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REBNY: Accolades to Two Industry Giants

By Allison Halliday | May 25, 2011

Burton Resnick and Leonard Litwin are extremely well-known within the New York real estate industry, and especially at The Real Estate Board of New York. Resnick became a member of the Board of Governors in 1979, and went on to serve as Chairman of the Board from 1989 to 1991, and 2001 to 2003. Litwin became a member of REBNY in 1980 and has been Secretary since 1991. He was elected to the Board of Governors in 1985.

Ann Tighe, Steven Spinola, Leonard Litwin, Burt Resnick and Scott Stringer, Photo by Steve Friedman

Now REBNY has recognised their achievements by holding a ceremony to dedicate two rooms in their midtown offices in Lexington Avenue, in celebration of these gentlemen's illustrious careers. REBNY has a dedicated a conference room to Burton Resnick and a classroom to Leonard Litwin, and Steven Spinola, President of REBNY said it was "a small attempt at a thank you." He went on to thank all those who contributed donations, and added "their kindness is a true testament to how influential these men have been for real estate."


The Leonard Litwin classroom is a state-of-the-art teaching facility that has a central theme of Central Park, which certainly impressed Litwin. He commented that he "was surprised and thrilled to see the beautiful scenery on either side of the room." The Burton P. Resnick conference room is newly renovated and displays awards and photos. Resnick pronounced himself "just thrilled to be associated for a long time with my silent partner," referring to Litwin.

The dedication ceremony was attended by more than 100 people including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, and the Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn. The occasion was also attended by many influential names in real estate including the chair of REBNY, Mary Ann Tighe. Scott Stringer said  the two men were "outstanding New Yorkers," and that "they have so much more to contribute to the city.

Allison Halliday is a Realty Biz News contributing writer. She handles International Real Estate and is a seasoned blogger.
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