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Dear BOMA New York Members,


As we end the year on a high note, I would like to thank all the BOMA New York members, board of directors, and leadership for their countless efforts and dedication to this organization. It is with them that I feel confident ending my term as president of BOMA New York and passing the title to Ron Zeccardi from The Moinian Group. Ron will be supported by Vice President Hani J. Salama, PE, LEED AP, Capital Properties; Treasurer Matthew J. Duthie, RPA, JLL and Secretary Cynthia M. Boyea, RPA, CPM, CCIM, Paramount Group, Inc.

I would also like to welcome on board the newly elected Directors, which include: Mark S. Landstrom, RPA, Tishman Speyer Properties; Kevin T. Lillis, RPA, ABS Partners Real Estate, LLC; Rosemarie Subasic, CFM, LEED AP, Hines as agent for Morgan Stanley; Michael F. Sullivan, RPA, FMA, MSRE, Edward J. Minskoff Equities; Deborah Tomasi, Boston Properties, Inc. 

Thank you Tom Krol, LEED AP, Donnelly Mechanical; Deborah Tomasi, Boston Properties, Inc. and Ron Zeccardi, The Moinian Group for your support throughout my presidency. Your unwavering commitment has contributed to the association’s advancement. 

As many of you may know, the holidays are a time to reflect and be thankful for all our past accomplishments. At BOMA New York, we pride ourselves in having the opportunity to advocate for the New York City Real Estate market and provide leading educational programs that help our association grow. Every year the BOMA New York Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in BOMI educational programs. I would like to congratulate the following individuals that received scholarships from BOMA New York this year to further their career in this industry. The 2018 scholarship recipients include: Brendan Fitzpatrick, JLL; Sandy Forbes, JLL; Nicholas Fusco, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.; Gloria Gavilanes, CBRE, Inc.; William Hurd, Jr., SL Green Realty Corp.; Georgiana Rolon, Equity Office Properties LLC; Paul Sciallis, H & R Property Management

I would also like to congratulate the Kids for Kids Foundation for being awarded the BOMA New York Civic Betterment Award. The Civic Betterment Award is given every year to a New York City-based organization and recognizes their dedication, time and commitment to enriching the lives of those living in New York. This year’s honoree, the Kids for Kids Foundation was established in 2008 by a group of New York City professionals to provide support and awareness on behalf of children and families battling catastrophic diseases. 

With a dedicated app currently in the works, we are improving the way members can interact and stay connected with BOMA New York. The app will not only serve as a guiding tool to upcoming BOMA New York events, but will also be a guide to all things BOMA New York such as members, news, and more.

It has been a pleasure working with all of you and seeing how hard work and commitment goes a long way with the BOMA New York family. On behalf of BOMA New York, I would like to wish everyone and their families a happy holiday season. We are looking forward to continuing to grow BOMA New York in the new year!



James R. Kleeman, RPA

President of BOMA/NY

Get to Know Your Board

Welcome to the “Get to Know Your Board” section of the monthly newsletter.  Each month, we interview and feature a board member to help you get to know them better. Last month, we interviewed Tom Krol from Donnelly Mechanical. This month, we sat down with Cynthia M. Boyea of Paramount Group, Inc. Let’s read what Cynthia had to share.


The City Council is finishing out it’s 4-year term, which ends December 31, with a flourish passing dozens of bills at its final meeting on December 19. Of those bills, there is at least one notable absence: Intro. Number 1303, which would have greatly expanded the number of permitted food vendor carts and vehicles over the next decade, did not make the list. We teamed with our allies at the BIDs and with other groups with shared interests to advocate against moving forward at this time, and we greatly thank the Council for hearing and acting on our concerns. We have no doubt that this issue will continue to percolate in the next term, and we stand ready to work for policies that reduce impacts of food cart and vehicle vendors on buildings, tenants, brick and mortar food establishments, and other infrastructure.

With the rapidly-approaching end of the term, we would like to thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who will be leaving the Council due to term limits, for her leadership and vision. She and her staff were generous with their time and efforts in listening to BOMA/NY’s concerns and suggestions related to proposed legislation, and we greatly appreciate that. Thanks, also, to the other Councilmembers who have finished their tenures for their service and dedication to New York City.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

As mentioned in the November Newsletter, the U.S. House and Senate released their own versions of the tax reform bills. The U.S. Senate’s version, “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” bill has moved to the Senate floor for debate. The bill released by the House of Representatives passed a vote in the House last month. These steps are an important breakthrough to both bills becoming laws.

Upcoming Conferences

As the end of the year approaches, we would like to remind everyone of upcoming conferences such as the BOMA International 2018 Winter Business Meeting & National Issues Conference,  January 28-31, 2018 in Washington, D.C. and the 2018 Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Real Estate Conference May 9-11, 2018 in Houston, TX. Both conferences are great opportunities to connect with experts and peers and gather new insights on the real estate industry.

Office Standard Methods of Measurement

Office buildings are continuously evolving with new designs and tenant demands. BOMA International has released the newest version of its office standard, BOMA 2017 Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1 – 2017). This office standard has an easy to follow layout with helpful hints, detailed illustrations and important updates that reflect ongoing changes in the industry.

Metropolis Group, Inc.
In Case You Missed It

We had the pleasure of celebrating the holiday season with industry leaders, association members and guests this month at our Holiday Luncheon. The event was a success with surprise entertainment from Durwood Fincher, also known as Mr. Doubletalk. During the event, we had the opportunity to award the 2017 Civic Betterment winner, the recipients of our scholarships (list of winners included in the President’s Message above) and the President’s Awards. We also announced our new BOMA New York Officers and Board of Directors.  


Archetype Consultants, Inc.

Location: One Penn Plaza, 22nd Floor, Suite 2205, New York, NY 10119

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us at the first 10-Week Class of 2018, Environmental Health & Safety Issues with instructor Adrian Hester. This BOMI International course is required for both the RPA and FMA designation programs. Click HERE to register and please email the completed form to


Location: One Penn Plaza, 22nd Floor, Suite 2205, New York, NY 10119

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Join us on January 18 for a special Lunch and Learn about the effective methods of utilizing building's CCTV systems as smoke detection systems by interfacing the CCTV system with the Fire System. Click HERE to register.


Location: One Penn Plaza, 22nd Floor, Suite 2205, New York, NY 10119

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The first Accelerated Review Class of 2018 is coming up with instructor James Durrah discussing Real Estate Investment and Finance. This BOMI International course is required for both the RPA and FMA designation programs. Click HERE to register and please email the completed form to


Location: Chelsea Piers

Time: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Please join BOMA New York at the 2018 Pinnacle Awards as we honor New York City’s top owners and management firms. Don’t miss out on the chance to register for a seat or table today at one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the commercial real estate industry. We are also accepting advertisement submissions for the guide book, and sponsorships for the event. Click HERE to register.


Please join us in welcoming our new BOMA New York members.

If you have a candidate for membership, please contact Ami Shah, our Director of Membership and Special Events at And visit us at for information on the difference a BOMA New York membership makes.

Technology Corner

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