‘New Bridge, New Approaches’ at Pattern for Progress Breakfast April 4 - Daily Hudson Valley News

‘New Bridge, New Approaches’ at Pattern for Progress Breakfast April 4

Mar 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Community Calendar

A panel of three county leaders representing the lower Hudson Valley will discuss issues facing their communities at “New Bridge, New Approaches,” a breakfast hosted by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress April 4 in Tarrytown.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Rockland County Legislative Chair Harriet Cornell, and Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino will participate in the discussion. The session will focus on a range of topics that include fiscal challenges for county governments, new opportunities for collaboration across county borders and the potential impacts of the soon-to-commence construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The exchange is expected to center on the improved delivery of services to residents of the Hudson Valley.

“The stress created by the economic disruption of the past few years has impacted the public and private sectors in equal measure, and underscored the need for cooperation among state, county and local governments, as well as businesses and the communities they serve,” said Pattern for Progress board member Richard L. O’Rourke, of the law firm Keane & Beane.  “The objective of Pattern for Progress is to stoke these cooperative efforts in order to ensure the Hudson Valley remains a national centerpiece of commercial leadership and innovation while preserving its rich natural heritage.”

Pattern President and CEO Jonathan Drapkin said the session would provide an opportunity to exchange best practices and fresh approaches. “The regional dialogue is critical to finding new ways to address old problems in these times,” Drapkin said. “We appreciate the willingness of the leaders of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam to take the time to join us. Without fail, these discussions have provided a platform for creative problem solving at all levels.”

Pattern convened a similar forum in March with county leaders from Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. A capacity crowd of business, civic, academic and government leaders from throughout the Hudson Valley attended it.

The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and concludes at 9:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hilton, located at 455 South Broadway in Tarrytown. Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Table pricing and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling (845) 565-4900 or visiting pattern-for-progress.org.

Pattern for Progress is a not-for-profit policy and planning organization that promotes regional, balanced and sustainable solutions to enhance the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley. Founded in 1965 by business, academic and civic leaders, and based in Newburgh, N.Y., Pattern works within the nine-county area that includes Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

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