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May 22, 2024 - Upstate NY Brownfield Symposium

  • 22 May 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • La Luna Restaurant, 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614
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  • Includes logo placement and three (3) complimentary registrations.
  • Includes logo placement and two (2) complimentary registrations.
  • Includes logo placement and one (1) complimentary registration.

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Our Presenters

Panel 1 - Exploring New Off-Site Responsibilities Under the Draft Part 375 Regulations and Implication of New Petroleum Soil and Soil Vapor Standards

Michael Tyszko, Esq., Bousquet Holstein - Moderator

Michael W. Tyszko is a member of Bousquet Holstein PLLC where his practice focuses on economic development incentives, including brownfield, historic, and other tax credits, in addition to a broad range of business matters. Mike helps clients with all phases of the brownfield project lifecycle from preliminary planning and structuring through audit and post-audit disputes with NYS Department of Taxation & Finance. Mike is a member of the board of directors of BCONE as the Scholarship Chairperson as well as one of the members of BCONE’s Upstate NY Expansion Committee. He is a Syracuse native.

Linda Shaw, Esq. Knauf Shaw

Linda Shaw, a Partner at Knauf Shaw, with over 33 years of experience in environmental, energy, and land use law, focuses her practice on brownfield redevelopment and associated land use, zoning, permitting and environmental review to facilitate the ultimate remediation and redevelopment of contaminated property.  From 1998 to the present, Linda has been a managing partner at Knauf Shaw, LLP,  becoming one of the first females in New York to be a named partner in a law firm.  She is recognized as the preeminent authority in the state on the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program. She participates in a number of legislative and state policy advisory groups which led to creation of the Brownfield Cleanup Program of 2003, and the 2008, 2015, and 2022 program amendments to the Brownfield Cleanup Law.  Linda handles compliance issues related to hazardous waste, chemicals and petroleum handling, and cost recovery litigation to recoup costs incurred from responsible parties. Ms. Shaw is past Chair of the NYS Bar Association Environmental Law Section, and was the VP of the Environmental Business Association, an environmental business trade organization, for many years. She is currently a Board member for the Brownfield Coalition of the North East.  Ms. Shaw obtained her Juris Doctorate from the St. John’s Law School and Master of Arts, summa cum laude, in International Law and Public Administration, and Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Political Science from St. John’s University.

Cailyn Locci, PG, Weston and Sampson

Cailyn Locci is a New York registered Professional Geologist with over 20 years of environmental consulting experience. Cailyn has extensive experience leading environmental site investigations, remediation design and implementation, including NYSDEC and EPA Brownfield investigations, Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments, large-scale remedial projects for redevelopment efforts across NY, as well as redevelopment and re-use planning. Cailyn currently serves as the assessment and remedial planning lead and NYSDEC regulatory compliance specialist for Weston & Sampson’s EPA Brownfields Assessment projects across New York. She works closely with her clients to best promote their brownfield programs and project related goals and aspirations. Cailyn is currently a BCONE Board Member and serves as the Scholarship Chairperson as well as one of the members of BCONE’s Upstate NY Expansion Committee.

Panel 2 - Drinking Water MCLS: The Next Stop on the PFAS Roadmap

Lexi Haley, Langan - Moderator

Ms. Haley is an environmental engineer with over four years of experience in environmental consulting in the New York metropolitan area. Ms. Haley has a background in air permitting and compliance, construction monitoring, environmental site assessments, due diligence, and vapor mitigation system design and installation. She is currently involved in supporting multiple brownfield redevelopment and voluntary cleanup projects, where she works as a liaison between the developer, project team, and contractors during site remediation.

Greg Senecal, CHMM, LaBella Associates

Greg has 33 years of experience in designing, managing, and conducting environmental assessment programs, investigation and remediation services, as well as brownfield redevelopment projects. In 2023, Greg was promoted to the position of Sr. Vice President & Executive Director of Climate & Environment, through which he focuses on connecting and aligning resources to ensure the firm is providing holistic solutions related to the environment, climate resilience, and sustainability across all project types.

Patrick Filey, Pace Analytical

Patrick has over 35 years of experience in professional business management and extensive experience in all aspects of environmental laboratory operations. During his time at several nationally recognized environmental testing laboratories, Patrick has served in a variety of roles ranging from bench level chemist to Field Supervisor and Project Manager. This range of experience has contributed to an in-depth familiarity with EPA methodologies and protocols as well as state regulations and guidelines.

Patrick is the co-author on two patents for apparatus and removing contaminants from aqueous medium (5372690 and 5558755). His professional affiliations include serving as Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Air and Waste Management Association - Niagara Frontier Section (A&WMA NFS) and an affiliate member of the Central New York and Hudson Mohawk Professional Geologist Association. 

Panel 3 - Success at the Intersection of Brownfields and Affordable Housing

Jen Gillen, PG, LaBella Associates - Moderator

Jen is excited to be moderating this panel of passionate experts and community advocates. She has over 15 years of experience with brownfield redevelopment and uses her expertise with the NYSDEC Brownfield Cleanup Program, Part 360 and 375 regulations and housing funding agency guidelines to help navigate community revitalization projects through environmental challenges. 

Jen serves as the Director of Environmental at LaBella Associates, where she oversees 250 staff located up and down the East Coast who provide services focused on environmental due diligence, brownfield redevelopment, ecological restoration and monitoring, environmental construction, and climate resilience engineering.

Whitney McClary, CSD Housing

Whitney McClary is the Development Director for CSD Housing. In this position, Mr. McClary is responsible for assisting clients throughout the housing development process from site selection through lease-up. Mr. McClary is also responsible for business development activities throughout NYS. Mr. McClary received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University and his Masters of Business Administration from Duke University.

Monica McCullough, Esq., MM Development Advisors, Inc.

Monica McCullough is the owner and founder of MM Development Advisors, Inc., a NYS Certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise that assists mission oriented to develop affordable and supportive housing.  Monica is also the owner and operator of the historic Hoyt-Potter House, a professional office building conversion of an 1840’s Greek Revival located in Rochester’s Corn Hill neighborhood and the Austin Family Farm, 250-acres of multigenerational homestead farmland in Allegany County. 

She has spent her career focused on historic preservation and community development and has more than a decade of experience in not-for-profit administration.  She has participated in the successful financing and development of more than $500 million in mixed-use, multi-family and single-family residential properties located across New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Puerto Rico.

Monica is a founding member of the NY Women in Real Estate Association, which has grown to a membership of more than 400 real estate professionals across upstate and western NY.  Monica is a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2014 Forty Under 40 award and was recognized by the RBJ as a Leader in Construction Honoree for Development in 2022 and as a Woman of Excellence in 2024.  Monica has participated in two projects honored with an Excellence in Historic Preservation Award for Project Excellence from the Preservation League of New York State – Holy Rosary Apartments in 2014 and Gerard Block Apartments in 2022.  Monica is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of NY Affordable Housing Advisory Council.  

Harold Thurston, PG, City of Rochester

Harold Thurston serves as an Associate Environmental Specialist with the City of Rochester, Division of Environmental Quality. Mr. Thurston is a licensed Professional Geologist with over 30 years of experience as an Environmental Consultant and Brownfield Developer. His experience ranges from performing and managing traditional environmental assessments (i.e. Phase I and Phase II ESAs) to complex hydrogeologic assessments and cleanups of both petroleum and chlorinated solvent impacts. For the past 20 years, he has focused primarily on working with municipalities on their Brownfields program, and now brings this experience to serve the City of Rochester. Harold has a bachelor’s degree in Geophysics from the State University of New York at Geneseo. 

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