What Is the Role of the Board of Directors?
What Is the Role of the Board of Directors?
The Board of Directors is a working, grassroots, group that understands the needs of the communities it serves and seeks to fulfill the organization’s mission of providing training and education to New York’s planning and zoning board members. The Board is comprised of eighteen Regional Representatives, who represent the State’s nine regions, and six Directors-at-Large. According to the by-laws, Regional Representatives must be members of a local planning board or ZBA, while the Directors-at-Large may be land use attorneys, engineers, educators, or others involved in some aspect of local government. Members of the Executive Committee include the current President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, and the Immediate Past President.
Laura E. Moore is Vice Chair of the Warrensburg Planning Board and has provided technical assistance to the 13 communities of Warren County on issues involving housing rehabilitation, infrastructure projects, community development, tourism initiatives and planning and zoning programming. She also chairs the committee developing a comprehensive plan for the Town of Warrensburg.
1st Vice President
John (Jack) Benjamin is President of Three Rivers Development Corporation, where he has worked since 1973. Jack is a member of the NYS Economic Development Council, the International Downtown Association, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. Active in the community, he is President of the LPGA Corning Classic and serves on the boards of several area organizations, including Corning Hospital, Five Star Bank and Guthrie HealthCare Systems.
2nd Vice President
Tim Stalker - He has chaired the Columbia County Planning Board since 1995. From 2001-04, Tim chaired the Town of Austerlitz comprehensive plan committee, helping to develop the Town’s first comprehensive plan.
Immediate Past President
Fred Wilcox III is Vice President of Demographic Development for The Nielsen Company and chairs the Town of Ithaca Planning Board. He is also a member of other local agencies dealing with land use planning
Region 1: Long Island
(Nassau and, Suffolk Counties)
Alison LaPointe, Esq. Admitted to the New York State Bar in September, 2009, Alison is secretary to the ZBA of the Town of Brookhaven, providing services to approximately 475,000 residents and handling a calendar of between 60-90 appeals each month. In her capacity as secretary, she manages the office and the ZBA calendar and drafts board findings for the Law Department. Additionally, Alison is Chair of the Village of Port Jefferson’s ZBA and a past member of the Architectural Review Committee of the Village of Port Jefferson.
Vacancy for a second Region 1 representative.
Region 2: Metropolitan
(Bronx,Kings, New York Queens and,Richmond Counties)
Frank Fish, FAICP is a principal with the firm of BFJ Planning. His work specializes in comprehensive planning, real estate development and public approvals. He has represented more than 30 municipalities throughout the Northeast, as well as major private sector clients. He is a planning consultant to the Village of Mamaroneck Planning Board.
Michael R. Keane, AICP is an urban planner with professional planning experience in the public and private sectors, both in the United States and overseas. As a Senior Planner with the New York City-based consulting firm BFJ Planning, Michael specializes in comprehensive planning and zoning, with a focus on land use controls and implementation strategies. He is a member of Manhattan Community Board Five, representing midtown, where his sits on the Land Use/Zoning and Transportation Committees
Region 3: Low/Mid Hudson
(Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and, Westchester Counties)
Edwin Jackson chairs the Planning Board for the Town of Tusten.
Nina Peek, AICP, is a Senior Technical Director in the White Plains, NY office of AKRF, Inc., a planning and engineering consulting firm. Nina's work specializes in preparing master plans, recreation, open space and farmland protection plans, zoning and environmental review for large and small scale development projects. She has worked in communities throughout NYC, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Nina is also Chairperson of the Town of Amenia Planning Board.
Region 4: Capital Region/Upper Hudson
(Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and,
Charles A. (Chuck) Voss, AICP is Senior Land Use Planner with the firm of Barton & Loguidice, PC, working out of the firm’s Albany office. He is responsible for the review and development of all planning-related projects, as well as oversight of municipal planning review projects and special project development.
Region 5: Adirondack/North Country
(Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren and, Washington Counties)
Leslie Karasin is Program Manager with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program in Saranac Lake. She is responsible for all facets of office communications, fundraising and management and also has significant involvement with WCS programming. Leslie has been a member of the Village of Saranac Lake Planning Board since 2006, and was appointed its chair in 2009. For the past few years she has represented the environmental community on the Franklin County All-Terrain Vehicle Committee, appointed to undertake a planning process to consider the creation of ATV trails. She is also a board member of the Northern New York Audubon Society.
Matthew G. Rogers, AICP is a Senior Associate with Saratoga Associates, a Planning and Design Firm. Matthew has over 15 years of experience in the fields of community, economic and environmental planning which includes three years at the New York State Adirondack Park Agency. His work focuses on economic development and community reinvestment; comprehensive and special district planning; zoning and land use law updates; brownfield and waterfront revitalization and provides special project review assistance to planning and zoning boards. Matthew is Chair of the Village of Corinth Planning Board and the Jessup’s Landing Planning Committee, a group of volunteers in the Town and Village of Corinth responsible for facilitating economic development opportunities associated with the Saratoga & North Creek Railway.
