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Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies

Creating Revenue Through Sustainable Economic Growth

May 19, 2011

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The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®, in partnership with New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, hosted the third Local Government Leadership Institute on May 19, 2011. The Institute’s goal is to inform and challenge local government leaders through constructive engagement on regional issues. Attendees to the Institute consisted of elected and appointed local government officials from Nassau and Suffolk counties, along with representatives from civic associations and the business community. The day began with an address from New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy delivered the luncheon keynote address.

In the morning panel “Government Leaders, Civic Associations, and Developers Partnering for Grow”, the panelists discussed how collaboration on specific projects can help bring a project to fruition. The panel was moderated by Andrew A. SanFilippo, Executive Deputy Comptroller, Office of State and Local Government Accountability, New York State Office of the State Comptroller and the panelists included:

  • Honorable Kate Murray, Supervisor, Town of Hempstead
  • Maria Rigopoulos, Managing Director, Northeast Division, Mill Creek Residential Trust, LLC
  • Rosalie Norton, President, West Hempstead Civic Association
  • Honorable Mark Lesko, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven
  • Michael Kelly, President, Kelly Development Group
  • George Schramm, President, Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Association

Luncheon Keynote Address
Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy

The afternoon panel “Identifying Resources: Learning How to Access Grant Funds for Your Municipality” identified various grant funds which are available to local governments. Panelists discussed their approaches to accessing these funds. The panelists included:

  • Maria Stamoulis, Training and Development Specialist, Division of Local Government and School Accountability, New York State Office of the State Comptroller
  • Honorable Jonathan Kaiman, Supervisor, Town of North Hempstead
  • Honorable Paul Pontieri, Mayor, Village of Patchogue
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