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Our Mission is to satisfy your needs and meet your project goals through the work of an experienced and dedicated staff, all committed to quality.

Brooks & Brooks serves individuals, municipalities, land preservation organizations and developers. Our services range from small lot mortgage surveys to multiple thousand acre tract boundary surveys, site specific land use planning studies to Geographic Information System design and support. Our time-proven system of project communication serves as the foundation of Brooks & Brooks quality assurance methodology. This methodology includes ongoing staff training, resource management, effective scheduling, cost control, reportage and principal level review. This is why our clients come back to us time and time again and why Brooks & Brooks has been chosen for projects by some of the most active governmental agencies and successful corporations in New York State.

Since 1919

Firm History

We’re Involved

Associations & Memberships

Brooks & Brooks, Land Surveyors, P.C. is a professional corporation owned by two shareholders Patricia Brooks, LS and Richard C. Brooks, LS. The corporate lineage of Brooks & Brooks, PC can be traced back multiple generations through both Patricia Brooks and Richard Brooks.

The firm’s legacy began in 1919 when Richard’s Great Uncle, Edward G. West, was employed by the State of New York as a Forest Surveyor. Working part time for private clients as he maintained his State position, West eventually converted his two-day-a-week job into a full-time business. In 1967, he retired from what was then known as the NYS Conservation Department. During this time Richard’s Grandfather, James M. West, Sr. entered into employment with the State of New York and became a licensed surveyor.

His son, James M. West Jr, followed suit and became licensed. Edward G. West maintained a sole-practitioner private practice until 1971 when the State, falling on hard economic times, laid off most of its Conservation Department surveyors.

Ed, Jim, and Jim, Jr. organized the former State’s surveying force into a firm called West Associates and operated until 1975 when the State hired back most of its surveyors. Ed then continued operations with his nephew Richard C. Brooks, as Edward G. West, Associates until 1982 when he merged with Robert Burgher, LS, PE and formed the firm West and Burgher, PC.

That firm continued operations until its reorganization in 1984 when Richard C. Brooks became licensed to practice land surveying. The resulting firm was known as West and Brooks, Land Surveyors.

Patricia’s tradition started with her father, Roy H. Pauli, who received his surveying training from the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Upon fulfillment of his commitment to his Country he entered into employment with surveying and engineering firms in Dutchess and Ulster County. Upon receiving his license in 1959, Roy started his own private practice, Roy H. Pauli, L.S.

Patricia followed in his foot steps, joining the firm in 1978 and becoming licensed in 1988, as one of the first twenty licensed women surveyors in New York State. With the 1991 purchase of the outstanding stock of West and Brooks Land Surveyors and Roy H. Pauli Land Surveyors the corporate reorganization was completed. Thus the formation of Brooks and Brooks, Land Surveyors, P.C. effectively continues the family tradition of offering surveying and planning services to the residents, businesses and municipalities of New York State.

Professional Associations

  • National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • New York State Association of Land Surveyors
  • Mid-Hudson Valley Land Surveyors Association
  • American Planning Association
  • New York State Wetlands Forum
  • Vermont Society of Land Surveyors
  • Surveyors Historical Society
  • Pattern for Progress
  • NYS GIS Association
  • New York Planning Federation

Other Memberships

  • Ulster County Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern Ulster Chamber of Commerce
  • Huguenot Historical Society
  • Mountaintop Historical Society
  • Empire State Railway Museum
  • Plattekill Historical Society
  • Mohonk Preserve, Inc.


As president of Brooks & Brooks, P.C. Land Surveyors and Land Planners, Patricia Pauli Brooks, L.S., has been Licensed as a Land Surveyor since 1988 and is a second generation Surveyor. Mrs. Brooks’ expertise includes title surveys, large tract surveys, highway right of way surveying, site planning and subdivision design. She also enjoys an extensive background in land use planning, including preparation of site analysis, feasibility reports and environmental assessments. She has assisted many municipalities in the implementation and/or revision of zoning and subdivision regulations. Her knowledge of the New York State Environmental Quality Act has led her to serve as a consultant to many private and public agencies. She has presented educational programs to the New York State Bar Association, many Colleges and Land Trust organizations.

Mrs. Brooks is a trustee and past president of the New York State Association of Land Surveyors. She is past president of the Mid-Hudson Valley Land Surveyors Association and is a member of Vermont Association of Professional Land Surveyors. She serves as New York’s director for the National Society of Professional Land Surveyors, is a member of the New York State Wetlands Forum, Inc., and is a member of the American Planning Association.

As vice-president of Brooks and Brooks, P.C., Land Surveyors and Land Planners, Richard C. Brooks, L.S. achieved his license as a land surveyor in 1984. He started his land surveying career in 1974 as a third generation Surveyor. As the special projects manager for Brooks and Brooks he has successfully managed many logistically complicated projects including, title surveys for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Protection Program now in it’s twenty fifth year, as well as large tract surveys for land preservation organizations such as the Open Space Institute, Scenic Hudson, Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy. He oversees the firms Site Analysis Mapping program offering clients complete land asset feasibility studies. He regularly presents seminars for the New York State Association of Land Surveyors. He has been a guest lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, the Catskill Area Forestry Association, as well as many educational and historical organizations. In addition he has authored numerous articles on surveying related matters.

Mr. Brooks is a member of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors. He serves as the State Coordinator of the National Certified Survey Technician Program. He is a director of the Mid-Hudson Valley Land Surveyors Association, a member of Vermont Association of Professional Land Surveyors and a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors.