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Ronald K. Stein
Good Harvest Financial
Bob Fonti
Vincent James Management Company
Trudy Fitzsimmons
Leadership Huntington
Richard Bivone
LI Business Council
Aliesa Adelman
Keith Archer
Harras Bloom & Archer
David Berg
APA-Long Island Chapter
Eliot Bloom
Denise Carter
Greenman-Pedersen, Inc
Lionel Chitty
Hicksville Chamber of Commerce
John Durso
Long Island Federation of Labor
Peter Florey
D&F Development
Matthew Frank
The Richman Group
Larry Gargano
Greenview Properties
Bishop Harrison Hale
Harrison Hale Community Action Cente
Patrick G. Halpin
Mercury Public Relations
John Keating
Richard Kessel
John L. Kominicki
Dr. Richard Koubek
Jobs With Justice LI
Steven Krieger
Engel Burman Group
Alexander D. Latham
ADLIII Architecture
David Leno
Ruskin Moscou Faltischek
Neal Lewis
Sustainability Institute
 at Molloy College
Jorge Martinez
LI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Kamlesh Mehta
South Asian Times
Bruce Migatz
Albanese & Albanese
Monti2Don MontiRenaissance Downtowns Panchyk
Vincent Pizzulli
Forchelli, Curto, Deegan
Schwartz, Mineo, &Terrana
Michael F. Puntillo
Jobco Organization
Dr. Nathalia Rogers
Dowling College
Larry Rosenbloom
Zyscovich Architects
Keith Samaroo
Robert Scheiner
david schierenDavid SchierenEmPower Solar steinHoward SteinCetilman Balin Adler & Hyman
Joy S. Squires
NYS Association of Conservation Commissions
stoverJamie StoverMill Creek Residential Trust Maria
Edward Thompson
Molloy College
John Trotta
Posillico Group
Bill Tuyn
Forbes Homes, Inc
Veronica Vanterpool
Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Kathy WKathy Wisnewski

