Each year, the New York Planning Federation (NYPF) celebrates outstanding achievements and excellence in the fields of planning, zoning and land use practice in New York State. Awards are normally presented at the NYPF Annual Conference. This year, the awards are being presented virtually. The John O. Cross Award is named in honor of the former chair of the Town of Chili Planning Board. It is given each year to an outstanding Planning Board Chair. This year’s recipient is James W. Ely, Jr., Chair of the Town of South Bristol Planning Board. The award was presented on Wednesday, June 9.