Posted on January 5, 2011
Hauppauge , NY – Suffolk Executive Steve Levy announced the appointments of Diana Weir of Wainscott and John Finn of Smithtown to the Suffolk County Planning Commission. Weir, representing the Town of East Hampton, and Finn, representing the Town of Smithtown, will each serve two-year terms on the commission. “Diana Weir’s strong record of public service as both an elected official and as a private sector and not-for-profit leader will be of immeasurable help as the County Planning Commission works with me to chart a vision for Suffolk’s future,” said Levy. “Ms. Weir’s extensive experience will be a valuable asset to the Commission’s efforts to revise the Suffolk County Comprehensive Plan and develop workforce housing opportunities throughout Suffolk.” Weir is the Executive Vice-President of the Long Island Housing Partnership, serves as a Long Island Power Authority Trustee, and is a member of the Stony Brook Council. Prior to joining the Long Island Housing Partnership Weir served as a member on the East Hampton Town Board and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Michael Forbes. Since 1988, the mission of LIHP has been to provide affordable housing opportunities to those who, through the ordinary, unaided operation of the housing market, would be unable to secure decent and safe housing. LIHP realizes this mission through the development and sponsorship of affordable home ownership and rental units, as well as through related services. LIHP is now one of the leading not-for-profit residential developers, providing affordable housingfor families across Long Island. Commenting on Finn’s appointment, Levy stated, “John Finn’s commercial real estate background will provide tremendous assistance and practical experience as the County Planning Commission works with me to streamline the approvals process in order to spur job creation and development in appropriate places.” Finn is the Director of Leasing and Acquisitions at Damianos Realty Group LLC, a private real estate company based in the Village of the Branch. Finn was also selected by the Long Island Business News as one of the top “40 under 40” Class of 2009, which recognizes outstanding individuals in the business community on Long Island. Finn is also a recipient of the Top Commercial Real Estate Power Brokers of the Year award from Costar, the largest commercial real estate information company in the United States, and is an Associate Member of the Commercial Industrial Broker’s Society, and is actively involved in charitable and fund-raising events throughout Long Island, including the YMCA of Long Island, Friends of Karen, Long Island Museums, and the March of Dimes. The Suffolk County Planning Commission is charged under state and county law with identifying and promoting county-wide land use values and planning priorities primarily through the creation of the Suffolk County Comprehensive Plan and through the Commission’s authority to formally review and apply regional standards and considerations to individual development projects in Suffolk County.