Bagels with the Boards | Friday, April 28, 2017
8:30 - Breakfast & Registration
9 - 10 a.m. - Program
Ethical Considerations in Planning & Zoning Decision-Making
with Mark Schachner, Esq.
About the Program:
Ethical dilemmas and issues are arising with increasing frequency in local planning and zoning matters and municipal board members need to be prepared to deal with them. This presentation will discuss a range of ethical issues including legal requirements, conflicts of interest, disclosure, recusal and other aspects of maintaining and enhancing the integrity of the land-use decision-making process.
About Mr. Schachner
Mark Schachner is the Senior Principal Attorney of Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC in Glens Falls and Round Lake. While the firm maintains a general practice of law, Mr. Schachner’s efforts are concentrated in the areas of municipal, environmental, land use and planning/zoning law. Mr. Schachner and his colleagues represent numerous municipalities in Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. He also serves as Counsel to the Saratoga County Water Authority, the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board, the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and Glens Falls Open Door Mission. His practice includes extensive participation in regulatory proceedings before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency and Lake George Park Commission.
Mr. Schachner is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University School of Law. He is author of the chapter entitled “Environmental Law - New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”)" in the book Pitfalls of Practice published by the New York State Bar Association in 1993 and 2002. Mr. Schachner has lectured about municipal, environmental, planning and zoning law matters at numerous conferences throughout the State and is a Director-at-Large of the New York Planning Federation.
Mr. Schachner is originally from Nassau County, but left for New England some 40 years ago and has lived in Northern New York in the Adirondack Region for more than 30 years.