Building Knowledge Radio Show
“Building Knowledge with The Building and Realty Institute” made its debut on Friday, June 2, on WVOX 1460 AM radio. The show which highlight members of the association and their respective contributions to the building, realty and construction industry- will run on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Jeff Hanley, Associate Executive Director of the BRI, is serving as the host of the program.
“We are very excited about the show and the opportunities it offers our members, as well as our organization,” said Albert Annunziata, Executive Director of the BRI. “We are grateful to WVOX for giving us this great opportunity.”
Annunziata added that many members of the BI-BRI have made significant contributions to the building, realty & construction industry, as well as to the overall business community of the Westchester and Mid-Hudson Region. He said those achievements will be cited on the program.
“And from time-to-time, the show will also feature representatives of the overall business sector of our area,” Annunziata said.
Friday, April 12, 2019– “The Renewal of the State’s Rent Laws on June 15, 2019!” Guest: Albert Annunziata, Executive Director, Apartment Owners Advisory Council (AOAC)/The Building and Realty Institute (BRI).
Friday, April 05, 2019– “Reminders for Employers On N.Y. State’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training!” Guest: Matthew Persanis, Esq., Labor Counsel, Building and Realty Institute (BRI) & A Principal of Elefante and Persanis, LLP
Friday, March 29, 2019– “Preparing for and Responding to Property Damage – What Needs To Be Known!” Guests: Jennifer DeLillo and Stephen DeLillo, Principals, Belfor Property Restoration, North White Plains, N.Y.
Friday, March 22, 2019– “If You Think Your Business Doesn’t Need A Social Media Presence, You Better Think Again!” Guest: Michael Dardano, Principal, Buzz Potential
Friday, March 15, 2019– “Floor Coatings – What Your Residential, Commercial or Industrial Facility Should Be Aware Of!” Guests: George Williams Jr. and Carey Hollander, A.G. Williams of Pelham (A BRI Member Firm)
Friday, March 8, 2019– “What to do in the Processes of Property Tax Challenges!” Guests: Kevin Staudt, Esq., McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP
Friday, March 1, 2019– “Insurance Policies for Claim Exposures that Properties Face in the Upcoming Spring and Summer Seasons!” Guest: Jason Schiciano, Co-President, Levitt-Fuirst Associates, Ltd. (Insurance Managers for The Building and Realty Institute)
Friday, February 22, 2019– “Windows & Doors – What Property Managers & Owners Need to Know!” Guest: Michael Rosenberg, Principal, and David Rosenberg, Associate, M&R Windows of New York
Friday, February 15, 2019– “The Region’s Construction & Remodeling Activity Thus Far in 2019!” Guest: Daniel Dawkins, Principal, Dawkins Development Group
Friday, February 08, 2019– “A Profile of Plan It Wild – How Landscape Architecture Can Enhance Residential and Commercial Property Through Smart, Sustainable Environmental Design!” Guest: Amanda Bayley, Principal, Plan It Wild
Friday, February 01, 2019– “Con Edison’s Gas Moratorium – What It Means to Westchester and Its Real Estate Market!” Guest: John Jordan, Principal, Hudson Valley Editorial Services
Friday, January 25, 2019– “A Look at How Property Managers & Owners Can Deal with Water, Fire and/or Smoke Damage!” Guest: Bob Sorensen, Sales and Marketing Manager, ServiceMaster Superior Cleaning and Restoration Services, Inc. of Port Chester
Friday, January 18, 2019– “A Look at the Retail, Industrial and Investment Sales Sectors of Our Region’s Commercial Realty Market!” Guests: John Barrett, Managing Director, Investment Sales Division, RM Friedland and Marco Lala, Senior Vice President, Investment Sales Division, RM Friedland
Friday, January 11, 2019– “What Building Owners & Managers Need to Know About Security & Fire Protection Systems, Services & Consulting!” Guest: Thad McKeown, Director of Sales, Integrated Protection Services of Stamford, Conn. (A BRI Member)
Friday, January 04, 2019– “An Update on How Aerial Drone Services Can Help Members of the Building, Realty and Construction Industry!” Guests: Erik Wilhelmsson and David Russo, Principals, Aviated Precision, Irvington, N.Y.
