What a change in 3 years. The last time the Jewish community’s real estate industry’s premier convention came together was a year before the Covid outbreak, when new laws severely restricting property developers were all the rage. would mean the end of their industry.
About 3,000 men and women in real estate and property management filled the Staten Island conference hall on Tuesday. Organizers said attendance was more than double his last, showing how the industry has recovered strongly from the pandemic slowdown. The change was evident in every booth at the convention, held at the gorgeous Hilton Garden Inn and featuring everyone involved in real estate, including property management and construction. Booth operators competed for the attention of developers, electricians and roofers. On the sidelines, a mortgage broker networked with contractors, and a representative from an elevator maintenance company and a lighting expert discussed future plans with a flooring expert.
“It’s just exciting to see so many people in line with me,” enthused one attendee.
Parallel to the expo were three breakout sessions punctuated by a sumptuous five-course dinner with 12 speakers. Mayor Eric Adams sent a letter praising his PCON work, which was read by Community Affairs Commissioner Fred Kleisman, and his administration sent a substantial delegation of high-level commissioners and aides. This allowed the real estate community to win the hearts of those regulating the industry. His Joel Eisdorfer, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, was also present and recognized for his dedication to service to the city and community.
Attendees met Eric Ulrich, the building’s commissioner, and housing conservation and
Development Commissioner Adolfo Carrion Jr. asked questions about regulations and violations and had a rare opportunity to get answers on the spot. Representatives from the Department of Social Services were also present. Heads of government agencies reassured those who were concerned that they would work with them and didn’t want to be bound by the rules.
The questioner’s main concern seemed to be New York City’s slow processing of violations. “This was one of the big concerns people were asking,” said one participant. “And it was reassuring to hear Buildings Department officials assure the crowd that they were working to get things done more quickly. I said I want to.”
Another attendee said, “People felt their voices were being heard by people in government. I am grateful that I was able to do it.”
Most of the convention floor was a sea of black and white. Virtually every booth at the expo was staffed by yeshiva alumni, including her Yedidya Leibler, the organizer of the convention. He said the aim of the conference was to maximize the power of unity in the real estate sector, and the participants proved its success.
“There hasn’t been a PCON competition in three years, so I expected only 1,000 or 2,000 people to come,” says Leibler. “But there was a strong line-up of presenters followed by industry leaders. It was great to see nearly 3,000 people there.”
Apart from those, there were workshops on various issues affecting real estate. Daniel H. Roth, partner at the renowned Manhattan-based law firm of Clifton, Budd and DeMaria, spoke on labor law and wages in general. His Jeffrey Saltiel, a partner at her Wenig Saltiel law firm, which focuses on landlord-tenant lawsuits, said the many-attendant session on “Winning L&T Cases,” i.e., Winning Landlord-Tenant Lawsuits The we. Bruce E. Schekowitz, a judge in New York City’s housing court, ruled on the “Landlord’s Law,” the “dos and don’ts” of managing a rental property. .
One of the featured presenters was Lieutenant Richard Taylor, the highest-ranking Orthodox Jew in the New York City Police Department, who has become something of a celebrity over the past year. He outlined several positions on how to keep buildings safe and secure. Mark Hertz, president and CEO of the eponymous real estate firm, then gave advice on how to stay up to date with “New York City’s ever-changing building regulations.”
Yossi Gestetner delivered a ‘Voice of PCON’ describing the organization’s mission.
Following the statement, Rabbi Moshe David Niederman, executive director of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg, briefly spoke about the beauty of seeing how successful yeshiva graduates are in the world of business.
John Catsimatidis was the keynote speaker and delivered a speech focused on the future of New York. Billionaire founder and CEO of the Red Apple Group, a real estate and airline company with holdings in several states, including New York, he is also a prominent political commentator and regularly makes the news weekly. I host a radio program.
Sullivan County Republican State Senator Mike Martucci has revealed some of the behind-the-scenes brawling going on in the Capitol as Democrats try to pass a good cause bill. The law, strongly opposed by groups of landlords, prohibits property owners from evicting tenants without good reason.
The day ended with a panel discussion by Avi Schron, Vice President of Cammeby’s.
Management Company, Stephen Goldschmidt, Jason Wisotsky, Isaac Katz.
Together, the trio has 150 years of wealth management experience.
“It’s amazing how PCON knows exactly who to talk to and what topics to cover,” said one attendee. “The issues discussed today are the ones that concern us all year long. PCON is proof that our industry is alive and well.”
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