Sam Schwartz PLLC SUMMER 2006
On Eternal Return Larry worked as the assistant to four
consecutive commissioners. He left the
by: Lee Wilson post in 1976 to become the Assistant
One day when the frigid winter has start- Commissioner of Planning and Research,
ed chewing away at your skin, a box will a position he held for three years. His
appear on the kitchen table. Bright, fresh successor was an up and coming young
Florida Naval Oranges - a sort of tithe to engineer named Sam Schwartz.
us northern souls. ven though he has
the privilege of heading up the Sam Schwartz In 1979 he was asked to be the Chief of
south Florida office every winter, Larry Staff to the Bronx Borough President. This
never forgets us. From the day he leaves gave him broad experience as all areas
the office is abuzz wondering when he will reported to him.
return. The arrival of mid-winter oranges is,
like genius, both surprising and predictable. One day, while walking down 13th St., a
passing cab screeched to a halt. Sam
About forty years ago, on a typical night Schwartz stuck his head out of the window
out with his friends at the bowling alley, and invited Larry to lunch. Larry would
Larry was sitting doing the New York soon join the SSC team first as a consultant,
Times crossword puzzle. And as was his "He says the work keeps him young, but eventually he became a full-time
habit, he was writing in pen. Something typically dealing with sensitive work employee.
about this attracted a young girl who to involving schools, or obtaining
his eyes was still jailbait. But Arlene Sills Larry was in his late 60's when he began
regulation changes from the
told her friends that she was going to working at SSC and he was teamed with
City.” a young traffic engineer named Erich
marry the man. And when they met
again a few years later a 47-year long of granite for building facia's. He would Arcement. Something of an odd couple .
partnership was forged. soon leave this job to finish his degree at Larry enjoys the status of being one of
the City College School of Engineering. the most well-liked and highly regarded
Larry was born and raised in the Bronx. members of the company. Vice President
Although he has moved around, to Fordham In 1957 he answered a newspaper ad Janet Campbell sums it up nicely, "Larry
Hill after getting married and then to a and was hired for a job at the NYC Kallman is one of the nicest, helpful, and
Co-op in Riverdale where he has been living Department of Traffic under the watchful most genuine people I know. Nobody
for 42 years, he has always called the and mentoring eye of Spiros Lambros. would dare say a bad word about him."
Bronx home. The only time he left the Larry worked his way up to become Director
Bronx for any extended period was during of the Division of Investigation, handling Larry fancies himself the King of Small
the Korean conflict. e had intended to citizen complaints. Projects. He says the work keeps him
sign up for officer training school, but young, typically dealing with sensitive work
chickened out at the last minute. His In 1968, Traffic Commissioner Henry involving schools, or obtaining regulation
name saved his life. Those with last Barnes asked Larry to be his assistant. changes from the City.
names A through N were shipped off to This involved dealing with elected offi-
Europe as part of the post-World War 2 cials and their constituent's problems. There is a proverb somewhere that says
occupation force. Those with names N - After deciding against placing a traffic the best teachers do not do so until the
Z were sent to Korea light at a particular intersection in pupil asks to be taught. This is true of
Inwood, Larry found a local paper taking Larry. He is always willing, but never
After his time in Europe, Larry went from him to task that included a photo of a forceful in sharing his vast stores of
working for one tombstone maker to citizen's rally where they hung Larry in knowledge and experience. His expertise
another. mostly in granite, and doing effigy.
some additional work taking off quantities Continued on page 2
Not Your Father’s Traffic Engineering:
The Tabula Rasa Approach
by: Jee Mee Kim
Traffic engineering could be considered allows modern engineering and design
a prosaic profession - tabulating concepts to infuse locations that were
vehicles crossing through intersections, designed using outdated methods and
calculating optimal signal timing and ideas.SSC has used this design concept
designing roadways. Traffic, however, in concert with a collaborative community
encompasses more than just vehicles, outreach approach to transform
and traffic engineering lays the foundation complicated intersections into sensible
for a robust city. Traffic engineering crossings with added open space. SSC
is a creative process and focusing looks for the inefficiencies, such as
on facilitating the movement of vehicles underutilized sphalt, and creates
or studying the potential impacts of a green spaces. This approach added
new land use or reconfigured roadway approximately 2/3 acres of parkland
network is just one facet. to Canal St. and simplified an onerous
crossing. Additional acres of green
SSC's approach to traffic engineering space were added to Battery Park
Eternal Return Cont.
