Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ratner honored by New York Board of Rabbis as "mensch of the year." Oh.


From the New York Post, 6/21/13, Ace is honored:
A Yiddish-Spanish word was created when the New York Board of Rabbis honored Panamanian pitcherMariano Rivera at its Humanitarian Awards at Capitale this week. The Yankee was named “el menscho of the year” — a term coined for just the occasion — while developer Bruce Ratner was named “mensch of the year.” The event drew more than 400, including Robinson Cano, Joba Chamberlain, Roy White, Timothy Cardinal Dolanand John Starks. Michael Kay emceed, and special recognition was given to Bruce Mosler and Joseph Coppotelli. James Orphanides and Michael Stolerco-chaired the evening. As part of the honor, Mariano will visit Israel with the board’s Joseph Potasnik.
How exactly does that square with that front-page New York Times profile of Ratner last September, headlined Nets Helped Clear Path for Builder in Brooklyn, which cited "his reputation for promising anything to get a deal, only to renegotiate relentlessly for more favorable terms"? Or the Culture of Cheating?

The press release

The Jewish Voice posted what appeared to be a press release, NY Board of Rabbis Host 2013 Gala Dinner
The New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR) honored New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera and Forest City Ratner Companies Executive Chairman Bruce Ratner during the NYBR Humanitarian Awards Dinner at Capitale on Monday evening June 17. Over 400 people from all segments of society were in attendance to pay homage to the awardees.

...The evening featured an exclusive VIP cocktail reception with Rivera and Ratner and all net proceeds from the event benefitted the NYBR and the Mariano Rivera Foundation.

...Ratner started his New York-based development company in 1985 and has become one of the largest real estate developers in the country. In the past 25 years, he has developed 44 ground-up projects in the New York City area including residential apartment buildings in New York by Gerhy and The New York Times Building. Forest City Ratner Companies’ MetroTech Center, a nine-building corporate campus in Brooklyn, employs 18,000 workers and is often credited with spurring the renaissance of downtown Brooklyn. Most notably, Ratner is the majority owner and developer of Barclay Center Arena, which opened in 2012 and is the home of the Brooklyn Nets, the first professional sports team in Brooklyn since the Dodgers left in 1957.

Ratner currently serves on a number of boards including Weill Cornell Medical College, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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