The 17th Season of The Stoler Report: NY's Business Report, debut on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017: Emerging Trends in Real Estate

Suburban/urban areas with access to good transportation are providing development opportunities. Wyandanch in Suffolk County, New Rochelle in Westchester - with the support of the communities - are important examples of creative renewal and growth.

Panelists: Michael Maturo, President & COO, RXR Realty; Stephen J. Meringoff, Principal, Himmel + Meringoff, Benjamin Stacks, Market Manager, Capital One Bank, Russell Albanese, Chairman, The Albanese Organization

September 19, 2017: Battling the Opioid Epidemic-Part I

Since 1997, deaths in the United States due to opioid addiction have reached an historic high, increasing by 900%. Drug abusers are often the elderly, occurring when doctors over prescribe the drug, and young people, acquiring drugs from sellers and on the internet. 

Panelists: Elaine Pozycki, Founder, Prevent Opioid Abuse, Co-Chair, Partnership for A Drug, Free New Jersey; Andrew Kolodny, MD, Ex. Dir, Physicians for Responsible Prescribing, Co- Dir., Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, Brandeis University; Steven Witkoff, Chair, CEO, Witkoff; Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for A Drug Free New Jersey; Joseph D. Coronato, Prosecutor, Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Ocean County, NJ.

September 26, 2017: Battling the Opioid Epidemic-Part II

The extraordinary growth of opioid addiction and deaths has its roots in the alarming number of prescriptions doctors write for painkillers - and at increasing dosages. The public, physicians, and pharmaceutical companies must be alerted to the danger of these drugs as new, more powerful drugs appear.

Panelists: Elaine Pozycki, Founder, Prevent Opioid Abuse, Co-Chair, Partnership for A Drug, Free New Jersey; Andrew Kolodny, MD, Ex. Dir, Physicians for Responsible Prescribing, Co- Dir., Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, Brandeis University; Steven Witkoff, Chair, CEO, Witkoff; Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for A Drug Free New Jersey; Joseph D. Coronato, Prosecutor, Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Ocean County, NJ.

October 1, 2017: Alternative Lenders: Increasing competition on commercial real estate financing

Expansion of real estate markets requires additional capital, particularly in transitioning markets like Bushwick and East New York. When banks, often the traditional source of capital, pull back, the alternative lender plays an important role in the development of new areas.

Panelists: Dan Flanigan, Jon Brayshaw, Josh Zegen, Randy Reiff, Jonathan Chassin

October 8, 2017: Doing Business in Metro New York/New Jersey

Manufacturers, financial services, and a banker discuss changes they have experienced and opportunities that have developed in their industries. As the New York/New Jersey region continues to grow, the feeling is "this is the best part of the world to do business."

Panelsits: Alan Ackbarali, Andy Tananbaum, Jonathan Slass, Harry Gaffney

October 15, 2017: The Need for Affordable Housing in the Region

New York is a real leader in promoting affordable housing, yet 87,000 people are applying for 150 units. Developers and bank representative discuss issues faced by developers: zoning, available land, community concerns and by hopeful tenants: means tests, access to cumbersome applications.

Panelist: Laura Bailey, Adam Weinstein, Brenda Rosen, Alexa Sewell

October 22, 2017  Industry Leaders Discuss the Greater East Midtown Rezoning

The areas of interest to the Greater East Midtown Rezoning efforts - 39th Street through 57th Street, Madison Avenue to Third Avenue - represent the vision of a modern commercial location, competitive with other areas of New York, achieved by developing sustainable Class-A office space, by upgrading the area's transit network, and enhancing retail corridors.

Panel: Michael Cohen, Bob Tuttle, Ross Moskowitz

October 29, 2017: What's Happening in Retail in the Region?

Some say that retail is dead! Others argue that consumers still like to explore, to select, to touch-and-feel before they buy. E-Commerce has effected brick-and-mortar establishments, encouraging landlords to be more flexible.

Panelists: Laura B. Greenfield, Sr. Vice President- Commercial Real Estate, People's United Bank; Bruce J. Schanzer, President, Cedar Realty Trust, Michael Mattone, EVP, Mattone Organization

November 5, 2017: The Truth About the Investment Sales Market

Panelists: Will Silverman, Managing Director/Group Head, Investment Sales, Hodges Ward Elliott; Ronald A. Solarz, Executive Managing Director, Principal, Eastern Consolidated; David Schechtman, Sr. Exec. Managing Director, Meridian Capital Group; Shimon Shkury, President, Ariel Property Advisors.

November 12, 2017: Residential Development in Metro Market

Discussing residential development, the banker and developers consider the challenges and opportunities of suburban markets - Westchester, New Rochelle; the effects of still-high land prices; the mixed value of amenities; and banks inclination to work with established developers

. Panelists: Jason Kaufman, VP Commercial RE Development, Silverstein Properties; Joe Pizzutelli, Vice Pres-Comm RE/Team Leader, M&T Bank; Benjamin Levine, Ex. Director, Douglaston Development/Levine Builders, Bryan Kelly, Gotham

November 19, 2017: What's Happening in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park & the Community?

After admitting to being skeptical in 1985, guests today, celebrate the success of revitalization, expansion and redevelopment of downtown Brooklyn - highlighting hotels, extraordinary parks, retail, cultural events, entertainment, and residences confirming Brooklyn's title as the Capital of the World!

Panelist: Josh Muss, Muss Development, Regina Myer, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Paul Travis, Washington Square Partners, David Lombino, Two Trees

November 26, 2017: What's really happening in the condo market?

Supply has caught up with demand in the condo market. Buyers are looking for deals, they're shopping around; to speed decisions, incentives are being offered; deals are being made. Emerging areas: 57th Street corridor, Hudson Yards, difficult to find financing.

Panelist: David Lowenfeld, World Wide Holdings, David Von Spreckelsen, Toll Brothers City Living, Susan Newman, M & T Bank, Dan Cobleigh, Madison Realty Capital

December 3, 2017: Residential Market in New York City

How do you pick where to live? Is access to public transportation important to you? Do you prefer the suburbs-Yonkers, New Rochelle? How about the Bronx - good transportation. Queens? Is it a renters or owners market? Concessions may be available.

Panelist: Peter Von Der Ahe, Marcus & Millichap, Kirk Lyold, Dime Community Bank, Joseph Pistili, Pistilli Realty, First Central Savings Bank, Jeffrey Levine, Douglaston Development/Levine Builders

December 10, 2017: Infrastructure and the Rebuilding of New York City

The New York Building Congress report, "New York City Outlook for Construction" discusses plans for infrastructure construction, commercial and residential. Panel discussed transportation - important to projects coming on line.

Panelists: Jill N. Lerner, Principal, KPF; Carlo Scissura, President, New York Building Congress; Milo Riverso, President & CEO, STV; Gregory A.Kelly, CEO, WSP USA

December 17, 2017: Challenges & Opportunities of Working in a Family Business

What's it like to be employed by your father or your uncle - to work in a family business? Discussing this situation, panelists indicated their early affection for the business, their pride in achieving goals, the closeness of working with family-feeling that the "boss" has your best interest at heart.

Panelists: James Riso, Briarwood Organization, Spencer Levine, RAL Companies, Carolyn Malinsky, Curbcut Urban Partners, Jessica Sherman, Douglaston Development/Levine Builders

December 24, 2017: Challenges & Opportunities of Siblings & Relatives Working in a family business

What are the challenges/opportunities of siblings/relatives working in a family business? The kids seem happy; what about the grownups? "Bosses" discuss compensation of family members, the importance of assuring long-time employees of their value, the involvement of spouses and other family members. Many challenges!

Participants: Vincent Riso, Briarwood Organization, Jeffrey Levine, Douglaston Development/Levine Builders, Aaron Malinsky, Curbcut Urban Partners, Robert Levine, RAL Companies

December 31, 2017: Everyone wants to be at the New Jersey Gold Coast

Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken - and Bayonne - the New Jersey Gold Coast - Hudson River waterfront towns - continue to attract a diverse population, investors and developers, creating jobs, restaurants, retail and improving the quality of schools.

Panelists: Jeffrey Schotz, SJP Properties, Carl Goldberg, Canoe Brook, Philip Gesue, Strategic Capital, Francis Giantomasi, Chiesa,  Shahinian & Giantomasi

January 21, 2018: Long Island, A Place to Live, Work, Shop & Visit

What does it take to keep seniors living on Long Island and to attract newcomers and young people to Long Island? Panelists agree that there are opportunities to do both. Good jobs, quality of life opportunities, housing to replace old, rundown structures, improved transportation promote future growth.