is far from mundane and actually in Lower Manhattan while improving is exceeded only by his modesty. It
prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists, traffic circulation. When asphalt is would be fair to say that he evokes a
particularly within a dense urban converted to sidewalk, this provides sense of awe in some of the staff, how
environment like New York City. more opportunity to implement else to explain the comments of Ian
Businesses, especially retailers, base street-scape improvements, such as Sacs, "Through the unrelenting tumult of
their success on attracting pedestrians benches, planters, and special pavers. our workdays, Larry has been a constant
to their buildings. A neighborhood's value source of sincerity and candor." Or that
is highly dependent on the streets and Streetscape treatments can essentially of Assistant Marketing Director Danielle
sidewalks within and around it. When accessorize a dull street, adding Filsinger, "Larry is so cool, I wish he was
the Gowanus Expressway descended character while even improving safety. my grandpa."
on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, creating In New York's dense urban fabric
avirtual wall through a neighborhood, there are many geometric constraints; So good natured, he somehow manages
businesses literally died and property the key to a good design is to respect to maintain his reputation and friendly
values declined. The question then such constraints and not be held demeanor even while winning large sums
ultimately becomes "now what?" back by them. of his co-workers money during the
transportation groups' weekly poker
Sam Schwartz PLLC (SSC) is often An effective design ultimately games, often playing the 'low' in hands of
retained by communities, businesses choreographs movements of many Omaha. His calm and cool play is a contrast
and property owners to solve traffic disparate users: cars, trucks, taxis, to the often rash and aggressive play of
problems, such as tangled intersections cyclists, pedestrians (slow walkers, his younger colleagues. Transportation
with hazardous pedestrian conditions, fast walkers, runners, the handicapped, Department Assistant Director Dan Plottner
inefficient operations and unattractive families.) It allows these users to once exclaimed, "Larry is the hippest
sidewalks. These are often locations interface with minimal friction while "Senior" engineer we have - the guy has
where, despite endless complaints affording refuge areas. And best of all, two pairs of Aldo shoes for Pete's sake."
and accidents, nothing has been done. when it works well, it creates a more
And there at a point were people are beautiful city. In addition to supplementing his paycheck
just accepting the mess for what it is: with his poker winnings, Larry is an avid
a mess. One noteworthy solution: bowler; two years ago his Florida based
tabula rasa. team took the league championship.
In Latin, tabula rasa means "clean slate." Larry has two daughters, Stacy and
SSC's philosophy is centered on the Trisha, and three grandsons, Jake, Henry,
concept of erasing the mess and and Oliver. He will always live in the
beginning the design process on a Bronx with his wife Arlene.
fresh page. Why continue to build upon
or modify the constraints of an existing
condition? This process allows for a
more fluid, dynamic design opportunity
in which design can emerge fresh. It also
The Softball Diaries
by: Lee Wilson
Season Opener Sets the Stage for 2005
We are nothing if not consistent. The 2006
SSC Gridlock Slammers picked up where last
year's team left off, with a 13-8 loss to NYC
DOT in Red Hook.
The DOT were beneficiaries of sloppy fielding
by the Slammers in the top of the first inning,
ending the inning with a 7-run lead.
The Slammers got over their first inning
fielding jitters and began to slowly chip away
at the DOT lead.
SSC Gridlock Slammers at play.
In the bottom of the second inning Bhanu set in for the Slammers. BPCA manager
to come off the disabled list on the 27th.
Jamwal led off with a single, followed by a Bob Holden made smart use of his bench
Villanueva and Miceli did not come to the
David Schwartz double, but Jamwal was and the reinvigorated Green Team came
stadium, being held at home for what manager
held at third as DOT got the ball in quickly. storming back. Michael Kim was suffering
Schwartz would only call "Violation of team
An RBI single from Kate Boland allowed from exhaustion forcing manager Lee Wilson
Jamwal to score. Adam Kwartowitz then hit to take him out of the game. Graphic Design
a towering drive which dropped in, but he Impressive Performance Not Enough to intern Haruto Imahora replaced Kim in left.
admired the shot for too long in the batters Break the Slammers' Curse The Green Team subs dropped in a couple
box and was held to a double. Groundouts of singles, while a line drive down the left
by Palacios and Pagano would end the rally. After leading for most of the game, fatigue field line would get past Imahora and roll
set in late and the Gridlock Slammers fell all the way to the wall allowing three runs
In the bottom of the third inning Sam Schwartz to the BPCA Green Team 13-11 yesterday.
