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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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Is Russophobia a Thing? (Fri, 24 Apr 2015)
Screenshot from Eastern Promises Earlier this month, the World Russian People’s Council, an international organization whose goal is to promote a positive future for the motherland, announced its intention to create a new Center for the Study of Russophobia. Members of the organization, founded and nominally led by the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Moscow, believe that Russia, Russian people, and Russian language speakers are often unfairly portrayed in the international media, much to their detriment. So as a service to Russia and an academic exercise, the WRPC now believes it must stand up to identify, explain, and correct the rough and cartoonish caricatures of its people—which it believes have become more common since the Ukraine conflict began in 2014. At first blush, this concept sounds like it might just be part of a pro-Russian propaganda campaign, revising history and spinning the news to paint a picture of a beleaguered Moscow struggling for its rights in the current eastern European kerfuffle. Especially to those of us in the West who like to believe that our press is fair and balanced and our coverage of Russia’s aggression is more accurate than Moscow’s apparently censored media-sphere, the notion that we might be systematically slandering Russians seems absurd and insulting. We’re especially prone to ignore accusations of Russophobia as last year President Vladimir Putin used the term in a speech to dismiss critiques of his Ukraine policy, and a member of the Russian Duma (parliament) proposed a bill to ban Russophobic propaganda in the nation, on pain of a 15-day prison sentence or $1,000 fine. This latter decision especially seemed to throw the term around like a tool of political control, giving moral justification to attempts at controlling the portrayal of events for Putin and company’s benefit. The fact that this new Center was proposed by the WRPC, which granted Putin a high award in 2013, just lends more fuel to those who’d like to dismiss Russophobia as a facetiously indignant smokescreen.     Screenshot from Rocky and Bullwinkle Yet when you step back and think about how Russians (not just the modern nation of Russia) are portrayed in the media (not just the news), you do start to notice that they tend to show up as two-dimensionally sinister, corrupt, and chauvinistic individuals. The Daily Show brought that reality home in 2014, when it sent Jason Jones to Moscow, contrasting his exaggerated American stereotypes of a smarmy and seedy Russia against a predictably more human reality. You can test this status quo characterization yourself, by picking literally almost any movie featuring Russians, either as villains or heroes. Even David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, a film I actually liked for its rounded characters (and for the chance to see Vigo Mortensen swinging some pipe in a bathhouse fight scene), plays into these tropes. Despite having a number of complex characters, and Russians fulfilling (anti-) heroic, villainous, and murky roles, no matter what part they play, the movie’s Russians are uniformly surly, besotted, and suspicious. Beyond the Boris and Natasha image of Russians in entertainment, you also start to notice that we did, for example, shit on the corruption of the Sochi Olympics and Russian politics last year much more than we questioned the shady practices and human rights abuses before the Beijing 2008 Olympics. These realizations, combined with the fact that Russian organizations with no clear ties to Putin’s regime have also decried Russophobia in the recent past, force us to admit that the WRPC might have a point: we may have a bit of a twisted view of Russians that’s bleeding over into our creation of Russian characters and news analyses. This isn’t a new concept. The term Russophobia dates back to at least the mid-19th century, when it was used to describe the British press’s mocking characterizations of their imperial rivals. These depictions, it’s suggested, moved beyond occasional stereotypes to systematic distortions of the region because it had become a national foil and cosmic threat to Western empires, guilty of their own sins. During the Cold War, this existential threat and rivalry became exceptionally relevant in America, during an era of politicized and increasingly omnipresent media. Screenshot from Rocky IV. For many who got used to this milieu, the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War didn’t mean that a negative conception of Russia faded. Instead, in our rush to promote the dawn of a new American-led world order (think Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History”), any Russian attempts to resist Western ideals were painted as barbaric. Old biases naturally grafted onto new images of Russia as a backwards, chaotic loser state struggling over its past mistakes and inability to get with the new global program. Between the forces of history that popularized and acclimated us to flat Russian caricatures, and the continued utility of Russia as a national foil, we somehow just slipped into new patterns of seemingly innocuous but ever-present Russophobia. To be clear, acknowledging the existence of Russophobia doesn’t mean that we must subscribe to the sometimes overblown descriptions of the phenomenon you find in some Russian circles. Attempts by some skeptics to link Russophobia to anti-semitism, ascribing an illogical yet intentional malice to these portrayals of Russians, bleeds over from fair critique into conspiracy theory. Attempts to interpret bad coverage of Russia in the media as a direct dictation from the White House reads as an uninformed, if not a narcissistic, assumption that American policymakers spend all their nights thinking of ways to pike the Russians. Yet for every paranoid explanation of Russophobia (all of which have a seed of truth in them), there are many who recognize it as the almost unconscious, emergent byproduct of centuries of politics that it is. Confronting Russophobia as a child of history, we can start to confront and subdue these unfair and unrealistic depictions. Similarly, confronting Russophobia in the media and in our own minds doesn’t mean that we have to pull a U-turn and accept sunny narratives of Russia that laud Putin and apologize for his actions. We can and should still be critical of Putin, the state of the Russian economy, and the nation’s human rights record. We might just want to do so with less of smug look on our faces and a few less Yakov Smirnoff jokes (or subtler equivalents). We may be surprised how much easier it is to communicate with and relate to Russians and their native land if we were to start presenting a nuanced and three-dimensional depiction of Russia and Russians—even if it’s still a skeptical and scrutinizing one—in place of the borderline Ivan Drago image we’re running around with now.
