February 6, 2014 – New York Rising Storm Recovery Program, Julie Sweet & Panelists

Julie Sweet, Regional Lead, New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program in Broome and Tioga Counties

Vince Pasquale, Co-Chair, Broome Community Reconstruction Committee

Rochelle Layman, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center, Binghamton University

Julie Sweet, Moderator, currently serves as the State’s regional lead for the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program in Broome and Tioga Counties. She is responsible for oversight of recovery strategies being developed to access nearly $40 million in flood reconstruction funds. Julie also works with the New York State Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Area program, providing technical assistance to upstate municipalities on community revitalization and brownfield redevelopment. Julie has over 25 years experience in planning and development at the local, county, and state levels.

Speaker Vince Pasquale is a lifelong resident of Broome County. Vince spent his professional career at Binghamton University until his recent retirement from the position of Assistant Dean of the School of Management. Among other recognition for service to the institution and community, he has also been awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Vince served 13 terms in the Broome County Legislature as either majority or minority leader for all but two of those terms. he has also served his community as President of the Binghamton Philharmonic Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Board of the Industrial Development Agency Board. His other positions of service include the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Broome County Youth Bureau, Airport Advisory Board, and the Mental Health Advisory Board. He is a Co-chair for the Broome Community Reconstruction Committee.

Guest speaker Rochelle Layman has been serving as the Regional Director of the NYS Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University since 2008. In addition to her 10 years of corporate experience, Rochelle owned and operated two successful restaurants in South Western New York for 13 years. Her financial corporate experience, success in small business as well as advisement skills aid her in assisting small business owners with financial and operational problems.

The State of New York Small Business Storm Recovery Program (N/A)

Binghamton University Downtown Center

Speakers – Julie Sweet (NY Rising Broome & Tioga), Vince Pasquale (Broome Community Reconstruction Committee)
Attendees – James Baumgartner (Nagare Consulting), Joel Boyd (city of Binghamton), Janice Cheng (Binghamton University), John Duncan, Donna Fish (Independent Consultant), Howard Garrity (US SBA), Madeline Gottlieb (Binghamton University), Susan McInvale (Binghamton University), Juliet Pitts (Rural Health Service Corps), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Susan Sherwood (Center for Technology & Innovation), John Payne (Dexheimer Build Movers), Matt Walsh (Traditions Resort), Roni O’Geen (Empire State College), Bill Ritter (SCORE)


  • T. Kowalik welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST.
  • Attendees introduced themselves.
  • Moderator Julie Sweet and speaker Vince Pasquale commenced presentation on an overview of the New York Rising Storm RecoveryProgram. Discussion included both municipal and regional needs, identification of innovative reconstruction projects, ongoing recovery initiatives, and other needed actions to build regional resiliency from future storms and floods.
  • Guest speaker Rochelle Layman provided a short presentation on the New York Rising Small Business Recovery Grant Program, as well as services provided by the Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University to help small businesses in the Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware, and Oswego counties regarding storm recovery and financial compensation.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Binghamton University, Downtown Center, Binghamton, New York.