led with a single, while rookie sensation to score. A sacrifice fly and an error brought
Jemelle Spence drove him in with a homerun. two more runs in making the score 13-9 in
Things did not start out well for the Slammers favor of the Greens. A diving catch by
Spence would finish 2-4 with a home run, as starting pitcher Thomas Pagano felt a
2 RBI's and 2 runs scored. After the third Marketing intern Harold Chaves would end
twinge in his elbow during warm-ups. Bhanu the inning, but the damage was done.
inning, it was 7-4 lead for DOT. Jamwal was called on to make the emergency
start and did yeoman's work in his first career The fifth inning was costly for other reasons
But fielding woes would plague the Slammers start. Pagano will fly to Birmingham, Alabama
again in the top of the fourth. Several poor as rookie phenom Jemelle Spence came
next week for a consultation with Dr. James up hobbling after lunging for a ground ball.
throws and catches coupled with aggressive Andrews, pioneer of the so called "Tommy
base running allowed the DOT to score Spence boldly played through the pain, but
John" surgery procedure. his availability for the rest of the season is
another 5 runs. Making the score 12-4.
in question, potentially leaving a big whole
The Slammers' bats were a different story. on the left side of the Slammers infield.
The Slammers went in order in the bottom The first four batters of the game reached
of the inning, and the DOT added one more base, and Michael Kim and Bhanu Jamwal
on a two base tag-up to make the score The Slammers chipped away at the Greens
had RBI singles to give the Slammers the early lead in the top of the 6th as hits by Villanueva,
13-4 going into the bottom of the 5th. 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Jamwal Nadrimia and Imahora pushed a run across,
Jemelle Spence would once again prove a was a little shaky, perhaps nervous, in his making it a 13-10 game. The Greens went
catalyst for the Slammers as he reached pitching debut. The first three Green Team in order in the bottom of the 6th.
base with a 2-out single. Lee Wilson followed batters worked the count for walks loading
that up with a long shot over the head of the bases. But Jamwal worked out of trou- In the top of the 7th hits by Silbar and Wilson
the left fielder and he got to practice his ble allowing only one run in the first inning. gave the slammers a chance. Creative
homerun trot for the first time this season. Department intern "Jedi" Jesse Carmo drilled
As the game went on, Jamwal would settle an RBI single through the infield, but the
Plottner then singled, but was stranded down and the Slammers offense continued
after a Jamwal pop out. Slammers would not get any closer. The
to produce. A Lee Wilson double in the third final score was 13-11.
DOT would go quietly in the top of the 6th inning drove in Jemelle Spence and Sulyn
and the Slammers put two more across on Silbar. The BPCA Green Team was sloppy in Overall, it was a great performance by the
consecutive hits by David Schwartz and Kate the field and the Slammers were adept at Slammers as everyone who showed up
Boland. Conceding the run, a pair of hitting the ball in the right place. But it wasn't contributed. The Slammers continue to show
groundouts brought Schwartz in. just the top of the lineup that contributed to improvement after every game. The biggest
the offensive output. Edwin Villanueva, Bhanu issue, however, will be their ability to field
Jamwal and Robert Nadrimia strung a few a full team. They have to hope for quick
Both sides would go quietly in the 7th as the
hits together. Thomas Pagano used his speed recoveries from Spence and Pagano.
game finished 13-8. Overall a good showing
to beat out two infield hits providing spark Marybeth Miceli, a standout last year at
by the Slammers who struggled at times last
from the 10th place in the batting order. His second base, has not progressed as the
year to put runs across. The Slammers
tag-up on a Sulyn Silbar sacrifice fly capped team would have liked and has been demoted
certainly felt the absence of Michael Kim,
off a rally that had the Slammers leading to the Gridlock Hitters, the Slammers AAA
Edwin Villanueva, and Marybeth Miceli from
9-8 going into the bottom of the fifth. affiliate in New Jersey. Other players will have
the opening day lineup. Kim, who showed
to step up if the Slammers hope to continue
vast improvement last year, will be eligible But in the bottom of the fifth inning, fatigue being competitive.
innings the Slammers held an insurmountable
DOT would add two runs in the top of the sixth
as the Slammers outfield went into a no-
doubles defense, making the score 17-9.
The Slammers came back with one in the
bottom of the sixth, doubling up DOT 18-9.
DOT scored one more in the top of the seventh
before Cusinato slammed the door. The
final score was 18-10 with Cusinato pick-
ing up the complete game victory.