National Grid

Andrew Zucaro
Zucaro Construction

Bibography of Board Members

Alexander D. Latham, ADL III Architecture
Alex Latham is owner and principal of ADL III Architecture located in Northport, NY. ADL III Architecture is a multifaceted Architecture and Planning Firm with focuses in Residential Architecture and Town Planning. The firm is currently working on significant waterfront residential projects around Long Island and upstate New York, as well as numerous Main Street mixed use projects, comprised of first floor retail, and second and third floor office/apartments.Town Planning works on Long Island include Corridor Revitalization Projects in Mastic/Shirley and Middle Island/Coram, involving the design and development of five new villages. Other community based projects on Long Island include visioning and design work in Huntington, Huntington Station, Wyandanch, New Cassel and Yaphank.Mr. Latham’s affiliations include American Institute of Architects, Congress for New Urbanism, Institute of Classical Architecture and the Seaside Institute.
Bill Tuyn, Forbes Homes, Inc.
With over twenty-eight years of experience in the design and management of land development projects across a diverse range of places and forms, Mr. Tuyn is a well-respected expert in the industry, serving on the Executive Board of the National Association of Home Builders, the Boards of the New York State Builders Association and Research and Education Foundation, Partners for a Livable Western New York, and the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association. An active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, he is Co-chair of the steering committee of the Buffalo Niagara Consortium for the New Urbanism, a group that presented Buffalo Niagara to CNU as the site for their annual international Congress and who were successfully awarded CNU22 in 2014. An avid advocate Smart Growth and sustainable design, he also serves on the Board of Advisors for Sansur Renewable Energy, Inc., an international wind and solar energy development company based in Tampa Florida. Currently Mr. Tuyn is involved with the master planning and design of several TOD and TND projects from New York to Florida. Mr. Tuyn is also currently member of the Urban Design Working Group for the City of Buffalo Green Code, and is a member of the Village of Williamsville Traffic and Safety Committee, and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Bruce Migatz, Albanese & Albanese
Bruce W. Migatz is a partner of Albanese & Albanese, LLP with offices in Garden City, New York. He is a graduate of Boston University and St. John’s University School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1976 and to the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. In addition to trial and appellate work, Mr. Migatz concentrates his efforts in municipal and zoning laws and serves as General Counsel to numerous co-ops and condominiums. He is a member of the Nassau County Bar Associations, New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America).Mr. Migatz is a former associate adjunct professor at Nassau Community College, former Chief Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of North Hempstead and former Village Attorney for the Incorporated Village of Manorhaven. He has presented lectures on zoning and land use for the new York State Building Officials Conference, Building Inspectors Association of Nassau County, the Long Island Chapter of A.I.A., First American Title Insurance Company of New York, Lorman Education Services and National Business Institute. He has also authored several articles on zoning and land use for the Nassau Lawyer, The Journal of the Nassau County Bar Association.
David Berg, Cameron Engineering, APA-Long Island Chapter
David Berg is a board member and treasurer of the Long Island Section of the American Planning Association’s New York Metro Chapter. He helps organize training workshops for zoning and planning board members and educational seminars for planning professionals. Mr. Berg is a founding board member of Vision Long Island, Inc. (VLI), a regional planning advocacy organization that supports Smart Growth development, livable communities, and new urbanism. He helped organize and facilitate a two-day planning charrette hosted by VLI to design improvements for a portion of downtown Huntington.As Senior Environmental Planner, Mr. Berg provides environmental oversight for many of Cameron Engineer’s projects. He designs master plans and site plans for public and private projects. Mr. Berg designs environmental restorations and watershed and stormwater management plans, and authors environmental impact statements, grant applications, and scientific reports. Mr. Berg drafts plans, designs, and construction specifications for stormwater management, open space, and recreational components for Long Island public parks. He prepares coastal management plans and designs pond, stream, and wetland improvements. He prepared Environmental Site Assessments for public and private properties and development proposals for brownfields in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, including several Northrop Grumman properties.Mr. Berg organized and helped facilitate public participation workshops for a number of master planning projects. The design process for the redevelopment of the 9-acre Oak Beach site for the Town of Babylon and Suffolk County led to the construction of a new park. Mr. Berg worked with the citizens of Port Washington North in planning workshops for a new coastal park on Manhasset Bay. He assisted in a Town of Oyster Bay planning event that was attended by over 500 residents to plan the development of the Town’s 16-acre Western Waterfront, a former brownfield. He led a planning workshop to seek public input into the design of a mile long park and preserve on Stony Brook’s West Meadow Beach for the Town of Brookhaven.Mr. Berg writes proposals for research, design, and development projects. He prepared a successful $165,000 EPF grant application for the Village of Port Washington North for Bay Walk Park. He authored a Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act grant application that resulted in $850,000 for wetland restoration for the Town of Oyster Bay. A $1.3 million Bond Act grant application by Mr. Berg for Nassau County will help fund the restoration of the 423-acre Massapequa Preserve. The Town of Huntington was awarded a $1.9 million Bond Act grant for a proposal he prepared for the restoration of Mill Dam Pond.As a founding member of the Town of Huntington Waterfront Revitalization Task Force, he helped formulate the Town’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan and the new Waterfront Zoning Code.
David Leno, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek
David P. Leno is a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., where he is Chair of the Zoning and Land Use Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department, IDA and Municipal Development Incentives, Commercial Lending and Environmental practice groups.Mr. Leno advises clients on all aspects of real estate transactions; negotiates and prepares transactional and financing documents and conducts closings for commercial and residential properties; prepares and negotiates office, commercial and retail leases; prepares submissions to town boards and planning commissions for zoning matters including variances, special use permits and subdivision applications.Mr. Leno was named by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s 40 Under 40 for the class of 2007. Mr. Leno is a lecturer on zoning and land use topics and has taught several CLE programs on zoning-related issues.Mr. Leno is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association. In 2011, he became a member of the New York State Board of Real Estate. He is a Trustee of the Old Westbury College Foundation and a President’s Council Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.Mr. Leno is active with the Chaminade High School Alumni Association, the Chaminade Alumni Lawyer’s Association and assisted in the formation of the Chaminade Alumni Businessmen’s Association.
Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Dowling College
Dr. Nathalia Rogers is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Dowling College. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from McGill University and a Ph. D. from Belarus State University. In addition to serving on numerous committees, leading conferences, mentoring students and teaching both graduate and undergraduate level classes, Dr. Rogers is also researching civic and political participation in suburban social settings with a particular focus on Smart Growth and environmental movements. This research includes designing and conducting a survey (face-to-face interviews) with local civic leaders as well as with local politicians, business owners and representatives of local not-for-profit organizations, content-analysis of local publications, and participant observation at local civic events.Dr. Rogers has published her work in leading national and international journals that include the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, American Journal of Sociology, International Sociology and Political Power and Social Theory series. Her numerous publications focus on Long Island, civic participation and the visioning process such as “Civic Participation in Advanced Capitalist Economies: The Case of Suburban Long Island”, which was presented at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY and “Communal Ideals and Civic Practice in a North American Community: A Case Study of Vision Long Island’s Initiative in Kings Park, NY”, a paper presented at the 16th (2004) Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Eliot Bloom, Law Offices of Eliot Bloom
Mr. Bloom graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1980, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He thereafter attended the Touro College School of Law, graduating in 1986. Mr. Bloom was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1986. He was subsequently admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court, Southern District, in 1992 and 1993, respectively, and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1998.Mr. Bloom began his legal career as an associate with the Law Office of Ernest Peace, where his practice focused on criminal defense as well as civil matters such as personal injury, contracts and commercial litigation. He was a general partner in such firms Bloom & Hollander and Bloom &Sperber until 1993, when he founded his own practice, the Law Offices of Mr. Eliot F. Bloom, with offices in Mineola, and West Islip.Mr. Bloom is currently in the private practice of law, handling a broad array of matters including criminal defense and civil trial litigation in federal and state courts, personal injury matters, general civil litigation, and corporate and association representation. With more than eighteen years of trials and civil litigation, he has tried cases from murder to contract disputes, and SEC fraud to negligence.Additionally, Mr. Bloom is chief counsel to the Nassau County Fire Marshall Benevolent Association and the Nassau County Independence Party. He is also Special Counsel to the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police fraternal organization in the world. He also represents numerous corporations and businesses.
Edward Thompson, Molloy College
Edward Thompson is the Vice-President for Advancement at Molloy College, a position he has held since 1998. In the years since then, Thompson has spearheaded a fundraising and marketing transformation at the College.Thompson is now in charge of a multi-million dollar capital campaign effort, designed to fund the construction of a student and public gathering space at Molloy, called the “Public Square.” The campaign is already the most successful in the College’s history.In addition to creating a culture of philanthropy among the College’s alumni and friends, Thompson has led a marketing initiative at Molloy designed to highlight the college’s strengths, including its status as a faith based institution. He organizes the annual Maher Leadership Forum, which brings the most prominent world and national leaders to Molloy every year. He is also the Co-founder of the Energeia Partnership, the Academy for Regional Stewardship, which seeks to solve some of Long Island’s most intractable issues.Thompson has served on the board of Long Island Transportation Management and is currently the chair of the board at the Long Island Neighborhood Network, an island wide environmental and public policy advocacy organization.
Thompson received his B.A. in History and Economics at the College of the Holy Cross, his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, studied comparative law at the London School of Economics and completed the Institute for Educational Management program at the Harvard University School of Education.
Harrison Hale, Harrison Hale Comunity Action Center
HARRISON HALE, was born on October 1,1959, to John Wiley Hale and Betty Estelle Langhorne Hale, at Central Suffolk Hospital, Riverhead New York. He graduated from Riverhead High School in 1977. In 1980 Harrison Hale accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the Galilee, Church Of God In Christ, Riverhead, New York, under the leadership of Superintendent Roy L. Pennon. While at Galilee, C.O.G.I.C., he labored tirelessly as a Deacon, Van Driver, Sunday School Teacher, Pastor Aide Leader, Personal Aide, and Y.P.W.W. President. In 1981, Harrison Hale was licensed as a Minister by Superintendent Roy L. Pennon, Galilee Church Of God In Christ.He served in this capacity until 1985 when he transferred his membership to Philadelphia Church Of God In Christ, under the leadership of Superintendent Boyd English. While at Philadelphia C.O.G.I.C. he served as Sunday School Teacher, Pastor Aide President, President of the Ministers Board and Secretary to Superintendent Boyd English. July 9,1989 he married Artice F. Powell and from this union two children were born, Xavier Harrison Hale and Shardae Artice Hale.March 31,1989, Harrison Hale was ordained Elder, by Bishop David W. Grayson, of the 4th Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Eastern New York, Church Of God In Christ. He served at a state level under Bishop David W. Grayson as Financial Committee Member, President of the Ministers Board and Superintendent of the New Covenant District. While under Bishop John P. Lee, Prelate of the Fourth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Church Of God In Christ, he served as Superintendent of the Cornerstone District, Executive Secretary and member of the Executive Board. January 27,1990, he accepted his Pastoral calling and opened Cornerstone Church Of God In Christ. During his twenty one year tenure as Pastor of Cornerstone Church Of God In Christ, Bishop Harrison Hale has Built three churches, Cornerstone Headquarters, Cornerstone Evangelist Temple Church Of God In Christ, and Cornerstone Glorious Temple. He has installed fourteen Pastors in the United States, eleven churches in Guatemala, Central America and has a children’s orphanage with over 300 children in Guatemala and another orphanage in Jalapa with over 150 children. Bishop Hale is also the President of the Costa Rica Association over seeing 12 Pastors throughout San Jose Costa, Rica. His ministry has been extended to Panama where he currently oversees 6 Pastors in Panama. He is also the President of the New York Fifth District overseeing 15 Pastors in New York. He attended and graduated from United Christian College of Sacred Theology in Queens, New York, 1993 where he received his Doctor of Divinity, in 1994 and Sacred Doctorate of Theology in 1995. In June of 2005 Bishop Harrison Hale was consecrated to the sacred office of Bishop by the national Church of God in Christ as Jurisdictional Prelate of the Church of God in Christ Guatemala Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction under the leadership of Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson, Chief Apostle of the Church of God in
Christ, Inc. Bishop Hale is also member of the Board of Bishops under the leadership of Bishop John H. Sheard with over 200 Bishops.In 2010 Bishop Hale received the Gordon Heights Fire Department Chief Award for his community service by Chief Erton Rudder. Bishop Harrison Hale is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Harrison Hale Community Educational and Resource Center, located at 576 Granny Road, Medford; the Community Parrish Hall/Café and Cornerstone Youth Church located at 61 Shirley Lane, Medford which opened Friday, February 4, 2011; President of the Cornerstone School of Religion and Leadership in partnership with Dean Frances Brisbane, Dean of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University New York. He also received a Congressional Recognition Award from members of Congress, Congressional Recognition from Congressman Fleix Grucci, Boy Scouts of America Building for the Future Award. For the past 21 years Bishop Hale has received over 50 Proclamations from various governmental agencies for his work in the community such as County Executive Robert Gaffney, Suffolk County Legislator Peter O’ Leary, County Executive Steve Levy and County Executive Mike Forbes and Department of Veterans Affairs Certificate of Appreciation.Through the vision of Bishop Harrison Hale the following ministries and programs have been established; Cornerstone Kiddie Kollege Day Care, Advantage After School Program, Television Ministry (2 Local Cable Television Programs), Macedonia Mission Project, The Gospel Power and Cornerstone TV, Local BET Commercial, News 12 Commercials, Cornerstone Newsletter, Cornerstone Cares (Feeding the hungry), Children Recreational Study and Training, Food Pantry and Clothing Ministry, Vocational School and Summer Camp, Harrison Hale Scholarship Fund, Annual Feed The Children Project with Larry Jones, Brother’s Rehabilitation Program (Support Group), Harrison Hale Humanitarian Award, Empowerment Program, Department of Labor SWEP Program, Bicycle Drive,
Vocational School and Summer Camp and the Community Café and soon to come Cornerstone Diamond Cathedral Christian Culture Center, the Harrison Hale Home of the Brave (Housing for homeless veterans) and in the summer of 2011 the release of the Cornerstone Praise Team 1st CD titled Bodacious Praise.Bishop Harrison Hale is well known in throughout Long Island an the Metropolitan area for his trademark phase.
John Durso, Long Island Federation of Labor
Since 2005, John R. Durso has served as President of the Long Island Federation of Labor. He also currently serves as President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU/UFCW) Local 338. The LI Federation of Labor represents more than 250,000 working men and women – in affiliation with the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The RWDSU is the largest affiliate in the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, (UFCW) 1.4 million members strong.John R. Durso also serves as an International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Vice President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council. In 1984, Durso, joined the staff of Local 338 as an organizer, then business agent and in 1997 was appointed, Assistant to the President, by long time mentor and Local 338 President Emanuel Laub. In August 1999, the Union’s Executive Board elected John Durso President after Mr. Laub’s passing. In 2002 and again in 2005, John was re-elected President by a unanimous vote of the membership. Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, John R. Durso began his career as a deli Clerk with the Waldbaum’s Super-markets chain in 1970. Over the next 10 years, John continued to advance himself in Waldbaum’s and finally became a store manager in 1982.In addition, Mr. Durso holds positions on the Nassau County and Town of Hempstead Labor Commissions and the Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board.
John Keating, PSE&G
John J. Keating – National GridJohn Keating currently with PSE&G,was formerly a lead economic development specialist for National Grid. National Grid is an international electricity and gas company based in the UK and northeastern US. On Long Island, National Grid provides natural gas service through its extensive distribution system and manages the distribution of electricity on behalf of the Long Island Power Authority.Keating’s background includes experience in power plant operations, development of energy efficiency programs, marketing and strategic planning. He received a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance from Dowling College. He is also a certified energy manager.

John L. Kominicki, Digital Motion
John Kominicki had been publisher of Long Island Business News since 1998. Before coming to Long Island, Kominicki headed business publications in Texas and Oklahoma and was a longtime Europe-based writer and editor for such publications as Stars & Stripes, The New York Times, the Dallas Morning News and USA Today.Locally, he serves on the boards of the Long Island Technology Network, LISTnet, the Association of Commerce Industry and Technology, the Huntington Chamber and the Long Island Venture Group. He is a member of the executive committee of the Long Island Business Development Council and also serves as a media advisor to the Fast 50 CEO program.
John Kominicki has received numerous awards for his support of the business and not for profit communities on Long Island, including being honored as an SBA small business advocate and as media person of the year by the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island. He will receive Dowling College’s Distinguished Citizen Award in June 2003.John Kominicki can occasionally be found in Stony Brook, where he resides with his wife and daughter.
Jorge Martinez, LI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Jorge A. Martinez is President of BCM Solutions, a Third Party Administrator dedicated to helping organizations become more efficient and effective by outsourcing their business procedures. He also holds the position of Compliance Officer for American Transit Insurance Company. A Freeport resident for over 30 years, he has recently been elected as a Village of Freeport Trustee. Mr. Martinez is the fi rst Hispanic to be elected to this position. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Martinez has worked tirelessly to enrich his community. He is the Associate Director for the Board of Directors of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, a former President of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Deputy Chairman of the Village of Freeport Zoning Board. Additionally, Mr. Martinez has served as a coach in the Freeport PAL Sports League and Freeport Little League, as Chairman of the Sanitation Board, Commissioner of Human Relations Board for Village of Freeport, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. As a result of his commitment to the community. Mr. Martinez has been the proud recipient of many awards, including: Molloy College St. Martin de Porres Award for Leadership, Unispan Award from Hofstra University, Hispanic Heritage Award from the Town of Hempstead, and various community awards from Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the Village of Freeport. Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Martinez came to the United States in 1968 and settled with his family on Long Island. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University.
Joy S. Squires, NYS Association of Conservation Commissions
Joy Squires is the president of the NYS Association of Conservation Commissions. NYSACC’s mission is to promote the wise use of the State’s natural resources through education and action. She also serves as Chairperson of the Huntington Conservation Board and the Town of Huntington’s Environmental Open Space Committee. Joy has been a long-standing proponent of open space preservation and park stewardship and has helped lead the Town of Huntington’s open space purchase and park improvement, and neighborhood enhancement program. She represents Huntington’s environmental issues on the Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality. Professionally, Joy has been an elementary school teacher and science coordinator in the Elwood School District. Her many awards and honors include Finalist, NYS Teacher of the Year, the John Klaber Award for Distinguished and Exceptional Voluntary Service and the NYS Margery Sachs Award for Lifetime Environmental Service.
John Trotta, Posillico Group
Mr. Trotta has been with Posillico Group from 2007 to the present. He originally joined the company as a Project Manager in October, 2007 before being promoted to his current position as Senior Estimator in September, 2009.John received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Farmingdale in 2002. After completing his studies he began his career with Posillico, Inc.. In the last ten years John has gained experience in various aspects of the heavy construction industry including design, cost estimation and project management. Within each of these aspects John has dealt with several different types of construction projects such as road and bridge construction, environmental remediation and wastewater treatment. He currently holds a position of Sr. Estimator.Mr. Trotta recently joined the Vision Long Island Infrastructure Committee where he has been providing input on improving efficiency within the Suffolk County Health Department and increasing the areas served by sewers in Suffolk County. John looks forward to his involvement with the Vision Long Island team and helping improve the current infrastructure and housing development in our region.
Keith Archer, Harras Bloom & Archer
Keith Archer is a partner at Harras Bloom & Archer, which caters to a diverse clientele ranging from national retailers, global entertainment companies, large developers of residential communities, office buildings and shopping centers, and small businesses of every type on Long Island, New York City and surrounding counties. Mr. Archer has extensive experience representing these diverse clients before municipal boards, departments, and agencies and is proficient in many areas of law and land use. This includes real estate services and litigation, the New York State Environmental Review process (SEQRA), land use and zoning approval processes.He received his Law Degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York in 1983. Mr. Archer attended Hunter College of the City University of New York for his undergraduate studies in Political Science. He earned a B.A and graduated with high honors of Cum Laude and the Dean’s List.
Keith Samaroo, PS&S

Keith Samaroo is a principal at PS&S Engineering, responsible for managing the New York Offices on Long Island and Yonkers. He has more than 15 years of experience working in the private real estate development and corporate markets. Samaroo is responsible for business development in the real estate markets including Brownfields, Waterfront and Urban Infill redevelopment projects, as well as managing clients, and coordinating and preparing cost proposals. He also coordinates the efforts of all involved disciplines to ensure client milestones are achieved. Samaroo is also responsible for developing relationships with municipalities and governing agencies to help streamline the approval process of projects.He is a past officer of the Board for US Green Building Council (LI Chapter), past Board of Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alumni of  LIBN “40 Under 40” Award.

Samaroo has a bachelor’s in Physics from Fordham University, Equivalent Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, and a master’s in Banking & Finance from Dowling College.

