The Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) was established in 1977 as a organization of county governments comprising Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties. It’s one of 650 such councils in the United States that in addition to providing a regional perspective, offer planning, education & outreach, and advocacy for the communities they serve.
Currently, HVRC is preparing the new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region. The annual CEDS report provides a snapshot of the regions economic status and identifies key economic development initiatives. HVRC is partially funded by the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration and through that alliance and the CEDS, HVRC can assist local projects with federal funding opportunities.
The Hudson Valley Regional Council also partners with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to provide education and outreach to local municipalities with respect to Water Quality and storm water management. Recent initiatives have included extensive work on Green Infrastructure projects throughout the Hudson River region. Examples of these projects are available on this site.
HVRC also has a very active Solid Waste Committee comprised of professionals from all seven counties. They study issues involving solid waste, including recycling and composting. A new project is researching the feasibility of regional composting facilities that could recycle organic materials and remove them from the waste stream.
The Board of Directors of the Regional Council includes elected officials and/or their representatives from the seven-county region. Individual counties can have three to five members depending on their population. In larger counties, the mayor of the largest city is appointed a member. The seven-county footprint we serve has also been designated as an Economic Development District by the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).
The HVRC is funded though an EDA planning grant, matching funds from the seven counties, and through partnerships with various agencies, such as the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Hudson River Watershed Alliance, they administer programs of regional significance. The HVRC was established under Article 5-G of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York on December 15, 1977. The Articles of Agreement were revised in March, 1982 and July, 1992.
WHO WE ARE
Patricia Pomeroy was appointed the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Regional Council in 2012. She previously served as the Supervisor of the Town of Rockland for 8 years, guiding the Township through 5 major floods, several federal grants for mitigation and buy-outs, new zoning regulations and a comprehensive plan. She returned to Binghamton University for a Master’s Degree in Geography and also completed the requirements for FEMA’s Certified Floodplain Managers designation. In addition to her administrative duties with HVRC, Pomeroy works primarily with communities to want to access federal funding for water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades that will create and/or retain jobs as per the US Dept. of Commerce Economic Development Administration protocols. She also works on HVRC 604 B Water Quality program which comes through the Environmental Protection Administration and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation providing assistance, outreach and education communities and MS4’s on water quality issues including funding for Green Infrastructure planning. She is excited to be participating in the new Clean Energy Communities Program with NYSERDA not only because of the significant positive energy impacts it will bring to the Hudson Valley Region but because it takes her back to her municipal government roots.
Pomeroy is presently serving as the Chairman of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association as well as the President of the WJFF Radio Catskill Board of Directors. She is a resident of Roscoe in Sullivan County.
Rich Schiafo began the Deputy Executive Director for HVRC in July 2013. Prior to joining HVRC Rich has held a number of positions with state and local governments and nonprofit organizations addressing environmental sustainability. He has worked on a New York State energy efficiency outreach and education campaign and was responsible for identifying, recruiting and engaging community-based organizations in energy efficiency. Rich authored a Climate Action Plan for the City of Kingston and was also the Sustainability Coordinator for the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) where he created the agency’s first sustainability plan. Prior to working at OPRHP, Rich was employed by the regional Hudson River group, Scenic Hudson, for almost ten years. For his work on the Hudson River, Rich was awarded the U.S. EPA Region 2 Environmental Quality Award and Hudson River Watershed Alliance Stewardship Award
Rich has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cook College, Rutgers University in Environmental Planning and Design and received his Masters in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University-The Graduate School.
Carla Castillo began as Senior Planner / Clean Energy Communities Coordinator for HVRC in August 2016. Carla directs NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program in HVRC’s 7-county Mid-Hudson Valley Region, promoting economic development while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions as well as increasing energy cost savings through the implementation of clean energy projects. Previously in Philadelphia, Carla led the transformative sustainability and neighborhood revitalization efforts of NKCDC. With Recyclebank, Carla inspired city-wide residents to recycle more through Philadelphia Recycling Rewards. At the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Reinvestment Fund, she stabilized distressed neighborhoods through the development of 550+ homes as an affordable housing lender and technical assistance provider to community development corporations. Also at the Reinvestment Fund, Carla worked with internationally-based microfinance CEOs to advance the micro-finance industry.
Carla received an MCP in City & Regional Planning and an MS in International Development & Appropriate Technology from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a BA in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Carla volunteers in the Town of Cornwall, chairing the Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council and working with select Cornwall Central School District schools to implement school-based recycling programs.