Fordham/BCW Session to Explore Opportunity Zones

Real Estate In-Depth | March 13, 2019

The “Behind the Headlines—What Opportunity Zones Really Mean for Westchester Real Estate” will be held on April 5 at 800 Westchester Ave. in Rye Brook.

RYE BROOK—The Fordham Real Estate Institute and The Business Council of Westchester are co-sponsoring an event on Friday, April 5 entitled “Behind the Headlines—What Opportunity Zones Really Mean for Westchester Real Estate.”

The breakfast panel will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at 800 Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook.

“Opportunity Zones are being talked about everywhere, but no one has provided a full picture of what they are and how they will affect the county’s real estate. We have assembled influential thought leaders in the region to share their first-hand experience on this important topic,” said Dr. Anthony R. Davidson, dean, Fordham University School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

The Behind the Headlines program will feature keynote speakers James Nelson, principal, head of Tri-State Investment Sales, Avison Young; and Louis Tuchman, partner; member, Executive Committee; chair, Tax Department; Herrick Feinstein LLP. Their remarks will be followed by two panel discussions:

Panel One: “The Wizards of ‘OZ’”

Timothy Oberweger, Esq., vice president, Stewart Title (moderator)

Andrew Donchez, Vice President-Development, Mill Creek Residential

Sarah Jones-Maturo, President and CEO, RM Friedland

Brandon Lacoff, CEO, Belpointe REIT

Abe Schilssenfeld, CPA, EA, Co-Partner-in Charge of Real Estate Group, Marks Paneth

Panel Two: “Shaping the Future of Westchester Cities and Towns”

Jonathan Drapkin, President & CEO, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress (moderator)

Luiz Aragon, Commissioner of Development, New Rochelle

Marilyn Crawford, Interim Director of the IDA, Mount Vernon

Carl Fulgenzi, Town Supervisor, Mount Pleasant

Christopher Gomez, Commissioner of Planning, White Plains

Wilson Kimball, Commission of Planning and Development, Yonkers

Eric Zamft, AICP, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Port Chester

In between the panels, Pravina Raghavan, executive vice president, Small Business & Technology Development at Empire State Development, will give a special presentation discussing New York State’s perspectives on Opportunity Zones.

The morning will conclude with questions from the audience.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Fordham University and bring together the region’s brightest minds to discuss this critical topic,” said Marsha Gordon, president and CEO, BCW. “Opportunity Zones are poised to significantly influence the future of the county’s real estate. This event will offer insight you can’t find anywhere else into Westchester’s Opportunity Zones and how they will impact the area’s future.”

This is the third event that the REI and the BCW have partnered on in the last three years, each focusing on the hottest topics shaping the real estate industry. This year’s gathering will address the biggest trend to impact commercial real estate in years.

Registration is $50. To register, visit: