SUNY Oswego is proud to host an Erie Canal Bicentennial discussion of New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) program and how it is transforming DRI communities – Oswego, Rome, Geneva and Watkins Glen – along the New York State Canal System.

Downtown Revitalization Along the Canal:
The DRI and Waterfront Re-Development

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Check-in begins @ Noon)

SUNY Oswego
Marano Campus Center Auditorium (MCC 132)

Reception to follow (4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) at Old City Hall Restaurant in Oswego. 

Please indicate if you will be attending the forum, the reception or both.


Welcome and Introduction of Keynote: 
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley

Keynote Address: 
John Maggiore
, Director of Policy, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Comments on the DRI Program and Canal-Front Redevelopment: 
Kisha Santiago-Martinez, Deputy Secretary of State for Planning, Development & Community Infrastructure, NYS Department of State

Overview of Panels / Itinerary:
Brian U. Stratton
, Director, NYS Canal Corporation and SUNY Oswego Alumnus ‘79

Downtown Revitalization and Waterfront Re-Development—
The Mayors’ Perspective on the DRI Program

Moderator:  SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley

  • Hon. William J. Barlow, Jr.—Mayor, City of Oswego
  • Sage Gerling—City Manager, City of Geneva (on behalf of Mayor Ronald L. Alcock)
  • Matthew J. Andrews— Deputy Director of Community Development, City of Rome (on behalf of Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo)
  • Laurie DeNardo— Village Trustee / DRI Co-Chair, Village of Watkins Glen (on behalf of Mayor Samuel Schimizzi)


Revitalization Projects and Themes in DRI Canal Communities 

Moderator:  Robert M. Simpson, President and CEO, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (introduced by SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley)

  • Paul Stewart / Oswego—President, Oswego Renaissance Association (Downtown Housing; partnership with Geneva)
  • Ryan Wallace / Geneva—Qwiksolar/Solar Home Factory (Lake Tunnel Solar Village)   
  • Judy McKinney-Cherry / Watkins Glen—DRI Co-Chair (FLX Works—mixed-use projects, with apartments for young professionals and an incubator kitchen for food related start-ups)
  • Kiva VanDerGeest / Rome—Community and Economic Development Planner, City of Rome


Following the panel presentations, SUNY Oswego students will ask questions of the panelists relative to their age cohort’s housing and community preferences. Students may also address SUNY Oswego’s Fresh Water for All inter-disciplinary curriculum.


  • SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley
  • Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton

Reception to follow at Old City Hall Restaurant, Water St., Oswego, NY 13126
Oswego DRI Project tour conducted by Mayor William J. Barlow

Please indicate if you will be attending the forum, the reception or both