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Dear BOMA New York Members, 

We are in the final stretch of 2018 and it’s been an incredible year for the organization. I am proud of what BOMA New York has achieved this year and as a reminder, BOMA New York has already emailed all members their 2019 Membership Dues renewal invoices. If you have not received your copy, please be sure to reach out to Ami Shah at I am also pleased to highlight some important legislative moments from 2018.

In January, we attended BOMA International’s Winter Business Meeting, where two groups of BOMA New York members lobbied Congress on the Americans with Disabilities legislation and to protect Energy Star from budget cuts. In March, we started attending the Codes Management Committee. Various building codes get updated on a 3-year cycle and we have BOMA New York members attending all committee meetings to represent our interests. In May, we had a group conversation with officials from the DOB and REBNY on the future of the Existing Buildings Code, which is planned to roll out in the next year. Following the steam pipe explosion in Manhattan in July, we helped a member work with OEM to gain access to and secure his building prior to a storm and the hosing down of buildings by the City. In December, the EPA heard Intro. Number 1253, a bill on building greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The bill will create an Advisory Board and a new Office of Building Energy Performance to establish metrics, methodologies and other matters related to limiting emissions from buildings. We worked with NYECC and REBNY to develop testimony, which was submitted at the hearing. For more details on this bill, please read the Legislative Matters section of this newsletter.

I would like to thank the BOMA New York staff and members for their unwavering support throughout 2018. I look forward to seeing what we will achieve in the upcoming  year.


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 Mark Landstrom of Tishman Speyer. Let’s read what Mark had to share.

National Grid

BOMA International’s 2019 Fly-In will be held on March 12th at The Darcy Hotel in Washington, D.C. This second annual event is a great opportunity to build relationships with your representatives ahead of the 2020 National Issues Conference and to ensure BOMA issues are a top priority for your lawmakers.To register, please click HERE.

BOMA International has released its final 2021 ICC Building Codes Voting Guide. Please share this with your code officials to ensure BOMA’s positions are adopted. If you have any questions, please contact BOMA International’s Senior Codes Consultant, John Catlett at

The 2019 Office EER and Industrial EER Surveys are coming soon. Please stay tuned for new tools and advertisements to help you promote participation in your markets. If you wish to purchase a subscription to the 2018 Office EER and Industrial EER, please click HERE.

BOMA International will be holding its Winter Business Meeting in Miami, FL January 18 – 21, 2019. Registration and hotel information can be found at HERE.

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 five 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

As the new year is approaching, BOMA New York is pleased to announce our events schedule for 2019. We offer a variety of events each year including our annual special events, lunch and learns, seminars, education courses, committee meetings and more. Additionally, we are excited to be offering new education courses and more than ever before. If you are interested in earning your designations, we encourage you to take advantage of our BOMI Accelerated and 6-Week Courses.

To learn more about BOMA New York’s events, please visit our event calendar HERE or view our printable calendar HERE.


On November 23, the City Council shared a draft of Intro. No. 1253, the newest effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings 80% by 2050, with stakeholders. The proposed bill sets up a new office in the Department of Buildings to manage the GHG emissions reduction efforts and an advisory board to devise the proper metrics, policies, calculation methodologies and emissions reductions targets going out to 2050. It also sets emissions reduction targets for 2022 and 2023, based on emissions per square foot, which is before the working group’s efforts will be concluded, and a “backstop,” or a minimum emissions limit, for 2024 if the advisory board has not established a new metric and a limit that is at least more stringent than those set for 2023. Subsequent to sharing the draft, the Council formally introduced the bill on November 28, and the Environmental Protection Committee heard the proposal on December 4.

BOMA New York, working with the New York Energy Consumers Council (NYECC) and REBNY, developed and submitted testimony on the draft Introduction. Following the hearing, we and our partners met with the lead sponsor of the bill and Chair of the Environmental Protection Committee, Costa Constantinides and his legislative staff person to discuss aspects of the bill, including the fact that NYECC had commissioned a study showing that a bill like Intro. No. 1253 would likely lead to buildings eventually electrifying certain systems, which in turn could lead to increases in customer electricity bills.

As of December 13, 2018, the bill has 33 co-sponsors, more than enough votes to pass the 53-member Council. It also has the support of the Council Speaker and the Mayor. Over the next few months, the City will continue to work with us and other stakeholders to try to address some of our concerns and make the final bill fairer and better. Then, if passed, the advisory board will have some hard work ahead of it trying to work out some issues that have eluded policymakers in the past. We plan to be there all the way representing BOMA New York members and their interests to the maximum degree possible.

In Case You Missed It

On November 15, 2018, BOMA New York hosted its November Lunch and Learn event on the topic of “Understanding and Meaningful Reporting of Energy Consumption and Costs.” Attendees joined presenter Jay Raphaelson, Chair of BOMA New York’s Energy and Sustainability Committee, as he discussed the key elements of tenant utility billing, energy procurement, budgeting, utility management and sustainability concerns. Mr. Raphaelson discussed why energy is one of the most volatile of building expenses but is controllable and explainable.

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On December 7, 2018, BOMA New York members enjoyed an afternoon of networking and dining at Grand Hyatt New York with special entertainment by illusionist Darcy Oake. During the celebration, we presented the 2018 Civic Betterment Award to Women in Need (WIN) NYC and announced our scholarship recipients. Additionally, the 2019 Officers and Board of Directors were installed.

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.

Archetype Consultants, Inc.

February 28, 2019: Annual Pinnacle Awards
Location: Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011
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.


April 4-5, 2019: BOMA Middle Atlantic Regional Conference TOBY Dinner
Location: SECOND, 849 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

BOMA New York will be the host City for this year’s BOMA Middle Atlantic Regional Conference (MAC). On April 4, 2019, guests will gather at the newly renovated SECOND, overlooking Avenue of the Americas for the TOBY Dinner. The dinner will include an open-bar reception, dinner and awards ceremony honoring the Regional TOBY Award Winners. On April 5, 2019, we will be hosting a Board Meeting at our One Penn Plaza office. Additionally, we will be offering discounted room rates at the Moxy Hotel NYC Times Square for this two-day event. If you wish to reserve a room, please call the hotel directly at 212.967.6699 and use the code BOMA MAC 2019.

For more information on the TOBY Dinner registration and sponsorship opportunities click HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Bobbi McGowan at


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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