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Low-Wage Workers of the World United in Fight for Living Wage (Fri, 24 Apr 2015)
Earlier this month, in what started as protests by fast-food workers in the United States demanding a $15/hr minimum wage, an united front was taken up by thousands of employees from around the world. Many of the protests took place in front of McDonald’s, but the professions of the people protesting ranged from professors to garment workers to health-care providers. Through the Fight For $15 movement, supporters took to the streets and social media, sharing their outrage from across the globe in solidarity for workers requesting a living wage. Here are some of the people who are being heard loud and clear. 
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Dreaming of Walter Scott (Fri, 24 Apr 2015)
Technology has made it difficult for me not to be made aware of yet another black life snuffed out by a police officer who felt “threatened.” The endless timelines of social media forge impressions on my memory far more quickly and objectively than corporate media’s delayed and often biased take. When Michael Brown was killed, tweets from and about Ferguson’s peacefully protesting citizens facing an asymmetrical response from law enforcement served as counter-programming to CNN’s endless loop of the alleged Swisher Sweets heist that may have set his murder in motion. Over the last several months, I have had encounters with individuals for whom such “causes” justified such fatal, undignified “effects” for too many unarmed, black citizens. And in dealing with that insensitivity, my anger seems to render words inadequate. Not long ago, I was told by a white acquaintance that I should use an instance of someone’s ignorant, racist bullshit as a “teachable moment.” But only in the mind of the privileged is it the responsibility of the oppressed to educate the hateful. One need only to pay attention, even in short spurts, to receive all the education necessary. White America required possibly the most clear-cut footage of a police execution of a black American to date, video of the Walter Scott shooting, to confirm in their minds what blacks have known for generations. I’ve had trouble wiping the image of Scott’s lifeless body from my mind, the North Charleston man being handcuffed as killer-cop Michael Slager attempted to cover his tracks. In Scott, I cannot help but see my uncle, whose family lives in South Carolina. I imagine him running like Scott did, with everything he had, desperate for life, or at least for the fleeting last few seconds of it, not realizing that he is but moments from being plunged into oblivion. I often have dreams where I’m running, impossibly fast and far. And I’ve certainly been dream-chased by police, unsure of what my dream-self did exactly, like many who have died with their hands up or backs turned. Not long after the video of Scott’s death came out in the press, Americans learned of another shooting, this time in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the surreal footage showing Eric Harris, with an officer’s knee on the back of his neck, fully restrained and having just been shot by a modern-day Keystone Cop, cry out “I can’t breathe!” The officer’s reply to a statement-turned-motto by Eric Garner’s similar ordeal could be heard faintly: “Fuck your breath!” Team “Well, why’d he run if he was innocent?” cannot seem to acknowledge black humanity even in the face of police actions as egregious as these. And those with some decency and common sense can still seem less than sympathetic. Some of my white friends’ “Don’t worry, be happy” outlooks can be difficult for me to connect with after viewing another Twitter feed full of commentary on police brutality, or a televised interview with tearful, grieving parents. I know the answer is not to “stop looking at it,” as some have tried to persuade me to do. I feel as though that’s the worst thing I could do, to feign ignorance as a salve for the trauma of these 21st century lynchings. Only the privileged can turn their backs on the crisis at hand, blame social media for blowing things out of proportion, or ask why people are protesting. I mostly take issue with how some white people in my life can continue to skate through their mundane lives, unfettered and unafraid, while I can’t get the image of Walter Scott running for his life out of my head. A lifelong fear of the police has been ratcheted up markedly in the last year alone. Silence, whether out of fear, ignorance, or simply the comfort of white privilege, is complicity. At this point, we don’t need allies. We need warriors. And asking why he ran, or whether we’ve stopped to look at the victim’s criminal past, indicates nothing short of an endorsement of a law enforcement culture that finds the act of fleeing/driving/existing while black punishable by death. Never mind that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1985 (Tennessee v. Garner) that using deadly force in such instances was “unconstitutional insofar as it authorizes the use of deadly force against, as in this case, an apparently unarmed, nondangerous fleeing suspect...” Most recently, in Baltimore, and then internationally, Freddie Gray’s name has rung out. Arrested by Baltimore police “without incident,” as the department was quick to note, for wielding a pocketknife, all signs point to a vicious beating at the hands of police in a van following that arrest as Gray’s cause of death a week later, sparking outrage that is all too familiar. Fellow Baltimorean Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs and Somebody’s Gotta Do It fame) has complained about Baltimore’s image, which he feels has been sullied by the “crack whores” and “drug dealers” depicted on The Wire. Yet Gray’s death is like a chilling subplot from the HBO drama, and its thin line between art and life is why I’ll