Seidman & Yellen Appointed to BOD Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp.
Real Estate In-Depth | January 2019
The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. has announced the appointments of A. Alan Seidman, executive director of the Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley, and David Yellen, president of Marist College, to its Board of Directors.
CCA, based in Newburgh, was founded more than 60 years ago by five local contractors whose goal was to create stability in the relationship between contractors and unions. In 1964 and 1972 respectively, the Ulster County Contractors and the Contractors and Suppliers Association of Rockland County were brought into the fold to create a footprint encompassing seven counties, including Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Rockland.
Seidman, a life-long resident of Cornwall, is also executive director of Fabricators, Erectors & Reinforcing Contractors of the Hudson Valley, Inc.—an association of the Hudson Valley’s leading fabricators and erectors of structural steel, architectural, ornamental and miscellaneous metal products for building and heavy construction projects. Under Seidman’s leadership, CCA also assumed management of the Southeastern New York chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) in 2016. SMACNA promotes quality and excellence in the air conditioning and sheet metal industry; the Southeastern New York chapter serves members in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.
Seidman served in the Orange County Legislature for 20 years, acting as its chair for four of them. During his time in the legislature he helped establish a countywide 9-1-1 facility and response system to increase safety for all our residents. He was also instrumental in facilitating the plans for SUNY Orange’s expansion into the City of Newburgh.
An avid supporter of our nation’s Armed Forces, Seidman has served on the board of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. Currently, Seidman is overseeing the design and construction of the site’s $10-million expansion. Seidman also serves on the boards of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, the Orange County Partnership, Kol Yisrael and Temple Beth Jacob. This year, Seidman was awarded the Ottaway Medal by the Orange County Citizens Foundation for his dedication and service to the greater Orange County community.
Since being named fourth president of Marist College in 2016, Yellen has already made a tremendous impact on the institution. He has announced plans to start a medical school in 2022, in partnership with regional health care provider Health Quest. Yellen has also overseen the acquisition of a Marist location in New York City, and the launch of the college’s first doctoral-level program. He has led the development of the institution’s new strategic plan and enhanced its communication and career services initiatives.
Prior to his appointment at Marist, Yellen served as Dean and Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law for 11 years, which under his leadership was recognized as one of the most innovative law schools in the country. He has been frequently included on National Jurist magazine’s list of the 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education. Yellen is a former faculty member of Hofstra Law School, where he held the Max Schmertz Distinguished Professorship and served as Dean. He has also been the Reuschlein Distinguished Visiting Professor at Villanova University School of Law and a visiting professor at both Cornell Law School and New York Law School.
Yellen is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and earned his J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School. Among his many notable accomplishments, Yellen has advised President Bill Clinton’s transition team on white-collar crime, argued a federal sentencing case before the United States Supreme Court and authored numerous articles on criminal law and criminal justice reform. Yellen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York (CICU), is on the Executive Committee of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and chairs its Finance Committee.