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

TRD New York /
Nov.November 11, 2014 11:31 AM

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

Related Articles

John Banks

High expectations: A look at John Banks’ 4 years at REBNY

John Banks

John Banks to step down as REBNY president

REBNY Awards

Newmark Knight Frank wins REBNY retail award for Alamo Drafthouse deal in FiDi

Senator Brian Kavanagh and REBNY president Jim Whelan (inset) (Credit: Getty Images and Facebook)

Legislature eyes changes to “just cause eviction” bill

From left: REBNY president Jim Whelan, the Downtown Alliance chairman Ric Clark, and the NYC Hospitality Alliance president Melba Wilson (Credit: Facebook, iStock, Melba's Restaurant)

Business groups seize chance to amend commercial waste bill

Hector Figueroa (Credit: Getty Images)

REBNY honors late union president Hector Figueroa with humanitarian award

The lights of The Hard Rock Cafes marquee are out during Midtown’s Saturday blackout (Credit: Getty Images)

Broadway shows, restaurants see major losses from Midtown’s Saturday blackout

The blackout impacted a 42-block stretch of Manhattan between the Hudson River and Fifth Avenue (Credit: Getty Images)

Con Ed still searching for answers in Manhattan blackout