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By Douglas Sciorra

Marie Myers Shearing will be new Steuben County Planner

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“…a great place to work and live,”

A graduate of Finger Lakes Community College and holding two degrees from the University of Buffalo, Marie Myers Shearing is well prepared to take on duties as the Steuben County Planner.

After an extensive nationwide search, Myers Shearing was recently hired to succeed former county Planner Matthew Sousa who resigned in July 2022 to take a position with the MRB Group of Rochester. County Deputy Manager Christopher Brewer and retired county Planner Amy Dlugos acted as county planner during the interim.

“I felt that it would be a great place to work and live,” Myers Shearing said. “The area offers the amenities that my (retired military veteran) husband and I desire as well as access and opportunities to activities we enjoy.”

The recipient of the University at Buffalo Service Award given to the Master of Urban Planning student who exemplifies outstanding service to the school, she also received the NY & Western NY APAs award for the Niagara Fall Boulevard studio project.

Most recently the Cattaraugus County Planner, Myers Shearing has experience in real estate and landscaping and design, including being a NYS Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional.

Currently active in overseeing the county’s annual Agricultural District campaign, Myers Shearing is a member of the county’s Comprehensive Plan’s steering committee.

“I wish to continue the great work done by the previous directors, and return the department to its full capacity by reincorporating a Senior Planner,” she said

Myers Shearing also hopes to build connections with the municipalities and various entities and serve as a partner and resource for their land use needs and perspectives.

“Although the County is only advisory on many land use issues, I believe that being available as a partner and resource will improve the municipalities individually,” she said. “And better municipalities equal a better County as a whole.”

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