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Alfred W. Popkess
Arthur W. Wentlandt

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RETIRED
Kenneth E. Ackerman
Dennis R. Baldwin
David M. Garber
Carter H. Strickland
Dennis R. Baldwin

Case Studies:

Paving a Path to Zoning Approval
Winning Right to Build Approvals
Zoning Approval for Gas Stations

Dennis R. Baldwin is of counsel at Mackenzie Hughes and has been with the firm since 1965. He served on the firm's Executive Committee from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s. Dennis primarily counsels clients on municipal law and finance and over the years has devoted much of his time to the "right to build" field, obtaining zoning and related approvals for a variety of residential and commercial construction projects for such clients as Wegmans Food Markets, the Wilmorite Companies, Cazenovia College, Ruby Tuesday and Fastrac Markets. He also counsels several municipal clients including the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District, the Town of VanBuren and the Village of Manlius, where he served as its Village Attorney for many years. In addition, Dennis devotes substantial time to the needs of individuals and families, including such matters as buying, leasing and selling real property, drafting wills and assisting in the planning and administration of estates.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961 from Hamilton College and his Juris Doctorate in 1965 from the University of Chicago Law School. Dennis was admitted to the New York Bar in 1965 and to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, in 1966. From 1961 to 1962 he studied on a Rotary International Fellowship at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

He is an active member of the following Bar Associations: Onondaga County (president, 1986 and recipient of its 2004 Distinguished Lawyer Award), New York State (vice president, Fifth Judicial District and member, Executive Committee, 1994-2000; member, Municipal Law, General Practice and Real Property Law Sections; chair, Committee on Membership) and American (member, Section of State and Local Government Law and Senior Lawyer Division; recipient of the latters 2007 Pro Bono Award). In addition, he has served as president of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation and the Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program, Inc.

In the community, Dennis is active in the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society (president, 1991-1993 and director), Rotary Club of Syracuse (president, 1977-1978 and 1988 recipient of its Community Service Award), ESF College Foundation (emeritus director and past member of its Executive Committee), Everson Museum of Art (former board member, trustee and secretary), Fayetteville-Manlius Education Foundation (president, 1995-1996), Interfaith Works of CNY (president-Elect) and United Church of Fayetteville (past moderator).

Dennis spends his free time enjoying family and friends, boating, reading, traveling and photography.

 

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