When the final out was recorded the Slammers
mobbed Cusinato on the pitchers mound.
Slammer Curse Broken At Last The Slammers have had early leads before
The team lifter her up on their shoulders
only to see them evaporate, as fielding
and took a victory trot around the bases.
The Chicago Cubs, 88 years. The Cleveland mishaps have long been the team's bugaboo.
The catharsis continued at the Liberty Heights
Indians, 58 years. The San Francisco/ New But last night, Edwin Villanueva played a
Tap Room where Owner / GM / Player
York Giants, 52 years. The Gridlock Slammers, spectacular shortstop after his struggles
Sam Schwartz resolved to buy a pitcher of
5 years. Ignominious company to be sure. last week. Villanueva made every play that
beer for each run the team scored.
However, fortune sometimes smiles on one came to him and was especially sharp on
of these perennial ne'er do-wells allowing throws to first baseman Sam Schwartz, The curse has been broken! The Slammers
them a taste of the sweet nectar of victory. perhaps concerned that errant throws won! In the clubhouse with spirits riding
would affect his playing time. high, the consensus was that this team has
In yesterday's match-up between arch no intentions of slowing down. The floodgates
nemeses, The Gridlock Slammers and NYC Cusinato's pitching would baffle DOT hitters
have opened. The experience of veterans
DOT, the Slammers would once again as they were set down in order in the top
Kim, Villanueva, Wilson, and Schwartz
attempt to overcome history, fielding laps- of the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth,
combined with the youthful exuberance of
es, and their own inner demons. the Slammers would live up to their name.
Spence, Cusinato, Rivera, and Kwartowitz
Jemelle Spence led off the inning with a
make the Slammers a formidable opponent.
The late scratches of both Dan Plottner, double. Laurie Cusinato, who had buzzards
(injury), and Bhanu Jamwal, (work), seemingly luck at the plate all night, smashed a line drive The will try to continue their winning streak
put the Slammers at a disadvantage from the which was caught, and Lee Wilson went down next week with a win against ShoP Architects.
outset. But new call-ups would once again with an embarrassing strike out. But with
provide the Slammers with solid play. Second two outs Edwin Villanueva hit the second Game Notes: Laurie Cusinato received the
baseman Hugo Rivera, a product of the team's of his two triples, and Michael Kim the first game ball for her poise, excellent pitching,
investment in Central American scouting, of his two home runs. Adam Kwartowitz and fielding, and contributions at the plate. She
stepped up to play a solid second base last Sam Schwartz singled, and Hugo Rivera doubled went 2-6 with 2 runs scored. Jemelle Spence
night. Although signed as an 18 year old, as the Slammers scored four in the fourth, was 5-6 with 4 runs scored and 2RBI's. Lee
rumors persist that he may actually be as old stunning DOT and resulting in a 10-3 lead. Wilson was 3-6 with 3 runs scored, 4 RBI's
as 24. But the story of the game was Laurie and a HR. Edwin Villanueva was 4-6 with
Cusinato. With the demotion of Marybeth In the top of the fifth inning, DOT put several 2 triples, a double and 5 RBI's. Michael
Miceli to the Slammers AAA affiliate, the runs across on dink and dunk singles, and Kim was 4-5 with 2HR and 4 RBI's.
Slammers had an open roster spot and a Ryan Russo homer made the score 10-7
owner/ General Manager Sam Schwartz with the bases loaded with none out. This Team Notes: Dan Plottner could not play
decided to purchase Cusinato's contract would be the greatest test of the Slammers because he had not obtained his wife's
from the organizations' AA farm team in resolve. Would they pull together to overcome permission. Bhanu Jamwal was given work
Windsor. Although her natural position is their collective history, or once again let a after a late meeting and had to stay at the
second base, Jemelle Spence's hamstring long sought win fall through their grasp? office mitigating. Kate Boland is on extended
injury caused a shuffling of the normal leave from the team to care for her ailing
Cusinato would answer that question herself, boyfriend. Marybeth Miceli has refused
defensive alignment and Cusinato was fielding a groundball and getting a force out
pressed into service as a pitcher last night. assignment to the AAA Gridlock Hitters and
at home, then snaring a line drive. A ground the team may try to pass her through
After two pitches, the score was 1-0 DOT as out to Villanueva at shortstop would put an waivers or trade her to Urbitran.
their star shortstop Rudy Buenafe led off the end to the DOT threat.
