Susie C. Sohn of Goshen, NY has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Orange County Land Trust.
Susie is a real estate and commercial transactions attorney with Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP, a law firm focusing on commercial and residential real estate transactions, business transactions, banking, land use, estate planning, litigation and municipal law matters. Previously, Susie served as counsel on real estate investments and commercial transactions for the New York City pension funds through the Office of the New York City Comptroller. She previously served as counsel for real estate for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Susie earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School Of Law, Yeshiva University. Susie was admitted to the Bar in New York in 2005 and New Jersey in 2004.
Prior to joining the Orange County Land Trust’s Board of Directors, Susie served as a member of their Finance Committee and Development Committee. She is a former Board member of the Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties.
“It’s a true privilege to serve OCLT in furthering its mission of conserving the county’s water resources, critical habitat, rural and urban farmland, and scenic landscapes — all sources of sustenance for the county community,” stated Sohn. “Orange County, with its idyllic landscapes and their natural as well as historic significance, has inspired me since I was a young child. I grew up in Goshen hearing stories from teachers about growing up on dairy farms and classmates working on horse and food farms. Moving back to Goshen after spending 15 years of my professional career in New York City, my family and I have reconnected with the preserves, trails, waterways, and diverse array of local food sources at a time when ‘getting back to nature’ has provided us with a sense of relief and sanctuary. In my mind, Orange County’s beautiful landscapes, its farmlands, and natural habitat are critical to preserving not only the County’s unique resources, but its significant history and shared sense of community. I am so excited for the opportunity to work with fellow OCLT Board members and staff to help build on this effort.”
The addition of Susie to the Land Trust’s board of directors was met with much enthusiasm, according to Board President Arlene Nolan. “Susie’s expertise and motivation impressed us from the start, said Nolan. “This sentiment only grew as she continued to get more involved, and thus, the decision to invite her to join our Board of Directors was an easy one.”
“Susie is a rising star in this organization and will prove to be an asset to our mission, said 1st Vice President Elinor Hart. “We are very lucky to have her on board.”
Susie lives in Goshen, NY with her husband, Gary, and two young children. She enjoys hiking and visiting natural and historic sites with her family, especially Moonbeams Preserve and the Walkway Over the Hudson.