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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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Scenic Hudson's Sea Level Rise Mapper

"Bronx Irish at the Ramparts", 1984 documentary about changing northwest Bronx & Back in the Bronx presentation

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NYC Channel 7 Eyewitness News Special: Climate Chaos

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Hyper-pricey homes to sap housing growth (Thu, 23 Oct 2014)
The New York Building Congress predicts that residential construction spending will increase by billions of dollars over the next two years. The hitch is that much of it will be spend on housing for... To view the full story, click the title link.
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$97M house sale fires up Hamptons (Thu, 23 Oct 2014)
The record year logged by residential properties all across New York City in late 2013 and early 2014 is now being felt as far away as the Hamptons. There the volume of sales shot up by nearly... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Ms. Wylde, president and chief executive of the Partnership for New York City, says that companies across industries are struggling to afford the city. To view the full story, click the title link.
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Port Authority proposes new whistle-blower system (Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
The agency under scrutiny since allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie closed lanes at the George Washington Bridge last year proposed a whistle-blower system aimed at protecting employees from... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Chelsea Handler Tries Making Fun Of Andy’s Weight. It Backfires Immediately.   (Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
Share this on Facebook? Besides being Conan O’Brien’s sidekick, Andy Richter happens to be one of the funniest personalities in the business. He proved as much this week when, after Chelsea Handler clumsily attempted to make a fat joke at Andy’s expense, he responded quickly and hilariously. All others be warned.
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Another Kind of Street Meat (Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
Illustration by Josh Covarrubias Last month some 15,000 people gathered in rural Pocahontas County, West Virginia, for the 29th annual Autumn Harvest Festival and 24th West Virginia Roadkill Cook-off. To many, this backwoods tradition of serving up dishes like porcupine stew probably sounds quaint at best, vile at worst. But the cook-off is neither a fringe event, nor backwoods Appalachian yokelry—it is, many would argue, the future of ethical food incarnate. For the past decade, at least since “fermentation revivalist” Sandor Katz publicized the movement in his 2003 counterculture food manifesto The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, there’s been a growing movement in America and the U.K. to embrace roadkill cuisine as a source of guilt-free, organic, and no-cost sustenance. Spurred on by a bevvy of relevant cookbooks and new laws allowing citizen roadkill salvage, it’s getting both easier and more acceptable to eat meat off the street.                                                                       The trend makes perfect, logical sense given the scope of the roadkill situation in the United States. In 2008, there were an estimated 1 to 2 million wildlife collisions nationwide—and at least 100 million if you count birds, squirrels, and other small, less desirable critters. Montana alone noted 6,069 deer, 171 elk, 63 antelope, 33 black bears, and six mountain lions on the roadside in 2011 (and two grizzly bears in 2010), while up in Alaska they manage to clobber up to 300 moose a year. One adult male moose can yield up to 700 pounds of meat (although usually only 75 percent is salvageable). Even a deer can yield 60 pounds of venison, either free or for about $75 if taken to a butcher for preparation. Sitting right on our roads is a vast, wasted, free source of organic, hormone-free protein with the potential to save families thousands a year on groceries. As an added bonus, pulling carcasses off the pavement for consumption helps keep scavengers out of the roads, preventing further animal deaths and making it a doubly ethical meat that even some vegetarians find acceptable, acknowledging that the animals were already dead (not killed for human consumption) and ought to be well used. Though many skeptics concede that eating roadkill is both ethical and plentiful, they’re still put off by health concerns—parasites and meat spoilage—and worry that people might use their cars as weapons to score free meat. But the health risks are similar to those of eating hunted game meat. People who learn how to assess damage, freshness, and disease in frequently encountered species should be fine, and if not, they can always consult an expert. There are even some simple guidelines and how-tos for dealing with common roadkill, but basically, it comes down to two questions: How flat is it, and how fresh is it? As for hungry drivers using their cars as meat-seeking missiles, though there were a few reported instances in Dallas in 2012, the country’s largest and oldest salvage program, which scoops up dead moose from the roadside in Alaska, has no record of any such malfeasance. In fact, they can actually use the data from reported salvages to help decrease future car-moose altercations.           