Land Use Law Center to hold Annual Housing Summit on April 26th

April 16, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Land Use Law Center at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (Pace Law) will hold its annual Housing Summit on April 26th. The Summit, entitled “Novel Strategies for Novel Times”, will examine the critical importance of workforce housing to the continued economic prosperity of the region and discuss working with local governments, and through the courts, to bolster its production. The Summit will be held from 8:45 AM – 12:45 PM in the Judicial Institute on the Pace Law campus in White Plains.

Land Use Law Center Deputy Director Tiffany Zezula is leading the Summit. She states that, “The key challenges to the development of affordable housing are changes in federal tax law, the adequacy of state and federal funding, the barriers to exclusionary zoning challenges in the courts, and the fundamental importance of working aggressively with developers and local governments. All of these issues will be topics at this year’s Summit.”

The Summit is the latest event organized by the Land Use Law Center as it celebrates its 25th anniversary year. 

A full agenda of the day is as follows:

8:00am - 8:30am       Breakfast & Networking

8:30am - 8:45am       Welcome & Introduction

Tiffany Zezula, Deputy Director, Land Use Law Center

Jason Labate, Attorney, Goldstein Hall PLLC

8:45am - 9:15am        Keynote Address

George Latimer, Westchester County Executive

9:15am - 9:45am       Session 1: Tax Reform and Budget Updates: Impact on Affordable Housing

The tax reform legislation Congress passed this past year and the budget priorities under the federal and state administrations have profound effects on real estate and affordable housing development. This session will give a quick update on the current tax regime, the federal and state budgets, and how each is expected to affect affordable housing.

Jolie A. Milstein, President & CEO, NYSAFAH

Mary Amato, CPA, Partner, CohnReznick LLP

9:45am - 10:15am     Session 2: The Builders Remedy to the Affordable Housing Problem. Is It Enough?

The panelists will discuss the Constitutional obligation of municipalities to provide affordable housing and how that obligation is enforced. Courts in both New York and New Jersey have created the builders remedy to reward developers who bring successful exclusionary zoning lawsuits. They will discuss the critical importance of having reliable housing needs data and allocations of fair share obligations to individual communities, the difficulty of getting credible data, and, whether, in its absence, the builders remedy is effective. If not, what options to court ordered affordable housing exist?

John R. Nolon, Founder & Counsel, Land Use Law Center, Distinguished Professor, Pace Law

Thomas J. Trautner, Jr., Esq., Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi and ULI Northern New Jersey Housing Chair

10:15am - 11:15am   Session 3: Mayors Talk Housing

City leaders are increasingly expected to make sure that there is enough affordable housing for all residents. At the same time, however, mayors are also charged with retaining local businesses, revitalizing retail districts, and attracting new industries that generate both high paying jobs and stable tax revenue. Join mayors from Peekskill, Beacon and Ossining for a fast moving and intimate conversation about the hard choices and competing priorities they routinely face in crafting affordable housing policy while concurrently advancing an ambitious economic development agenda.

Randy Casale, Mayor, City of Beacon

Victoria Gearity, Mayor, Village of Ossining

André Rainey, Mayor, City of Peekskill

Moderator: Kevin Dwarka, Kevin Dwarka LLC, Land Use &

Economic Consulting

11:15am - 12:15pm   Session 4: Session Proven Techniques in Affordable Housing

Expanding affordable housing opportunities requires different approaches, tools, and players. Hear how inclusionary zoning in a medium sized city has fostered mixed income developments, how Community Development Financial Institutions finance the atypical affordable housing ventures, and how a local affordable housing committee brought changes in land use and affordable housing to a small village.

Luiz Aragon, Commissioner of Development, City of New Rochelle

Kimberlie A. Jacobs, Executive Director, Community Capital New York

Arthur Riolo, Chair, Hastings-On-Hudson Affordable Housing Committee

Moderator: Rose Noonan, Executive Director, Housing Action Council

12:15pm - 12:45pm Summit Wrap-Up / Networking  

Attendees should register in advance. General admission is $25 and CLE credit is available for $160.



About Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, (Pace Law) offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a series of joint degree programs including a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has over 8,500 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. For more information visit

About the Land Use Law Center

Established in 1993, the Land Use Law Center is dedicated to fostering the development of sustainable communities and regions through the promotion of innovative land use strategies and dispute resolution techniques. Through the work of its programs, centers, and institutes, the Land Use Law Center offers conferences, seminars, clinics, academic law school courses, continuing legal education programsaudio podcasts, and frequent publications and resources on contemporary land use, real estate, and environmental issues. Visit for more information.

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