Message from the President (6/27/17)

Chapter members and friends,

I hope everyone’s summer is off to an enjoyable start. As we enter the peak of vacation season, the Chapter remains as committed as ever to providing topical programs for our membership and promoting the value of the planning profession throughout the region. Of note, we continue to build upon our established inter-organizational partnerships to underscore the importance of inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Under the leadership of Hudson Valley East Section Director Gina D’Agrosa, AICP, and LGBTQ and Planning Division Chair Tracey Corbitt, AICP, our Chapter recently participated in and helped to convene a Creating Healthy Communities Roundtable as part of APA’s Plan4Health initiative. As noted in a summary blog post about “Embracing the Call to Action for Healthy Communities in New York,” the June 15th roundtable included industry leaders from the complementary fields of planning, health, food systems, parks, and economic development.

In the near future, our Chapter is co-sponsoring a roundtable with the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIA NY) that will feature the President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), James Patchett; the Director of the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) and Chair of the City Planning Commission, Marisa Lago; and the Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Maria Torres-Springer. I have the honor of moderating this upcoming roundtable, and I thank the Chapter’s Urban Design Committee for partnering with AIA NY and other APA-NYM Chapter Committees to make this event possible. The event is currently being rescheduled, and registration information will be shared once finalized.

Additionally, planning is ongoing for our Chapter’s annual joint conference with the American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) and AIA NY. This year’s conference will be focused on the timely issue of the use of public space for public discourse and the implications for design professionals. Planning is also underway for our Chapter’s Annual Conference. Stay tuned for additional details in the coming weeks and months.

If you would like to get involved in Chapter leadership, there is a unique opportunity to join the Executive Committee as the Vice President of Communications. Apply by July 7th to be considered for this important position.

Finally, as you plan your well-deserved time off during the summer, consider joining for a free tour of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on scenic Shelter Island, organized by the Long Island Section. It could be a great way to start a long weekend out east.

I wish everyone a relaxing and safe July 4th holiday.


Maxwell L. Sokol, AICP
APA New York Metro Chapter