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Mayor Nominates BSA, Landmarks Commissioners

Bill de Blasio.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has nominated Margery Perlmutter as commissioner of the Board of Standards and Appeals. Adi Shamir Baron and John Gustafsson were also nominated as commissioners of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The nominations have been submitted to the City Council for final approval, according to a release issued by the Office of the Mayor. Read More

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JLL Hires Amanda Bokman for New York Office

Amanda Bokman.

JLL has hired Amanda Bokman as a managing director, Commercial Observer has learned.

Based out of JLL’s New York office, Ms. Bokman will focus on new business development and tenant representation, and will work closely with Robert Martin, the firm’s vice chairman and head of brokerage, according to a press release issued by the company. Read More

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RKF Announces Slew of Promotions

Jeremy Ezra

Six brokerage pros scored promotions at retail leasing, investment sale and consulting service giant RKF following the company’s expansion by nearly 5,000 square feet at its 521 Fifth Avenue headquarters, the firm announced Friday.

Brokers Jeremy Ezra, Greg Covey, Caleb Petersen, Marc Finkel, Brian Segall and Ross Berkowitz grabbed new titles at the company where officials say business has been booming. Read More

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Pat Breslin Heads to Colliers from Studley

Pat Breslin.

The global head of Studley’s retail practice, Pat Breslin, has joined Colliers International as an executive managing director, Commercial Observer has learned.

The son of famed reporter Jimmy Breslin, Mr. Breslin has been in the industry for 28 years and even served as retail group president of GVA Williams, the predecessor firm to Colliers. He is focusing on retail transaction in New York City and globally at Colliers. Read More

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Spinola Retiring From REBNY After 2015

Steven Spinola

Longtime Real Estate Board of New York President Steven Spinola will retire at the end of 2015, the Financial Times reported today.

Mr. Spinola, 65, has led the trade group and influential real estate advocacy organization since 1986, and he called the reports of his departure “premature” in a message to the organization’s board of governors while acknowledging that the recent extension he signed through the end of next year will be his last. Read More

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Tech-Centric Broker Ashkán Zandieh Leaving ABS Partners

Ashkan Zandieh

The founder of a network of tech-savvy real estate websites is leaving his current post as the director of the creative and start-up advisory division at ABS Partners Real Estate, Commercial Observer has learned.

Ashkán Zandieh, 31, who has spent more than two years at ABS Partners told Commercial Observer he’s elected to focus full-time on Re:Tech, which connects real estate tech start-ups with potential investors and advice for growing as companies while also holding interactive demonstrations and networking events. Read More

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Mitch Rudin to Leave Brookfield

Mitch Rudin.

Mitch Rudin will leave Brookfield Office Properties at the end of the month, according to a statement made by the company today.

Mr. Rudin has served as the president and chief executive of Brookfield’s U.S. commercial operations but was faced with a diminished role following the consolidation of Brookfield Office Properties into Brookfield Property Partners, the company said in a statement. The Brookfield executive had played a key role in the development Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan. Read More

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Cushman & Wakefield Hires Three NYPD Veterans to Back Ray Kelly

Michael Farrell, Phil Pulaski and David Kelly (l. to r.).

Cushman & Wakefield has hired three NYPD veterans to back former commissioner Raymond Kelly in his new gig as president of the firm’s new risk management services division.

Mr. Kelly said in a written statement that the new hires – Michael Farrell and Phil Pulaski, managing directors, and David Kelly, a director – bring “unparalleled expertise and experience in all areas of security, management, policy planning and implementation.” Read More

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Former Cushman & Wakefield Executive Joins CBRE

Theresa Morzello. (Credit: Wall Street Journal).

Former Cushman & Wakefield executive Theresa Morzello has joined CBRE to head up its building management division.

As a managing director, Ms. Morzello will oversee property management and project management, due diligence and accounting activities, and more than 50 properties, the firm announced today.  Read More

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Industry Vet Corey Abdo Joins Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance

Corey Abdo

Veteran Manhattan broker Corey Abdo has joined Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance as an executive managing director of leasing and sales in its New York City offices, Commercial Observer has learned.

Mr. Abdo, who has negotiated more than two million square-feet of real estate transactions over a career spanning 25 years, will continue to provide both owner representation and tenant advisory services to clients throughout the Metropolitan area. Read More

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Ron Solarz Returns to Eastern Consolidated

Ron Solarz

Investment sales broker Ron Solarz has rejoined Eastern Consolidated as an executive managing director and principal, Commercial Observer has learned. The industry veteran spent close to 17 years at Eastern Consolidated before joining Brookfield Financial in 2011.

“I’m sure I’m going to hit the ground running and it’s going to be a good experience because it’s comfortable,” said Mr. Solarz, who starts work at Eastern Consolidated today. Read More

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Michael Schlein Appointed as Chairman of NYCEDC Board

Michael Schlein. (Credit: Accion)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Michael Schlein as chairman of the board of directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Mr. Schlein, a veteran of the financial services industry, currently serves as president and chief executive of Accion, a nonprofit microfinance firm. Previously, Mr. Schlein worked as president of International Franchise Management at Citigroup. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Schlein gained public service experience as chief of staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and served in economic development roles under Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read More