Larry Rosenbloom, Zyscovich Architects
Larry Rosenbloom, AIA, is a leader in applying smart growth principles to projects, Mr. Rosenbloom balances the needs of transportation systems and the way people live, work and commute today. He is skilled in developing designs that consolidate parking, give back land, and build meaning public spaces. Mr. Rosenbloom was the Principle-in-Charge of several TOD and smart growth projects, including the Glen Isle Waterfront Redevelopment, the Freeport, Long Island Transit-Friendly Planning Project, the Beacon Rail Station Facility, and the Merrick Revitalization Study. Mr. Rosenbloom’s design focus has been to utilize quality based architecture in conjunction with innovative transportation approaches to create a workable community. These efforts extend beyond the design of parking lots, buildings and roadways as isolated units. Through design, Mr. Rosenbloom works with his clients to encourage economic development, foster a sense of community, and provide conveniences for residents and commuters, as well as improving safety and security and providing a sense of place.
Lionel Chitty, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce
Lionel Chitty has served as the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce President since September 2008. During his time as President he has overseen membership growth of over 200% as a direct result of focusing on the changing needs of local businesses in a down economy. He has worked hard with his board of directors and members to add value to membership and make the Chamber of Commerce a resource for both residents and businesses alike.
In October 2009, Mr. Chitty was honored with the request to moderate the first debate between the candidates for the Nassau County Legislator (17th District) seat. As of recent he has represented small businesses by participating on numerous boards and panels with organizations such as the U. S. Small Business Administration, Vision Long Island, Dowling College / American Communities Institute and the Transit Oriented Development Workshop, to name a few. Lionel sits on numerous Boards including Charter Member and current Vice President of the Rotary Club of Hicksville South, Board Member of 100 Black Men of Long Island Inc., Board Member of The Friends of The Adelphi Library and is Chairman of the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee. As Hicksville begins the task of revitalization of its downtown area, he now spends a good portion of his Chamber related time working with elected officials, government offices, residents and local businesses to help bridge groups and unify the many voices of the community.
Lionel Chitty has spent the past seventeen years in the mailing, shipping, warehousing and office automation arenas. He has held positions in all facets of this industry including sales and managerial posts in operations, human resources and sales with leading organizations. During this time he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Old Westbury along with numerous industry certifications and awards. He currently holds the position of Key Account Manager with Sir Speedy of Plainview. Here he specializes in assisting his clientele with all of their print, copy and marketing needs. With a specific focus on the marketing aspect of services he provides, Lionel educates his customers about the many marketing techniques that merge old practices with newer technologies. These include Business Objectives, Data Services, Marketing Activities and Response Mechanisms.
Larry Gargano, Greenview Properties
Larry Gargano, Developer and owner of Greenview Properties, works to provide Long Island with great neighborhoods. Based out of Bay Shore, some of Greenview’s properties include the Chelsea Place duplex and triplex rental homes in Bay Shore near to the downtown and train station, Providence on the Park Condos and clubhouse which adjoins the Connetquot River State Park and Greenview at W. Sayville offering 55+ 1 & 2 bedroom apartments minutes from Sayville’s downtown.Chelsea Place in Bay Shore is an example of how Smart Growth projects can be approved and built in a timely, cost-effective manner that benefits the community. Local Town of Islip government and co-developers Larry Gargano and Mark Sagliocca worked in tandem to revitalize a blighted block of failing commercial sites in the community.Greenview Properties was already in construction for a neighboring residential complex and were thoroughly invested in enhancing Bay Shore’s renewal. Located across from the Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road station, the site had enormous potential as a transit-oriented development and was within the community’s overarching downtown revitalization plans. The partnership resulted in a re-development project that incorporates multiple aspects of Smart Growth, such as a range of housing choices including condominiums and rentals, with an affordability requirement. Offering 14 condominiums and 12 rental units, the one- and two-bedroom units were initially priced from $245,000 to $295,000, with rentals starting at $1,500.In addition to a mix of housing types, Chelsea Place brought higher density and increased pedestrian activity towards the center of the community. It serves as a vastly improved key entry point into Main Street. The project also includes two commercial units on the first floor, which create a highly utilized and visible downtown destination. The project won a 2008 Smart Growth Award for certainty.
Michael F. Puntillo, Jobco Organization
Urban planning, design and building are all part of Michael Puntillo’s DNA. As a fourth generation builder, Mr. Puntillo worked his first job site years before he could drive a car.Mr. Puntillo earned his Finance degree from Ithaca College and later a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development from New York University . A brief stint as a trader for Merrill Lynch confirmed his passion was building a portfolio of physical assets rather than a career on Wall Street. Recruited by Cushman and Wakefield , the world’s largest real estate services company, Mr. Puntillo helped lead their extensive commercial growth in Westchester and Fairfield Counties during the mid-1980’s.Mr. Puntillo joined forces with his father in the late 1980’s at The Jobco Organization. Initially out in the field learning every aspect of the business, he worked his way to Chief Operating Officer in the mid 1990’s. Michael Puntillo, Sr. has been quoted that their ability to learn from each other is a key component to their joint success.Working with the Koch administration, government agencies, and private firms in New York City, Mr. Puntillo directed the design, restoration, and development of thousands of new homes and apartment buildings in the four boroughs. His historic restoration work includes the 100 acre Madison Barracks property. When completed, this War of 1812 era, 37 building complex will combine the best of residential, retail and commercial real estate along the shores of Lake Ontario . Mr. Puntillo purchased a late 1800’s mill in Ulster County , New York . Located in the scenic, Mid-Hudson Valley region, the development of this former working mill had failed on several occasions. His creative vision, diligence, and persistence proved a winning combination. Today The Mill is a thriving senior housing project and a shining example of adaptive re-use and revitalization.Currently, as President of Jobco Realty and Construction, Mr. Puntillo conscientiously creates opportunities that expand the range of housing options for everyone. He believes enhancing our communities requires enlightened and significant architecture. His company designs and builds mixed use developments which bring new economic vitality and provide residents with environmentally friendly communities. In Port Washington , NY , Mr. Puntillo converted a 40 acre old sand mine into a landmark private community with multi-level housing options, walking trails, and parklands which opens this May to the first of its eventual 250 homeowners. His current portfolio of holdings also includes the development of several planned community and condo projects in the Metro Region.Commitment to building better communities spills over to his personal life, and Mr. Puntillo has served on many charitable and community boards and committees, including the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation. Mr. Puntillo joined Congressman Steve Israel’s bi-partisan advisory panel for next generation housing. He is a board member for Vision Long Island, a smart growth advocacy organization, of Community Housing Innovation, a New York not-for-profit affordable housing provider. He also currently sits on the boards of the Long Island chapter of the Diabetes Research Institute and the Old Westbury School of the Holy Child.
Matthew Frank, The Richman Group
Matthew Frank is the Managing Partner of MDF Development Group LLC, a full service real estate development company formed by the former Executive Vice President of Development and Design of RXR Realty (f/k/a Reckson Associates Realty Corp., NYSE: RA), as a development and investment platform focused on opportunistic and value-added deals in the New York Tri-state area. During his 12 plus years with Reckson and RXR, Mr. Frank was responsible for the planning, design, and entitlement of the company’s development assets throughout the New York Tri-state. Projects of note include the Lighthouse at Long Island, the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum and surrounding 77 acres into a 5.5MSF mixed-use destination and RXR Glen Isle, the 56 acre brownfield redevelopment of Glen Cove Creek, two of Long Island’s largest and regionally significant projects; both private/public partnerships. Since joining Reckson in 1998, Matthew was integrally involved in the design and approvals for over 12 million SF of mixed-use, office, and industrial development and repositioning projects throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Mr. Frank also served as a member of the company’s Executive and Operating Committees as well as Co-Chair of its Development Committee. Prior to joining Reckson, Mr. Frank was a founding partner in The Forge Company, an architectural research and design firm specializing in innovative building systems. The company’s high-energy efficient, quick-erect panelized steel frame system has been used for numerous social housing projects throughout the UK.Mr. Frank holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Tulane University School of Architecture and is a registered architect in the State of New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of Vision Long Island, the areas premiere smart growth planning advocacy organization. Mr. Frank lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Neal Lewis, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
