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►Diligent, competent, equal-handed service, attention to detail, time and budgetary commitments, a versatile skill set, mediating standpoint and common sense judgment have been hallmarks of over 25 years in the planning profession.  

 

  • A wide range of environmental, land use planning, permitting, environmental and development advisory capabilities.  
  • Learn more about the practice in the Resume, and Services and Projects pages.
  • NYC, Westchester, Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey

 

►Since 1987.

 

►An approach that seeks to provide value to every client and add value to every project.  

 

►Take a look at the list of municipal and private-sector clients on the Clients and Municipalities page. 

 

►Whether you are an attorney, architect or engineer, consultant or consulting firm, municipal official, developer or development professional, call us to discuss how we can help you reach your goals.

Services

►Can we do any of the following for you, your organization or agency?  

 

We can:

  • Work with applicants, property-owners, municipal officials, review boards & government agencies to address development issues. 
  • Prepare and review environmental and regulatory documents.
  • Perform reliable fiscal and economic analyses.
  • Coordinate the activities of other professionals.
  • Work with regulatory agencies to obtain permits and licenses, and changes to resource mapping.
  • Provide thoughtful, informative guidance for planning and development projects.  Focus efforts and make efficient use of limited resources. Develop thoughts and vet ideas.  Understand and articulate competing viewpoints.
  • Meet your time and budgetary commitments. 
  • Reduce the time needed to become familiar with NYS's new SEQRA forms.
  • Advocate for good planning, sound development, a greater range of options for current and future generations, and conservation of land and energy.
  • Evaluate a proposal or a plan.  
  • Identify needs, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities or threats.  
  • Research, organize, evaluate and present complex information.

 

►For agency clients specifically, we can:

  • Assist with grant applications and administration
  • Work with and back up staff for planning & zoning administration
  • Free up staff time for other tasks
  • Organize and manage information and department activities
  • Review environmental documents such as EISs
  • Draft ordinances and code amendments
  • Preare, edit and revise policy documents
  • Prepare background studies and opportunities analyses
  • Meet with applicants and citizen committees
  • Work effectively with municipal staff and other consulting professionals
  • Mediate the interests of applicants, municipal and agency departments and staff, and board members
  • Develop the record for projects under review to support prudent, timely and substantiated decision-making.  

 

►Want to see what else we can do for you? Detailed information is in the Statement of Qualifications below.  See the Services and Projects pages for information on specific services and projects.  

 

►A quick snapshot of John Lynch's core competencies is provided in the skills-oriented resume below.  See the resume web-page for other resumes and additional information.  