Region 6: Southern Tier
(Broome Chemung,Chenango,Cortland,Delaware,Otsego, Schuyler,Steuben,Tioga and,Tompkins Counties)
Nicolette A. Barber, AICP is a planner with HUNT Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, PC, where she provides land use planning services for the firm’s municipal and private sector clients. She is a member of the City of Corning Planning and Zoning Commission.
Jonathan Kanter is a municipal planning consultant who recently retired after 17 years as Director of Planning for the Town of Ithaca. Prior to moving to Tompkins County, he was Chief Planner with the Westchester County Department of Planning. Mr. Kanter is an alternate to the Village of Lansing Planning Board and a board member of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services.
Region 7: Central
Cayuga, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and, Oswego Counties
David Hess has worked at National Grid for over 20 years, where his current job is overseeing municipal lighting. He is a past member of the Town of Clay ZBA and a current member of its planning board
Richard T. Robb, AICP is Principal of the firm Robb Planning & Land Use Services in East Syracuse. His firm provides consulting services to local governments in community planning, land development and control, municipal management and grants acquisition. Mr. Robb spent 21 years as Commissioner of Development and Operations for the Town of DeWitt. His affiliations include Upstate NY Chapter, Central NY Section of the American Planning Association (President from 1996-2000); member and past Chair, DeWitt Economic Development Committee; member and Director, Onondaga County Planning Federation; member, Village of East Syracuse Planning Board.
Region 8: Finger Lakes
(Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne and, Yates Countie)
Michael Wall has worked for FRA Engineering in Rochester since 2002 and is presently a Senior Site Designer. In his work, Mike is responsible for the project management, design, approvals and construction for numerous individual septic design projects. He has also worked on site improvements for such firms as Amerada Hess, Home Depot, Sunoco and the Bayside Drive Subdivision extension in Webster, NY. Since 2000, Mike has been Vice Chair of the Town of Gates Planning Board. He is also a member of the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce.
David J. Cross, P.E. is an Associate Engineer with the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services in Rochester, where he is responsible for implementing the County’s Capital Improvement Plan relative to Pure Waters and Parks. He has over 16 years of civil engineering experience with projects ranging from conceptual design to final plans and construction. Mr. Cross is a member of the Town of Chili Planning Board and a former Vice-Chair of that municipality’s ZBA. He is also a board member of the NYS Water Environment Association.
Region 9: Western
(Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and, Wyoming Counties)
John Marriott retired in 2010 as Sales Manager for the West Seneca firm of Griffin Automation, though he continues to work part-time as an independent field sales representative for the firm. In his 25 years with Griffin, he managed sales and marketing operations for large-scale projects and also developed and implemented a plan for directing and broadening the company’s marketing strategy. John was appointed to the Town of Cheektowaga Planning Board in 1999 and was named Chair in 2009. He is a former Chair of the Cheektowaga Conservation Advisory Council and a current member of the Town of Cheektowaga Environmental Advisory Council.
Timothy Pazda is a member of the Town of Clarence Planning Board.
David Everett, Esq. is an attorney with the firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, specializing in environmental and land use practice. His areas of expertise include land use law, zoning and planning, SEQRA compliance, Superfund litigation, solid waste management and wetlands regulations. David chairs the Town of Chatham ZBA
Robert Galvin, AICP is the principal of Monarch Planning Group and a professional planner with more than 25 years of experience in urban planning practices. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the APA Metro Chapter, and a member of the board of directors of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, the Housing Action Council and chair of the Washingtonville Housing Alliance. Additionally, for over 25 years he has been a member and chair of the Village of Mamaroneck Planning Board, during which time he directed the Village’s first comprehensive plan, its 2005 update, the master plan for Harbor Island Park, downtown streetscape, infill housing and workforce housing regulations.
Michael J. Kayes is Director of Planning and Development for Montgomery County. He is also President of the National Association of Planners and the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District and serves on the executive committee of the Hudson-Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council.
Michael Levine,AICP is the Commissioner of Planning at the Town of North Hempstead, VP for Intergovernmental Affairs at American Planning Association.
Mark Schachner, Esq. is senior principal attorney with the firm of Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC in Glens Falls, where his efforts are concentrated in the areas of municipal, environmental, land use and planning/zoning law. He is an adjunct faculty member at Skidmore College, where he teaches a course on environmental legal issues in the school’s Environmental Studies Program, and a frequent speaker at conferences throughout New York State. In 2009, Mr. Schachner was selected as one of four Upstate NY Government/Cities/Municipalities “Super Lawyers,” the only attorney in the Capital Region to receive this designation.
Ken Swanekamp is Director of Business Assistance with Erie County. He also chairs the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board.
