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AFFILIATE PANEL: Mayors' Perspective - Strengthening the Growth of Westchester and Fairfield Counties

Join SMPS-NY Westchester Affiliate and the Construction Institute as we partner with Westchester County and Fairfield County Mayors and their economic advisers to provide insight into the future of our cities and the areas surrounding them.

This year, the Mayors will be joined on stage by their economic advisers to discuss their perspective and their plans in light of the current economic, political and social trends that are shaping the appearance of their cities. What are the current and future projects the Mayors and their colleagues believe will impact the revitalization of the region’s urban landscape? What are the challenges in meeting economic and social changes? How can the A/E/C industry support these changes to result in a collaborative effort of both government and building professional? Explore these questions - and more - as our panelists discuss their municipality’s individual experience while addressing the economic needs of the region as a whole.

AIA Members and public servants (ie. Mayors) please select SMPS Member rate on the CI registration page.


David Martin

Mayor of Stamford, CT

David Martin was elected Mayor on November 5, 2013 and was sworn in as the 31st Mayor of Stamford on December 1, 2013. Attracted by a city that offered a diverse population, the opportunity for professional growth and a great place to raise a family, David and his late wife, Judy, moved to Stamford over thirty years ago. What Stamford also offered was a chance to become involved in the community, which, for David, translated into successfully running for a seat on the Board of Representatives in the 19th District. It was a seat he held for the next 26 years. During that time, David forged a reputation as a passionate and determined legislator, who asked tough questions, built bipartisan consensus, and found effective and balanced solutions to the city’s problems. He wrote and led the passage of many laws and ordinances that have changed Stamford for the better.

Supported by his strong belief in public education, in 2008, David and Judy established the Starfish Connection, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and enrichment services to low income students in Stamford. In addition, he is a member of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding.

Economic Advisor

Thomas Madden

Director of Economic Development

City of Stamford, CT

Mr. Madden was appointed Director of Economic Development for the City of Stamford, CT in June 2014. Previously, he held the position of Commissioner of the Department of Community Development and Conservation for the Town of Greenburgh, NY, worked for the Westchester County Planning Department, Maricopa County Department of Transportation, and several private consulting firms.

Thomas has been instrumental in the development of new environment standards including the adoption of Green Building code for new site development, revisions to the Energy Star code and a Smart Growth Development Study, focusing on mixed use development in Greenburgh, as part of the Town’s comprehensive plan update.

In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth hockey. Mr. Madden is also a Director for the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research in NYC, raising more than 2 million dollars for cancer research.


Mike Spano

Mayor of Yonkers,NY

A lifelong Yonkers resident, husband, father of three, and former State Assembly Member, MayorMike Spano has dedicated his life to standing up for Yonkers families. Elected in 1992 as the youngest member of the State Assembly, Mike proudly represented Yonkers for two decades, fighting for students, protecting taxpayers and supporting economic growth.

With a strong focus on job creation and economic development, Mayor Spano is leading Yonkers’ revitalization with innovative new projects that are transforming Yonkers’ growing waterfront, attracting new businesses, tech companies and the arts, and creating hundreds of new jobs across the city.

Today, there is $1 billion of private investment in Yonkers, Yonkers is the fastest growing city in the state outside New York City, sales revenues are up, home sales are up and property values are on the rise. Yonkers has recently been ranked among the safest cities in America and in the Top 100 Best Cities in which to live.

Mayor Mike Spano is committed to securing a strong financial future for Yonkers and building upon its greatest strengths – its location, its history, its pride and its people.

Economic Advisor

Wilson Kimball

Commissioner of Planning and Development

City of Yonkers, NY

Wilson Kimball currently serves as the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Yonkers. She was appointed to this position by Mayor Mike Spano in January 2013. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Kimball held the position as Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Development.

As Commissioner, Kimball oversees a staff of 21 individuals comprising the Planning Bureau, Community Development Agency, Sustainability, Downtown Waterfront and EconomicDevelopment. Kimball leads negotiations of multi-million dollar property sales and coordinates development of public and private projects ranging from $3 million to $500 million.

Kimball graduated Dean’s List with departmental honors from Skidmore College and earned a J.D.from Fordham University School of Law. Kimball is a Stein Scholar and recipient of the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. Kimball is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Pace University as a Michaelian Scholar where she is majoring in Finance.