Skills and Experience
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Squarespace takes big space in Hudson Square (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
The fast-growing website-maker Squarespace is leasing a big new office space that's anything but square.   The company, sources say, is taking 100,000 square feet in the trendy office district... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Tours to Ellis Island Hospital begin in October (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
Starting on Oct. 1, visitors to Ellis Island will be able to tour an area that has been closed to the public since 1954. Tours to the enormous South-Side hospital complex, where immigrants to the... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Manhattan condo resale prices reach record (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
Prices for previously owned Manhattan condominiums rose to a record last month even as an increase in the supply of units eased competition among buyers. An index of resale prices climbed 1.1% from... To view the full story, click the title link.
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The View on Real Estate: Toby Moskovits (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
The transformation of St. Vincent De Paul Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into a rental while preserving the church's facade and aesthetics. To view the full story, click the title link.
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Achilles’ Password: Online Security’s Susceptible Straggler (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
Illustration by Tyler Hoehne Since its inception 56 years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, essentially the U.S. Department of Defense’s mad scientist division, has turned fiction into fact and revolutionized our world several times over by thinking big and weird. They’ve invented the proto-internet, GPS systems, and even bent light itself to make 40 trillionths of a second disappear. They’re currently tinkering with laser guns, health monitoring internal nanobots, and virus-killing blood cleaning technology, just to name a few. But right now, one of DARPA’s main focuses is on something called the Active Authentication Project, launched in 2012 with the explicit and initially confounding mission of eliminating passwords as we know them, to better guard us all online. DARPA isn’t coming out of left field. Up to 55 percent of security professionals think passwords are a fundamentally flawed means of protection, and it’s common knowledge that they’re easily poached by programs like Heartbleed—just this month, a group of Russian hackers amassed 1.2 billion internet credentials. Even long, complex passwords don’t seem to be protecting us well, and can be broken down by hacking systems. A decade ago, Bill Gates predicted passwords would die. Then, last year, several tech firms launched the Petition Against Passwords. Now a group called the FIDO Alliance hopes to do away with internet passwords altogether by 2015, although there’s no official consensus on how exactly to do this. To date, many tech companies have sought to replace traditional passwords with things like knock code, multi-step verification, physical lock-and-key systems, and even biometrics. Google, a champion of multi-stage logins, recently acquired SlickLogin, a program that will transmit a near-silent sound from your computer to an app on your phone, which then returns a signal to a website server to confirm a user’s identity. Google is betting heavily on the elaborate technology, believing it to be one of the most effective and difficult to replicate multi-step verifications. And many phones now have basic finger (or even ear) scanning technology like the Ergo app, which provides greater individual specificity and security than fingerprints, which can still be lifted or easily smudged. But all of these systems still have serious flaws. Even non-verbal codes can be broken, physical locks can be lost, and a multi-step process, in the end, only verifies safety at the sign-in stage, while threatening to screw over users who, in SlickLog’s case, for example, lose their phones. Mistake-free, multi-step verifications are invasive, like Google’s plan to have people ingest radio frequency-transmitting pills or wear electronic tattoos. As for biometrics, aside from being unreliable and easily fooled, many involve clunky lifestyle changes and new equipment like wristbands to monitor heart signals or special bio-soles to verify your identity by foot pressure. There have been attempts to make biometrics more discerning, with cameras that monitor the formation of facial expressions or finger sensors that can detect a user’s blood and oxygen flows. DARPA’s push to end the password is a revolutionary, two-pronged (if borderline Orwellian) approach: First, they’re focusing on “cognitive fingerprints,” which track how a user moves or acts, identifying the individual not only at login, but continuously, throughout their experience. The method assesses subconscious or automatic factors like muscle movement, which are almost impossible to replicate. Second, DARPA is reinforcing the cognitive fingerprint process with existing technology, using the sensors and apps already on our computers and phones in unexpected ways. Partnering up with scientists from Drexel University, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, New York Institute of Technology, Southwest Research Institute, and SRI International, DARPA is working to detect our “authorial fingerprint,” based on writing style, speed, and errors. The organization aims to build detection techniques around the unique rhythms and electric signals of our hearts, the micro movements in our hands as we gesture, our patterns of response to randomly generated system error messages, and the speed, style, and balance of our stride and posture. Progress is promising, but all of these technologies are still in the early stages of development. It will be a while before kinks are ironed out and developers make the login and constant verification process seamless and inoffensive. And, on DARPA’s end, it’s likely that the systems they develop will only make it to the public after first launching on Defense Department computers. For many of us, that’s actually cause for relief—even though the DARPA programs are a far cry from anything as invasive as swallowing a password pill á la Google’s one-time plan, they do involve storing a great deal of intensely personal data. But even if the current forms are disturbing, the mission is still worthwhile. Maybe we’ll reject some of the more intrusive options, but in an age of vulnerability and shrinking privacy, any meaningful step we take in the quest for personal security is a step in the right direction.