Neal Lewis is the Executive Director of the Long Island Neighborhood Network. The mission of the Neighborhood Network is dedicated to reclaiming the suburban and rural character of community life on Long Island by preserving our environmental resources; initiating policies to prevent exposures to environmental hazards; proposing government consolidations designed to reduce the local tax burden; and holding our governmental officials accountable by advancing reforms which set higher ethical standards and keep the operation of government open to the public. Accomplishments include the passing numerous forms of legislation to reduce pesticides and protect Long Island’s drinking water. Open government reforms including the work on the original Nassau County Charter Revision Commission and leading the campaigns for Councilmatic districts in Brookhaven and other communities around Long Island.The Neighborhood Network believes that continued growth on Long Island – and indeed in suburban regions throughout the country – must be balanced by measures that maintain the quality of life for citizens living there. Smart Growth focuses both on the process followed to improve new developments (utilizing visioning exercises where the entire community works with environmental, business, and government interests to collaboratively develop proposals) and the substantive results (which must advance environmental protection and appropriate development.)
Patrick G. Halpin, Institute for Student Achievement
Patrick G. Halpin is an Executive Vice President of the Institute for Student Achievement, Inc. Located in Lake Success on Long Island, the Institute is a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with schools and school districts to help low-performing, middle and high school students stay in school, graduate and go on to college, work, other post-secondary education or job training. As executive vice president, Mr. Halpin is responsible for the Institute’s public policy, government relations, development, public affairs, and communications activities.Mr. Halpin has extensive public service experience. He began his career in 1979 when he was elected, at the age of 26, to represent the 13 th District of the Suffolk County Legislature. In a special election held in 1982, he won the New York State Assembly seat for the 11 th District, becoming the first Democrat in 116 years to be elected to the Assembly from that area. During his three terms in office, he chaired the Standing Committee on Ethics and the Long Island Marine Resources subcommittee.From 1988-1992, Mr. Halpin served as the Suffolk County Executive. Responsible for an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion and for over 12,000 employees, Mr. Halpin demonstrated his ability to manage the political complexities of government while tending to the needs of the 1.3 million residents of Suffolk, the 15 th largest county in the United States. He instituted the highly successful drug education program, DARE; a comprehensive anti-domestic violence program; a nationally-recognized open space and environmental program, and an extensive homeless housing initiative. Elected at the age of 34, Patrick Halpin was the youngest Suffolk County Executive in its history.Mr. Halpin’s tenure at the Institute for Student Achievement has been during a period of exceptional growth and success for the organization. He has overseen the dramatic expansion in New York State and Virginia of the Institute’s programs. Since 1990, when the Institute began its first program, it has grown to include 22 programs in ten school districts – including in the New York State regions of Long Island, New York City, and Rensselaer and Westchester counties, in Virginia’s Fairfax County, and in Boston, Massachusetts. It helps approximately 2,000 children through its STAR, COMET, and AfterSchool programs, and employs more than 150 people. The impact of COMET (for middle schools) and STAR (for high schools) has led to more than a 96% graduation rate (for students completing the 4-year STAR program) and a college admittance rate of more than 85%. The long-term goal of the Institute is to have all at-risk children experience similar success.Mr. Halpin is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where he majored in political science and economics and received a BA degree. A life-long resident of Suffolk County, he lives in the Village of Babylon.
Ronald K. Stein, Good Harvest Financial
Ron’s research of new approaches to land use and public participation methods led to his creation of Long Island’s first Smart Growth organization — Vision Huntington, and then to Vision Long Island (VISION), now one of the region’s pre-eminent land use organizations. A businessman and environmentalist, Ron has helped pioneer in VISION a multi-tiered, pro-active approach to challenge the existing conventional land use patterns of poor development. With an emphasis on broad stakeholder participation, new approaches to housing, open space preservation, traffic and pedestrian safety, and the creation of walkable, attractive communities have become priorities on a local and regional level across Long Island.Through VISION, Ron has been actively involved in a variety of charrettes – public planning workshops — and land use presentations to diverse organizations in the region. Beginning with spearheading Long Island’s first major charrette in Huntington Village in 2000, he has helped lead VISION to conduct many other planning events and solutions Island-wide. Ron has also spearheaded a New Urbanist infill development project in Southport, CT, which is nearing completion. Ron is also President of Good Harvest Financial Group, an independent financial planning firm that specializes in environmental issues and responsible investment.
Robert Scheiner, H2M
Robert Scheiner is the Senior Vice President at H2M, where he directs all corporate marketing, sales activities, and public relations for the company. He is also active in the architectural arena at H2M, supervising projects in the governmental, educational and private sectors. H2M was organized in 1933 and has a long history of engineering, architectural, and environmental excellence.In the past, Mr. Scheiner has directed all phases of architectural, planning and structural engineering projects, including designing comprehensive master plans, coordinating public works projects and providing architectural designs and supervision on all architecture projects. He has extensive knowledge and experience with municipal and special district projects. Some of the more significant projects under his direction have included developing all environmental, architectural and site designs for Splish Splash water park in Riverhead, designing and assisting in construction supervision of over 35 fire district projects, supervising expansion projects for various Long Island school districts, and managing over $8 million of modernization projects for the various housing authorities on Long Island.Mr. Scheiner has been a Huntington resident for over 28 years. He is involved with the community by serving as the H.O.A. President and Vice President in Commack, Presidents Council of Leadership Huntington, member of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and Advisory Council Member of the Community Development Corporation of Long Island.Scheiner said, “Now more than ever Long Island is at a crossroad; an aging population needing more affordable alternatives and the flight of our young talent caused by similar affordability issues. We require development alternatives that support affordable smart growth tactics that conform to our communities needs.”
Richard Bivone, Long Island Business Council
Richard Bivone is the founder and president of RMB Drafting Services, Inc., which assists people with building permits, research, expediting and variances. In 1992, he started companies to compliment RMB including Electrical Inspectors, Inc. and RMB Development Consultants, Inc, which was formed to meet the needs of many developers for large-scale projects. Recently, he started Planning Consultants, Inc. and Electrical Advancement Group, Inc. His accomplishments include Past President and Chairman of the Board of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce, 1st Vice President of the Council of East Meadow Community Organizations (CEMCO), past Vice Chairman of Educational Assistance Corporation (EAC, a non-profit organization assisting people throughout New York State), past Secretary of East Meadow Kiwanis, Board of Directors for the Heart Council of LI, Inc., Board member of the Nassau County Jail Advisory Committee, past Board member of Chambers Players International, and 1st Vice Chairman of the Nassau County Fire Fighter Museum.He is also a past President of the Nassau Council Chambers of Commerce, serving 52 Chambers of Commerce in Nassau County. In July 2000, the Governor appointed Richard to the New York State Small Business Advisory Board and he was re-appointed in April 2008 by NYS Governor David A. Paterson. He is a past Board member of the Town of Hempstead’s Industrial Development Agency and served on the New York City Congestion Fee Commission, Lighthouse Steering Committee, and the Nassau Coliseum Renovation. Richard is also active in the National Fire Protection, Nassau Electric League, Suffolk County Electrical Contractors Association, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, Columbia Lawyers Association of Nassau County, Nassau County Italian Americans in Government, and Building Inspectors Association of Nassau County. In 1998, he co-founded of the Italian Heritage Club in Nassau County. Richard lives in East Meadow with his wife and family. He is a graduate from Delhi University and the New York Institute of Technology in the field of Architecture. He also had a career as a firefighter in Elmont, North Bellmore, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, and was awarded a Class B Meritorious medal in 1992.
Robert Fonti, Vincent James Management
Robert G. Fonti is President and CEO of Vincent James Management Company, Inc., a firm with offices in Huntington and New York City that manage and operate in excess of three million square feet of property (the amount fluctuates and has reached six million). A recognized expert on real estate matters, he frequently testifies in State and County Supreme Court sessions for owners, lenders and third party interests, serves on numerous committees, and has been featured as a guest speaker for real estate trade groups. New York Habitat has named him One of New York’s Top Property Managers.Mr. Fonti is a real estate consultant to the Town of Huntington, New York, for which he administers and negotiates all leases and licenses for Trustee lands. He also serves as a land use consultant to developers and owners. Since January of 1999, Mr. Fonti has held the office of Commissioner of the Huntington Housing Authority and was credited with negotiating a settlement with civic groups and community members on a twenty-year old lawsuit. This landmark agreement preserved open space and established a delicate balance between home ownership and lessee housing.Some of the other boards he currently serves on include IMPAC of New York (as Executive Board Member), Huntington Station Boys & Girls Club, Huntington Chamber of Commerce PAC, Huntington Cablevision Commission, Huntington Station Enrichment Center, Huntington Smart Growth Steering Committee, NYS Order Sons of Italy in America, Committee on Public Relations, Italian Americans for Better Government, Huntington Station Revitalization Committee, and Vision Long Island.Mr. Fonti is as an advisory member to the New York State Bar Association, Committee on Courts and the Community and was responsible for coordinating a six part television series. He is a founder, officer and board member of Respect for Law Alliance, Inc., a not for profit organization comprised of noted Jurists, Attorneys and Business Leaders from around the world; he serves as Vice President of Budget & Finance and Chairs the Annual Essay Competition and Scholarship “How to Improve the Respect for Law”. Mr. Fonti has received literally hundreds of proclamations and citations from civic organizations and elected officials including U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer and New York State Governor George Pataki.A graduate of St. John’s University, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics with minors in both Public Administration and Theology and a master’s degree in Public Administration.Mr. Fonti resides in Cold Spring Harbor, New York with his wife, Barbara and their two daughters. The Huntington Townwide Fund, at an Annual Gala highlighting the Fonti’s community service and philanthropic endeavors, recently honored him and Barbara as “Citizens of the Year.”
