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Mayor Johnson Appoints Planning Board Members

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson announced his appointments to the Hudson Planning Board. The appointments are Larry Bowne, Clark Wieman, Stephen Steim, and Teresa Joyner. Betsy Gramkow will be the Chair of the Planning Board. The appointments have been involved in numerous community projects and have important experience that will inform their roles on the Planning Board.

“The Planning Board plays a key role in Hudson’s future and these members will help steer us towards a more equitable and sustainable city.” - Mayor Kamal Johnson

Larry Bowne is a registered architect who has designed dozens of projects, including commissions in New York City; the Hudson Valley; Cushing, ME; Austin, TX; Zurich, Switzerland; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an architect and former professor of architecture, Bowne has collaborated with colleagues and students on several community engagement projects, dedicated to providing design services to historically underrepresented communities. He has a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Bowne is actively involved in Hudson's civic and community affairs. With Peter Spear and others, he organized a series of events in the Spring and Summer of 2019 as part of Future Hudson, which engaged Hudson’s citizens in conversations about their city. He has also participated in outreach and engagement with Our Hudson Waterfront. With Angelyn Chandler, he has launched Hudson Public, dedicated to helping Hudsonians imagine improved circulation and access to important educational, cultural and recreational resources. 

Stephen Steim is the executive director of the New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP), where he leads a team of narrative strategists that use visual storytelling, strategic communications, movement building, and cultural engagement to promote equity and justice. NMAP is the impact producer for PUSH, a new feature-length documentary that investigates how private equity and the financialization of housing is fueling the global housing crisis. NMAP is also mentoring a group of activists through its Rights Reframed program that are working on a range of creative advocacy projects about housing rights issues in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. 

Stephen is a filmmaker by trade and worked previously at Human Rights Watch and on the Obama Senate Campaign. He has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from St. John's College and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Clark Wieman has over 30 years of experience as a real estate professional with extensive knowledge of architectural design and planning as well as building systems design and controls. He is the founder of Planet - Green Building Services, LLC, a real estate property management consultancy that includes mixed-use commercial and residential properties in Hudson. As owner and operator of 234-238 Warren Street, in Hudson, Wieman integrated upgrades of units, and management of workers, vendors, and contractors for a complete overhaul of a 10,000-square-foot residential and commercial space.   

Wieman worked at Cooper Union where he oversaw zoning upgrades to Cooper owned properties, which set the stage for the redevelopment of 3 sites. As Director of Planning and Capital Projects, he also oversaw the planning, design, and construction of 41 Cooper Square academic building, a $175 million, 180,000-square-foot academic facility. He has a Master’s of Urban Planning from New York University. Wieman served on the Planning Board since 2017 and is being appointed to an additional term. 

Theresa Joyner worked for the United States Postal Service and served as Superintendent of Finance and Germantown Post Office Postmaster. She recently completed a term serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals. She has also served on boards and committees for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson Lion’s Club, Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, Hudson Opera House, United Way Board, The Lions Club, Operation Unite Board, Shiloh Baptist Church, and All Nations Church.

Betsy Gramkow and her husband, Ted, are 15-year residents of Hudson’s First Ward. Gramkow has served as a Trustees of the Hudson Area Library, Hudson Hall, and Triform Camphill Community. As a member of Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Task Force, she Chaired the Waterfront and Transportation Committees.

Gramkow is the Development Director for the Preservation League of New York State, a statewide preservation non-profit in Albany that champions the essential role of historic preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of historic buildings and landscapes. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation and before that, Development Director at Triform. Gramkow has been a member of the Planning Board since 2018.

Gramkow will serve as Chair of the Planning Board. Planning Board Member John Cody will represent the Planning Board on the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency and the Industrial Development Agency. Cody is the former Common Council President.