Sustainable Economic Development in the Mid-Hudson Region

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You'll learn about:

  • What cities can do to promote sustainable, economic development while mitigating climate change. 

  • The various real life strategies that have been used for economic development in several communities within one region.

  • The success of various communities’ use of transit oriented development, downtown revitalization, urban renewal, LEED-ND criteria, public engagement and comprehensive plans. 

  • How 14 urban communities created an intermunicipal consortium to work together to identify common revitalization issues and develop best practice strategies to address them.

The Land Use Law Center together with fourteen municipalities in New York’s Mid-Hudson Region established the Mayors’ Redevelopment Roundtable (MRR) program in 2008. The MRR is unique in its approach to sustainable, economic development because municipalities are working together to transform the urban centers of the region. In 2013, the MRR received a state grant, which enabled the continuation and enhancement of the group’s work in developing a coordinated economic development strategy. While sharing ideas and coordinating with the Mayors’ Roundtable, individual municipalities developed strategies to address redevelopment and economic development issues. The City of Peekskill, NY developed a successful local waterfront revitalization program, focusing on transit-oriented development to enhance the waterfront and utilizing the LEED for Neighborhood Development criteria in their rezoning. The City of White Plains, NY emphasized citizen and stakeholder participation in planning the redevelopment of its transit corridor, which sits near the heart of its downtown. The Village of Brewster, NY chose urban renewal and transit-oriented development as its strategy. The City of New Rochelle, NY has accomplished a new comprehensive plan (which incorporated the City’s sustainability plan), waterfront revitalization, and zoning for its downtown in an efficient, streamlined process—all while working with a developer on a transformative downtown redevelopment project that needed to be carefully choreographed to fit into the planning and zoning efforts underway while still achieving meaningful public involvement in shaping that development and the comprehensive plan. A panel discussion among New Rochelle and White Plains mayors, Peekskill’s Director of Planning, and Village Counsel for Brewster will look at the techniques used to develop a toolkit for cities to promote sustainable, economic development. 

About the Speakers

Jean Friedman
Jean Friedman has been the Director of Planning since April, 2015. Her responsibilities include overseer Planning and Zoning Boards, approvals of major developmental projects, the adoption of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, TOD study, Waterfront Rezoning. Peekskill received the WMPF and NYCOM 2016 awards for its waterfront parks. Prior to becoming director, Jean was a Peekskill Planner from 2001 until 2014. During this time, she managed grant projects including waterfront parks and trail construction, the overseeing of downtown historic district and artist district. She was a member of the BID Board of Directors from 2004-2005. Prior to working with Peekskill, Jean was a Historic Preservation Consultant from 1995-2001, a Program Management Director in New Rochelle from 1984-1995, and a Land Use Planner in Bridgeport from 1982-1984. Jean received her BA in Geography and Urban Studies at SUNY Albany in 1980. She then received her Master of Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island in 1982. Jean is member of NY Planning Federation, WMPF, and the American Planning Association.

Anthony Molé
Anthony R. Mole practices in the areas of civil litigation, municipal law, land use and zoning, real estate, corporate and business law, matrimonial law, landlord and tenant law, criminal law, and wills and estates. Anthony has an extensive background in municipal law, as he has provided legal services to a number of municipalities throughout his career. In the Town of Patterson, New York, he has represented the Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals, has served as Town Prosecutor, and has litigated matters including Article 78, condemnation, employment and tax certiorari proceedings. In the Town of Kent, New York, he has represented the Town Board, has served as Town Prosecutor, and has litigated matters including Article 78, condemnation, employment and tax certiorari proceedings. In the Town of Carmel, New York, he has represented the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Architectural Review Board and Environmental Conservation Board, has served as Town Prosecutor, and has litigated Article 78 proceedings. In the Village of Brewster, New York, he has served as Village Prosecutor. In addition, he has also represented the County of Putnam in the litigation of tax foreclosure proceedings. Anthony currently serves as Village Counsel in the Village of Brewster, New York, in which he represents the Village Board of Trustees. He also currently serves as the Attorney for the Town of Lewisboro, in which he represents the Town Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition to representing municipalities in land use and zoning matters, Anthony has a successful practice representing land developers and homeowners in land use and zoning matters, including the approval process and litigation in relation thereto. Anthony also serves as Town Justice in the Town of Patterson, New York. Anthony graduated cum laude in 1997 with a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science National Honor Society. He then earned his law degree from Pace University School of Law in 2000 with a Certificate of Concentration in International Law. While at Pace University School of Law, Anthony successfully competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.

Noam Bramson
Noam has served as the Mayor of New Rochelle since January 2006 and has been reelected three times by landslide margins, most recently in November 2015. Prior to becoming Mayor, Noam served for ten years on the New Rochelle City Council. Noam has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen New Rochelle’s economy, environment, safety, and quality of life. He has worked successfully to forge public-private partnerships aimed at job creation and economic growth, including the most ambitious downtown development initiative in New Rochelle’s history. He has been a strong advocate for thoughtful community planning, spearheaded the creation of New Rochelle’s award-winning Sustainability Plan, promoted efforts to establish new public access to the Long Island Sound shore, and adopted new land use policies to preserve open space and protect neighborhoods from overdevelopment. A strong advocate for his city, Noam has secured grants for critical infrastructure priorities, including the enhancement of major transportation corridors and the rehabilitation of New Rochelle’s playing fields. And Noam has worked in concert with public safety professionals to bring New Rochelle’s crime rate down to a fifty-year low. In 2013, Noam won the Democratic nomination for Westchester County Executive, but lost the general election to Republican incumbent Rob Astorino. During his campaign, Noam advocated a regional strategy for economic growth and shared services, while emphasizing his support for reproductive rights and sensible gun safety laws.

John Nolon
John R. Nolon is Distinguished Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law where he teaches property, land use, and sustainable development law courses and is Counsel to the Law School's Land Use Law Center. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 2001. Professor Nolon served as the James D. Hopkins Professor from 2009-2011 and the Charles A. Frueauff Research Professor of Law during the 1991-92, 1997-98, 1999-2000, and 2000-01 academic years. He received the Richard L. Ottinger Faculty Achievement Award in 1999 and won the Goettel Prize for faculty scholarship in 2006. In 2009, he was awarded the National Leadership Award for a Planning Advocate by the American Planning Association. Professor Nolon received his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School where he was a member of the Barrister's Academic Honor Society. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Nebraska, where he was President of the Senior Honor Society. He has served as a consultant to President Carter's Council on Development Choices for the 1980's, President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development, New York Governor George Pataki's Transition Team, and Governor Elliot Spitzer’s Transition Team. Professor Nolon received APA's Planning Advocate Award in 2009 and the International City/County Management Association's Annual Award for Service to Local Government in 2014.