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Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies

Wilbur F. Breslin


Wilbur F. BreslinWilbur F. Breslin is among the preeminent leaders of the real estate industry on Long Island.

Mr. Breslin founded Breslin Realty in 1953 and over the years built the Garden City, N.Y.-based firm into one of the largest and most successful real estate companies on Long Island. The firm, which now has 50 employees, provides services in construction, development, brokerage, tenant representation and property management. Breslin Realty has developed 29 shopping centers and has managed up to 8 million square feet of commercial space spread across seven states, including Connecticut, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Breslin is responsible for bringing numerous national retail chains to Nassau and Suffolk Counties, including Kmart, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Pathmark, Marshall’s, The Gap, A.C. Moore, Burger King and Toys R Us.

Today, Breslin Realty is working on nine major developments on Long Island, including Brookhaven Walk, an 850,000-square-foot lifestyle center, two new Wal-Mart locations (in addition to the nine completed Wal-Mart stores), an expansion of the Hub Shopping Center in downtown Hempstead and the redevelopment of a Kmart shopping center in Middle Island. Projects totaling an additional 2 million square feet are in the planning and predevelopment stages including an 850,000-square-foot retail development in Stonington, Conn. and 134 condominiums on Route 110 in Amityville.

Mr. Breslin was instrumental in the enactment of the historic Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act in 1993, which protects a unique ecosystem that replenishes the drinking water source for 2.7 million Long Islanders and is home to many rare species. In addition, he has advised numerous elected and appointed officials on all levels of government on matters pertaining to real estate.

Mr. Breslin has had a long association with Hofstra University beginning in 1984 as a member of Hofstra’s Board of Trustees. While on the board, Mr. Breslin served as chair of the University’s Capital Campaign, which raised more than $30 million between 1989 and1992. Wilbur and Dorothy Breslin Hall at Hofstra honors the developer and his wife. Mr. Breslin retired from the board in 2001 and now is a trustee emeritus. He continues to serve as a member of Hofstra University’s President’s Leadership Council and plays an active role in the progress of the University through his support and guidance on significant initiatives.

Mr. Breslin is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Boards, the National Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, the International Council on Shopping Centers, the National Association of Real Estate Counselors and the National Associates of Review Appraisers. He currently is a member of the Advisory Board of First American Title Corp. and is past president and past chair of the board of the Central Nassau Chapter of the Long Island Board of Realtors. He also has been a board member of the National Bank of New York City and the Long Island Philharmonic and is a member of the Association for a Better Long Island.

Mr. Breslin also is a supporter of the Long Island Philharmonic, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and the Nassau County Museum of Art. In 2005, he donated a vacant property in Hempstead, valued at $1 million, to Sacred Heart Academy.