George Grasser practiced real estate law for 35 years and had a statewide practice in creating condominiums and homeowners associations. In 2002 he changed careers to become a real estate consultant, a developer of infill housing, and the president and chief executive officer of Partners for a Livable Western New York, a not-for-profit all-volunteer organization formed to improve land use and the built environment in Western New York communities. [The organization’s volunteer team of planners, architects, traffic engineers, builder-developers and others have walked 20 Western New York neighborhoods to educate local residents and public officials on actions they can take to improve the appearance and functionality of their neighborhoods.] He is a developer of the Buffalo area’s first new traditional neighborhood development – the Gardens at Oxbow, a 23-home development in the Village of Lewiston. He is a frequent lecturer on land use, condominium law, growth management, smart growth and new urbanism. He was an active participant in the formation of Empire State Future – a statewide coalition of organizations supportive of smart growth and sustainable development, and he was a leading drafter of legislation to create an Erie County Planning Board.