recommend the series to my dying days. There are those who would love nothing more than for Baltimore (and cities like it) to be an endless expanse of bars, restaurants, and boutiques, with the supposed blight of blackness wiped out—save for those hired to cook and clean at these superior establishments. These types are usually white, and they are usually the ones asking why he/she ran. In the short time since Gray’s passing, I have already had to “educate” someone who felt it necessary to justify police murder by way of a victim’s past. And I say to Rowe and his ilk, if Baltimore police hadn’t beaten Freddie Gray so badly that his spinal cord was left severed and his larynx crushed, the international media would not be talking about Baltimore this time, in this manner. If they’d granted him the medical care he requested repeatedly, another black body’s blood would not be on yet another police department’s hands, and our mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, would not have to wring her hands while urging calm and patience. The “All Lives Matter” crowd jumps through hoops to defend the seemingly indefensible actions of police run amok, actions that make it quite clear that some lives do appear to matter much more than others in our current society. I can no longer be shocked when some white person, eager to get my take, asks why someone resisted, what I think really happened, whether the cops felt threatened, and all sorts of other bullshit that I’m done being polite about. Days before Gray was arrested, I received news that my cousin had been locked up, again. Not even a month ago, I’d visited him in jail, had a heart-to-heart and related my own experiences and my willingness to help him get back on his feet. I’d thought that I’d made a real connection, but my expectations had gotten the best of me. That I could finally be of service to a kid who had looked up to me his whole life was genuinely fulfilling in a way I didn’t think possible. Now I legitimately fear that my cousin will meet a fate like that of Freddie Gray—if not tomorrow, then maybe years down the line, possibly killed in police custody, with a local government short on answers and sympathy. The pain of having to digest too much death too quickly from a distance is surely nothing compared to the pain of losing a loved one to this quietly state-sanctioned violence. But the vehement refusal to acknowledge our voices and lived experiences, which are now at least given a broader platform via the internet, allows for the justification of cops killing unarmed black people and going scot-free, as Rekia Boyd’s killer, Detective Dante Servin, did this week. With familiar, hope-sapping phrases like “suspended officers” and “independent reviews” being bandied about in Baltimore, this can be a different sort of pain altogether, the layers of the soul still raw from the “last one.” The fact that decisive action was taken in the South Carolina case after the video broke worldwide could be viewed as swift justice at first glance. But in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, and the negative attention it brought to a city government steeped in racial bias, it could also be construed as a municipality’s preemptive measure to avoid igniting turmoil. The “riots” that took place in Ferguson this past summer were the last resort of a black populace haunted by the specter of state violence and institutionalized bullying. Bearing witness, even by way of a screen, to this procession of macabre, brutal videos has a lingering effect on the soul. There is nothing guaranteeing that someone I love isn’t next, that I’m not next. I haven’t had any white friends tell me about their dreams about the Walter Scott video. A number of my black friends have.
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Black Lives Matter is Collecting Audio Recordings for a Public Story Bank (Fri, 24 Apr 2015)
Image courtesy of Black Lives Matter. Telling our stories is not just a political necessity, but also an opportunity for catharsis and public healing. Which is why we must be concerned when certain stories are marginalized by more mainstream—and perhaps more comfortable—narratives. A new project by Black Lives Matter, called I Imagine, intends to collect the stories of people around the U.S. and archive them in a public story bank. Calling on contributions from anyone who wants to share their vision, Black Lives Matter asks people to submit a short one to two-minute recording prompted by the phrase, “In a world where Black Lives Matter, I imagine...” Contributors will be compelled to share their dreams and imaginings of a future where black life is valued.   “This is a way for us to combat the constant narrative of police violence against black bodies with something uplifting, something to dream with,” said Los Angeles-based artist Tanya Bernard, a co-curator of the project, in a press release. The project is being produced in conjunction with Manifest: Justice, a social justice-themed pop-up art exhibition and event to take place in Los Angeles from May 1 to May 10. Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, hopes that the public story bank will “illustrate the resistance and resilience of these communities in the face of structural racism and a range of ideologies and practices that constitute state violence.” Cullors and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza are the first to contribute their recordings to the online bank. “In a world where Black Lives Matter, I imagine freedom as past tense,” said Cullors in her own contribution. “I imagine that our hashtags will only be used to praise the living. I imagine bounties of children. I imagine green everywhere. I imagine that families and communities are living arm-in-arm.” Listen to the rest of her audio piece and contribute your own here.
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