Alan J. Sorensen, AICP was born on February 15, 1965, in Oneonta, New York. He grew up on his parent’s farm in Morris, New York with his seven brothers.
In 1982, he attended the American Legion Boys’ State at Morrisville State College. Alan graduated with honors from Morris Central School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree at SUNY Oneonta in 1987, majoring in Geography and Anthropology with a minor in Urban Planning.
He received his first Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University in 1989. Alan then earned his Masters in Public Administration from Pace University in 1996 – where he graduated at the top of his class.
Presently, he is President of Planit Main Street, Inc., a full-service planning consulting firm that he founded that serves communities throughout the mid-Hudson and Catskills Region.
Alan has worked at the City, County, and State levels of government in New York State. As Assistant Commissioner for the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal he played an instrumental role in the creation of the New York Main Street program.
Alan also served as Commissioner of Planning and Community Development for Sullivan County from 1997 – 2003 during which time he spearheaded such efforts as the Emerald Corporate Center, Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Agri-Business Revolving Loan Fund, and Main Street Redevelopment Center.
In 2000, Alan was selected as the State-wide Friend of Extension by Cornell University, in recognition of his efforts to “enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.”
Alan's planning work was national recognized in the January 2000 issue of Planning Magazine and has also been recognized in Empire State Report and Kaatskill Life magazines.
Alan is a recognized leader in historic preservation efforts, receiving the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s state-wide Public Sector Achievement Award in November of 2003.
Alan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the Hudson Valley West Director of the American Planning Association Metro New York Chapter, former Chairman of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, former President of the Emerald Corporate Center, and current President of the Emerald Green Property Owners Association.
Alan and his wife Jane have three children, Christopher, Jaclynn, and Sara and they reside in Rock Hill, New York.
Jane is a parent ambassador with the Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) program which has an office at the Cooke School in Monticello, New York.
Alan Sorensen - Legislator, District 9
President, Planit Main Street, Inc.
Former Assistant Commissioner for New York State
Division of Housing & Community Renewal
Former Sullivan County Planning and Community Development Commissioner
Chair, Government Services Committee
Vice Chair, Community & Economic Development Committee
Member, Public Works Committee
Member, Capital Planning & Budgeting Committee, Public Service
President, Emerald Green Property Owners Association
Member, American Institute of Certified Planners
Director, Hudson Valley West Chapter of the American Planning Association Metro
Former Chairman, Upper Delaware Scenic Byway
Former President, Emerald Corporate Center
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Statewide “Friend of the Extension,” 2000
Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, majoring in Geography and Anthropology and minoring in Urban Planning, State University of New York at Oneonta
Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning, Rutgers University
Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Pace University
Children, Christopher, Jaclynn and Sara
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