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Oct. 6 congress targets platform for change.

Next week, an ambitious conference will gather real estate moguls, municipal leaders and non-profit representatives for the purpose of drafting recommendations for change in the way city government handles real estate.

Scheduled for Oct. 6 at the New York Sheraton Hotel (52nd Street and Seventh Avenue) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., "The New York Real Estate Congress" is being co-sponsored by the New York Association of Realty Managers and 7he New York Cooperator. Homelessness, taxes and landmarks are among the broad spectrum of topics that the sponsors plan to cover.

Donna Klein, executive director of the New York Association of Realty Managers, said the goal of the conference is to " ... set forth a platform of ideas and suggestions by real estate professionals, in conjunction with city officials, for a better approach to handling real estate in the city of New York.

"We're trying to get all these views out in the open," said Klein. " ... because the private sector is limited in what it can do to change things in terms of legislation, taxes ... "

Billed as a political forum and exhibition, the Congress is largely supported, Klein said, by the roughly 125 vendor-participants in the trade show that will be held concurrently.

Views will be exchanged via eight panel discussions covering: Lead paint, solving homelessness via privatization of city-ownedproperty, co-ops and condos, housing court, revitalizing Lower Manhattan, terrorism and security, real estate tax parity, and landmarks.

"It's a broad enough spectrum for everyone with anything to do with real estate," she said.

Panelists and guest speakers include: Peter Vallone, City Council speaker; Carl Weisbrod, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; State Senator Donald Halperin; the Reverend Al Sharpton; Barbara Yates, Northeast director of Habitat for Humanity; Barbara Wolf, assistant commissioner of the Department of Business Services; John Krush, senior director, project management, Jones Lang Wootton; and Barbara Christen, president of the Lower Downtown Manhattan Association.

Those who have registered for the conference, Klein said, include property managers, developers, building owners, advocates for the homeless, co-op and condo owners, brokers and engineers, facilities managers, corporate real estate executives. asset managers and mortgage brokers.

Based on the response, Klein said she expects the 3:00 p.m. panel on homelessness to spark some of the liveliest discussion and debate.

"There seemed to be a number of organizations that do housing for homeless and seem to be interested in coming to hear what panelists have to say and probably have something of their own to say," she said.

The seminar on lead paint has not attracted as many people as Klein had expected.

The group will wait until after the mayoral election to deliver their position paper.

"We're going to present it to the new administration whoever it may be," she said.
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Title Annotation:real estate industry professionals to meet with municipal officials and non-profit representatives to create recommendations for New York City government regarding real estate issues
Author:Fitzgerald, Therese
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Sep 29, 1993
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