Meet the Planning Team

  1. Brad Glass

    Brad Glass

    Planning Director
    Phone: 518-465-6066
    Brad coordinates the development review process in the City of Albany and acts as the principal staff for the City of Albany’s Planning Board. Brad was the project manager for ReZone Albany, which modernized the City’s zoning code, making it easier to invest in sustainable, appropriate development in the City of Albany. Brad earned a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Albany. In his free time, he likes to travel and take photographs of buildings and urban landscapes.


  1. Erin Glennon

    Erin Glennon

    Senior Historic Preservation Planner
    Phone: 518-465-6066
    Erin Glennon, Senior Historic Preservation Planner, works with homeowners and contractors who are looking to carry out alterations or new construction in Albany’s historic districts. Erin guides people through the process to obtain a certificate of appropriateness  –  which grants approval for alterations, modifications and construction to a landmark or a structure in a historic district. Erin also reviews permits for compliance with the city’s design standards using the new Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance. Previously, Erin worked in the Historic Preservation Division of the City of Houston Planning Department, at the Historic Albany Foundation, and as a consultant with the Preservation League of NY State. She has her undergraduate degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Science in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh. In her free time, Erin likes to hike, kayak, travel, visit museums and play with her dog Sadie.

  1. Poulomi Sen

    Poulomi Sen

    Planner
    Phone: 518-434-6066
    Poulomi Sen earned her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UAlbany, and during that time she also worked in the Office of Campus Planning. Prior to coming to this country, she worked in India as a Project Manager for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., where she oversaw the facility planning involving flow of traffic, people and materials around company facilities. 
     
    “In some ways, it was exactly like planning, but that work was driven by the revenues and profit margins. The planning I do now is people driven and focused on improving the quality of life in Albany.” 
     
    In her job, Poulomi reviews café permits, small cell wireless applications, and has taken the lead on projects such as the Walk America grant, the Linkage Grant, Shoreline Stabilization Project along the Hudson River, and is assisting in the redevelopment of Brownfield Opportunity Areas. “I enjoy seeing projects through from beginning to end. You learn so much that way, and I’m learning all the time.”
     
    Outside of work Poulomi has less serious plans. She loves being silly with her children and hopes that she can finally learn to play the ukulele soon.


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    Avi Epstein

    Principal Planner
    Phone: 518-465-6066

    Avi Epstein serves as the Principal Planner for the City of Albany and is primarily responsible for the management of the city’s land use policies under the Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO), Albany’s zoning code. This includes reviewing proposed development for compliance with the USDO standards, while working with applicants and stakeholders along the way. He also staffs the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Technical Review Committee, and represents the Planning Department on the city’s Cannabis Advisory Committee.

    Additionally, Avi manages the collection and analysis of relevant data to help shape planning studies and strategic initiatives in the areas of housing, transportation and land use. He also coordinates with the Albany County Land Bank and other regional organizations to ensure quality development is undertaken. Avi earned his master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Albany and his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Geography from Binghamton University. 

    In his spare time, Avi enjoys spending quality time with his daughter and super-stubborn husky. As an avid hiker and landscape photographer, Avi can often be found out on a trail.


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    Jasleen Jaspel

    Planner
    Phone: 518-465-6066

    Jasleen Jaspal, Planner, staffs the City of Albany’s Planning Board, coordinating with multiple stakeholders to ensure compliance with the City’s Zoning and Development Code – the Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO). Jasleen assists on additional planning initiatives, reviews the Lot Modification applications as well as the Zoning Compliance Certificates. Jasleen has also been overseeing the West Hill Alleyway community placemaking project. She serves as the Programming Officer for the Capital District Planning Association (CDPA), part of the APA NY Upstate Chapter. 

    In her free time, Jasleen enjoys exploring different regions and cuisines, as well as spending time with her family and friends, especially the four-legged ones.