Panelists: Allan V. Rose, Edward Blaskey, Christopher Capece, Joshua Weinkranz

January 28, 2017: The coming of age-The Vineyards of the North Fork

New York's 51st Governor, Hugh Carey and his growing family, fell in love with Shelter Island, spending long summer vacations there. Perhaps this affection inspired Governor Carey to sign, in 1976, the New York Farm Winery Act, thus becoming the inspiration for the great wines of New York.

Panelists: Charles Massoud, Jonathan Lynne, Eric Fry, Christopher Carey

January 7, 2018: The Tax Reform Act & its implications on individuals

Tax experts, discussing who will benefit from the new Tax Reform Act, acknowledging that while it's difficult to generalize, agreed that it will be "really good for corporations." The increased Standard Deduction may help. Other changes discussed: the 529 Plan, estate taxes, and the $10,000 cap on mortgage and state and local taxes..and more.

Panelist: Robert Charron,  Judson Stein

January 14, 2018: Tax Reform Act & its effect on small business & real estate

Continuing to discuss the Tax Reform Act-concentrating in this show-on small business and real estate, tax exports agree that the corporation gets most of the benefits. Guests discuss the new tax section 199A; the 20% tax deduction for QUALIFIED businesses (what businesses are/are not qualified?)..and more.

Guests: Michael J. Greenwald, Lary Wolf

February 4, 2018: The Emerging Role of Ambulatory Care Services in the 21st Century

Health Care today, looking like a "different world" to some practitioners and to many of those served, includes a new vocabulary that needs defining: Ambulatory Care Centers, Family Health Centers, Urgent Care Centers, Virtual Urgent Care, and Electronic Records head the list. Representatives of NYU Langone Health discuss these services.

Panelist: Dr. Andrew Brotman, Dr. Bret Rudy, Andrew Rubin

February 11, 2018: The growth of the commercial market in Long Island City

The commercial market in Long Island City continues to grow, as a new wave of entrepreneurs with interesting, high-end products, artists, computer designers move into industrial space. Headquarters to major corporations, Fortune 500 manufacturers and tourism energize LIC's hotel business.


Paula Kirby Managing Director, Plaxall

Ravi Patel Hotel Developer/Owner, Ravel Hotel/Ravel Management

Joshua Schneps CEO/Partner, Schneps Communications/LIC Flea

Franklin S. Zuckerbrot President, Sholom & Zuckerbrot Realty


February 18, 2018: What's happening in Westchester, Dutchess & Fairfield Counties

White Plains, New Rochelle, Yonkers, Stamford - cities that are "open for business," with the cooperation of local boards and better communication, they are developing mixed-use communities and cultural space, attractive to empty nesters, and inviting to younger, transit-oriented residents.

Guests: Joe Cotter, Seth Pinsky, Mark Walz

February 21, 2018: The Catering & Event Business in the Region

The catering and event businesses are tough! Parties are fun; caterers and planners work to make sure clients and guests are having a good time! Not-for-profits, corporations rely on the caterers skills for special foods, interesting looks, careful service for their special events.

Panelists: Paul Neuman, B. Allan Kurtz, Simon Auerbacher, Anthony Taccetta



February 28, 2018: The Residential Market in the region

Residential markets are doing well all over the region. Jersey City, Westchester, northern Manhattan - are areas of interest to the millennial population, offering good transportation - the key; more affordable prices, and amenities. Co-Op Boards - many more "user friendly."

Guests: Adam Altman, Hal Fetner, James Hedden, Stephen Wald

March 4, 2018: What's Really Happening in the office Market?

Panelists discussed the possibility that the office market is being over built, agreeing that it's a tenants market with more properties to choose from! Amenities are being offered by some landlords. Office sharing a good part of the conversation.

Featured panelists: Scott Galin, Handro Properties/Handler Real Estate Organization; David Falk, Newmark Knight Frank, Brian Steinwurtzel, GFP Real Estate, Michael Giglio, Kaufman Organization

March 7, 2018: Serving the consumer at NYC preeminent sports & entertainment venues

Three of New York's outstanding members of the restaurant industry bring together their skills as celebrity chef, restaurateur, senior management to enhance the New York consumer's enjoyment of sport events and entertainment venues.

Featured panelists: Drew Nieporent, President, Myriad Restaurant Group; Dick Cattani, CEO, Restaurant Associates; David Burke, Chef, Tavern62 by David Burke.

March 11, 2018: Developments Taking Place in Yonkers

With government cooperation and residence support, careful planning and development, Yonkers is booming! Rents are lower, proximity to Manhattan and good transportation attract both empty nesters and the Millennial Generation to this urban-suburban city.

Guests: Wilson Kimball, Avi Abadie, Anthony Vulpi, Timothy Jones

March 14, 2018: Real Estate & Banking Executives Outlook on the market in New Jersey

Bankers, developers and members of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority discuss their combined efforts to help communities grow and prosper. Affordable housing, business development, public and private investment, transportation, good planning are discussed.

Featured guests: Leslie Anderson, Executive Director, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority; Colleen Foy, VP of Commercial Real Estate, M&T Bank; Darryl Godfrey, Business Director, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority; Debra Tantleff, Founding Principal, Tantum Real Estate.

March 18, 2018: Banking Executives Outlook for the New Year

Regulation/Deregulation - one of many topics discussed by banker - panelists; brick-and-mortar vs. internet banking, the importance of customer-centric banking and more.

Guests, David Bagatelle, Sterling National Bank, Kevin Cummings, Investors Bank, Eugene Kennedy, Customers Bank, Robert Maichin, Bank Leumi USA

March 21, 2018: Construction Executives Discuss the State of the Market

New York City is experiencing a construction boom in many sectors: housing, retail, hospitals and health related institutions, schools, office buildings - a $30 billion boom- not seen in many years! Panelists discuss labor representing union/non-union shops and open shops/merit shops.

Featured guests: Ira  Brown,  The Briarwood Organization; Charles Murphy, Turner Construction, Robert Piazza, Rockefeller Group, Robert Van Akin, Gilbane Building Co.

March 25, 2018: Money for Real Estate

The real estate market may have been a bit slower in 2017 - domestic sales, down from last year; less development; more refinancing - the panel of bankers and real estate lenders agreed there's always money for good real estate! Banks continue to be conservative in their deals.

Guests: Brad Dubeck, Paulo Garcia, Ronald Hartmann, Christopher Niederpruem

March 28, 2018: Residential Market: Owner/Developer/Sales Professional & Banker

To some, ownership of a home or business is a much sought-after goal. Representatives of banking, finance and real estate discuss changes in their industry: the return of the buyer, lower rents in some locations, and Manhattan, still a safe-haven for foreign buyers.

Panel: Aaron Jungreis, Christopher McGowan, Jordan Vogel, Jay Heydt

April 1, 2018: The booming residential & industrial market in Queens

Panelists agreed: Queens is on fire!! Good transportation, new ferry services have attracted buyers, renters, night life, restaurants, comedy clubs to the borough. Long Island City, and other newer neighborhoods are "hidden gems."

Panel: Tom Donovan, Vice Chairman, Capital Markets Group, Cushman & Wakefield; George Doerre, Team Leader, Commercial Real Estate, M&T Bank; David Schechtman, Meridian Investment Sales, Matt Lawrence, Criterion Group

April 4, 2018: Advertising, E-marketing, Social Media, Branding in the 21st century

Forty years ago, advertising campaigns were disruptive and demanding of consumer's time. In today's world and with the influence of social media, campaigns reach an audience promoting "care" for the audience they are designed to engage. Father and sons talk about their experiences - then and now - in the advertising business.

Guests, Ron Berger, Cory Berger, Ryan Berger

April 8, 2018: What's happening in NY Lower East Side?

Essex Crossing, on New York's Lower East Side - 9 blocks, 1.9 million square feet of land, dormant since 1960 - is being developed to include affordable housing, affordable senior housing, medical facilities, higher-end luxury housing, hotels, and retail. Panelists discuss the attraction of the area - its authenticity and even its grittiness!

Panel: Charles Bendit, Shai Shamar, Laurant Morali

April 11, 2018: Emerging Trends in the office market

Emerging trends in the office market require a new vocabulary, including Co-Working, Event Space, Smaller Offices - Amenities, the Enterprise Model, Tech-Powered Offices, Day Offices, Meeting Rooms, Short-Term/Long-Term Leases...and more!

Panelists: Morris Levy, CEO & Co- Founder, The Yard; Bill Edwards, Sr. Vice President, Rockefeller Group; James A. Pirot, CRESA NY

April 15, The Current State of Retail

From the luxury, specialty shop, to neighborhood shopping centers, to the suburban mall, to convenience stores and supermarkets - guests discuss the challenges to retailers and related industries of on-line shopping.