Richard Kessel
Richard M. Kessel, an expert in New York energy issues, served nearly three years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA). During Mr. Kessel’s term, NYPA made significant strides in life extension and modernization programs at its major upstate hydroelectric facilities. He worked closely with New York State and local economic development agencies, under the leadership of Governors Paterson and Cuomo, to optimize the available amounts of low-cost hydropower from NYPA’s large hydroelectric projects on the Niagara and St. Lawrence rivers to spur capital investments and jobs in Western and Northern New York. Mr. Kessel’s attention to economic development included NYPA’s transitioning to a new statewide power initiative – the Recharge New York Program – spearheaded by Governor Cuomo, for providing a new infusion of lower cost power for job retention and creation by businesses. He championed energy efficient and clean energy initiatives, with NYPA’S setting new records for each of the last two years- $175 million in 2010 alone- for its investments in there technologies. NYPA also invested in “smart grid” technologies for maximizing the utilization of transmission lines without compromising their reliability. He also advanced proposals for the development of an offshore wind power project in the Great Lakes, and a statewide solar energy initiative, to add to the state’s clean energy supplies and encourage the development of job-producing alternative energy industries. Prior to his joining NPYA, Mr. Kessel served two terms as Chairman of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board of Trustees. Mr. Kessel began his career in public service as Executive Director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board, where he successfully negotiated rate freeze agreements with Consolidated Edison, Niagara Mohawk, and Orange and Rockland Utilities. He attended Colgate University, received a bachelor’s degree from New York University and his master’s degree from Columbia University.
Dr. Richard Koubek, Jobs With Justice Long Island
Dr. Richard Koubek works with workers rights group, Jobs With Justice. He formerly was the Coordinator of the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Public Policy Education Network at Catholic Charities. In that role, he works with 60 parish committees on social justice issues, with affordable housing and racial equity high on the Network’s priorities. Dr. Koubek has developed two parish discussion guides on housing and race. He is a member of the LI CAN Huntington Fair Housing Committee and the Huntington Housing Coalition’s Steering Committee. This past March, Dr. Koubek helped form a Huntington Interfaith Housing Coalition consisting of 21 Protestant, Jewish and Catholic congregation leaders committed to working for affordable housing in Huntington. He also co-chairs the Education/Public Relations Committee of the LI Affordable Rental Housing.
Steven Krieger, Engel Burman Group
Steven Krieger, an attorney, builder and developer of commercial properties and multi-family housing has been involved in the real estate industry since 1986. He has applied his legal expertise and experience in exploring opportunities that extend beyond strict property law– building, developing and managing numerous real estate ventures. He has managed retail and office buildings for private and institutional owners, including ABN-AMRO Bank.Co-founder of The Engel Burman Group, Steven has spearheaded acquisitions and financing for The Engel Burman group with successes that include the first attainment of IDA funds for an Assisted Living Community in New York State. His expertise in the procurement of approvals from municipalities and other governing bodies led to the largest FAR variance ever granted in the Town of Hempstead.Steven is a founder and executive board member of The Long Island Real Estate Group, and is also a president of Friends Assisting Nassau Seniors (FANS), a not-for-profit eldercare organization. Steven graduated cum laude from Tulane University, studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science and completed his law degree at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1986.
Trudy Fitzsimmons, Leadership Huntington
Trudy Fitzsimmons has been a volunteer in the Huntington Community for Twenty-eight years. Most recently she has been a staunch supporter of Vision Long Island and promoter of Smart Growth Principles. She believes strongly in giving back to her community. While raising a family of four, Trudy volunteered in her church, children’s school, and local theater groups. After she raised her family, Trudy was looking for more challenging opportunities to use her talents and make a difference in the community. Cablevision, her previous employer, recognized her ambition and decided to foster her leadership skills through education. Cablevision sponsored her in the 1998 Leadership Huntington class.Through Leadership Huntington, Trudy gained a new awareness and perspective of community service. She devoted her efforts for the good of the community and teamed with Ron Stein and Vision Long Island. Together with Vision Long Island, Trudy became committed to turning the tide against sprawl by taking a strong, positive role in shaping the Town of Huntington and the greater Long Island region. Trudy has given many hours of her time documenting training sessions, presentations, and special events on film and video. These photos and videos are used as a visual medium for promoting Smart Growth Principles, as well as, educating Elected Officials, Town Supervisors, developers, planners, and communities about Smart Growth. Present Affiliations include Congress for the New Urbanism and the Smart Growth Advisory Board.
Vincent Pizzulli, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, & Terrana, LLP
Vincent J. Pizzulli, Jr. concentrates his practice in real estate, zoning, land use and environmental law. He brings over twenty-six years of experience to the firm in all aspects of complex real estate and land use matters for major real estate developers, international and domestic corporations, and municipal clients. He also represents clients in Article 78 proceedings. Mr. Pizzulli has been appointed as special counsel to both the Smithtown and Huntington Planning Boards. He has served as Smithtown Assistant Town Attorney where he was counsel to the Building Department and Code Enforcement Bureau. Additionally, he has served as a Huntington Assistant Town Attorney where he was counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board on all zoning and land use matters. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1979, and earned his Juris Doctor in 1982 from St. John’s University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Forum. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York.
Veronica Vanterpool,Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Veronica joined TSTC in the summer of 2007 as a policy advocate to build support for New York City’s congestion pricing plan. A year later, she was promoted to associate director. In June of 2012, she was appointed by the board of directors as executive director. Prior to joining the smart, dedicated staff at TSTC, Veronica worked at the Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on its Waste Water Treatment Upgrade Program to protect New York City’s watershed.
Coming from a strong academic and professional background in environmental science and policy, Veronica was drawn to the environmental root of TSTC’ mission: reduce car dependency, and greenhouse gas emissions, by providing people with alternatives to driving. Her advocacy for sustainable transportation policy works towards communities that are designed to be walkable for people of all ages and abilities; public transportation that is affordable, reliable, and efficient; infrastructure that provides a safe streetscape for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers; and government policies that support these goals on the local, state, and federal levels. Since joining TSTC, Veronica has helped win millions in transit funding, fought successfully against fare increases and service cuts, encouraged the passage of legislation such as bus lane enforcement in New York City, and elevated the importance of fiscal responsibility and government accountability in large infrastructure projects, such as the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. She has helped grow TSTC’ staff, programs, visibility, and reach.
Veronica was born and raised in the Bronx and holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark and a B.S. in Environmental Science and Political Science from Binghamton University in upstate New York. While at Binghamton University, she drove a bus and trained new bus drivers to meet state commercial driving requirements, foreshadowing her passion for public transportation. She is also on the board of the Bronx River Alliance, which works to protect, improve, and restore the Bronx River corridor and greenway.
Aliesa Adelman, Wendel
Aliesa Adelman is the Sustainability Coordinator at Wendel and supports design and construction sustainability efforts for energy efficiency, natural resource conservation, and indoor environmental quality. Aliesa collaborates with the architectural, engineering, and planning teams to analyze opportunities for integrating sustainable design, principles, and technologies into projects.
Aliesa is a LEED BD+C, Accredited Professional, Building Analyst & Envelope Specialist certified professional, and has been working in the environmental field for over 12 years. In addition to her commercial work, she has been involved with several local and regional environmental initiatives in support of integrating energy efficiency measures into Municipal operations.
Aliesa is a participating member of the Western New York Regional Sustainability Plan Working Group for the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority’s Cleaner, Greener Communities program. She is also an active member of the Western New York Environmental Alliance. Her current leadership in the Town of Evan’s Climate Smart Community Department of Environmental Conservation Initiative has facilitated the development of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory plan and implementation strategy. She brings her experience and expertise in the environmental field to multidisciplinary projects to help align project goals with the principles of Smart Growth, Complete Streets, and Green Infrastructure.