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Guess Which Wealthy Country Can't Guarantee Access to a Basic Human Need? (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
Photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department has once again begun shutting off water services to some of their neediest citizens. Despite poor economic conditions, Detroit residents actually pay more for water than individuals in many other cities, as prices have shot up to cover the department’s waning revenues in the wake of dwindling populations and failing businesses. After a month-long moratorium, the shutoffs resumed yesterday, depriving human beings in the richest country in the world of the most basic necessity of human life. Residents, many of whom claim they weren’t aware they were behind, let alone facing shutoff, have been taken aback by the DWSD’s increased zeal for penalizing late payments; the agency has turned off water services to over 7,000 homes since April. Citizens report receiving enormous bills they say they did not incur, waiting in hours-long lines to even discuss their accounts with agency representatives, and confrontations with indifferent DWSD contractors called in to do the bureau’s dirty work. Garbage cans and any other available containers are being marshaled to gather rainwater in affected communities, as people begin to face the new reality of life without water. While the city claims it has reached out to people through “water fairs” and offered structured payment plans, many believe that the push is part of an ongoing effort to privatize local utilities. By purging those who can’t pay their bills from the books, the city would be eliminating a large liability from the bottom line of a potential investor. The total dollar amount of unpaid bills is split about evenly between businesses and residences, but the shutoffs have mostly targeted homes, furthering speculation that business interests are being prioritized.      Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July of last year, sending local officials scrambling to keep the municipality afloat—it’s a genuinely desperate situation that has pundits and politicians calling for increasingly desperate measures. In the U.S., unfortunately, situations like this lead to an inevitable conservative chorus advocating loudly for the sale of public assets and privatization of basic services. On the topic of selling off the Detroit Institute of Art’s publically-owned collection, Judge Steven W. Rhodes, who approved the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, warned that a “one-time infusion of cash by selling an asset,” would only slightly delay the city’s “inevitable financial failure.” Cities like Chicago have learned the hard way about the unintended (on the people’s part, anyway) consequences of privatization, with a scheme that gave control of the city’s parking meters to a consortium of business interests helmed by financial services company Morgan Stanley. Inspector General David Hoffman, in a report following an investigation, concluded that the city got a raw deal. In failing to properly calculate whether the contract was in their interest, they had agreed to an arrangement that had seriously lowered quality of life for city residents. This is because the consortiums, sovereign wealth funds, and investment banks that make these deals are usually just smarter than local governments. They have no particular allegiance to their own countries, let alone qualms about failing municipalities full of poor people, and they’re certainly not interested in the “buy low, sell high, make a buck” model of economics that officials naïvely think they’re buying into. If they couldn’t leverage profit at the expense of the general population, they wouldn’t even be sniffing around. There are assets that exist somewhere in between a commodity and a human right, and water is one of them. While the infrastructure to provide clean, safe drinking water costs money, and must be funded somehow, there are always higher priorities than immediate solvency. Governments, especially in countries as wealthy as the United States, have a responsibility to take care of their people, and maintaining a minimum quality of life is part of that responsibility. Putting the interests of carpetbagging parasites in front of those of their most vulnerable citizens, or trusting the intentions of corporations with zero interest in the public good, is a mistake that will have long-lasting negative implications for everyone involved. Whether the shutoffs are directly linked to the shady privatization schemes or just a lucky coincidence for city officials’ fire sale mentality, Detroit’s underprivileged are victims of decades of terrible governance and half a century of economic decline, none of which can be laid at the feet of any one individual. Literally hundreds of thousands of residences in Detroit currently lack running water, a situation that is unacceptable, and one we should all feel ashamed of. The United Nations has already threatened to step in, warning that the shutoffs may violate minimum human rights standards, and activist groups like the Detroit Water Brigade and the People’s Water Board are doing what they can to get water to thirsty residents. And if you can afford it, The Detroit Water Project now allows you to directly pay the water bills of those who have had their service cut off.
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If More Couples Smoked Weed, Would There Be Less Domestic Violence? (Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
