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Dear BOMA New York Members,

These past few months have been exciting at BOMA NY and we are looking forward to a productive fall season. To get a head start on the new year, BOMA New York has already emailed all members their 2019 Membership Dues renewal invoices. If you have not received yours, please be sure to reach out to Ami Shah at Next year, I urge you to get more involved in BOMA. The more you get involved in BOMA, the more you get out of it. Take the next step: Renew your BOMA membership now! Click HERE to read more about BOMA New York benefits.

This year’s Annual Conference & Leadership Breakfast was held on October 17, 2018. Marc Molinaro, Republican candidate for Governor of New York, addressed issues related to his plans for improving New York City and New York State. He will face off against the sitting Governor, Andrew Cuomo, who won the September 13th Democratic primary. Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation also spoke, presenting the Department’s plans for establishing a commercial waste plan using mapped zones. These discussions allowed BOMA NY members and guests to gain early insight into future government decisions. In addition to the 2018 Officer and Directors, Peter DiCapua, past president of BOMA New York announced the newly elected 2019 Directors.

BOMA New York Officers include:

     President, Ronald S. Zeccardi, The Moinian Group

     Vice-President, Hani J. Salama, PE/LEED AP, Capital Properties

     Treasurer, Matthew J. Duthie, RPA, Newmark Knight Frank

     Secretary, Cynthia M. Boyea, RPA, CPM, CCIM, Paramount Group, Inc.

BOMA New York newly elected Directors include:

     Laura Belt Ponomarev, RPA, FMA, The 58-64 40th Street Corp., Inc.

     Sharon Hart, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

     Nickolas Hayden, LEED GA, JLL

     Kevin Hoey, L & L Holding Company, LLC

     Michelle Landon, Oxford Properties Group

     Alex Trotta, CPA, MS, CBRE, Inc. 

Our Annual Holiday Luncheon will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018. Please join us for an afternoon of dining and entertainment by illusionist Darcy Oake with a special presentation of the Civic Betterment Awards and installation of the officers and new board of directors.

We are looking forward to one of BOMA New York’s signature events of the year, the 2019 Pinnacle Awards, recognizing excellence in the industry and among BOMA NY members. The event will be held on February 28, 2019 at Chelsea Piers and will feature a new category: Engineer of the Year. We look forward to recognizing the amazing achievements of our nominees at this year’s event.  A full list of nominees can be found HERE.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support of BOMA New York and best wishes for the upcoming holiday season.

Ronald S. Zeccardi
President of BOMA New York

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. This month, we sat down with Patrick Dolan of The Durst Organization. Let’s read what Patrick had to share.

National Grid

Hurricane Florence left considerable devastation in its wake, particularly in the Carolinas where historic flooding will necessitate a long-term recovery effort. The BOMA community has consistently gone above and beyond in meeting the needs of affected communities in the wake of natural disasters—volunteering its time, available space and resources. If you believe you may have access to an appropriate facility for the American Red Cross's needs, contact BOMA International Manager of Government Affairs & PAC Meg Novak at

BOMA International Chair Brian Cappelli, BOMA Fellow, RPA and President Henry Chamberlain attended The Real Estate Roundtable’s fall meeting in Washington, D.C. Senior real estate executives, industry leaders and a bipartisan group of key lawmakers and policymakers gathered to discuss issues that affect U.S. real estate. Read a full recap on The Real Estate Roundtable website.

A decade ago, the idea of a building being hacked may have seemed like science fiction. Today, as technology has allowed commercial properties to operate more smoothly and efficiently, it also has left them vulnerable to cyberattacks—attacks that can cause physical damage. Learn more about how to protect your building from a cyberattack in the latest issue of BOMA Magazine.

BOMA International’s Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the positions of vice chair and secretary/treasurer, as well as seven members, including one associate member, of the Executive Committee to the Board of Governors. Contact BOMA International Director of Executive Services Luci Vallejo at for more information. The application deadline is December 21.

BOMA New York’s Mentorship Program was created to assist members who are new to the commercial property management industry, mainly Emerging Leaders, to benefit from a mentoring relationship. To apply as a mentee, you must be a BOMA New York Emerging Leader, who is 35 years or under and/or has 5 years or less experience in commercial property management. For more information and the mentee application, click HERE. Mentors may either be a current or recently retired employee of a BOMA New York member company. For more information or how to apply to become a mentor click HERE.

All applications and resumes must be sent to Ami Shah at


Commercial Rent Control Bill Hearing:

On Tuesday, October 22nd, the New York City Council’s Committee on Small Business heard Introduction Number 737-A, a bill that attempts to provide protections against large rent increases for commercial tenants when they renew leases. The following will tell you about the bill, our position on it, some takeaways from the hearing and our next steps.