Photo by Mike Mozart Alaska’s program proves it’s possible to allow citizens to safely harvest their own roadkill meat. Before 1978, the Alaska state troopers would drive out to crash scenes and butcher any felled moose for distribution to local churches and shelters. Thereafter, to save state time and money, they began to allow charities and individuals to respond to the calls themselves, permitting people to claim the meat if they were willing to get out of bed for the typically late-night crashes. Claimants needed to respond to police calls in less than 30 minutes and pick up the meat within the first few hours. In 2011, the Alaskan program began issuing a $700,000 grant to deal with local roadkill, empowering local nonprofits to buy up flatbed trucks and winches and set up a network of on-call, trained civilian staffers to remove, butcher, and distribute quality moose meat. Possibly spurred by Alaska’s success entrusting roadkill disposal to citizens many states have been legalizing similar collection schemes over the past few years: To date, harvesting roadkill is legal in some form in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, and West Virginia, to name a few. And this isn’t just an American phenomenon—roadkill cooking may actually be a bigger trend in the U.K., where some high-profile chefs have endorsed the practice, despite health warnings from the local Food Standards Agency. Naturalist and roadkill cuisine enthusiast Jonathan McGowan also regularly appears in the U.K. press, sporting recipes like fox curry or frog stir-fry. Programs similar to those in the United States appear to exist in parts of Australia and Canada as well, the former even boasting a roadkill café in the town of Darwin. It seems we’re slowly approaching an age of newfound acceptance and respect for roadkill cuisine. It’s one of those rare, easy logical steps toward a more sustainable and ethical world. There’s no point in resisting; you might as well just buy in, and scrape yourself up something (relatively) fresh off the blacktop today. And if you’re on the fence about highway-flattened fare, check out these delicious recipes for badger, owl, and pigeon
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“I Know It's Not P.C. But...” (Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration/Wikimedia The #GamerGate fiasco and the fallout from the Ben Affleck/Sam Harris Islam showdown on RealTime with Bill Maher starkly illustrate the closing of the white male mind, even within territory that once seemed inhospitable to such conservative, retrograde beliefs. Gamers, with their passionate and early adoptions of new technologies, and atheists, with their rejection of religion and dogma, have somewhat progressive reputations. But both #GamerGate and the relentless demonization of Islam these past few weeks have been led by angry men feeling that cultural floodgates have been opened that justify attacks upon the “other” without any nuance, thoughtfulness, or compassion. Most #GamerGate folks are quick to assert that they aren’t the ones making death threats against women and that the real issue is “integrity” in gaming journalism (a claim based on a thoroughly-debunked illusion of impropriety). What’s amazing here is not necessarily the active perpetuators of #GamerGate harassment, it’s the broader gaming community’s apparent disinterest in fighting those threats and ensuring they do not occur again. Game developer Zoe Quinn’s boyfriend, who got #GamerGate going with this bizarre, embarrassing, and sad post about their breakup says he still would do it all again even with the death threats. Among those who support his line of thinking actively or tacitly, there’s no pause to reflect on the experience of women who have been terrorized online or curiosity about the female experience in the gaming industry. Just the same relentless and narrow expression of anger and self-righteousness that tends to surface when members of an oppressive group are put on blast for their behavior or beliefs. The followers of Sam Harris (I use the word “follower” very intentionally) insist that he is speaking brave and unassailable truths about Islam that many of us know are true but are afraid to say out loud. They view their critics as lame, politically-correct types who don’t have the guts to cite a few ambiguous polls, grab a random sampling of Koran quotes and make sweeping, inaccurate, and nasty generalizations about 1.6 billion people and their faith. Like the #GamerGate folks, they have precious little interest in the lived experience let alone perspective of this massive population. Harris’ followers act like they’re outsiders speaking truth to power, but very few of them realize how much public policy is rooted in their worldview. We do engage in mass surveillance of Muslims, we do attempt to escape hard foreign policy challenges with glib generalizations about the “Muslim world,” and a lot of bombs are still hitting Muslim targets. #GamerGate vigilantes and Sam Harris disciples are not interested in the lived experiences of the women they attack online or the Muslims with whom they have never interacted. So if #GamerGate is the “new culture war,” the New Atheists anti-Islam crusade is a more Youtube-friendly version of the same hawkish fear-mongering that has been embedded in international foreign policy since long before September 11. In both cases, very angry, mostly white men are lashing out against the “others” du jour, who happen to largely be women and people of color. Apparently, adopting new technologies and embracing rationalism can’t keep a lot people from adopting some very old and irrational habits.
