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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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Statement of Qualifications
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City admits error on Astoria Cove's affordable housing (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
City planners made a significant error in calculating the affordable-housing requirement at the proposed Astoria Cove development on the Queens waterfront, officials said Thursday, although the City... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Investors sue REIT that covered up accounting mistake (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
Investors in American Realty Capital Properties have launched a suit against the company in New York Supreme Court after the publicly traded real estate trust announced Wednesday that it may have... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Investment firm inks pricey deal atop 9 W. 57th St. (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
The investment firm that made hundreds of millions of dollars of profit investing in hot fashion brand Michael Kors when it cashed out last month is taking an office that only the wealthiest of... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Developer Gary Barnett predicts dip in luxury market (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
Add Extell Development’s Gary Barnett to the list of high-profile real estate developers who think the top end of the market may be nearing a dip. “We’re not there yet, [but] I... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Watch Out for the Witch Flick (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
Perhaps the most popular kind of Halloween movie is the classic witch flick. From the green-skinned warty ladies on broomsticks to earth-loving goddesses to housewives to students, the witch has cast her spell on popular culture. But while everyone enjoys a solid peanut butter cup-fueled Hocus Pocus viewing from time to time, witchy characters can get a little scary in terms of what they say about how we view women in general, without the bubbling cauldrons and pointy hats. Here is a handy guide to the positive, negative, and complicated depictions of women in some of the most popular witch films and TV shows of the past two decades. The Sanderson Sisters, Hocus Pocus (1993) A fun, goofy Halloween movie starring some seriously talented ladies, Hocus Pocus is a surefire favorite of the ‘90s kid. But behind the warm and fuzzy nostalgia it inspires, there’s a tried and true trope that deserves deconstruction. The Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) are prime examples of the prototypical vain sorceress. A pop culture staple (Snow White, “American Horror Story: Coven”, the Little Mermaid etc.), this particular type of witch is driven purely by her desire to be young and beautiful. She is jealous of the youthful, innocent heroine and has a fierce need to suck out her soul to feed her own vanity. This character, of course, stems from society’s valuing women only for their beauty, and a troublesome tendency to deem them useless once they age. Hocus Pocus is still a great family film, but perhaps it’s time for modern media makers to lose the tired trope and give villainous witches something more important than youthful good looks to wreak havoc about.   Hermione Granger, Harry Potter (2001-2011) Emma Watson’s Hermione Granger is by far one of the most positive depictions of a young female witch (and Watson’s no slouch in real life, either). J. K. Rowling’s courageous bookworm has inspired thousands of women to be brave, stand up for themselves, and aim as high as possible. As a half-blood, Hermione is a minority in the wizarding world and the outspoken brainiac often has to fight for her rights. She battles the bad guys as fiercely as her male counterparts and is never the helpless princess locked in the tower. Instead, she is the dragon slayer rescuing her male friends from countless terrifying situations. Additionally, according to Emma Watson, Hermione decided to keep her own name after wedding Ron Weasely. We salute you, Ms. Granger.   Sarah, Rochelle, Nancy, and Bonnie, The Craft (1996) The witches of The Craft are certainly not naïve. They are not virginal, they are not pure, and they are not evil, either. These complicated characters manage to come across as genuine people with real world problems to deal with and that alone is a win for this teen goth cult film. Sarah, Rochelle, Nancy, and Bonnie confront domestic abuse, date rape, slut shaming, racism, low self-esteem, and much more throughout the plot of this twisted film. Yet these gifted outsiders have a magic inside of them that transcends their troubles. It’s an empowering film—for women, for outcasts, for weirdos—that places gifted women in a complicated story line refreshingly free of romance. Conversely, The Craft fails to guide its main characters towards positive change. Instead it pits covens against one another and makes the god that they worship a “He.” Nancy, a trailer park outcast with an abusive stepfather, is quickly cast as the Hollywood standby “crazy girl,” pushing a lothario schoolmate who rejects her out a window and growing jealous of her “prettier” coven-mate Sarah. The Craft puts social outcasts front and center with well-rounded, relatable main characters, and for that it is still worthy of a watch. It’s just a shame that it had to succumb to girl-on-girl hate for a plot.   American Horror Story: Coven (2013-2014) Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” TV anthology includes several sex-positive, independent, and bold female characters who carry the weight of the show and sing defiant, patriarchy-smashing renditions of “You Don’t Own Me.” That said, AHS’ “Coven” season left something to be desired, female-empowerment wise. While viewers are thrown a nod or 12 to the dangers of misogyny via the all-male witch hunter characters, confronted with date rape and its consequences (some would say too graphically), given a moderate amount of sisterhood, and blessed with Stevie Nicks, “Coven” also features the lame “vain sorceress” character in Jessica Lange’s Fiona Goode. Additionally, as in The Craft, we get a group of intelligent, powerful women together only to pit them against one another. (Granted they end up “getting along” in final few minutes the finale.) On the other hand, there’s Zoe, a young girl whose vagina kills any man she sleeps with, furthering the women-who-have-sex-are-evil stereotype. Yet, Zoe is able to harness her sexuality and tame its murderous tendencies by the end of the season, reclaiming her body and becoming the sex-positive woman she was meant to be all along. While Murphy relies on some terrible tropes in “Coven,” he is sometimes able to turn things around and use these all-too-common devices as meta-commentary on their problematic nature. Now, go off, enjoy your witchy films, and eat a lot of candy. 