Panelists: Christopher Conlon, Executive Vice President & COO, Acadia Realty Trust; Ben Bernstein, Principal & Co- Founder, RedSky Capital; Gene Spiegelman, Vice Chairman, Retail Sales, Cushman & Wakefield.

April 18, 2018: Made in America

"Made in America-my suit, tie, cufflinks," declares Michael Stoler, introducing manufacturers of a variety of products, from spiral staircases, architectural metalworks, to men's wear, to steel and bronze windows and doors - distributed nationally and abroad - all made in America.

Panelists: Candido Perez, Jr. Optimum Window Manufacturing, Joseph Abboud, Tailored Brands, Clare Newman, Ferra Designs, Robert Ferraroni, Ferra Designs

April 22, 2018: East Side/West Side/All around town: The office Market

Discussing how the office market has changed since 9/11, guests agree "everywhere" in New York represents a prime location: the Lower East Side, Chelsea Market, the Meat Packing District-desirable locations. Millenniums seek out an urban environment. Panelists discussed the future of Harlem, Staten Island and Long Island City.

Featured panelists: David Falk, Newmark Knight Frank, Stephen Siegel, CBRE, Bruce Mosler, Cushman & Wakefield

April 25, 2018: The changing face of residential/Retail & Commercial Development in NYC since 9/11

Guests on the 999th "Stoler Report," looking back, discuss their companies' early years and conditions existing then and now, highlighting developments in once marginal areas, changes in retail and commercial development, and the concept of the Assisted Living.

Guests: Jeffrey Levine, Douglaston Development/Levine Builders, Alan Suna, Silvercup Studios/Silvercup Properties, Lester Petracca, Triangle Equities, Joshua Muss, Muss Development

April 29, 2018: How the face of real estate has changed since 9/11

Old friends and colleagues come together to celebrate the 1000th "Stoler Report" program, identifying the needs and dreams that they have seen change over the years. Once desirable: big homes, lawns to mow, suburban life-style; today - live, work, and play in an urban environment - in fashion!

Guests: Allan V. Rose, AVR Realty, Peter Hauspurg, Eastern Consolidated, Peter D’Arcy, M & T Bank, Rick Lyon, Capital One Bank

May 2, 2018: Leading Edge/Tech & Commercial Real Estate

According to Forbes: many millions have been invested in real estate technology; 50 times the investment made 8 years ago. Along with the investment is the products discussed by the panel - Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence - and of big concern - cyber espionage!

Featured panelists: Sandy Jacolow, Silverstein Properties, Michael Rudin,, Rudin Management, Michael Beckerman, CRE Tech/Newsfunnel, Jeffrey Berman, Camber Creek/Berman Enterprises

May 6, 2018: Roosevelt Island/Cornell Tech

Cornell Tech brings together academia, industry and technology in some of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient buildings in the world, offering graduate-level technology programs, developing a hub for cutting-edge science and technology.

Featured panelists: Arianna Sacks Rosenberg, Director, The Hudson Companies, Inc.; Kate Bicknell, Sr. VP, Forest City

May 9, 2018: What’s really happening in the investment sales market?

Guests discussed many aspects of the real estate market: retail, "a tough asset class," hospitality, WeWork, property conversions, amenities, the office market, residential stock and locations: Manhattan, the Boroughs, Jersey City, Newark foresee strong demand, "a better year than last year."

Featured panelists: Timothy King, CPEX Real Estate, James Nelson, Avison Young, Will Silverman, Hodges Ward Elliott, Giacomo Barberi, TH Real Estate

May 13, 2018: The Brooklyn Navy Yard

Opening in 1801, in continuous operation until 1966, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has come back to life as a sustainable urban manufacturing center with some 300+ businesses employing 7,000 people. Guests discuss the growth and vitality of their business along with services from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

Guests: Clare Newman, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp, Rachel Simon, Lights Up, Winston Chiu, Bon Bite

May 16, 2018: Latest innovation in technology for real estate

The MLS service, appraisal functions, mortgage acquisition - steps, among others, fundamental to the real estate operation. Technology developers/co-founders of new companies, with an investor in new technology, discuss their products' contribution to the real estate industry.

