The Real Deal New York

Con Edison exec in lead for Spinola’s REBNY spot

Also reportedly on short list: board's senior VP and Mark-Viverito deputy chief of staff
November 11, 2014 11:31AM

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.

Other contenders for the spot include James Whelan, a senior vice president of public affairs at REBNY, and Ramon Martinez, deputy chief of staff to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Crain’s reported.

Banks joined Con Ed in 2002 after serving as chief of staff for the City Council.

Real estate insiders told The Real Deal in June that the new REBNY president will likely be someone skilled in politicking with government officials. Banks fits that bill. [Crain’s]Mark Maurer

  • rick real

    Quite frankly, I would prefer someone more physically fit for the position. This Banks person looks awfully overweight, which may sound “Weight-ist”, but actually speaks to his judgment and ability to moderate.

  • Char4Dew

    And this person knows all about real estate, sure…….
    REBNY was once for the brokerage community now it is a political agenda.
    ALL the brokers are saying that REBNY is nowhere what it once was and a waste of money. I agree with all of this, They were great and they are a waste.
    What is a Con-Edison man going to do for the brokers? Oh! I forgot lobby…oh, Great!!! not.

  • J. Ellen

    I could not agree more REBNY does nothing for the for brokers or sales people. They lobby for the developers and I have to pay $475 a year for what? Why do brokers have to pay more then sales. Nothing makes sense yet my firm requires us to join.