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Members Announced for Homer DRI Local Planning Committee


The Village of Homer has announced the finalized list of members of the Village of Homer DRI Local Planning Committee (LPC).

The committee is made up of representatives from local businesses, neighborhood associations, non-profits, social and public service organizations, educational institutions, property owners, local developers, and others who represent the wide range of interest in Homer.

The LPC will be Co-chaired by Village of Homer Mayor, Hal McCabe and the Executive Director/CEO of the Cortland County Business Development Program and Cortland County IDA, Garry VanGorder. VanGorder is also the CNY Regional Development Corporation (REDC) rep.

For the next 7 months, the committee will work with the planning consultant, who is C&S Engineering, by providing feedback on the community vision for Downtown Homer, goals, and revitalization strategies. This includes reviewing planning products and prioritizing actions and projects.

The LPC will also work with members of the community with public engagement and reaching out to various constituencies, making sure all voices are listened to during the planning process of the DRI.

All meetings by the Local Planning Committee will be open to the public, with the first one being on Thursday, June 1st from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Center for the Arts. It is noted a website will be created for livestreaming the meetings.

Members on the committee may be seen below:

  • Mayor Hal McCabe – Co-Chair
  • Garry VanGorder, Central NY REDC Representative – Co-Chair
  • Liz Arnold, Deputy Director of Professional Development & Impact
  • Fran Casullo, Attorney, Partner in Pomeroy, Armstrong, & Casullo
  • Russ L. Darr, President Landmark Society
  • Paula Harrington, Chair of Holiday in Homer/ Village Resident
  • Charles w. Jermy, Jr., Retired as the Dean of Cornell University’s School of Continuing Education
  • Mike Kilmer, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Brewster House
  • Stephanie Koslowski, Owner/Acupuncturist, Main Street Acupuncture
  • Ty Marshall, Executive Director Center for the Arts
  • Renee Neiderman, Owner Bev and Company
  • Lonni Rawson, Senior Landscape Architect, Project Manager, and ADA Technical Specialist for NYSDOT
  • Sue Sandy, Homer KeyBank Branch Manager
  • Thomas Turck, Superintendent of Homer Central Schools
  • Kevin M. Williams, Owner of Village Food Market, Board Member Town of Homer
  • Jamie Yaman, Principal Broker, Yaman Real Estate

“The New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a cornerstone of the State’s economic development program. The DRI transforms downtown neighborhoods into vibrant centers that offer a high quality of life and are magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, and economic and housing diversity. The DRI is led by the Department of State, in close partnership with Empire State Development, NYS Homes and Community Renewal and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.”

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