game with a homerun. For a moment it seemed But the Slammers continued to pour it on in
like the Slammers were in for another long the bottom of the fifth. The bottom of the
night. But Cusinato would settle down to hold lineup was productive once again as Schwartz
DOT to three runs over the first four innings and Rivera singles started the inning. Jemelle
as the Slammers built a lead. Spence, who was seemingly always on base,
followed with a double and a Cusinato line
The 1-0 deficit was quickly erased in the bottom
drive fell in loading the bases for Lee Wilson.
of the first as Jemelle Spence, Lee Wilson,
Determined to make up for the strike out
Edwin Villanueva, and Michael Kim all had
earlier, Wilson achieved a sort of Zen con-
hits making the score 2-1. The Slammers
sciousness and hit a frozen rope which got
continued to build their lead on a triple by
past the left fielder and rolled all the way to
Edwin Villanueva, and consecutive hits by
the next field, for a grand slam. "It was
Michael Kim, Adam Kwartowitz, Sam
just me and the ball, I could see the word
Schwartz and Hugo Rivera. After three full
'Clincher'", he said in a post game interview
innings, the Slammers led 6-3.
at the Liberty Heights Tap Room. After five
Mee Kim, AICP, PM Larry Kallman, P.E., Type: NYP Queuing Analysis, PD Erich Arcement,
New Jobs Permitting Services for Real Estate Developer. P.E., PTOE, PM Larry Kallman, P.E., Type:
Dubai Palace Schematic Design, PD/M Erich Traffic Engineering/MPT Services for
Construction Support Services for Residential Institutional Client.
Arcement, P.E., PTOE, Type: Traffic Engineering Building, PD Erich Arcement, P.E., PTOE, PM
Services for Other Design Professionals. Harris Schechtman, Type: Permitting for a
Parking Study, PD Erich Arcement, P.E., PTOE, Contractor. Speeches and Presentations
PM Harris Schechtman, Type: Traffic Engineering Live Music Venue for a Lounge, PD Floyd Lapp,
Services for Real Estate Developer. AICP, PM Larry Kallman, P.E., Type: Traffic Sam Schwartz is getting the recognition he
Engineering/ MPT and Community Outreach deserves. Sam is a long time advocate of
New York Hospital Queens Construction, PD Congestion Pricing as a means of alleviating
for Private Client.
Erich Arcement, P.E., PTOE, PM Larry Kallman, some of New York City's 'gridlock' concerns and
P.E., Type: Traffic Engineering Services for Building Guard Booth, PD/M Charles Smith, AIA, people are starting to catch on. Sam was quoted
Institutional Client. Type: Revocable Consent for Private Client. in a June 9th article on Congestion Pricing featured
in the New York Times. On June 12th Sam was
Revocable Consent for Elevated Bridge, PD/M Bronx Parking Study, PD Jee Mee Kim, AICP, interviewed on the topic by CBS Radio, only to
Charles Smith, AIA, Type: Application for Real PM Larry Kallman, P.E., Type: Planning for be interviewed the following day on the hot topic
Estate Developer. Institutional Client. by WPHT Radio.
Street/Sidewalk Treatment Midtown, PD/M Greater Gansevoort Urban Improvement Project, Marybeth Miceli was busy this summer persuading
Charles Smith, AIA, Type: Revocable Consent PD Jee Mee Kim, AICP, PM Douglas Adams,
for Private Client. the industry on the benefits and value of MATECH's
Type: Master Planning for Institutional Client. fatigue and fracture testing. On June 29th
NYPH Design and Approval for Layby, PD Dan Marybeth met with VDOT at their Research
Weill Cornell Campus-wide Wayfinding, PD Erich
Plottner, PM Harris Schechtman, Type: Council Meeting in Charlottesville to explain what
Arcement, P.E., PTOE, PM Larry Kallman, P.E.,
Hospital Layby Design and Approval for MATECH could do for them. She also joined
Type: Traffic Engineering/MPT for Institutional
Institutional Client. other members of her team at the Lehigh Fatigue
and Fracture Conference in August.
Shopping/Retail Center Signal Warrant, PD Pier 92 & 94, PD Erich Arcement, P.E., PTOE,
Erich Arcement, P.E., PTOE, PM Ian Sacs, E.I.T. PM Ian Sacs, E.I.T., Type: Traffic Engineering/ On July 21st Sam spoke at the NY Transit Museum
Type: Traffic Engineering Services for Other MPT for Real Estate Developer. to an audience of Business Improvement
Design Professionals. District representatives from around the country
College of State Island Master Plan, PD Erich to discuss transportation innovations that have
Facilities Upgrade MPT, Brooklyn, PD Amir Siddiqui, Arcement, P.E., PTOE., PM Ian Sacs, E.I.T., been successfully implemented by local BID's.
