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    Wallkill Correctional Facility and Steven Spinola

    Agent Courtney Wall was slated to meet a client to finalize a rental deal on the morning of Aug. 29, 2005, when his life changed forever. “There’s been a little bit of a problem,” Wall told the client over the phone when city detectives showed up to arrest him. “I’m going to have to send someone else.”

    Wall, now 34, had a few minutes to gather his things, and then he was off to jail. The charge: jumping bail on earlier felony burglary charges. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in prison. Read the full story from the August 2010 issue after the jump. 

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  • Spinola joins board of Lightstone REIT

    August 04, 2015 12:32PM
    David Lichtenstein and Steven Spinola

    David Lichtenstein and Steven Spinola

    A little more than a month after stepping down as the longest-serving president at the Real Estate Board of New York, Steven Spinola is getting back to work.

    Spinola, who stepped down at the end of June after nearly 30 years heading the influential trade organization, is taking a role as the independent director on the board of governors at a real estate investment trust run by the Lightstone Group, the company told The Real Deal. [more]

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  • The Waldorf Astoria (inset: Steven Spinola and Corey Johnson)

    The Waldorf Astoria (inset: Steven Spinola and Corey Johnson)

    A City Council bill that would make it illegal for hotel owners to convert more than 20 percent of their rooms to condo without going through a special review process is expected to pass on Thursday. [more]

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  • The New York City skyline and Council member Donovan Richards (inset)

    The New York City skyline and Council member Donovan Richards (inset)

    New York City’s lights might shine a bit less bright if a City Council bill to limit nighttime illumination in the city’s large, commercial buildings passes. The Real Estate Board of New York, however, is against the plan. [more]

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  • From left: Steven Spinola, Leonard Litwin and Andrew Cuomo

    From left: Steven Spinola, Leonard Litwin and Andrew Cuomo

    Members of the Real Estate Board of New York and their firms spent $21.7 million on campaign contributions during the most recent state-level elections, accounting for more than a tenth of the total of donations. [more]

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  • 450 West 42nd Street in Hell's Kitchen (inset: Steven Spinola)

    450 West 42nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen (inset: Steven Spinola)

    Real Estate Board of New York president Steven Spinola sounded off on Airbnb and rent regulation laws in a new op-ed piece, supporting a City Council proposal to increase the size of the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement. [more]

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  • From left: Mayor Bill de Blasio and tenant advocates protesting 421a last week

    From left: Mayor Bill de Blasio and tenant advocates protesting 421a last week

    Mayor Bill de Blasio did not take a firm stand on the future of the 421a tax abatement during his testimony in Albany yesterday. [more]

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  • Steven Spinola

    Steven Spinola

    The real estate lobby is descending on Albany today.

    The main issues on the Real Estate Board of New York’s agenda include the renewal of a development subsidy program, reigning in the strengthening of rent control laws and the renewal of an initiative that cleans up contaminated sites, according to Capital New York. [more]

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  • Eileen Spinola leaving REBNY

    February 13, 2015 02:34PM
    Eileen Spinola (Credit: Steve Friedman)

    Eileen Spinola (Credit: Steve Friedman)

    Eileen Spinola, the wife of outgoing Real Estate Board of New York President Steven Spinola and a key behind-the-scenes influencer at the city’s most powerful trade group, is leaving the organization.

    “About a year ago, my husband and I made the difficult decision to retire,” Ms. Spinola said in a statement. “Time stands still for no one and although I am leaving a dream job I will now have the time to pursue dreams deferred.” [more]

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  • From left: Steven Spinola poses with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rob Speyer at the 2015 REBNY gala

    From left: Steven Spinola poses with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rob Speyer at the 2015 REBNY gala (Credit: Gotham for REBNY)

    The Real Estate Board of New York’s balance sheet showed its narrowest operating-profit margin in recent years, as the city’s most powerful lobbying group saw its legal bills spike 171 percent, according to the nonprofit’s most recently available tax filings.

    REBNY posted a gain of $47,593 on its essential business operations such as collecting member dues and putting on the group’s yearly gala in 2013, down from roughly $830,000 the year before, its 2013 tax forms filed with the federal government show. [more]

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  • REBNY blasts unsafe-buildings bill

    January 29, 2015 01:32PM
    From left: Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Steven Spinola

    From left: Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Steven Spinola

    The Real Estate Board of New York has attacked a bill supported by many tenant advocates that would require landlords to put tenant relocation funds into escrow while repairs to unsafe buildings are made.