As stated, the intention of 737-A is to protect commercial tenants from large rent increases that can displace businesses. Although the true intention is to protect “mom and pop shops” and other unique or iconic small businesses, as it is currently written, it would apply to every leased space in the City. In short, the proposed bill would entitle current tenants to a lease renewal offer of up to ten years. If the owner and tenant cannot agree to terms, the negotiation would go to outside mediation. If mediation fails, an arbitrator is brought in who can impose binding lease conditions. There are other important aspects of the proposal, but this is what is at its core.

In Case You Missed It

BOMA New York hosted its 2018 Annual Membership Event for all members and member firm employees on September 12, 2018 at 230 Fifth Avenue Rooftop. The event included cocktails and socializing with the industry’s most distinguished individuals. The late summer evening also included spectacular views of the City skyline. Event raffle sponsors included Captivate LLC, Collins Building Services Inc., Donnelly Mechanical Corporation, Environmental Building Solutions LLC, KM Associates of NY, NYC Cooling Tower Inspections & Services LLC and Pritchard Industries Inc.

Click HERE to view photos from the event.


PoE Lighting: The Future of Lighting

On September 20, 2018, BOMA New York members attended the September Lunch and Learn at 650 Fifth Avenue to discuss PoE (Power Over Ethernet) lighting. PoE lighting is quickly moving forward in the Commercial Real Estate industry and there’s a substantial amount of interest in the future of lighting. PoE Lighting is a relatively new technology that is poised to completely change the way lighting systems are designed and deployed in commercial, institutional and residential real estate applications. Topics at the event included what PoE lighting is, how PoE lighting compares against standard lighting, the benefits of PoE lighting and the its cost. The event featured speakers Dario Gristina, Chairman & CEO of CPL Group USA Inc. and Mitchell Bloomberg, Principal of International Lights, Inc.

Click HERE to view photos from the event.


The Disaster Experience: A Mock Disaster Simulation

On September 27, 2018 BOMA New York hosted its September Seminar at Club 101. Every day, commercial property owners and management teams face unexpected disasters. However, creating a plan to address these emergencies remains a low priority for many companies. BOMA New York’s September Seminar aimed to convince them of the importance of emergency preparedness for their properties with this important discussion. The event included an interactive seminar where attendees were thrown into a real-life disaster situation. This experience required participants to make critical decisions and improve their crisis communication and decision-making skills. 

Click HERE to view photos from the event.


Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater New York (BOMA NY), its members and guests filled Club 101 on October 17, 2018 for its Annual Conference & Leadership Breakfast in Manhattan.  Ronald S. Zeccardi, current president of BOMA NY and Director of Property Management at The Moinian Group welcomed the morning crowd and introduced Peter DiCapua, past president to announce the 2019 elected officers. Soon after the formalities, Mr. Zeccardi introduced Marc Molinaro, the 2018 Republican nominee for Governor of New York.


Making Sure VFDs Continue to Save You Money

On October 18, 2018, BOMA New York hosted its monthly Lunch and Learn at One Penn Plaza on how to save money with Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs). Speaker Bob Pusateri, Director of Business Development of Electronic Drives and Controls, Inc. spoke about methods that building owners can use to reduce energy costs and the benefits of using VFDs. Additional topics included the expense of VFDs and elements to become aware of such as the proper cleaning and tightening techniques.

Click HERE to view photos from the event.

Archetype Consultants, Inc.

Location: One Penn Plaza, Suite 2205, New York, NY 10119
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Topic: Understanding and Meaningful Reporting of Energy Consumption and Costs

Energy is always in the top three expense categories of a property budget. It can be one of the most volatile of building expenses but is controllable and explainable. Regardless of your position, energy usage and costs impact every level of property management. Join BOMA New York as presenter Jay Raphaelson, Chair of BOMA New York’s Energy and Sustainability Committee, discusses key elements of tenant utility billing, energy procurement, budgeting, utility management and sustainability concerns. Registration deadline is November 13, 2018. Click HERE to register.


Location: Grand Hyatt New York, 109 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017
Date: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Join BOMA New York for an afternoon of dining and entertainment by illusionist Darcy Oake with a special presentation of the Civic Betterment Awards and installation of the 2019 Officers and Directors. Individual tickets are $330 and sponsorships are available from $10,000 to $1,500. Click HERE to learn more.


Location: Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Pinnacle Awards are the commercial real estate industry’s premier event recognizing those who achieve the BOMA New York vision of excellence, furthering its mission and symbolizing its commitment to tenants, clients and the City at large. To view the full list of nominees and learn more about advertising and sponsorship opportunities, click HERE.


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.

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