Bruce Boncke, PE is a partner in BME Associates, with more than 30 years in the consulting field. As a design engineer he has done extensive planning and design work for numerous municipal and private projects. A past president of the Rochester Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Bruce continues to be an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and many planning organizations.
Ronald L. Brand served as President of the New York Planning Federation from 2008 to 2009. During his tenure, the Federation hired an Executive Director, undertook and completed the Strategic Plan for the organization, made several changes to the NYPF By-Laws and relocated the NYPF Office to Albany. Ron has over 45 years professional planning experience at the state, county, regional and local levels of government. He continues as President of the RLB Planning Group, providing services to the towns of Chili, Penfield and Farmington, as well as the Village of Phelps and the Penfield Central School District. Ron also continues as an active member of the NYPF Board of Directors (serving as Chair of the Legislative Committee), a member of the Monroe County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, the Board of Directors of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the Brighton Rotary Club and affiliations with various Chambers of Commerces located in the Finger Lakes Region.
J. Donald Faso chaired the Town of Chili Planning Board prior to his election to the Chili Town Board. He is past Chair of the Monroe County Planning Board and the Monroe County Planning Council, and Past President of the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce. Other affiliations include Director in the Chamber; member of the NYS Association of Professional Land Surveyors; American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. A cartographer by profession, Don is currently retired.
James Hotaling is the former Chief of Local Government Services for the Adirondack Park Agency. He also served as a member of both the Saranac Lake Planning Board and the Saranac Lake school board. A registered architect and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Jim co-authored the popular New York Planning Federation publication “The Short Course: A Basic Guide for Planning and Zoning Boards of Appeal in New York State.”
David L. Kay is a staff economist at Cornell University’s Community and Rural Development Institute (CaRDI) in Ithaca, NY, where he provides leadership in the Land Use and Landscape Management programming. David has served as a member and Chair of the City of Ithaca Planning & Development Board, as well as the Tompkins County Planning Federation. He is also a past member of the Executive Committee of the Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Arthur J. Koweek is a member of the Columbia County Planning Board and former Chair of the City of Hudson Planning Board.
David Tessier, ASLA is Planning and Development Director for the Town of Manlius in Onondaga County. A Licensed Landscape Architect, he started David Tessier Landscape Architect in 1980. The firm specializes in residential design, park design, municipal planning and commercial design
Wendy E. Weber-Salvati, AICP - Wendy has over 20 years of comprehensive knowledge and experience as a coastal, environmental and land use planner. She has worked on numerous projects involving waterfront planning, comprehensive planning, zoning analysis and code review, SEQR and environmental review, site plan and subdivision review, and agricultural protection. Wendy is Vice Chair of the Town
Judith Breselor, AICP is Executive Director of NYPF. She previously served as Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Rensselaer, and as Senior Planner for the NYS Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities. An elected member of the Rensselaer County Legislature, Judy is Past President of the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Lael Locke is NYPF’s Community Planner. She has served as an elected official in the Village of Chatham since 1997 and was a member of that community’s comprehensive planning committee from 1993-95. Lael is a former newspaper editor/publisher of the regional monthly “The Paper,” and a former board member of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, where she continues to sit on several committees. She also serves as a member of the agriculture committee of the Columbia Land Conservancy.
Anne Rounds is an Administrative Assistant at NYPF. She was the owner/manager of Beachcomber Pools & Construction for 20+ years in Wynantskill. Anne has been on the Board of Education for the Troy City School District, for the past 6 years, where she currently holds the office of the President of the Board.
Leila Jabour, AICP is the Bookkeeper/ Administrative Assistant at NYPF. She holds a masters in Regional and Urban Planning from University of Albany.
Welcome 2012-2013 Interns
Daniel Carroll - University at Albany, SUNY
What Are the Benefits of Membership?
NYPF members receive discounted rates on training, publications, and the annual conference, and the also receive our newsletter, “Planning News”.
The website – www.nypf.org – keeps members informed by offering current land use information from around the country. The “members only” section of the website has training modules on SEQR, planning board and ZBA duties, site plan review, comprehensive planning, and other topics. These training modules help members fulfill their annual four-hour training requirement.
Members are always welcome to call our toll-free number, 800-366-NYPF (6973), to request assistance with specific topics of concern to their municipality. Examples of technical assistance include planning and zoning audits, preparation of RFPs, community outreach, facilitation of comprehensive planning workshops, and code reviews.
The NYPF Annual Conference is recognized as one of the premier training programs in the state. It offers certification credit to planning board and ZBA members through in-depth sessions on both basic and advanced planning and zoning topics. Presenters discuss such relevant municipal issues as green energy, design standards, agriculture and open space protection, downtown revitalization, case law, and ethics. The conference also offers municipal officials, professional planners, and other attendees an opportunity to exchange ideas and information with their peers from communities and organizations across the state.