The Advocates 6-10-09 – Christina Ficicchia and Allegra Dengler

“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

June 10, 2009

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, or you can listen to the program’s live streaming at One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio.  Our guest today is Christina Ficicchia, the Executive Director of Clean Cities and our subject is “How can we create clean energy, and continue to supply our growth needs?” Our guest panelist will be Ms. Allegra Dengler, the Co-coordinator of the Greenburgh Office of Energy Conservation.


Ms. Ficicchia, a native of Rochester, NY, received her Bachelors from Boston University in Biology with a minor in Philosophy. She also received a MS degree from Pratt Institute in City and Regional Planning, with a focus on environmental planning. She volunteers with GreenHomeNYC a local volunteer-run non-profit organization, which facilitates the adoption of sustainable building methods and materials by owners of small residential and commercial buildings in NYC and the Manhattan Young Democrats, where she is an active member of the Environmental Issues Committee.  She is currently the Executive Director at New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities and also works as a consultant with Insite East, LLC, real estate and development specialists.  

Ms. Ficicchia worked as an economic and environmental planner with Bronx Overall and Pratt Center for approximately 5 years before becoming the Executive Director of New York City & Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc. (NYCLHVCC).  She has worked on PV (Solar) panel project, Green roof projects, green building and other energy efficiency and improvement projects.  As the executive director, Ms. Ficicchia provides support and management related to the operations of the non-profit organization, develops strategies and programs that fulfill its mission, seeks out increased membership enrollment and funding and promotes the acceptance of alternative fuel fleet vehicles and acts as the US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator in the New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Cities Region. Collaborates with State, County and Federal regulatory agencies, interest groups, media, consultants and other Clean Cities Coalitions to develop policies, coordinate work, and exchange information. She represents the Coalition in public and private forums and manages various projects that increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road and increase alternative fuel use to facilitate petroleum reduction. Ms. Ficicchia coordinates various local events related to promoting alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles and develops and implements policies and long-range organizational goals.


Ms. Dengler, a long-time Westchesterite, was a former Dobbs Ferry Village Trustee, is a member of the Sierra Club, serves on the New York Democratic Lawyer’s Council HAVA Committee (Help America Vote Act), and is a member of the Progressive Democrats of America Election Protection Working Group.  She was a candidate for the Greenburgh Town Board in 2005 and narrowly lost election for Mayor of Dobbs Ferry.  She is constantly working, along with the League of Women Voters, and other groups, to insure that New Yorkers have the proper paper ballots when the current lever machines are replaced under our new law.  Ms. Dengler is an active watchdog regarding the Hudson River and Indian Point, and is currently the chairperson of the Citizens for Voting Integrity and one of CVI’s founders. She has been a frequent panelist and guest on The Advocates discussing: voting integrity, conservation, the Hudson River and Indian Point.


Meanwhile, the mission of The Advocates is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.


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Richard J. Garfunkel


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