    REBNY claims the measure would unfairly harm landlords. Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who wrote the bill, will hold a press conference today on the steps of City Hall to renew the push for passage of the legislation. [more]

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  • Clockwise from top left: Mary Ann Tighe, Jessica Lappin, John Banks, Jonathan Mechanic, Amy Rose and Joanne Podell

    Clockwise from top left: Mary Ann Tighe, Jessica Lappin, John Banks, Jonathan Mechanic, Amy Rose and Joanne Podell

    For nearly three decades, Steven Spinola has been working hundreds of rooms in Albany, Washington and New York City on behalf of the real estate industry, and this evening, at the Real Estate Board of New York’s 119th annual banquet, the room was unequivocally his. See full story and slideshow after the jump.

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  • High praise for Spinola’s successor

    January 09, 2015 10:00AM
    From left: John Banks and Steven Spinola

    From left: John Banks and Steven Spinola

    From the January issue: The real estate industry faces some big unknowns as 2015 gets underway. Thorny issues like terrorism risk insurance and 421a tax abatements will come up against a new political landscape in Washington, D.C., and new dynamics in Albany.

    And as this plays out, there will be a new face representing the industry in New York City for the first time in 30 years.[more]

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  • From left: the Albany statehouse, Steven Spinola and Andrew Cuomo

    From left: the Albany statehouse, Steven Spinola and Andrew Cuomo

    As state lawmakers have returned to work and Governor Andrew Cuomo has been inaugurated for his second term, one of the most important issues on the agenda in Albany will be housing related. [more]

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  • 2014-top-stories

    From left: Menachem Stark (credit: Eli Wohl), High Line’s spur section, One World Trade Center and Gary Barnett (credit: STUDIO SCRIVO)

    It was a tumultuous year in the real estate sector in New York in 2014 – in other words, business as usual. The stories that dominated the headlines varied wildly, from a flood of overseas investment to the completion of several long-anticipated developments to the murder of a Brooklyn landlord. [more]

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  • From left: One World Trade Center, Steven Spinola and Carolyn Maloney

    From left: One World Trade Center, Steven Spinola and Carolyn Maloney

    Despite the legislative jockeying taking place on Capitol Hill, the Real Estate Board of New York said it is confident Congress will renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Failure to do so, industry experts warn, could have dire consequences for Manhattan’s most at-risk properties. [more]

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  • City to shoulder more public benefit costs

    November 13, 2014 06:31PM
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    From left: Steven Spinola and Carl Weisbrod

    The city will shoulder a higher share of costs associated with creating public benefits such as schools and parks, in order to encourage more developers to address the affordable housing crisis, chairman of the City Planning Commission Carl Weisbrod said on a panel today. [more]

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  • rebny-new

    From left: John Banks and Steven Spinola

    John Banks, vice president of government relations at Consolidated Edison, is the front-runner to take over as the Real Estate Board of New York president after Steven Spinola exits in late 2015.

    The board of governors for REBNY, which is one of the state’s biggest lobbying groups, has been searching for a candidate since June. That’s when Spinola announced his retirement. [more]

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  • Broker confidence slipping: REBNY

    October 28, 2014 08:30AM
    Steven Spinola

    Steven Spinola

    New York’s real estate brokers seem to be losing faith.

    In a new Real Estate Board of New York survey, the city’s brokers said they are less confident in the housing market than they were three months ago, according to Capital NY. Tight credit and a lack of inventory for middle-income buyers are influencing the brokers’ negative outlook, according to the website.

    The broker confidence index dropped to 8.80 at the end of September from 8.88 in the second quarter. Brokers are still more confident than they were a year ago during the same period, when the score was 8.75. [more]

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  • From left: Steven Spinola, Rob Speyer and Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Steve Friedman)

    From left: Steven Spinola, Rob Speyer and Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Steve Friedman)

    The Real Estate Board of New York’s power and influence over state government is, as a well-known Democratic operative put it, “about as new as hieroglyphics.” Albany politicians often transition into lucrative real estate careers, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is a tuxedo-clad fixture at REBNY’s annual gala. But an investigative story in the New York Times yesterday laid out the extent of the industry’s influence with Cuomo in the most explicit manner yet. The industry’s initial response to the story, however, suggests that it is unlikely to impact how REBNY does business. [more]

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