Illustration by Tyler Hoehne Stoner couples fight less, according to a new University at Buffalo study that investigates the relationship between marijuana use and intimate partner violence. The researchers surveyed 634 couples that applied for a marriage license in Buffalo, NY, between 1996 and 1999, throughout the first nine years of their marriages.  Couples in which both spouses reported “frequently” using marijuana also reported the least amount of domestic violence. But the study’s conclusions come with some caveats: While the research solely hones in on newly married, heterosexual couples in Buffalo, intimate partner violence is a far-reaching issue that affects a wider demographic than those who have recently tied the knot. It still remains unclear whether remarried, long-married, dating, or same-sex couples who smoke pot are similarly less violent than their abstaining peers, or whether there’s just something particularly peaceful about Buffalo bud. Source: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors Nonetheless, the study breaks new ground in exploring the causes behind an issue that, according to a 2012 report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, affected Americans at a rate of 3.6 victimizations per 1,000 people in 2010. Previous research has shown that alcohol use strongly predicts domestic violence, and that substance use often follows as a result of that violence, but the University at Buffalo team is the first to attempt to quantify over time the specific impact of marijuana use on this kind of physical aggression. It’s an interesting and important inquiry, as states continue to legalize marijuana for reasons both medical and non-medical. Public support for marijuana legalization in the U.S. famously reached a majority last year, an increase of 33 percent since 1995. Is it a coincidence that in roughly that same period, according to that same Bureau of Justice Statistics report, domestic violence in America has declined by 64 percent? 
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Better Living Through Science: Women in STEM (Thu, 28 Aug 2014)
Photo courtesy of Dr. Deirdre Hunter In the story we shared earlier this week you learned about Brittany Wegner, a young entrepreneurial scientist who has made breakthroughs in the technology of cancer diagnosis. Continuing in the thread of women in the STEM fields we bring you an in depth look of two women making strides in the fields of astronomy and nuclear non-proliferation, their educational journey, and the impact that women mentors in STEM had on them growing up. In August of 2014 the Fields Medal, the Nobel Prize equivalent of mathematics, was awarded for the very first time in history to Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian woman. Women like Dr. Deidre Hunter, Astronomer and Deputy Director of Science at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona and Dr. Patricia Lewis Research Director for International Security at Chatham House in London are prime examples of women who went against the grain and chose careers that inspired them to change the world. Whether it has been the work of a patriarchal education system, macro cultural conditioning, or a likely combination of the two, when women make up 48% of the U.S. work force and only represent 26% of STEM fields there are still radical shifts to be made. The importance of modeling careers in STEM to younger women is paramount. “One person who was very influential to me was Vera Rubin,” said Dr. Hunter, “the astronomer who discovered that spiral galaxies rotate. She [Rubin] was passionate about promoting women in science, probably because she had seen so much discrimination during the course of her career. Because of pioneers like that, science is much more open to women today.” Dr. Deidre Hunter has made significant breakthroughs as a scientist and astronomer, researching irregular galaxies, star formation, and star clusters. Hunter grew up during the Apollo Program, and had a fervent desire to become an astronaut. “I thought walking on the moon or another planet would be so exciting,” said Hunter. “I quickly realized that I would never be an astronaut. I wear glasses and in those days astronauts were test pilots and they could not wear glasses. But thinking about it had made me want to know about the universe beyond earth, and I decided I would study what was out there instead.” Photo courtesy of Dr. Patricia Lewis Dr. Patricia Lewis, part researcher, part superhero, hybridizes the practice of science with international policy. “I read all the astronomy books in our local library and I used to do science experiments in the kitchen as a young girl,” said Lewis, “[I] was lucky in that I went to an all girls school…my physics and math teachers were all women and we were expected to excel.” “[Now] I run a research department looking at all aspects of international security that ranges from the threat of microbes to the role of gender in international conflicts to nuclear weapons,” noted Lewis. “I am dedicated to doing everything I can to keep people safe from the scourge of war and to make sure that humanity survives this stage in our history.” Lewis and Hunter’s view is that children need to be encouraged and engaged with STEM topics at an age when they will still be receptive. “I think the key is to get kids (girls and boys) excited about science early on. The 5th-8th grades are a prime time to influence them. It is between the early elementary years when kids are excited about everything and high school when kids lose that spontaneous excitement for the world,” states Hunter. Concurrently, it is integral for the work women have already done in the STEM fields to be recognized. The contribution of women to STEM subjects and professions has never been fully appreciated,” said Lewis. “STEM needs women and women need STEM.” In addition to their work in the STEM fields, Hunter and Lewis have made teaching and education a fixture in their lives. “Since coming to Lowell Observatory, I co-founded an outreach program that works with teachers and their classes on the Hopi and Navajo Nations,” remarked Hunter. “Each year I partner with 5th-8th grade teachers conducting astronomy activities with their classes. I also hold star parties and bring the classes to Flagstaff to observe on Lowell’s research telescopes.” For Lewis, she has held teaching positions at the University of Birmingham, the University of Auckland New Zealand, the Imperial College, and was the Deputy Director of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Clearly mentoring begets mentors as these two women’s past role-models have influenced their careers as scientists, and also their mission to help guide young people to find their path and engage in the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math—a mission worth pursuing. Young girls like Brittany Wegner who created Cloud4Cancer, a web-based application that has correctly diagnosed 99.11% of 7.6 million cancer trials.  
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