Conference Speakers 2018

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Opening Keynote Speaker

Christopher B. Leinberger is a land use strategist, professor, real estate developer, researcher, speaker and author, who balances business realities with social and environmental concerns. Mr. Leinberger is the:

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Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Mr. Schwartz is President, and CEO of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. In addition to his 1982 to 1986 post as Traffic Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, he has served as an adjunct professor of engineering at Cooper Union, Long Island University, and Brooklyn College. Mr. Schwartz is also the Inaugural Ted Kheel Fellow at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Among the many roles he has held throughout his career, he is the acclaimed author of Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars, and No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future (2018). He also pens the “Gridlock Sam” and “Transit Sam” columns in the New York Daily News and Downtown Express.

Mr. Schwartz serves on the board of the Regional Plan Association, the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. His accomplishments over the course of his career have been recognized with a wide array of awards, including, most recently, Transportation Alternatives’ David Gurin Award, Riders Alliance Honoree, the NYC Zoning Advisory Council Honor Award, and the AAA Traffic Safety Award.


Jessica A. Bacher, Esq. Executive Director, Land Use Law Center, Elisabeth Haub School of Law

John Benvegna, PG(NY), CPGWSP USA (formerly Leggette Brashears & Graham Inc.)

Mary Beth Bianconi, Delaware Engineering, D.P.C

Sabrina D. Charney Hull, AICPDirector of Planning, Town of New Castle

Patrick Cleary, AICP, CEP, PP, LEED AP, CNU-APrincipal, Cleary Consulting

Brian J. Connolly, Esq., Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC

Sarah Stern Crowell, AICP, Director, Office of Planning, Development & Community Infrastructure , NYS Department of State

William V. Cuddy, Jr., Executive Vice President, CBRE Advisory & Transaction Services

Michael V. Curti, Esq., Senior Counsel, Harris Beach PLLC

Donald L. Elliott, Esq,, FAICPDirector, Clarion Associates, LLC

Peter Feroe, AICPTechnical Director / Planning, AKRF, Inc.

Anthony B. Gioffre, III, Esq., Partner, Cuddy & Feder LLP

Jennifer L. Gray, Esq., Member, Keane & Beane, P.C

Michèle R. Greig, AICP, Four Corners Planning

Kevin A. Kain, PP, AICPDirector of Planning & Sustainability , City of New Rochelle

Kenneth KearneyPresident, The Kearney Realty & Development Group 

Ashley Ley, AICP, Senior Technical Director, AKRF, Inc.

Mark D. Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, Office of Climate Change, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Seth M. Mandelbaum, Esq., Partner, McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP

Gina Martini, AICP, ENV SPSenior Project Manager, VHB

Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP, Esq.Of the Hartford Bar

Houtan MoaveniSenior Advisor to the President for Strategy and Clean Energy Siting, New York State Interconnection OmbudsmanNYSERDA

Valerie Monastra, AICPDirector of Planning, VHB

John R. Nolon, Esq.Of Counsel, Land Use Law Center and Distinguished Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Victoria L. Polidoro, Esq., Rodenhausen Chale LLP

Natalie Quinn, Senior Planner, City of Poughkeepsie

Matt Robbie, Senior Associate, Skeo Solutions, Inc.

David B. Schiff, AICP, PP, Senior Project Manager, Kimley-Horn of New York, P.C.

Gerhard M. Schwalbe, P.E., PartnerDivney Tung Schwalbe, LLP

Steven M. Silverberg, Esq.Partner, Silverberg Zalantis LLP

David B. Smith, Principal, Planning & Development Advisors

Andrew M. Spatz, Esq.Andrew M. Spatz, PLLC

Meghan A. TaylorRegional Director, Mid-Hudson, Empire State Development

Brad TitoProgram Manager, Communities & Local Governments, NYSERDA

John A. Verni, Esq., Verco Properties LLC

Bonnie Von Ohlsen, AICP, RLA, LEED Green Associate, Kimley-Horn of New York, P.C.

Nicholas M. Ward-Willis, Esq., Member, Keane & Beane, P.C.

Lawrence H. Weintraub, Esq., Office of General Counsel, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Michael Allan Wolf, Esq.Professor of Law & Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Michael D. Zarin, Esq., Partner, Zarin & Steinmetz