarships, disaster recovery, and a research agenda to shape the future of our profession, among other initiatives.
  • The Long Island Section awarded four Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarships—to Kendra Armstead, Lucia Cappuccio, Matthew Charters, and Matthew Esposito—to enable these emerging professionals to attend NPC18. Each recipient will take a few moments during the upcoming Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast to share some highlights from their experience.

Whether or not you were able to travel to New Orleans, there is much to be proud of as we reflect back on our Chapter’s involvement in NPC18. Let’s channel that energy and keep up the momentum right here in New York.


Maxwell L. Sokol, AICP
APA New York Metro Chapter