Russian Mayors Visit Albany Law to Learn U.S. Zoning Law

3/2/2010 | Facebook | Twitter | Email

A group of 20 Russian mayors recently listened to Professor Patricia Salkin, through an interpreter, describe the general principles behind U.S. zoning laws, as well as critical cases currently shaping the landscape through issues such as eminent domain and religious institutions.

Salkin, the Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Government Law Center, writes one of the nation's most popular blogs on land use called Law of the Land.

The event was part of a week-long tour for the group, organized with SUNY New Paltz on a collaborative project of the Center for Regional Research, Education & Outreach and the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation (IDC), a Russian not-for-profit. The mayors learned topics that included mass transit, environmental issues and policies, democracy and transparency, state government and cities and inter-governmental collaboration.