Panelists: Jeffrey Berman, Camber Creek/Berman Enterprises, John Meadows, Bowery, Brian Faux, Morty, Sam Bernstein, Loftsmart

May 20, 2018: New Venues Entering the Times Square Region

High on everyone's list of New York "must-sees" - both locals and out-of-towners - is a trip to Times Square. Two new attractions: SPYSCAPE and Ocean Odyssey, unique entertainment experiences, and the warm hospitality and good food of the Brooklyn Diner and Bond 45 make Times Square part of a New York experience.

May 23, 2018: What’s Happening in Brooklyn?

What makes Brooklyn so HIP - so HOT? Guests suggest the energy, a long history dedicated to success, a belief that the borough represents a cultural melting pot, promoting opportunity for business and for a better way of life.


Ofer Cohen, Terra CRG

Asher Abehsera, LIVWRK Holdings

May 27, 2018: The Residential Market in New York City

Discussing residential market dips, panel noted that this market was "seasonal," that spring was coming, and rentals were picking up! Commenting that New York's rental market was continuing to grow, guests named The Bronx, with family-sized apartments and access to transportation, attractive to workforce renters and students.


Ofer Yardeni, Stonehenge NYC

David Kramer, The Hudson Companies

Adam Parkoff, Parkoff Organization

May 30, 2018: What’s Happening North of 96th Street?

Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights - East River Plaza, Columbia University development, Hamilton Heights, new construction on 125th Street and more - a lot of activity - North of 96th Street. Featured panelists:

Shimon Shkury, President/Founder, Ariel Property Advisors;

Jeffrey Simpson, Founder/President, Arch Companies;

David Blumenfeld, Principal, Blumenfeld Development Group.

June 3, 2018: The Important Role of Alternative Lenders for Commercial real estate

The business of real estate, requiring access to capital, turns to banks, insurance companies and to private equity firms. Guests discuss the importance of private debt lenders, emphasizing their requirement of the same rigorous documentation demanded by banks.


Josh Zegen, Madison Realty Capital

Peter Sotoloff, Mack Real Estate

Robin Sorid, G 4 Development

Tony Fineman, Acore Capital

June 6, 2018: The Condo Business in New York City

Noting that markets and builders are different - panelists agreed that the condo market is very much alive and doing well, especially when the quality product is delivered - at the right price - to the right market!


George Doerre, M&T Bank;

Kenneth S. Horn, Alchemy Properties

Joe McMillan, DDG

June 10, 2018: Young Real Estate Leaders Discuss their views on the market

Asked why they were in the business, young real estate professionals talked about their families, the influence of college internships, their love of the energy and competitive spirt of real estate. All acknowledged the importance of patience and good networking.


Joseph Berte, M & T Bank

Victor Sozio, Ariel Property Advisors

Austin Kay, AGK Development Group

Mark Simon, Madison Realty Capital

June 13, 2018: Challenges & Opportunities of working in a family business

Two, three, FOUR generations working in family businesses tell why they joined and what it takes to work so closely with family. Parents, especially, dads, week-end work at an early age, influenced decisions. Advice: check your ego at the door, be patient and listen.

Panelists: Eric Dochter, Excel Realty Services;

Jason Honigfeld, Briad Organization

Greg Kalikow, The Kalikow Group

Lindsay Pistilli Camerata, Pistilli Realty

June 17, 2018: Chef/Owners: A new generation of restaurant leaders

Having opened many restaurants for established chefs, Justin Bazdarich, PJ Calapa and Douglas Kim decide to go out on their own. As new chef/owners, they discuss what made them "do it" and the results of their actions.


Justin Bazdarich, Speedy Romeos

Douglas Kim, JeJu Noodle Bar

P.J. Calapa, Scampi

June 20, 2018: Analyzing the maze of social security, medicare and supplemental insurance

Qs: "I'm 62, should I apply for Social Security?" "I'm 65, a widower, I'd like to remarry, will this affect my Social Security?" Answer to both questions: "It depends!" Navigating SS, its rules and exceptions to rules, or Medicare and Supplemental Insurance programs may require expert help.


Ash Ahulwalia, National Social Security Partners

Richard Allen, American Corporate Benefits

June 24, 2018: Developments in Hoboken

Hoboken, NJ, described as a good place to live, work and play, attractive to empty nesters, students, families, millennials, with great transportation: ferry service, trains, buses, 24/7 Path Train - and (compared to NYC) - at bargain prices.