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David Schieren, EmPower Solar

David leads EmPower as its Chief Executive Officer. He co-founded the company in 2003 with the goal of EmPowering people to use clean energy to control energy costs, clean the air, end oil dependency, and dramatically improve the standard of living.  David is responsible for leading the company, with a tireless focus on delivering an amazing customer experience from the first call on.

David has testified before the United States Congress Science Committee about the DOE Solar Decathlon competition, solar energy and hydrogen fuel, and has advocated for solar in numerous TV, print, internet, radio, and documentary interviews.

He is a NABCEP Photovoltaic Installer, and has a Master of Science in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology, where he received the Faculty Award for outstanding achievement, and co-led the 2005 Solar Decathlon solar-hydrogen zero-energy home project.  He has a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, where he received the Freeman Saltus Award in Economics.  David started his career as an Institutional Equity Advisor at Merrill Lynch where he sold Japanese equities to large U.S.-based investors.

David’s recent awards include the Long Island Business News 40 under 40 2012, Vision Long Island Clean Energy Award 2012, and the National Foundation for Human Potential Gala Honoree 2011.  He is a co-founder and board member of the Solar Decathlon Alumni Association (SDAA) that represents a global alumni community of participants from the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon bi-annual competition.   David is also a board member of the Long Island Matrix for Science and Technology (LIMSAT), which collaborates with Brookhaven National Laboratories to promote STEM programs throughout Long Island and NYC.

From 2009-2011 David was an Executive Committee member of the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition, US Department of Energy funded organization responsible for managing government grant opportunities for alternative fuel projects.  During David’s Tenure he helped oversee the distribution of over $20M of funding.

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Denise Carter, Greeman-Pedersen, Inc.Denise is the Principal-in-charge of GPI’s New York Metro Area office. Responsible for strategic business development and implementation, contract management, staff development, technical operations, financial performance, quality assurance and client relations. Key business areas include civil and transportation planning, design and construction management for NYCDOT, MTA, NYSDOT, Port Authority of NYNJ, SUNY and other State agencies, private entities and various counties and municipalities.


Peter Florey, D&F Development Group

After completing his Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, Peter worked for the City of New York’s Division of Real Property and Department of Housing Preservation and Development where he helped to develop the Integrated Property Information System, a real estate tracking program that is still in use by numerous City agencies.

In 1986, he joined The Dime Savings Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) as Vice President of Community Development where he underwrote many affordable housing transactions. In 1988, he joined Benjamin Development Co. Inc. where he rose to the level of Executive Vice President in charge of Management and Development. While at Benjamin Development, Peter spearheaded numerous affordable housing projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the Bronx and Queens. Some of the more notable projects included a new 3,000 seat Cathedral and a 300 unit affordable senior project in partnership with Allen AME Church. He was the lead project manager for the 128 acre Arverne by the Sea project in the Rockaways section of Queens which, at 2,300 residential units and 300,000 square feet of commercial space, is the largest new urban waterfront community in the United States.

He formed The D & F Development Group with his partner, Leonard D’Amico in 2005 and has since completed nine affordable residential projects and has another five underway. He is a board member of Friends Assisting Nassau Seniors (FANS) and a founding board member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH). Peter is also active in a number of charitable causes. In 2006 he was honored by the Interfaith Nutritional Network (INN) as their Humanitarian of the Year, in 2007 he and Leonard received the Guest of Honor Award from SHAREing & CAREing, Inc., cancer support service in Queens, in 2009 he and Leonard received the Guest of Honor Award from the Education & Assistance Corporation (EAC), a non-profit educational and social service organization that provides services to more than 72,000 people throughout the metropolitan area.

Peter has been a guest speaker on affordable housing at Vision Long Island and NYSAFAH.


Kamlesh Mehta, South Asian Times

Dr. Kamlesh Chand Mehta hails from a prominent Rajasthani-Jain family of Beawar. He is an entrepreneur ith over 27 years of experience across a wide range of industries in the United States and India. He raduated from Rajasthan University in 1982.

He started his diamond trading business in Mumbai in 1985, and migrated to New York in 1986 to setup n expansive business of rare gemstones and diamonds. He quickly expanded his business to Europe and Far East Asia, gaining exposure to the international market and clientele. He was featured and profiled in everal trade magazines as a prominent international trader of fine Colombian Emeralds.

Mr. Mehta delved into the media business in 2008, by founding The South Asian Times, a leading weekly newspaper for South Asians communities all over in the United States. In a short span of less than 3 years, it has become one of the most read and admired USA-based Indian newspapers via its print & online presence.

In January 2010, Mr. Mehta was appointed to the Nassau County government by the County Executive Hon. Ed Mangano. He is the first Asian-American who has been appointed the prestigious position of Director of Business & Economic Development.

Besides Nassau County, he divides his remaining time between his passion for fine diamonds & gemstones and expanding the reach of The South Asian Times. He is the Chairman of Forsythe Media Group, LLC, the flagship company which includes IndoUS Media Inc., an integrated Media, Marketing & Advertising and Consulting Company, and IANS International, an international news wire agency. His son, Arjit, is CEO-President of all of the media companies.

In August 2010, Mr. Mehta was honored by National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA) for his excellence of services in Print Media. In May 2011, he was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award by Business Forum Group at Nassau County Legislative Chamber for his outstanding services and networking in the multi-cultural business communities. In Sept. 2011, he was recognized as Presidents Choice Honor by Hicksville Chamber of Commerce for his Community Services. In June 2012, he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Honor of “BharatGaurav” by SanskritiYuvaSansthan, Jaipur. In Aug 12, he was felicitated by Telugu Literacy & Cultural Association of NY, NJ & CT for his Excellence in Community Services. He is a nominee of prestigious honor by Rajasthan Association of North America, RANA in their annual Diwali event of year 2012. He is also a Board Member of Xavier Medical University, Aruba, the and Member of Advisory Board of Indus American Bank, Hicksville. Mr. Mehta is the Charter President of Rotary Club Hicksville South. He was recognized as a Best President of the Year 2009-2010. He was presented the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in December 2011. He is an Assistant District Governor of District 7250 for the year 2012-2013.

Mr. Mehta is a founder of Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA), New York. He was featured in “Jewel of Rajasthan” coffee table book and was profiled in prestigious magazine Marwar in January 2012. He has served many community & trade organizations at senior positions.

He is co-chair of Raj-Rajeshwari Foundation, a charitable organization which operates a health care facility in rural area in UP, India. In last 3 years, he was an instrumental force in arranging over $500,000.00 worth charitable projects through his association with Rotary Club & other charitable organizations.

He resides in Long Island with his wife Nimmi and two children Apurvi and Arjit for the last 23 years. His son Arjit manages the family- owned businesses, and daughter Apurvi works as a Deputy Director in Nassau County government.


Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns

Donald Monti, President and CEO of Renaissance Downtowns, has over 35 years of diverse experience covering all aspects of the real estate spectrum having played a major role in the development, construction  and management of 80+ development projects. Renaissance has become the branded leader in the holistic  and comprehensive development of suburban downtowns with a focus on mixed-use and transit oriented
development. The Company is Master Developer in numerous projects throughout the Northeast, with a total  development value in excess of $10 Billion along with along with a pipeline of 10,000 plus residential units.