Thomas Roach

Mayor of White Plains,NY

Tom was elected to the White Plains Common Council in 2001. During his time on the council he focused on constituent service, sound fiscal management, and the environment. Clean air restrictions on construction sites, which he spearheaded, remain part of the approval process in White Plains and have served as a model for other communities.

In February of 2011, while serving as Council President, Tom became Acting Mayor. He was elected mayor in a special election shortly thereafter and won election to his first full term in office in November 2013 with 76% of the vote. Tom’s long-term vision for the city is to continually enhance the downtown environment for businesses and residents while at the same time maintaining the strong, vibrant neighborhoods that have long characterized White Plains.

During his time as Mayor, Tom has spearheaded important environmental and sustainability initiatives including banning the use of the dirtiest heating oils, creating the first dedicated bike lanes in the county, and establishing a network of electric vehicle charging stations in municipally owned parking structures.

Tom has served as a member of the Mass Transit Task Force for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, as the President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association, and President of the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM).

Economic Advisor

Christopher Gomez, AICP

Commissioner of Planning

City of White Plains, NY

Christopher Gomez, AICP, currently serves as the Commissioner of Planning for the City of White Plains, NY. Recently, Chris led a 15-month public planning process culminating in the White Plains Transit District Strategic Plan to reimagine a new downtown transit-oriented node including the redevelopment of 4.5 acres of publicly owned land adjacent to the White Plains Metro-North Station. Chris has also served as the Director of Planning and Development for the Village of Port Chester, NY and Associate Land Use Planner with the Westchester County Planning Department.

Chris has an undergraduate degree in architecture and urban studies from Lehigh University and earned his M.S Planning degree from Columbia University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF) and as an appointed Planning Commissioner in the City of Peekskill, NY.


Harry Rilling

Mayor of Norwalk, CT

Mayor Harry W. Rilling, was born and raised in Norwalk, CT and spent his professional life as a member of the Norwalk Police force, including 17 years as Chief. In November 2013, he was elected to his first term as Mayor of Norwalk. In the first eight months of his tenure as Mayor, he has vigorously engaged citizens by welcoming their thoughts, ideas, and specific comments on matters in need of attention. He has made strides toward spurring economic development, curbing crime and increasing transparency and accountability in government.

Mayor Rilling earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Iona College and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1989. In 1991 he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Labor Relations and Human Resource Management from the University of New Haven and is a graduate of the FBI Executive Development Course. From 1996 to 2004, he was an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Norwalk Community College.

Economic Advisor

Elizabeth Stocker, AICP

Economic Development Director

City of Norwalk, CT

Elizabeth Stocker is the Economic Development Director for the City of Norwalk, Connecticut having joined the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and Mayor Harry Rilling’s staff in August of 2014. Ms. Stocker is responsible for managing Norwalk’s economic development program which includes business attraction, business retention and expansion and marketing Norwalk, the Sound of Connecticut to prospective businesses, visitors, and residents.

Ms. Stocker has a long career in municipal economic development. Ms. Stocker worked for Town of Newtown for many years, served as president of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) for two terms, worked for the Town of Hamden and even held a prior planning position for the City of Norwalk.

Ms. Stocker holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Connecticut.


Michael Ayles

Antinozzi Associates

Michael Ayles has been with Antinozzi Associates since 1994, becoming a Principal in 2008. Since 2006, Mike has undertaken the role of business development and oversees all of the firm’s marketing efforts, its business plan/strategy, and staff recruitment and retention. Over the past 15 years, Mike has participated as an invited speaker, moderator, panelist, facilitator, and keynote presenter at numerous local, regional, and national professional conferences. Mike’s civic and community service within, and outside, the profession have earned him honors by the AIA (Young Architect Award), business publications (“40Under40” Fairfield County Business Journal, Building Design + Construction), non-profit organizations (Governor’s Prevention Partnership Corporate Mentoring Hall of Fame), and his alma mater (Distinguished Alumnus of the Year).

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When & Where

  • 09/26/2017
  • 7:45 am - 11:30 am

  • UCONN Stamford Campus
  • University Place
  • Stamford, CT
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