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From City and State's 2020 Power 100: Kasirer and BerlinRosen retain hefty rankings

Real estate industry power players may fluctuate, and there's no principal associated with Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park on the latest City and State New York City Power 100, which stresses public and government officials and is of course subjective.

However, two longtime lobbyists/consultants for the project have pretty high rankings (albeit down slightly from their 2019 rankings of 25 and 26):

At 28 is Suri Kasirer, Founder and President, Kasirer. City & State's blurb:
Suri Kasirer heads New York City’s most sought-after lobbying firm, which took in $12.8 million to represent clients in the city in 2018. The former educator and aide to then-Gov. Mario Cuomo launched her firm in 1997, building it up with experienced experts in real estate, land use and nonprofits. Among the firm’s recent clients are Charter Communications, T-Mobile, Northwell Health and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
At 29 are Valerie Berlin & Jonathan Rosen, Founders and Principals, BerlinRosen. City & State's blurb:
Name a progressive policy issue, and BerlinRosen is likely working for a stakeholder. Longtime public relations allies of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Valerie Berlin and Jonathan Rosen represent labor unions and advocacy organizations, including the Drug Policy Alliance, which is pushing to legalize recreational marijuana. They also have a growing tech practice and high-profile clients in the nonprofit sector.
Somewhat lower on the list are some real estate figures:

  • 38. James Whelan, President, Real Estate Board of New York
  • 40. Stephen Ross, Chairman, Related Companies
  • 67. William Rudin, Co-chairman and CEO, Rudin Management Company
  • 68. Rob Speyer, President and CEO, Tishman Speyer
  • 82. Jed Walentas, CEO, Two Trees Management
City & State notes the drop for real-estate figures due to their inability to block new tenant protections.

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