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The Not-So-Mad Science of Head Transplants (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
Illustration by Tyler Hoehne and Addision Eaton Last year, when Sergio Canavero of Italy’s Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group announced that in the near future he’d be able to transplant a human head onto another body, people didn’t call him mad (MAD!) at the universities. And instead of setting upon Canavero with pitchforks and torches, the medical establishment seemed content to just write him off as idealistic and impractical. But as radical as splicing heads sounds, we’ve known for decades how to keep a head and brain alive and functional long enough to graft it onto another body. We’ve just never been very good at fusing the spine back together, which would allow the newly transplanted head to communicate with the host body. Last year, scientists demonstrated that substances called fusogens could partially repair severed spines in rats, and Canavero claims his Head Anastomosis Venture with Cord Fusion surgery can use these proteins to solve the spinal problem in humans. But critics point out that the operation would most likely only be effective at repairing clean, surgical cuts to the spinal cord (if that) rather than reliably fixing real-world injuries. And with each surgery requiring 100 surgeons for 36 hours at a potential cost of $12.8 million, even the most optimistic were forced to dismiss Canavero’s vision as a pipe dream. Yet what seemed like a pipe dream just last year seems less mad every day as new discoveries push this kind of surgery from the realm of impossibility to mere ethical quandary. The modern head transplant dates back to 1970, when an American Dr. Robert J. White grafted a monkey’s head onto another body. By moving swiftly, cauterizing arteries as they were severed to prevent blood loss, putting the donor body into cardiac arrest, and using fast artery-stitching technology, he was able to revive a head that could taste, smell, hear, and see. But the monkey, say those who were present (like Dr. Jerry Silver, whose research to his chagrin has inspired Canavero), had a look of pain, confusion, and anxiety for the short and miserable time it was alive on the paralyzed host body. To many, the surgery seemed like a reckless, horrifying, and inhumane Frankensteinian folly that ought never to be repeated. Photo by Weiß, Günter/Wikimedia Commons But even back in 1970, the monkey transplant experiment wasn’t completely novel. We’ve been working on head graft technology since at least 1908, when American Dr. Charles Guthrie managed to attach a dog’s head (after 20 minutes of death) onto the body of another living dog, creating a two-headed beast whose transplanted head could still focus its pupils and twitch its tongue before death. In the 1950s, Soviet Dr. Vladimir Demikhov improved the process, making at least 20 two-headed dogs. The second heads actually functioned normally, staying alive for about a week before the host immune systems rejected them. The experiment was repeated on monkeys in 2001 and rats in 2002. Since last year, there have been a few optimistic developments for head transfers. Recent work in the United States and Germany has advanced our knowledge on how to fuse and more fully restore function in the spine, meaning those who scoffed at Canavero and his fusogens might have less of a critical leg to stand on. Spine repair is still in its infancy, and there’s still work to be done to make sure a host body doesn’t reject the head transplant. But even without a fully functional spine, the surgery may still have practical uses right now (if we can get the costs down) for quadriplegics suffering organ failure and others who’d rather live with impairment than die. With many disabled patients who might be willing to take the risk, the hurdle stopping us from seeing human head transplants may be more about ethics than ability. How does one reconcile, for instance, using a whole body whose organs could save many individuals to only save one person? A possible solution could come from a series of mid-1990s experiments in the United States and England, which developed headless mice and frog bodies by manipulating the genes in eggs, potentially creating uncomplicated donor bodies. But creating headless human bodies for transplant is far off in the sci-fi future and certainly carries its own ethical morass. So while for now we’re stuck with the impractical dreams of Dr. Canavero, it would be foolish to write off the possibility that transferring a head may one day be as feasible as transplanting hearts, lungs, or kidneys—all once medical pipe dreams or futuristic fantasies. With each tweak and successful repetition, hopes grow that the procedure could become a common clinical reality within the century.
