Task Force

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ListeningTour Task force brainstorming meeting

In 2010, OurHudson convened a Task Force of experts to assemble a Report of recommendations for the future of the Hudson Valley. The draft report can be read here. The members of the Task Force are listed below:


Janet Crawshaw (Valley Table), Ralph Erenzo (Tuthilltown Spirits), Jennifer Grossman (Open Space Institute), David Haight (American Farmland Trust), Lael Locke (NY Planning Federation), Benedict McCaffree (Office of Congressman Scott Murphy), Seth McKee (Scenic Hudson),  John Mylod (Fisherman), Sarah Olson (Superintendent, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites), Eric Ooms (President, Columbia County Farm Bureau), Peter Paden (Executive Director, Columbia Land Conservancy), Laura Pensiero (Gigi’s Marketplace and Restaurant),  Martin Ping (Executive Director, Hawthorne Valley), Cheryl Rogowski (W. Rogowski Farm), Matthew Scott (Pampered Cow), Sam Simon (Hudson Valley Fresh), Paul Wigsten (Produce Buyer, Culinary Institute of America).

Culture & Education

Anne Ackerson (Director, Museum Association of New York), Michael Botwinick (Director, Hudson River Museum), Randy Bourscheidt (President, Alliance for the Arts), David Conover, (Educational Director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater), Debbi Duke (Director, Teaching the Hudson Valley), Tema Harnik (Executive Director, Greater Hudson Heritage Network), Cornelia Harris (Program Leader, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies), Lucille Johnson (Professor of Anthropology, Vassar College), Gary Schiro (Executive Director, Hudson Opera House), Roger Panetta, Ph.D. (Curator, The Hudson River Collection University Libraries), Jennifer Schwartz-Berky (Visiting Lecturer in Environmental and Urban Studies, Bard College), Rosemary Wakeman (Director, Urban Studies Program, Fordham University Lincoln Center)

Economic Development

Marissa Brett (Vice President, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation), Anthony Campagiorni (Assistant Vice-President, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation), Vincent Cozzalino (President & CEO, The Solar Energy Consortium), Bob Dandrew (Director, Local Economies Project, New World Foundation), David J. Dell (Executive Vice President, Advanced Energy Conversion, LLC), Jonathan Drapkin (Pattern for Progress), Simon Gruber (Hudson Valley Regional Council), Todd Erling (Executive Director, Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Dev. Corp.), Melissa Everett, Ph.D. (Executive Director, Sustainable Hudson Valley), Daniel Hernandez (Director, Planning Practice, Jonathan Rose Companies), Tom Martinelli (President, Martinelli Consulting & Martinelli-Slocum Publishing), Bernard Molloy (Managing Director, Historic Hudson River Towns), Michael Oates (President and CEO, Hudson River Valley Economic Development Corporation), Sarah Olson (Superintendent, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites), Alma Rodriguez (Regional Director, Workforce Development Institute), Carol Stevens (Dean, Office of Community Services and Special Programs, Dutchess Community College).


Jeff Anzevino (Director of Land Use Advocacy, Scenic Hudson), Karl Beard (NYS Director, NPS Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program, NE Reg.), Frank Bergman (President, Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club Association), Melissa Brett (Vice President, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp.), Mark Castiglione (Acting Executive Director, Hudson River Valley Greenway), David Church (Orange County Planning Commissioner), John Clarke (Development and Design Coordinator, Dutchess County Planning Department), John Dennehey (Senior Planner, Hudson River Valley Greenway), Peter Fleischer (Executive Director, Empire State Future), Huntley Gill, (Fireboat John J. Harvey), Ellen Jouret-Epstain (Columbia Land Conservancy), Rob Lane (Senior Fellow, Regional Plan Association), Peter Markou (Supervisor, Town of Catskill), Barbara “Charlie” Murphy (Vice President, Pattern for Progress), Michael Oates (President and CEO, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation), George Potanovic (Photographer), Peter Paden (Executive Director, Columbia Land Conservancy), Rob Pirani (Director of Environmental Programs, Regional Plan Association), Nicholas A. Robinson (Professor, Pace Law School), Sacha Spector (Director of Conservation Science, Scenic Hudson), Erin Tobin (Regional Director – Technical and Grant Programs, Eastern New York, Preservation League of New York State), Anne Van Ingen (Director of Architecture, Planning & Design/Capital Projects, NYS Council on the Arts).


Anthony Campagiorni (Assistant Vice-President, Governmental Affairs and Economic Development, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation), Alice Cheng (Principal, Cheng Solutions), David Church (Commissioner of Planning, Orange County), Kevin Corbett, (Vice President, Corporate Development, AECOM), Mary Ann Crotty (President, Macro Associates), Joel Ettinger (Executive Director, NYMTC), Tom Fox (President, Water Taxi), Joseph Heller (RCD Coordinator, Lower Hudson-Long Island RC & D), Chuck Houghton (Rensselaerville Institute), Roland Lewis President (Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance), Angel Medina (Director, Long-Range Planning, Policy and Analysis, NYS Thruway Authority), Susan Metzger (Chair, Orange County Planning Board), John Poorman (Staff Director, Capital District Transportation Committee), Jean Shanahan, Transportation Coordination Committee Staff Director, NYMTC), Jim Tripp (General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund), Lou Venech (Senior Manager, Transportation Policy Development, Port Authority of NY & NJ), Tom Wakeman (Deputy Director, Center for Maritime Studies, Stevens Institute), Jeffrey Zupan (Senior Associate, Transportation, Regional Plan Association)

Download the full draft report