Where do you stand? Industry experts on both sides of the conversation tackle the question by focusing on their own experiences and projects. They will discuss current developments and persuasively debate their perspective on the future of Long Island Development. Which side are you on? This robust conversation will challenge your ideologies and provide both pros and cons from each perspective of development. Our experts will discuss their insights on what works on Long Island, challenges that developers face, what leads to opposition, funding, environmental sensitivities and how to solve key issues faced. Join the debate…we all win.Schedule:
With nearly twenty years of experience, Eric Alexander is the Director of Vision Long Island, a regional Smart Growth planning organization. Eric is proponent of Smart Growth planning and mixed-use development through advocacy efforts on Federal, State, County levels while working with municipalities to develop and implement smart growth policies, regulations, and projects. Eric’s efforts have resulted in acting as a catalyst for over 115 Smart Growth projects.
Since joining Vision Long Island, Eric has been working to overcome NIMBYism and encourage proactive land use planning decisions through the use of community visioning’s, and other progressive planning techniques. Eric has led visioning processes, or “charrettes”, in over twenty communities. These projects resulted in a community plan and are in varying stages of planning and construction. Eric is also working on regional planning projects surrounding the Nassau HUB, Long Island 2035, Brookhaven 2030 and the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
Paul Pontieri, is a lifelong Patchogue Village resident who has been mayor since 2004. Before that, he served as trustee for 11 years, from 1986 to 1994 and then in 2001 to 2004. A retired school administrator for the South Country School District, he is married to Mary Pontieri and has three grown children.
Anthony Bartone, Managing Partner of Terwilliger & Bartone Properties, began his career in 1993 working as a project manager for a general contracting firm. Subsequently, he created his real estate development and construction management firm, Bartone Properties, in 2002. In 2015 Bartone Properties entered into a strategic partnership with real estate development icon J. Ronald Terwilliger to form Terwilliger & Bartone Properties focusing on multi-family development in the Long Island sub-market.
Anthony is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School where he maintained a position on the Superintendent's List; is a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal along with Expert Marksman Award; studied as a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and holds a bachelor of science degree in business, management, and economics.Additional studies were undertaken at Suffolk County Community College in Leadership and Law, SUNY Empire State College in business and marketing, and he holds a commercial pilot’s license. Anthony sits on the board of directors for Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI) along with Long Island Homebuilders Care, the charitable arm of LIBI, in addition to Vision Long Island.
Joseph A. Deal, PE has worked in all phases of development, from site design and approvals to general contracting and construction management. He brings this well-rounded experience to his role as principal of Bohler Engineering’s New York Metro region, which covers Long Island, the five boroughs of New York City, lower New York State and parts of Connecticut. Joe specializes in navigating the complexities and challenges of permitting and the approval process for New York Metro development projects. In 2014, he and his team opened Bohler’s Manhattan office, which provides land development consulting services with an expertise in overcoming challenges in New York City permitting.
Joshua Weinkranz joined Kimco Realty in 1998 and currently serves as President of the Northern Region. Joshua oversees a portfolio of approximately 150 properties consisting of about 20 million square feet. In this position, Joshua is primarily responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive strategic plan for the region’s portfolio, including asset management, leasing, property management, redevelopment, acquisitions and dispositions. Joshua has over 20 years of shopping center experience. Prior to his current position, he served as the Vice President of Leasing for Kimco’s Northeast Region and as Director of Real Estate for Rosen Associates Management Corporation.
Joshua received a B.S. and a B.A. degree from Boston University, and holds an M.S. in Real Estate from New York University. He is a licensed real estate broker in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Brian Ferruggiari coordinates local community outreach and government relations activities for AVR Realty Company. Brian joined AVR in 2005 after serving 30 years in government, 16 of which as a local elected official. His knowledge of government, along with his willingness and ability to communicate with local stakeholders has proven to be a valuable tool during the planning, approval, and construction phases of development projects.
Brian is an advocate for responsible economic development on Long Island through his membership in the Long Island Association, the Long Island Builders Institute, and Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. Brian is an active Officer of the Long Island Builders Institute, having served as Secretary and is beginning his current term as Treasurer.
Brian holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook. He resides in West Islip with his wife and has two children.
Jim Powers, AIA is the Director of Operations and Business Development for Bohler Engineering and has over 38 years of experience in the real estate development industry. As an architect, Jim’s diversification ranges from heading Chase Manhattan Bank’s architectural department, founding the firms Wall Street Collaborative/Powers Collins Architects, Franchise Consulting Services and JT Powers Development. He has led the business development efforts for professional firms Envision Architects, CSArch and Bohler Engineering. Jim is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Design and Construction Management at New York Institute of Technology.
Jim is involved in many professional organizations including the SMPS, AIA, Corenet, SCUP, ACIT, BOMA, CIBS, LIREG, and ICSC, but his passion has always been his philanthropic endeavors. Residing in Huntington for the past 35 years, Jim is the proud father of four children, James, Jackson, Jarrett and Joanna and granddaughter, Moira.