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REBNY EVP Beck retires.

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has announced the retirement of executive vice president Deborah B. Beck, concluding her 22-year career with the board. Beck has overseen the organization's government affairs, research and policy activities. She also administered the board's various divisions.

REBNY president Steven Spinola said, "Deborah Beck was invaluable in helping to build the modern Real Estate Board and its multi-faceted array of services to the industry and New York City. We are deeply grateful for her many years of distinguished work and wish her fulfillment in the next chapter of her life."

Beck has made significant contributions to the industry's progress on several fronts. She was a leader in the recent national campaign to shape and win passage of the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Act which provides supplemental funding from Washington in cases of foreign-based terrorist attack with the aim of making private sector coverage more affordable and available. She also helped to write new sections of the city's Building Code for fire safety, accessibility for the physically challenged and standards for earthquake resistance. Her participation in these complex areas of construction policy, which involves political and bureaucratic dimensions as well, resulted in laws and regulations regarded as effective, fair and economically feasible to implement.

Her efforts saved the industry considerable sums in inspection penalties when elevator maintenance companies were unable to meet the market's demand for these services, and helped win more sympathetic federal tax treatment of debt restructuring during the mid-90s economic downtum.

Beck also created REBNY's Institutional Owners Division, consisting of banks, insurance companies and pension funds; and the Owner/Labor Coordinating Committee which deals with' the technical aspects of new construction and labor-management issues. In addition, she supervised the restructuring of REBNY's Brokerage Division into a residential as well as a commercial component. This reorganization enabled each of these professional sectors to ensure that their distinctive needs were addressed by board policies. Most recently, she helped establish the Sustainable Urban Development Committee which gives the industry an opportunity to assess the potential impact of new regulations. exchange views on government tax incentives and consider new technologies.

She serves on the Commissioner's Advisory Councils at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the New York City Department of Buildings. She is also co-chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Water Quality. REBNY's annual and quarterly Cooperative, and Condominium and Townhouse Sales Reports were designed and prepared under Beck's direction.

Beck, the first woman to hold a leadership position at the 107-year-old trade association, has received many honors from the industry, including the first "Commercial Real Estate Woman of the Year" award from CREW.
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Title Annotation:Real Estate Board of New York
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:May 21, 2003
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