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James Whelan
President, Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY)

Prior to his appointment as President in 2019, James Whelan served as Executive Vice President of REBNY, overseeing the organization’s efforts pertaining to advocacy, policy, government relations, communications and brokerage services and paving the way for: the production of more affordable housing, including advocating for the enactment of the Affordable New York Housing Program (formerly known as 421-a); economic development initiatives, such as the Greater East Midtown Rezoning; the Special Garment Center District text amendment and legislation to address critical issues ranging from sustainability and illegal short-term rentals to landmarking.