Four of these projects are slated for construction in 2013. The Company was recently designated as Master  Developer for the Nassau Coliseum Hub redevelopment site, which represents Nassau County’s largest tract  of redevelopable land. Two of Mr. Monti’s Long Island based projects have been designated as a “Project of Regional Significance” by the Long Island Regional Planning Council, representing the transformative nature of Renaissance’s downtown redevelopment efforts. One of those projects is the $2 Billion+ dollar mixed-use TOD in Hempstead, NY which was recently awarded a $5 Million grant by the New York State Economic Development Council initiative, one of the largest awards provided to a single development effort.

Hempstead represents a true game changer for Long Island and other mature suburbs by ushering in the ideals of large scale, mixed use, smart growth redevelopment that abide by Renaissance’s “Triple Bottom Line” approach to real estate development – social, environmental and economic responsibility. The Hempstead redevelopment effort received its final approvals in 2012, setting the stage for construction to begin in mid-2013. The Hempstead revitalization effort, as an example of innovative and forward thinking development methodologies, was featured with Don speaking on the topic as a case study at the United Nations World Energy and Water Forum in Dubai, in October 2012.

Under Mr. Monti’s leadership, the Company has instituted the nation’s first grass roots, social media campaign for public outreach “Crowdsourced Placemaking”) which allows community members to provide input to the planning process through web based and in-person initiatives. Utilizing the patent pending Crowdsourced Placemaking process in Renaissance’s Bristol, CT downtown redevelopment project, the
Company has engaged nearly 2,500 peole on their social media website,, which has become a national example for broad based community outreach. Mr. Monti’s proactive approach to community engagement provides for a streamlined approval process by garnering public input and generating public support for the Company’s redevelopment efforts from the outset of the planning process. The Bristol Rising community provided support for Renaissance’s efforts in Bristol, leading to a unanimous 7-0 approval of the Company’s development plan, slated to break ground in the upcoming months.

Mr. Monti has been quoted in numerous nationally respected media sources as an expert in downtown revitalization and been a keynote speaker / panelist at numerous national conferences, including the CNU Annual Congress, Railvolution, American Planning Association, California Downtown Association, Wharton Real Estate Summit at the NYSE, Private Equity Real Estate Annual Forum, and Vision Long Island amongst others.

Mr. Monti is a member of the ULI, the APA and the CNU, along with several other leading organizations in the real estate industry. He has also been heavily involved in community affairs, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Don Monti Memorial Foundation and being honored as Man of the Year by the American Red Cross.


Howard Stein, Cerilman Balin

Howard M. Stein is Managing Partner of the Real Estate Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP where he concentrates on matters related to real property acquisitions, development, sales, leasing, real estate finance and loan workouts. He represents a wide range of clients from closely held businesses to public companies in structuring complicated transactions for retail, industrial, office, hotel and residential developments.

In what could be the largest price paid for a land sale on Long Island, Mr. Stein handled the sale of the Melville “pumpkin farm” to Canon USA for its North American Headquarters, playing a major role in resolving a legal dispute that will keep the Fortune 500 Company on Long Island.

He received Long Island Business News 2013 Real Estate Award for handling its “Top Office Lease” on behalf of Hain Celestial Group.

An Adjunct Professor at Touro Law Center, where he is Chairman of its Board of Governors, Mr. Stein lectures extensively on issues relating to Real Estate Law.  In 2011 he was named to the Inaugural Class of Touro Law Center Builder’s Society.

In 2011, Mr. Stein was appointed by the Suffolk County Executive to serve on the Suffolk County Judicial Facilities Agency.

Mr. Stein is an active supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, a member of its President’s Counsel and was the recipient of its Presidential Award in 2000.  In 2007 he received The Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from Long Island Cares, Inc. and in 2009 he was named as one of Long Island’s “50 Around 50” for professional achievement and community service.

Active in the real estate community, Mr. Stein is a board member of the Association for a Better Long Island and the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra.  In 2013 he was presented with an award by Commercial and Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island and named “Associate Member of the Year”.  Mr. Stein has also been recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Vision Long Island, an advocate of Smart Growth.   Mr. Stein has been included several times by Long Island Business News in its list of “Who’s Who in Real Estate Law”.  In 2012, 2013 and 2014 he was named to the Metro New York Super Lawyers list.

Mr. Stein is a 1975 graduate of the University of Rochester where he now serves as a member of their George Eastman Circle and earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1978. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York and has achieved the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell.

He and his wife Cathy reside in Commack, have three children and two grandchildren.


Jamie Stover, Mill Creek Residential Trust

Jamie Stover is vice president with Mill Creek Residential, responsible for development and acquisition activity in New York and Connecticut. Mill Creek Residential is focused on the development, acquisition and operation of apartment communities in targeted markets nationwide.

Prior to joining Mill Creek, Stover served as a development director with Aimco, a publically traded Real Estate Investment Trust focused on the redevelopment and acquisition of multifamily assets and as a director for the Metropolitan Transit Association where he was focused on facilitating Transit Oriented Development on behalf of the MTA and other local and regional partners. Prior to joining the MTA, he was a development manager at AvalonBay Communities focused on projects in various stages of development in Westchester, Manhattan and Queens.

Stover received a M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in International Studies.

Andrew Zucaro, Zucaro Construction

n 1979, Andrew started his own construction business; a self-made entrepreneur, Andy has grown into one of the more established General Contractors of Commercial Construction on Long Island and the New York Metropolitan area. His company, Zucaro Construction LLC, celebrated its 32nd Anniversary. Please take the time to view on this website our many accomplishments.

Recent accomplishments of Zucaro Construction: building the Viana Hotel in Westbury, a seven story Hotel that is the first LEED certified Green Hotel on Long Island; Parker Waichman Alonso – Attorneys Corporate Offices; several Zwanger Pesiri Radiology Centers locations; Bentley-Lamborghini of Long Island and Champion Motor Group; King O’Rourke Cadillac; The Four Points Sheraton in Plainview; various Community National Bank locations; Ruth’s Chris Steak House; Hudson & McCoy Restaurant; Millers Ale House; and The Garden City Country Club.

Currently, Andy has several projects throughout Long Island, most notably, renovation of the historic Westbury Theatre on Post Avenue in Westbury.

Andy sits on the Board of several organizations including the US Green Building Council of Long Island, Hope House Ministries, and the Eden II / Genesis Foundation School for Young Adults with Autism.

Andy is a supporter of many charities and philanthropic organizations. In 2009, was honored as the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year for the Italian Board of Guardians, 2011 Man of the Year for Eden II / Genesis Foundation and Businessman of the Year for the Nassau County Republican Committee.

Andy is a proud supporter of the Eden II/Genesis Programs and many other foundations including the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Long Island, Ascent School for Autism and Autism Speaks, Rainbow Chimes Childhood Education center, Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Hope House, The INN, South Queens Boys and Girls Club, and Hurricane and Tsunami Relief Fund Raisers. Andy is also a member and supporter of the DANTE Foundation

Kathy WKathy Wisnewski, National Grid

Kathy Wisnewski

Manager, Community and Customer Management, NassauCounty National Grid

Kathy Wisnewski is the Manager of Community and Customer Management for NassauCounty at National Grid. National Grid, New York has 1.6 million electricity customers in upstate New York and 2.3 million natural gas customers statewide.

Kathy joined National Grid in 1989 as a Conservation Energy Specialist. She has since held management positions in Gas Sales and Marketing for both residential new construction and commercial gas sales, Electric Sales and Marketing, and in Major Accounts reperesenting LIPA and National Grid.

In her current role, Kathy is responsible for managing key government, customer and community stakeholder relationships in NassauCounty. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Kathy along with her National Grid colleagues were embedded in the devastated community of Long Beach. As part of National Grid’s community liaison program, they distributed thousands of blankets, cleaning products, toiletries, flashlights, batteries and more. They were stationed at the MLKCenter to offer support to the community and went door-to-door to talk to residents without gas and electric service.  Since January of 2013, Kathy worked with her team to facilitate over $1.6 million in grants to Long Beach and IslandPark small businesses that qualified for the National Grid Emergency Economic Development Program.

Kathy is a board member of Girls Inc. of Long Island as well as an advisory board member for New Ground, Inc.