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affordable Community Housing convening

Tuckahoe Southampton Community Housing, Photo credit: Anisah Abdullah, and a YIMBY rally in Sag Harbor, Photo credit: Michael Heller

MAY 19th I 9:30 AM

The Church was pleased to host the Affordable Community Housing Convening. The East End is grappling with a housing shortage and a crisis of affordability. Affordable community housing for workers and their families is critical to keep the East End vibrant and our local economy thriving. 

To unpack this complex issue, The Church brought together community leaders, legislators, developers, and financial industry to explore some of the key issues at stake. We will review current efforts to address affordability in the East End, discuss solutions developed in similar communities nationally, and address the role the cultural community can play in these efforts. 


A full schedule of events can be found below. 

We understand busy schedules! Please come for as much of the day as you are able.

The Affordable Community Housing Convening is sponsored by Community Capital Management and co-organized by the Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley.

9:30 AM


10:00 AM


April Gornik (Artist, Founder of The Church Sag Harbor)

Eric Fischl (Artist, Founder of The Church Sag Harbor)

Glenn Fuhrman (Founder and CEO of Virtru Investment Partners, Founder of the Fuhrman Family Foundation)

10:15 AM

PANEL: WHO NEEDS HOUSING? A COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE — moderated by Michael Daly (Founder, East End YIMBY) 

Bonnie Michelle Cannon (Executive Director, Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center)

Minerva Perez (Executive Director, OLA of Eastern Long Island

Tommy John Schiavoni (Councilperson, Town of Southampton)

11:20 AM

PANEL: ZONING AND LEGISLATIVE CONSIDERATIONS — moderated by John Alschuler (Chairman, HR&A Advisors) 

Fred Thiele (NY State Assemblyman, 1st District)

Susan Mead (Member, Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals)

Tom Gardella (Deputy Mayor, Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees) 

12:25 PM 


Mark Falcone (Founder, Continuum Partners LLC)

12:50 PM 

LUNCH (Included in ticket price) 

2:00 PM

PANEL: ATTAINABLE HOUSING IN PRACTICE: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES  — moderated by David Sand (Chief Impact Strategist, Community Capital Management), introduction by Anna Raginskaya, Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley

Année Kim (Head of Business Development, Landed)

Sandy Albert (Principal and Managing Partner, CityPads) 

Charlie Kaplan (Principal at GLUCK+) 

3:05 PM

PANEL: LOCAL DEVELOPMENT IN EASTERN LONG ISLAND — moderated by Greg Ferraris (President, Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust)

Peter Elkowitz (President and CEO, Long Island Housing Partnership)

James Britz (Executive Vice President, Long Island Housing Partnership)

Dave Gallo (President, Georgica Green LLC)

James Larocca (Mayor of Sag Harbor)

4:10 PM


Ellen Baxter (Founder and Executive Director, Broadway Housing Communities) 

4:45 PM

TOWN HALL — moderated by Ellen Dioguardi (President of Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce) and Michael Daly (East End YIMBY) 


5:45 PM 


The Affordable Community Housing Convening was sponsored Sherri Sandler, Channing Daughters Winery, Harbor Market and Kitchen, Modern General Dreamy Coffee, and Wolffer Estate Vineyards. We thank them most sincerely!
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