P.E., PM Shahab Raza, P.E., Type: MPT Design Type: Traffic Engineering/MPT Services for
for Other Design Professionals. Other Design Professionals. July 28th Sam was asked to speak at the
Village Restaurant for Transportation
Residential Building Retaining Wall, PD Erich Court Case, Expert Testimonial, PD Sam Schwartz, Alternatives Second Annual Summer Benefit
Arcement, P.E., PTOE, PM Larry Kallman, P.E., P.E., PM Dan Plottner, Type: Traffic Engineering for Better Bicycling to honor David Gurin, the
Type: Civil Engineering for Real Estate Developer. Services/MPT for Real Estate Developer. first recipient of the Gurin Award for Championing
CRIA Statement, PD/M Jee Mee Kim, AICP, Transportation Alternatives.
Commercial Building Development, PD/M Charles
Type: Planning for Private Client. Smith, AIA, Type: Planning for Private Client. Sam was in LA on Sep 13 and 14 for the
Consolidated Edison MPT and Traffic Services Transportation Solutions Sumit. He was an
Builders Pavement Plan, PD Amir Siddiqui, P.E.,
for Roads/Highway , PD Amir Siddiqui, P.E., "Industry Leader" a.k.a. speaker for the
PM Harris Schechtman, Type: Permitting for
PM Shahab Raza, P.E., Type: Traffic Engineering "Logical Steps to take when ironing out
Real Estate Developer.
Services for Public Client. Infrastructure Concerns" session.
Parking Garage Research, PD Sam Schwartz, P.E.,
Rezoning Review, PD Sam Schwartz, P.E., PM
Jee Mee Kim, AICP, Type: Traffic Engineering/
PM Jee Mee Kim, AICP, Type: Research for a
Up and Coming
MPT Services for Local Government Client. Marybeth Miceli and Ian Sacs will be building
Buildings: Commercial/Residential EAS, PD business in North Essex County on Thursday
Rezoning EAS, PD Jee Mee Kim, AICP, PM Jee Mee Kim, AICP, PM Douglas Adams, Type: September 28th. They will be networking and
Douglas Adams, Type: Planning for Real Estate Planning for Private Client. manning our booth at the 2006 Multi-Chamber
Developer. Biz Expo. We'll have a banner and everything,
Two-wheeled Policy Development, PD Sam Schwartz, so if you're there make sure you come by and
Vendor Activity/Enforcement PD/M Harris P.E., PM Marybeth Miceli, Type: Policy/ check us out!
Schechtman, Type: Regulatory Sidewalk Vendor Interagency Coordination for Private Client.
Enforcement for Real Estate Developer. Sam Schwartz will be in California yet again,
Rockefeller University MPT Plans, PD Amir come November 29. He will be there for the
WTCQ Mixed Use Development, PD Erich Arcement, Siddiqui, P.E., PM Anita Navalurkar, Type: TRB Conference until November 30th where
P.E., PTOE, PM Ian Sacs, E.I.T., Type: Traffic Traffic Engineering/MPT Services for Private he will be speaking on 'Managing Travel for
Engineering/MPT Services for Private Client Client. Planned Special Events' giving guests the
2nd Avenue Subway, PD/M Amir Siddiqui, low down on our work with Shea and the
Construction Services for Bus Stop Relocation, various MPT and Traffic Circulation plans
P.E., Type: Traffic Engineering/MPT for Other PD Erich Arcement, P.E., PTOE, PM Larry that went into effect.
Design Professional. Kalllman, P.E., Type: Construction Services for
Real Estate Developer. Sam and Jee Mee will be in Philadelphia
Highway MPT, PD Amir Siddiqui, P.E., PM
Hotel Transportation Study, PD Sam Schwartz, November 16th for an Urban Sustainability
Shahab Raza, P.E., Type: Traffic Engineering/ Forum hosted by the Pennsylvania
MPT for Real Estate Developer. P.E., PM Jee Mee Kim, AICP, Type: Traffic Environmental Council. Sam is
Engineering/MPT Services for Real Estate participating as a panelist inthe
PM/REI Services for Belt Parkway Bridges, Developer. "SustainableTransportation" session.
