State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
For Immediate Release: January 10, 2014


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of former New York City Councilman James F. Gennaro as Deputy Commissioner for New York City Sustainability and Resiliency at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

“This year, the State is reimagining New York for a new climate reality, building back better and more resilient after the major storms from the last few years,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am pleased to have Mr. Gennaro join our team at DEC where he will bring his many years of environmental experience to help protect and prepare New York City for extreme weather. Superstorm Sandy, which heavily impacted New York City, made clear that we have much to do to fortify the community for the future. Mr. Gennaro will be a valuable leader in those efforts, and I look forward to working with him.”

“Jim’s demonstrated passion for improving the environment and his leading role in shaping environmental policies to protect New Yorkers make him a natural fit for DEC,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “Jim’s breadth of experience will be put to good use as he works to ensure New York City is equipped to face future storm events. He will work directly with DEC’s partners at the newly created NYS Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies toward that goal.”

In his new role, Mr. Gennaro will further DEC’s efforts to prepare and make New York City more resilient to meet the challenges associated with climate change and to rebuild after recent storm events. Mr. Gennaro also will serve as DEC’s liaison to the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE). Governor Cuomo announced the creation of NYS RISE in November to provide scientific information to policymakers and stakeholders to use in developing comprehensive plans to better protect communities from extreme weather and natural disasters.

Mr. Gennaro served as a New York City Councilman from 2002 to 2013, representing portions of the Borough of Queens. He chaired the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection and authored environmental laws on such issues as reducing New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, reducing water and air pollution, creating climate change adaptation strategies, improving the City’s resiliency to major storms, restoring Jamaica Bay, increasing clean and reliable energy, and increasing brownfields cleanup. In addition, Mr. Gennaro served on New York City’s Sustainability Advisory Board. Before representing the 24th district, Mr. Gennaro acted as an environmental policy analyst for the New York City Council for eleven years.

Mr. Gennaro has received numerous accolades and awards for his environmental leadership, including the 2013 Environmental Quality Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr. Gennaro earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.



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2014 Urban Agriculture Conference – Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The Horticultural Society of New York presents the 4th Annual Urban Agriculture Conference (UAC), May 29 & 30, 2014.

We are inviting proposals for workshops in all areas of urban agriculture. Proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

In order for urban farming to continue to be a viable solution to feeding a city, it must be productive. This year’s UAC will focus on the success stories. Who is producing large quantities of food? How are they doing it? How did they get there? What are their best practices?

Join us for a day of onsite workshops and demonstrations as we work to improve access to locally grown, fresh food in cities.

Click Here to Submit to the 2014 Urban Agriculture Conference


Thanks for a fantastic year! And here’s to another one!

2013 – a Year of Programs

We hope you had an opportunity to attend one or more of our great programs this past year. ASLA-
NY offered more than 50 CEU’s on various topics in 2013. From numerous Post-Sandy panels/lectures and other storm-resiliency-related topics to Landscape Architecture Month programs on Green Infrastructure to Green Playgrounds to our June conference on climate change to our many tours for Archtober and NYCxDesign week, among other exciting programs, we had expert and engaging speakers provide us with new ideas and education every month. Our emerging professionals group attended Open Studio events at Matthews Nielsen, Starr Whitehouse, Great Ecology and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy along with a number of fun happy hours. Our Design Awards and President’s Dinner were our biggest events ever and our holiday party was a great success as well. Thanks to all who volunteered to help with these events and to those who joined us. Check out photos from some of our events in our new website Gallery.

Looking forward to 2014

Our programs committee has been hard at work to bring more great programs for you in 2014. Although ideas keep coming in, we have set forth the following outline of events. Some do not have final dates but we will keep you up-to-date through our newsletter, website and social media. Make sure you are connected with us to hear the latest. Please also let us know if you would like to be involved in any of these programs by giving a talk, leading a tour, making suggestions or volunteering to help pull them together. Email [email protected].

Look forward to seeing you at the events.

ASLA-NY Programs 2014

Tentative Schedule


29 – Bronx Parks 125th Anniversary lecture on Olmsted design for Bronx Parks


Educational program: New developments in lighting technology and design


14 – 4 CEU’s and a Beer: Americans with Disabilities Act related programming


ASLA-NY 2014 Design Awards Exhibit and Reception

1-30 – Exhibit

3 – Reception

Center for Architecture, NYC

Landscape Architecture Month

Theme: Beyond New York – Landscape Architecture Around the Globe

3 events including prominent speakers and a panel discussion


Urban Sketchers Event

Jane Jacobs Tours

NYCxDesign tours


Annual Conference

Theme: Working with the New Administration

A.M. Lectures: New commissioners

P.M. Lectures: How to work with the city


4 CEU’s and a Beer: Urban Design


Archtober: Tours


6 – President’s Dinner


4 – Holiday Party


ASLA-NY Executive Director Participates in Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Forum

Our Executive Director, Kathy Shea, recently participated in The Rockefeller Foundation’s “Building Urban Resiliency” Innovation Forum.  The day included presentations from leaders such as Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, Mayor Khalifa Sall of Dakar, Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, Vice Mayor Claudia Restrepo of Medellín, and Dr. Thomas Frieden of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control about their past experiences, innovative ideas and suggested approaches to building resilience.  The attendees then convened into small groups and shared their expertise and ideas on how cities can build resilience to the shocks and stresses they face.



The first group of cities who will be part of the 100 Resilient Cities network were announced at the event. These cities will receive technical support and resources for developing and implementing plans for urban resilience over the next three years.


For more information, go to

ASLA State Advocacy Priorities for New York

Earlier this fall, ASLA issued the first-ever State Advocacy Priorities Survey to find out more about the issues that matter to landscape architects at the state and local level.  If you answered the survey, thank you!  If not, it is critical that you participate.  We need to hear from you to ensure that we fully understand the issues that matter most to our members.  Please fill out this short survey by December 6!



A|Ns first-ever Best Of Design Awards

The Architect’s Newspaper introduces its first annual Best Of Design Awards, a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements.

We are accepting submissions in six categories:

  • Facade
  • Fabrication Project
  • Student-initiated Built Work
  • Interiors
  • Landscape
  • Building of The Year

Winners will be published in our January print edition and online. The Best of Design Awards is sure to be one of our most anticipated issues of the year.

Registration deadline:
November 22, 2013

Submission deadline:
December 9, 2013

Publication and announcement of winners:
January 15, 2014


*A registration ID will be emailed to you after you register. Please check your spam box if it does not appear in your inbox.

Save the Date for the ASLA-NY Holiday Party

ASLA-NY will be celebrating the holidays, and a great year, on Friday, December 6th at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street.

Costs and details to follow.