Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee provides engaged guidance and support to the Alliance CEO and staff. The Executive Committee is empowered to act between board meetings if necessary, and sometimes with specifically delegated authority to act in particular areas on behalf of the full board.

Sandy Morhouse, Chair

Peter Reale (Audit Chair)

Pat Ida (Finance Chair)

Vincent Smith (Governance Chair)

Audit Committee

Peter Reale, Chair

Scott Hearburg

Pam Nolan

Governance Committee

Vincent Smith, Chair

Sandy Morhouse

Donna Wotton

Finance Committee

Patrick Ida- Chair

Pam Nolan

Scott Hearburg

PAAA Filings

As a local development corporation, the Alliance is considered a public authority subject to the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005, as amended by the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009  (collectively, the “PAAA”)  and operates in compliance with the Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) and the Open Meetings Law (OML).  In accordance with PAAA, the Alliance has submitted the following reports to the Authorities Budget Office:


Board of Directors

Collectively, the Board of Directors assumes legal and philosophical responsibility, and establishes policies for all activities of the Alliance.  Board members provide leadership for the program, raise operating and capital funds, participate in committee assignments, and serve as advocates of the community’s revitalization. In terms of fundraising, Board members represent the larger view of why revitalization is crucial for the entire community.

Members of Our Board

Scott Hearburg

Scott Hearburg, owns and operates the Ticonderoga McDonald’s franchise.  He lives in Ticonderoga with his wife Robin and their daughter HaiLee.   Mr. Hearburg began his career with McDonald’s in 1972, working part-time while attending high school in his hometown of Jamestown, New York.  Mr. Hearburg continued to work at McDonald’s while earning an Associate of Science Degree from Jamestown Community College.  In 1979, Mr. Hearburg was promoted to Restaurant Manager in the Fredonia New York store, and in 1985, he purchased his first McDonald’s franchise in Menands, New York.  He bought the Scotia and Glenville, New York Stores in 1989 and operated all three Capital District Area Stores until he sold them in 1995 to purchase the franchise in Ticonderoga, New York.  In 2000 Mr. Hearburg acquired the Warrensburg franchise and in 2009 he purchased the Fairhaven, Vermont restaurant. Mr. Hearburg has sat on the board of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities in Albany since its inception, and for many years he chaired that organization’s Grants Committee.  He has also sat on the Board of the NYS McDonald' Self Insured Workers Comp Group, and he currently sits on the Board to oversee the purchasing for all the McDonald's in the North East.  Mr. Hearburg credits his career in McDonald’s with allowing him to pursue his two passions, boating on Lake George and giving back to the communities that have given so much to him and his family.  He has served on the Ti Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and over the years, Mr. Hearburg has served on many other boards and donated to countless charities and causes.  For spearheading a multi-year initiative to build a new playground at the Ti Elementary School, Mr. Hearburg was named 2011 Community Volunteer of the Year by the Ti Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Levitch

alex l.pngTrustee Emeritus and Founder of TRA, Alex Levitch was trained as an attorney and then went on to have a various and exciting career an Entrepreneur & Early Stage Venturer/Investor, Professional Transactor/Advisor, Author, Real Estate Developer, and owner of the Adirondack Camp, one of the few remaining grand old traditional children's summer camps in North America for children.  After serving as an Assistant US Attorney Admitted under Attorney General's Honor Program to the Antitrust Division, Mr. Levtich co-founder and/or was a partner of several business ventures.   Mr. Levitch currently lives on Lake George inside the Adirondack Camp, where he is writing a novel. Mr. Levitch graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and received a JD cum laude, from Columbia Law School.

Sanford W. Morhouse

sandy m.pngSanford W. Morhouse, Esq. is Of Counsel for Schulte Roth Zabel, LLP and focuses his practice primarily in the areas of corporate and real estate finance. His principal clients include major pension funds, investment advisors and fund sponsors. Over Mr. Morhouse’s career at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, and at Dewey Ballantine LLP, a predecessor firm, he has chaired his firm's Real Estate and Private Equity Groups, co‐chaired the firm's Corporate Department, served on the firm’s Executive Committee and co‐chaired the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Morhouse graduated from Williams College and received a JD from Columbia Law School.  In addition to the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, Mr. Morhouse is on the Board of Directors of Broad Hollow Estates, Inc., Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, The Benedictine Foundation, The Fort Ticonderoga Association and on the External Advisory Board of Lasair Capital, serving on the audit committees of Damon Runyon (chair) and Fort Ticonderoga.

Peter Reale

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Peter Reale, along with his wife Lynne and children, Tom, Mike and Lexi, is a lifelong resident of Ticonderoga.  Mr. Reale graduated from Ticonderoga High School and earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   He is a third generation Road & Bridge contractor and currently serves as Vice President of Reale Construction.  Peter and his brother John also own multiple properties in downtown Ti.  Peter has served on several local boards including the Town Planning Board and Comprehensive Plan Committee as well as the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  He currently serves on the Board of the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union and is an active member of St Mary’s Parish and the Knights of Columbus. 

Vincent Smith


Vincent Smith graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, and practiced real property law with a New York law firm for over 25 years.  He was also an actor, and a partner in a set design firm and formed a theater company in New York in 1999.  In the late 1980's, Mr. Smith was introduced to the principles of Feng Shui and environmental psychology, and retired early from his law firm in 1995 to devote full time to the practice of Feng Shui.  Mr. Smith is the founder of a residential Feng Shui consulting firm, and of a Feng Shui consulting firm for businesses, and is the author of "Feng Shui: A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers".

Vincent was the Interim CEO of Silver Bay Conference Center in 2009.  Vincent and his wife, Alice, then purchased a home in Hague. Vincent is the Chair of the Ticonderoga Area Cultural Arts Initiative, the founder of the Festival Guild Players, on the design committee of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, on the Board of the Ticonderoga Natural Foods Coop, and has been active in working with local businesses, arts organizations, and the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum in improving their spaces.

Donna Wotton

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Donna Wotton is a marketing and event planning professional. A 3rd generation lifelong summer resident of Hague, she now calls Hague her permanent home, though she still spends part of the winter in San Francisco, where she can be close to her Silicon Valley hi-tech clients. Donna is an avid sailor and serves as the Chief Race Officer at the Northern Lake George Yacht Club. She is active in many aspects of the Hague community and helped to start and manage the Made in Hague artist collective in 2014. She has served on the TRA board since 2012.

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is a not-for-profit local development corporation whose mission is to help restore economic prosperity in the Ticonderoga region by serving as a catalyst for public-private partnerships and investment opportunities.

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