CONSTANTINE SIDAMON-ERISTOFF, Esq.
Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, an environmental attorney from New York City and Highland Falls, New York joined Lacher & Lovell-Taylor in October, 1999. At Lacher & Lovell-Taylor, he provides environmental counseling, negotiating and strategic planning advice relating to projects for port development and modernization; water and wastewater treatment, brownfield remediation, waste management facilities, transport of waste streams and the offshore containment of dredge spoils and other hazardous materials. He also provides counsel in a broad variety of other practice areas including land use, urban transportation and administrative law.
From 1989 to 1993 he served as Regional Administrator for Region II of the United States Environmental Protection Agency under Administrator William K. Reilly during the administration of President George H. W. Bush. Region II encompasses New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and administers, with a staff of some thousand employees, EPA's programs for the control of air and water pollution, industrial discharges, toxic substances, pesticides, ocean dumping, hazardous wastes, as well as the Federal "Superfund" for the cleanup of hazardous waste sites.
At a National level, the Region had lead responsibilities for RCRA, Superfund and Management, and Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff served on the Administrator's Senior Council on Management Controls and State Capacity Task Force.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff is Chairman of New York Deep-Water Port Corporation and of NYPort Terminal Development Company LLC, which proposes to design, operate and construct a deepwater marine container terminal in the Borough of Brooklyn. He also serves as pro bono Managing Director of the East of Hudson Rail Freight Operations Task Force, formed to improve freight service within the region East of the Hudson and South of Albany within the States of New York and Connecticut.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff was for 15 years a Member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (MTA), having been appointed on May 6, 1974 by Governor Malcolm Wilson, and subsequently confirmed by the New York State Senate. He was reappointed first by Governor Hugh Carey and again by Governor Mario Cuomo for a third term. He served as Chairman of the MTA Board's Metro-North Committee and before that as Chairman of its Real Estate Committee. In addition he served on the Finance, Transit Authority, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, Real Estate, and Grand Central Policy and Planning Committees. He also served on the Capital Program Oversight Committee mandated in 1986 by the New York State Legislature. He resigned upon his designation as Regional Administrator of EPA's Region II.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the Governor's Council on the Hudson River Valley Greenway and served until his designation as Regional Administrator of EPA.
By appointment of the Chief Judge of the State of New York, Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff served from 1987 to 1991 as a Commissioner of the New York State Judicial Commission on Minorities.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff was Administrator of the New York City Transportation Administration from mid-1968 through 1973, under Mayor John V. Lindsay. Previously, he had served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Highways and as Assistant to the Mayor.
Born in Manhattan on June 28, 1930, Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff attended the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City and the Millbrook School in Millbrook, New York. He graduated from Princeton University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering and at the same time was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves. He then served on active duty for twenty-one months, including a year in Korea in the artillery, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service and promoted to First Lieutenant. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1957 and was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1958.
After graduating from Columbia, Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff was associated with the law firm of Kelley Drye Newhall Maginnes & Warren, specializing in commercial banking, corporate and tax law. In 1964, he opened his own law office for the general practice of law. He founded the firm of Sidamon-Eristoff, Morrison, Warren & Ecker in 1978, and was Counsel to the firm of Morrison & de Roos from 1984 to 1988, practicing environmental, land use and administrative law.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff is President of The News of the Highlands, Inc., publisher of The Cornwall Local and The News of the Highlands, weekly Hudson River Valley newspapers. He is a member of the Directors Advisory Council of the Hudson Valley Division of Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company.
He is Chairman of the Board of Audubon New York and a Board Member of The National Audubon Society. He is also a Member of the Orange County, New York Planning Board appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Legislature. He was appointed a member of the Advisory Committee for the Hudson River Institute by Governor Pataki. He is Chairman of The Council on Transportation of New York and a Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. He is Secretary and a Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Inc.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff is now Chairman Emeritus but still on the Board of Trustees of Phipps Houses, the oldest New York City non-profit corporation created in 1905 to build and manage low and middle-income housing. Throughout its history, Phipps has developed over 6,000 affordable apartments; it continues to control over 4,000, providing homes to over 15,000 people in eight communities in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. The organization has an active pipeline of new development projects totaling over 400 units representing a total development cost approaching $100 million. Including its own property, it manages an affordable housing portfolio of nearly 12,500 apartments throughout New York City. Phipps Houses is a large, integrated real estate organization with an annual consolidated operating budget of $75 million. Phipps creates enduring communities and has an unsurpassed record of success.
He is also a former Director and member of the Executive and Investment Committees of The Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Inc. of Ithaca, N.Y.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff is also Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Tolstoy Foundation, Inc. an international refugee resettlement and welfare agency focusing on Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, which serves elderly and indigent persons from its Center in Valley Cottage, N.Y. and refugees and persons in distress from a network of offices in Europe, South America and Russia.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff is the founding Chairman of American Friends of Georgia, Inc., formed to provide charitable, educational and humanitarian aid to the people of the Republic of Georgia. He is also President of the Caucasian Society Allaverdy, Inc. (a non-profit association benefiting refugees from the Caucasus mountain region now settled in the U.S. and their descendants) and a Trustee of the Allaverdy Foundation.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Constitution Island Association of West Point, New York. He is an Honorary Trustee of the Millbrook School in Millbrook, New York. He is a former Trustee of Citizens Union Foundation of New York.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council on Municipal Performance (COMP) of New York City, and a former Trustee of United Mutual Savings Bank. He is also a former member of the Visiting Committee for The New School for Social Research's Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy. He was a Trustee of the Orange County Citizens Foundation of Orange County, New York; of America the Beautiful Fund of Washington, D.C. and of The American Farm School in Thessalonika, Greece. He is also a former Director and Chairman of Pattern for Progress, Inc., a non-profit regional planning and development agency for the seven mid-Hudson counties. He served as a Director of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, N.Y. and is now on its Board of Advisors. He was a Trustee of the Carnegie Hall Corporation and Society in New York City from 1967 to 1992.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section and serves on its Executive Committee and as Co-Chairman of its Standing Committee on International Environmental Law. He is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; the New York County Lawyers' Association; the American Bar Association, and of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). He is an honorary member of the American Public Works Association.
He is on the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Association of Urban Designers and Environmental Planners, Inc.; of the Project for Public Spaces, and of Civitas of the East Side, New York City. He was for many years a member of the Committee on Transportation Law - Legal Resources Group Council of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C., and has been the Chairman of its subcommittee on mass transit.
Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff is married to the former Anne Phipps. They have three children: Simon; Elizabeth and Andrew, and eight grandchildren.
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