Guess: Ryan Peene, SB One Bank

Frank Minervini, Minervini Vandermark Architecture

Matthew Testa, Bijou Properties

Harry Ahmed, Pegagus Partners

July 1, 2018: Healthcare Leaders Discuss the state of the market

Healthcare has evolved: new procedures, additional technology, new drugs-of help to some, but not necessarily to all. Guests discuss rising costs, ambulatory care, the pros and cons of telemedicine and urgent care centers, and the effect on healthcare of consumer demands for treatment.


Laura Forese M.D. NY Presbyterian

Andrew Brotman M.D. NYU Langone Health

Andrew Racine, M.D. Montefiore Medical Center

July 8, 2018: Affordable Housing Update

New York has a major problem-insufficient affordable housing. Guest developers, all with experience in government programs and services before entering the private sector, and a banker discuss supportive housing, senior housing, high cost of land, upzoning and more.


Gregg Gerken, TD Bank

Eli Weiss, Joy Construction Corp

Jonathan Beutller, RiseBoro Community Partnership

Aaron Koffman, Hudson Companies

July 15, 2018: The Growth of the Cannabis Industry

In so many varied arenas, the legalization of cannabis has attracted advocates: law enforcement, investors, scientists, social justice, legislators, physicians, health care professionals, job promotion. Guests discuss issues effecting the legalization of medical marijuana.


Alain Banker, VS Tech Ventures, New York Angels

Jeanne Sullivan, The Archview Group

Kelley Croson, Marijuana Policy Project

July 22, 2018: What’s Happening in Ridgewood/Jamaica

Builder/developers and a banker discuss what brings them to invest in Ridgewood and Jamaica. Transit oriented communities, thriving retail, hotels, mixed-use developments, commercial development and affordable housing spark interest in Queens.


Joseph Mattone Sr. Mattone Organization

Meredith Marshall, BRP

Mitch Rutter, Essex Capital Partners

Laura Greenfield, Peoples United Bank

July 29, 2018: Legal Eagles View of the Market

Real estate, in general, is an enduring asset class, guests agree as they discuss taxes (going up) rents (having plateaued in retail); foreign investment; failed restaurants-food halls; neighborhood development; WeWork; real estate technology and more.


Brian Cohen, Goulston & Storr

Richard Fries, Sidley & Austin

Joel Marcus, Marcus & Pollack

Michael Kent, Kent Beatty & Gordon

August 5, 2018: The Industrial Market in New York

Panelists representing real estate investment companies, commercial property management, retail leasing and a banker discuss and evaluate e-commerce, distribution, warehousing, parking - and New York's strong industrial market.


William Butler, Citizens Bank

Brad Cohen, Eastern Consolidated

Alan Dern, The One Stop Property Group

Joseph Farkas, Metropolitan Realty Associates

August 12, 2018: What’s Happening In Long Island?

New construction, particularly in transit-oriented locations, is looking good in Nassau and Suffolk Counties: assisted living and 4-5 story multi-family making for a busy market. Affordable housing, tax rates, local restrictions still challenge developers.


Steven Dubb, Principal, Beechwood Organization;

Jason Lipiec, Long Island Market-President, M&T Bank;

Michael Maturo, President & Managing Partner, RXR Realty.

August 19, 2018: Capital Markets Update

Guests agree that there's lots of money out there for real estate along with many new entrants in the market for lenders to analyze and consider. Q to Panel: How do you determine whom you will lend to, and how worried are you about risk?


Tony Fineman, ACORE Capitl

Brett Kaplan, LoneCore Capital

Christopher LaBianca, UBS Investment Bank

Ronald Levine, Meridian Capital Group

August26, 2018: Investment Sales Update: Summer 2018

Guests discussed the difficulties of coming out of a six month lull in sales, suggesting that buyers and sellers are at a "meeting of the minds," recognizing that while business is robust, underwriting may be tough.


Thomas A. Donovan Vice Chairman - Queens, Cushman & Wakefield

Brian Leary Partner, Co-Founder, CPEX Real Estate Services

Andrew M. Sasson Managing Director-Investment Sales, Eastern Consolidated

David Schechtman Senior Executive Managing Director, Meridian Investment Sales

September 2,2018: Sports Betting

Sports Betting! and it's legal in New Jersey! Guests discuss the history of the effort to bring sports betting to New Jersey.


Nicholas R. Amato
Of Counsel, Casino & Gaming Law Practice Group, Genova Burns

Dennis A. Drazin President; Chairman & CEO, Drazin and Warshaw; Darby Development

William J. Pascrell, III Principal, Princeton Public Affairs Group