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A Friendly Game of International Border Subversion (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
Of all the things to ever be lobbed across borders of rival countries, volleyballs may be the most benign. Activists in Morocco and Algeria are hoping a friendly volleyball game across their countries’ mutual border, closed since 1994, will foster goodwill between the two nations. A Facebook event created for the historic match, scheduled for November 29th, has garnered more than 3,600 RSVPs from people all over the world. Loubna Karroum, one of the match’s organizers, said they were inspired by a similar event that took place over another famous, heavily militarized border in the United States. “We read an article on a volleyball game between Americans and Mexicans on their border,” says Karroum. “And we thought, why not Morocco?” The upcoming border match is only one of many volleyball diplomacy events that have been taking place all over Morocco between Moroccans and Algerians. Organizers of the volleyball match insist they’re not making a political statement. Karroum says the game is being put on “for fun.” But the match’s context is certainly politically charged. The border that divides Morocco and Algeria has been closed for more than two decades, after Morocco accused an Algerian terrorist group of culpability for a 1994 bombing in Marrakech. Since then, lands that abut the Morocco-Algeria border have been sites of contention for the two nations. In recent years, as conflicts in North Africa have escalated and hundreds of thousands from Libya, Mali, and the Western Sahara have been displaced, the borders of Morocco and Algeria have become increasingly militarized.  These tensions began long ago, when French colonialists first delineated the border, says Samia Errazzouki, a co-editor at the Arab Studies journal Jadaliyya, but were exacerbated after the borders were closed. “Some of [the communities along the divide] are actually from the same families or same tribes that have been systematically been cut in half as a result of French colonialism splitting the borders,” says Errazzouki. “Businesses have suffered. All the businesses that relied on trade and commerce with Algeria have had to suffer because they no longer have their primary source of income. I’m sure it’s the same with the Algerian side as well.” At the heart of the issue, says Errazzouki, is the Western Sahara conflict. The Sahrawi people who populate lands claimed by Morocco have fought for an independent state since the 1970s. The Polisario Front, an armed liberation movement in the Western Sahara, has been at the forefront of this cause, and they’ve received support from the Algerian government. “After independence, Morocco and Algeria fought over territory and what they did was funnel their animosity towards each other via the Western Sahara conflict,” says Errazzouki. In recent years, the border conflict has worsened as refugees from Syria, Libya, Mali and the Western Sahara have made their way from war-torn countries to seek safety in Morocco and Algeria. Both countries have accused each other of trying to offload Syrian refugees at the border, where they are at the mercy of edgy border police who often kill these asylum-seekers. Although there have been few attempts to open the borders years after they were officially closed, recent events appear to have renewed efforts to create a safe passage between the states. The ongoing series of volleyball games is a symptom of these efforts, taking place all over the country between citizens of both nationalities. They reveal a growing consciousness among youth about the necessity of open borders. “People are just fed up with the fact that we’re missing a great opportunity to engage with our neighbors, and not just in business,” says Errazzouki. “Who doesn’t want to be able to travel between Morocco and Algeria just by driving through the border? It’s something you can’t do now.“ The organizers of the volleyball games have been trying to obtain permits from both Moroccan and Algerian authorities in order to stage November’s border game legally and avoid the ire of police. The game was originally scheduled to take place at the end of October, but failure to receive those permits forced them to postpone. Karroum says they’re determined to make peace with their neighbors. “There is a lot of brotherhood and sisterhood between Morocco and Algeria, and the volleyball game is meant to remind us of that,” says Karroum. “It’s a reminder of our friendship and of the fact that we are neighbors and have a shared history. There is a lot of love between us.”
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13 Spooky Sites That Redefine the Term Skeleton Structure (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
There’s a growing consensus that the typical Western burial is pretty unsustainable. From the chemicals used to prepare the body, to the metal caskets and concrete plots that store corpses, to the water-intensive park-like atmosphere of many cemeteries, some forward-thinking folks are looking for more eco-friendly ways to leave their mortal coils behind. (And no, cremation doesn’t count if you’re concerned about your carbon footprint.) While world religions and ancient history are replete with alternative burial solutions, some of the most mesmerizing are found in ossuaries. Sometimes also referred to as charnel houses, these structures prominently display human bones for decoration, contemplation, and memorialization in a space-efficient way that also happens to be aesthetically pleasing. We’ve selected 13 of the most striking sites, but there’s many more catalogued in the book The Empire of Death and its companion website Empire de la Mort.
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