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For Kevin Hernandez, the Future of Firefighting Looks Bright (Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
Sometimes, unknowingly, you stumble upon your true passion. Such was the case for 23-year-old Kevin Hernandez, who first stepped foot in Point Breeze Fire Department as a high school senior, intending only to complete his mandatory community service hours needed for graduation alongside a few close friends. “Most of us thought that this would just be a walk in the park,” Hernandez remembers, “that we would get our hours, graduate, and move on with our lives. We were all very wrong.” Now six years in, Hernandez is a proud, six-year veteran volunteer firefighter, and a captain, serving the Breezy Point, NY, community. In celebration of Fire Prevention Month, GOOD is partnering with Nest to share the personal stories of Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department. Here, we take a closer look into the life of Captain Kevin Hernandez; his firehouse, what motivated him to become a volunteer firefighter, and the daily struggles and triumphs of his profession. Drawn to the firehouse for both the excitement and familial vibe, Hernandez threw himself into the extensive training he knew it would take before he could become a full-fledged firefighter. Starting as a probationary firefighter (a “probie,” Hernandez says they affectionately call rookies), Hernandez set about learning the ropes—tackling fire academy courses coupled with numerous in-house exams and drills to test both his mental and physical stamina. The day he graduated from probation status to firefighter, “when they take away your pumpkin patch—all probies wear orange helmet badges signifying their role—and give you a black helmet patch with your company number on it, signifying you’re a firefighter,” was one Hernandez won’t soon forget. Even after attaining true firefighter status, he carried on with his firehouse education training, taking courses in EMT training, fireground communication, fire officer training, hazmat training, and more. “In the firehouse, there’s always room to learn and grow, no matter how long you’ve been there, or how many fires you’ve been to,” Hernandez says. “The seasoned senior men always told me when I first joined, ‘No two fires are ever the same, kid.’” As continual firefighting education is of interest to Hernandez, so too is teaching the public about general fire safety and prevention. He emphasizes the importance of smoke detectors in every home—making sure they’re in working order, where they’re located, and what to do in the event that they’re activated. “Many fatal fires can be prevented if all homes have working smoke detectors,” he says. But another preventative measure is installing a carbon monoxide detector in the home, which is paid much less attention, but is no less important. In fact, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America, linked to over 36,000 medical visits per year (each of which costs nearly $16,000 a visit) and 472 unfortunate fatalities. Additionally, Hernandez says, families should have evacuation plans and meeting spots a safe distance outside the home in the event of a fire.  While Hernandez truly loves his volunteer post, he hopes it will lead to a full-time career position eventually. Conceding that his passion for firefighting can be straining on his personal life, he counts himself lucky that his family is incredibly supportive and proud of all his achievements at the firehouse.  Hernandez is excited for what the future holds, as fire-related technological improvements benefit both those in the field as well as at home. This continuing innovation and an emphasis on fire education means a safer environment for the public as well as his fellow firefighters. “I don’t think there will ever be a time when there are no fires, but technology is evolving rapidly,” he says. “We have tools now that guys in the 50s and 60s would have never dreamed of using. So maybe 50 to 100 from now, who knows what firefighting will look like.” With dedicated firefighters like Hernandez and the rest of Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department at the helm, the future looks bright indeed. 
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