The Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit

The Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit:
Novel Strategies for Novel Times
Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:00am – 12:00pm
Sponsored by Goldstein Hall PLLC, Pace University Land Use Law Center
and Housing Action Council


NY State Judicial Institute
Pace Law School
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603


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Last year Congress passed the most sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code since 1986, and the proposed federal budget substantially decreases funding for affordable housing while Hudson Valley home prices continue to rise. In this new and complicated environment, the Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit will provide an overview of the current state of affairs and present strategies for increasing affordable housing in a variety of contexts.




8:00 am  8:30 am            Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am  8:45 am            Welcome & Introduction
                                       Tiffany Zezula, Deputy Director, Land

                                       Use Law Center
                                       Jason Labate, Attorney, Goldstein Hall PLLC

8:45 am  9:15 am            Keynote Address
                                       County Executive George Latimer

9:15 am – 9:45 am           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


9:45 am – 10:15 am         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 builder’s
remedy to reward developers who bring successful exclusionary
zoning lawsuits. They will discuss the critical importance of
They will discuss the critical importance o fhaving 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 builder’s 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


10:15 am – 11:15 am       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
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


11:15 am – 12:15 pm       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


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


Summit Co-Sponsors




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