PD/M Amir Siddiqui, P.E., Type: Community
Outreach, Traffic Engineering/MPT, and Street Improvements, Red Hook, Brooklyn, PD
Permitting for Local Government Client. Amir Siddiqui, P.E., PM Anita Navalurkar, Type: Jet setter Sam will be on assignment
in London for the ITS World Congress
Traffic Engineering/MPT Design for Private
on October 9-12.
Extension of Bus Layover at a Hotel, PD Jee Client.
So where does that leave marketing Seal Prize winners dating back to the
Personal you ask... well Laurie Cusinato, our Public early 1900's. He also won a special
by: Danielle Filsinger Relations/ Marketing force in Canada, has award given by the Yale Aurelian
come down to check out the waters on Society to the sixth former for leadership,
So the summer past and while you were the Hudson. Laurie is now the Marketing scholarship, and character, voted by
not able to keep in touch with the beat of Director at large and while continuing to students, administration and faculty.
SSC we were busy and have a lot of new work with her Canada pursuits, she has On Prize Day, the Friday before graduation,
and exciting (and not quite so exciting) moved down to NYC (soon to take up a he won the Language Department Award
tidbits of information to catch you up on. more permanent residence in Brooklyn) for enthusiasm and dedication in the
and has begun to focus on all of SSC's study of Spanish and the Athletic Award
First up there are some major changes marketing efforts. for "highest ideals of fair play and
that took place. Jee Mee Kim, AICP, our sportsmanship and influence of
Director of Planning was promoted to Vice others and brought great credit to
Erica Alario has also crossed rivers, family and school". AJ was captain of
President. Jee Mee will continue to head having decided to pursue a career
up SSC's Planning Department as well as his hockey team and selected by league
in planning, Erica, a long time presence coaches to the All Founder's Team.
carry out her foundational duties as VP. at SSC, will be assisting the planning He also played on this year's Choate
department while going back for her Lacrosse team that was co-champion
Amir Siddiqui, P.E. was also named second Masters Degree, this time in of the Founder's League. AJ will be
Vice President. For the past 8 years, Urban Design. She also decided to attending Middlebury College
Amir has been a driving force for SSC's leave Brooklyn for the rental market in in Vermont this fall. Middlebury
Construction-Related Services Division. Staten Island, but fret not we are working has won three straight NCAA D-III
In addition to the added value Amir on bringing her back over the Verrazano National Hockey Championships.
will bring as VP, he will also continue to her native stomping grounds …
his efforts to make SSC's Construction- we'll keep ya posted.
Related Services Department a fierce
competitor. Shahab Raza, P.E., our Deputy Director
of Construction-Related Services has
As Sam puts it, "Jee Mee and Amir earned his keep. While visiting family
are exceptional professionals who have in Pakistan, Shahab will be meeting
been integral to the continued growth and with a few colleagues to discuss SSC's
success of SSC. We look forward to the possible first ever Karachi project - - SSC
fresh and innovative perspective that both just may be providing our world renowned
Jee Mee and Amir bring to the leadership traffic engineering skills on a University
of our company." Congratulations guys! Campus Planning Project on the other
side of the Atlantic!
…but wait there's more! Douglas Adams
was recently named Senior Urban
Planner/Project Manager. And while
we could probably do a whole section And while our Senior Vice President's
on him (hmm, upcoming spotlight?) son is exceeding all odds, our new
keep reading and you'll get a glimpse Vice President, Amir Siddiqui, P.E., has
as to how he and Jee Mee will work to just been blessed with his forth child.
make our planning dept unstoppable… His son, Abraham, was born a happy
lil' baby on August 13, 2006.
After being pulled into numerous project
meetings and consulted on everything And well Permanence and Change hasn't
Mets, the light bulb finally clicked on. been publishing, SSC has been writing
Marybeth Miceli, E.I.T. (having rigorously for and featured in a few other industry
maintained her structural engineering publications. Jee Mee Kim, AICP produced
work while heading up marketing at SSC) an innovative industry article titled "Tabula
has no longer been able to keep her Al Meyer and his son AJ Rasa" - it also is our lead engineering
engineering talents hidden from the piece in this newsletter - that appeared
Executive Staff. Marybeth's title and AJ Meyer, former SSC summer employee, as the "Design and Engineering Spotlight"
role has been adjusted (though not graduated Cum Laude from Choate of Real Estate Journal's August 29th
completely changed), she is now Rosemary Hall in early June. AJ received edition. Jee Mee also submitted an article
Director of Infrastructure Engineering the highest award (and last one presented) to WTS, the topic "Pedestrian Engineering:
and Business Development. What can at graduation--the School Seal Prize Enhancing Pedestrian Safety in
we say, that's what happens when you're to the boy who has made an outstanding Urban Environments."
