Paul Schwartzberg, Esq. began his career representing community organizations, local boards and government agencies focused on open space and greenway planning, land use and zoning law and conservation land acquisition.   Paul next worked for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) helping create their Watershed Land Acquisition Program.  This program was part of a comprehensive effort to protect water quality at the source in order to avoid building a expensive filtration plant. Encompassing nearly 2000 square miles of watershed land and servicing over nine million consumers, New York City operates one of the largest unfiltered water systems in the world.  At NYCDEP Paul helped develop land acquisition criteria, program plans successfully negotiated with dozens of landowners to acquire thousands of acres of watershed land. Paul next moved into the private sector where he developed and operated the highly acclaimed Minnewaska Lodge at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains.  The lodge was designed to blend into the natural environment while combining luxury with cozy ambiance. Paul later continued his work on land conservation with Scenic Hudson, a regional land trust and environmental advocacy organization. At Scenic Hudson, Paul helped create and expand parkland, protect historic viewsheds and preserve important natural resources. 

Maryanne McGovern Kenyon, Esq
. From 1993 – 2004, Maryanne served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office where she represented the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Parks and Recreation Commission.  As an AAG, Maryanne advised her clients on managing and protecting thousands of acres of public land and Washington's natural resources. After leaving Washington, Maryanne joined Scenic Hudson, where she worked on a wide range of land conservation and legal issues.  Maryanne successfully guided the organization to achieve accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and negotiated landscape scale conservation in the Hudson Valley.  Maryanne completed her tenure at Scenic Hudson in 2011 as the organization’s Assistant Director of Land Conservation.
  

Combined, Paul and Maryanne have been involved in the protection of thousands of acres valued at tens of millions of dollars in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. 

Chris Kenyon
 
is currently Director of Stewardship and Conservation for the Orange County Land Trust where he is responsible for acquisition of new properties and conservation easements, as well as the stewardship of nearly 4,000 acres of protected land.  Prior to joining Orange County land Trust, he was Parks and Stewardship Manager at Scenic Hudson where he oversaw the management of over 40 conserved properties, many operated as public parks.  He also has experience as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service, and interned for the Nature Conservancy and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.  

Ellen Fassler Schwartzberg is founding partner at Summit Ventures, a real estate management and development company, where she was instrumental in the financing, design and operations of Minnewaska Lodge.  In addition, Ellen is involved with all aspects of managing commercial and residential real estate in the New Paltz area.


 
108 Main Street  New Paltz, NY  12561
Voice:   (845) 256-5410
Fax:      (845) 256-5408

paul@blackmountainassociates.com
 

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