Benjamin Center will host discussion of parking and cars in Mid-Hudson communities, Nov. 13

The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz invites all members of the public to a morning panel discussion, “Parking: Cars in Communities” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 8 – 11 a.m., at the College Terrace on the New Paltz campus.

The event will focus on how innovative planning approaches can guide the use of cars in regional small cities, towns and villages, and how these policies might impact community development in an era of rapid technological change and new thinking about evolving transportation options.

Please use this link to view the full schedule and to register.

“Parking: Cars in Communities” will bring together city planners and transportation engineers to lead this timely conversation. Panelists include:

  • Luis Aragon, development commissioner, City of New Rochelle
  • Bradley Birge, administrator of planning & economic development, City of Saratoga
  • Alexandra Church, director of planning & development, City of Newburgh
  • Mike Flynn, engineering director of city strategies, Sam Schwartz Consulting

The discussion will be moderated by Scott Le Vine, assistant professor of geography and urban planning at SUNY New Paltz. Le Vine is a transportation planner with research interests in mobility services, accessibility theory, traffic control strategies, pricing and market governance. He has provided expert testimony to various levels of government in both the United Kingdom and the U.S.

“Transportation is all about getting to the places that matter to us – whether that’s work, shopping, the doctor’s office, an elderly family member’s residence, or a night out,” Le Vine said. “But after we park, ‘car storage’ competes with other land uses for scarce space in our communities, with far-reaching consequences. I am keenly looking forward to exploring with our panel of experts how thinking about parking and communities is evolving in the 21st century, including lessons learned from real-world innovative approaches to managing parking.”

Preregistration is requested. A $15 registration fee includes continental breakfast; the event is free to SUNY New Paltz students, faculty and staff. This event is CE credit eligible for municipal and zoning board members.

If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact the Benjamin Center at as soon as possible.

Visit the Benjamin Center online for a detailed schedule and breakdown of the “Parking: Cars in Communities” panel event.

About The Benjamin Center
The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz (formerly CRREO) was established in 2007 to further engage the College with communities, governments, not-for-profits and businesses across our region.

The Center conducts and publicizes research on regional topics; creates and directs select institutes focusing on specific areas of regional interest; connects and partners with local governments, not-for-profits and businesses to initiate reforms and advocate for best practices; contracts to assess the performance of public and not-for-profit agencies and programs; and works to foster intergovernmental collaboration and community engagement.