good at what you do AND you like it! contribution to the school during his sixth
form (senior) year. His name will be carved
into the wooden plaque in the historic
Choate Dining Hall with all the other
We always talk about SSC's multi-disciplinary
approach to each project we undertake,
but did you know our tactful approach
has become so engrained that our
employees have started to apply it to
their personal lives as well. So the story
goes two members of our planning
department, Douglas Adams and Daniel
Schack, needed new bags. Inspired by
our Assistant Director of Transportation,
Daniel Plottner's Jack Spade messenger
bag (which Doug NOW claims is an "early,
sadder model") Doug and Dan began
planning for their big shopping trip…
They carefully compiled research off the
web and then consulted with Michael
Young Suk Kim, Urban Designer, and
Jolene Yeats, Transportation Engineer.
The four reviewed the specs on each
product and after deliberation narrowed
down to their unique choices, each
fitting of the proud new wearers' personality
- Doug's sleek, stylish, and very metro and
Dan's understated urban cool…
Nice work team!
SSC Suite # 401
Real Estate Journal also did a feature an M.S. in Structural Engineering as About Sam Schwartz PLLC
on Sam for their Executive of the Month well as a B.E. in Civil Engineering - both of
Feature, September 12th 2006 edition. which have already been put to good use! Sam Schwartz PLLC (SSC) is a multi-disci-
The article is really pretty interesting - like plinary traffic engineering and transporta-
did you know Sam started off his career tion planning firm. Since 1995, our business
as a taxi driver? Come check it out if you Richard Wilner also joined SSC as has centered on the union of disciplines to
haven't seen it. Controller. Richard is a graduate of ensure safety, minimize impacts and pro-
the Pace University School of Business vide accessibility for all modes of traffic.
Administration where he received a BBA Our services, which include traffic engi-
How do you know you that you have really in Accounting. He was the Corporate neering, transportation and transit plan-
do get it? When they start blogging not Controller for Kirk-Brummel Associates, ning, construction-related services, com-
about you per say but about your ideas - - Inc from 1980 to 2004. and for the past munity outreach, interagency coordination,
Douglas Adams made his mark on the two years he has been the Corporate and design mitigation, are consistently inte-
planning community when his NYU team Controller for Walker Greenbank, Inc. grated in order to advance creative solu-
developed a plan for the contaminated tions to access problems. SSC's solutions
Gowanus-side plot of land known as to transportation issues increase move-
Public Place. His project has earned Mariessa Korhummel is our new ment flows, reduce the impacts of traffic,
awards and was also covered in an August Accounting Assistant. Mariessa joins facilitate pedestrian movements, and ulti-
2nd piece titled "DIY Planning: Making us from another A/E/C firm and her mately beautify project sites.
Gowanus More of a 'Public Place'" in the familiarity with our accounting procedures
is proving to be invaluable. Our traffic engineering solutions draw upon
popular NYC real estate blog, Curbed.
our firm philosophy, which regards the
In addition, Doug was interviewed along incorporation of design with the history and
with the rest of the project team by The voice of Gridlock Sam will get a new infrastructure of a site. SSC distinctively
the NY Sun for an upcoming article writer, Joshua A. Knoller, who just joined incorporates design into our projects, resulting
on the Gowanus. SSC a couple of weeks ago. He is a recent in aesthetic enhancements to typically
graduate from The Pennsylvania State "hardscape" projects and simultaneously
University, where he received a Bachelor improving the project's surroundings. As
Douglas was also selected for the
of Arts in Journalism this past May. transportation and traffic impacts increas-
2006 APA Student Award - - the Robert ingly become critical community issues,
Weinberg Award is presented by the APA SSC's inventive approach to easing urban
New York Metro Chapter to exceptional With all these new employees, SSC fig- and suburban traffic problems is essential.
students at each of the four planning ured it was about time to invest in some
schools in the New York region. new office space… Our very own engi-
Way to go Doug! neers, planners and architect worked
together to create an airy office space,
SSC has also added some stellar staff room 401 (still at 611 Broadway of
to our roster. Anita Navalurkar joined course). By the way they have a cappucci-
SSC's Construction-Related Services no maker over there (but don't tell any-
Department back in June. Anita holds one)!