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executive director’s letter roperty taxes, rent regulations, bedbugs, water rates, new violations, lost tax credits, and mortgage defaults. There are certainly no shortage of issues facing the real estate industry this spring as I take over as executive director of Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York. Unfortunately, I cannot promise to solve all these problems. But I can promise to help you deal with them by making sure you are informed and prepared. To that end, ABO is redesigning our web page this month, and we will be relying more heavily on electronic communications. Twitter and Facebook are not just social media; they are tools we will add to our business arsenal. You have already begun receiving regular ABO E-News updates if we have your email address. Be sure to send us an address if you haven’t. Beginning this month, we plan to use Developments to explore a few subjects in more depth. In this issue, we have an article on the Waterfront 2020 plan for those of you who missed the terrific lunch program we had with representatives of the City Planning Department and Economic Development Corporation. There is a map showing where the city will be adding parks and esplanades over the next decade, along with industrial, commercial, and residential development. What do you think will happen to property values once a new waterfront park opens on the corner? We also have an interview with ABO member Ray Saleeby of Remco Maintenance & Restoration. Instead of talking about his business, we asked Ray to talk about what his customers want to know: “Which products require the least maintenance, and what should they avoid?” ABO members are a wealth of information in their different fields, and if we P are not sharing that information we are leaving money on the table. Education is also a key aim of our plan to revitalize the Registered in Apartment Management certification program. RAM is the premier apartment management certification nationwide. I often get asked if I know anyone who can handle a key management position. Thanks to the RAM program, the answer will be yes. ABO has taken over ownership of the RAM program from the National Association of Home Builders because we believe it needs attention from people who understand multifamily housing. DAN MARGULI ES Speaking of NAHB, ABO members should remember that our membership includes membership in both NAHB and the New York State Home Builders me Association. These are terrific national fic and state resources for information, rmation, Beginning lobbying, and networking opporpporthis month we plan to tunities, and we will be workorkuse Develop ments ing to make sure you benefit fit to explore a few subject from all of your membership s in more depth privileges. . In this iss I also want to urge everyue, we have an article on t one to mark their calendars he Waterfront for Buildings/NY 2012, 2020 plan f May 2 and 3. or those of yo u who miss This is more than just a ed the terrific lun trade show. This is the largch program we had est conglomeration of real w ith repres entatives o estate professionals, semif the Cit y Plann nars, conferences, goods, and ing Depart ment services in the Northeast each h and Econom ic Developm year. ABO created the show, and nd ent we are proud that it has become a me Corporatio n. resource for the entire industry. y. I look forward to working with every member of ABO in the year ahead, and please call if you have any issues, ideas, or es, questions you would like to discuss. Regards, Dan Margulies Spring 2011 | 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABO Developments - Spring 2011

ABO Developments - Spring 2011
A Letter from the Executive Director
In Memoriam: Nick LaPorte Remembered
Vision 2020: Redeveloping NYC's Waterfront
Built to Last
ABO Industry News Update
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers Dot Com

ABO Developments - Spring 2011