Friday, December 28, 2018– “A Look Ahead at 2019 for the Building, Realty, Construction and General Business Sectors!” Guest: John Jordan, Principal, Hudson Valley Editorial Services
Friday, December 21, 2018– “Westchester County’s New Co-op Admissions Law – What All Co-op Boards and Their Property Managers Need to Know!” Guests: Albert Annunziata, Executive Director, The Cooperative and Condominium Advisory Council (CCAC) / The Building and Realty Institute (BRI) and Carl Finger, Esq., Finger and Finger, A Professional Corporation (Finger and Finger is Chief Counsel to The CCAC/BRI)
Friday, December 14, 2018– “Wilder Balter’s New Project at 14 LeCount Place in New Rochelle – An Illustration of Providing Affordable Housing!” Guest: Jim Wendling, Development Manager, Wilder Balter Partners, Inc., Chappaqua
Friday, December 07, 2018– “The Insurance Ramifications to Employers Regarding New York State’s New Sexual Harassment Prevention Law!” Guest: Jason Schiciano, Co-President, Levitt-Fuirst Associates, Ltd., Insurance Manager for the BRI and Its Component Associations
Friday, November 30, 2018– “A Profile of Fowler Laundry Solutions– How it Serves the Building & Realty Industry” Guest: Michael Dragone, Sales Consultant and Customer Relations Representative, Fowler Laundry Solutions
Friday, November 23, 2018– “What All Employers Need To Know About New York State’s Sexual Harassment Policy Adoption and Training” Guest: Matthew Persanis, Esq., Labor Counsel, BRI and a Principal at Elefante and Persanis, LLP of Eastchester
Friday, November 16, 2018– “A Look at the Compromise Between The Building and Realty Institute (BRI) and The Westchester County Board of Legislators On Westchester County’s Proposed Co-op Admissions Legislation” Guests: Albert Annunziata, Executive Director, Building & Realty Institute of Westchester and Mid-Hudson Region, and Carl Finger, Esq., Associate Counsel to the BRI, and Member of The Law Firm of Finger and Finger, A Professional Corporation, Chief Counsel To The BRI
Friday, November 9, 2018– “The Important Roles and Responsibilities of The Westchester County Planning Board!” Guest: Richard Hyman, Chairman, Westchester County Planning Board
Friday, November 2, 2018– “A Look at the BRI’s New Labor Contract with Local 32-BJ & its Ramifications to Hundreds of Multi-Family Buildings In Westchester!” Guest: Matthew Persanis, Esq., BRI Labor Counsel, and a Principal at Elefante and Persanis, LLP of Eastchester
Friday, October 26, 2018– “Kenmore Direct – What It Offers to the Building, Realty and Construction Industry!” Guest: BRI Member Jeanne Tomlinson, District Sales Manager, the Northeast Empire Districts of Kenmore Direct and Kathy Simon, Account Executive, Kenmore Direct
Friday, October 19, 2018– “What to Look for in the Upcoming Heating Season!” Guest: David Singer, Principal, BRI Member Robison Oil
Friday, October 5, 2018– “A Look at BRI Member Levien and Company, its Project Management and Owners’ Representation Services for Design and Construction” Guests: Kenneth D. Levien, Founder of Levien & Company and Amy E. Cohn, Project Manager, Levien & Company
Friday, September 28, 2018– “A Profile of Trion Real Estate Management – A Review of Its Many Services to the Building and Realty Industry & Its Views on Current Conditions!” Guest: Giovanni Puerta, Account Executive, Trion Real Estate Management/Accredited Residential Manager (ARM, from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)).
Friday, September 21, 2018– “The Importance of the Proper Photography Processes for your Business!” Guest: Barbara Hansen, Principal, Hansen Photographic Services, New Rochelle, NY
Friday, September 14, 2018– “A Review of the Efforts of BRI Member Wilder Balter Partners in the Recently Opened Chappaqua Crossing Apartments!” Guest: Jim Wendling, Development Manager, Wilder Balter Partners
Friday, September 7, 2018– “A Profile of BRI Member T Square Properties & A Look At Our Region’s Commercial Realty Markets!” Guests: Robert Seitz., Jr., Associate, T Square Properties, Inc.; Trevor Tunnel, President, T Square Properties, Inc.
Friday, August 31, 2018– “An Update On Our Region’s Remodeling Markets!” Guest: Francine Camardella, Principal, FC Cornerstone
Friday, August 24, 2018– “How Aviated Precision of Irvington and Its Aerial Drone Services Serves the Building, Realty and Construction Industry!” Guest: Erik Wilhelmsson and David Russo, Principals of Aviated Precision of Irvington
Friday, August 17, 2018– “A Look at Current Flooring Trends for Residential and Commercial Buildings and Complexes!” Guest: Beth Boyle, Senior Account Manager, New York and Connecticut, Shaw Contract
Friday, August 10, 2018– “How Building Owners, Managers, Residents and Commercial Facilities Can Prepare for Storms During the Current Hurricane Season!” Guest: Stuart Betheil, Principal Fleetwest Management
Friday, August 3, 2018– “A Look at Information Technology Issues for Businesses/IT Professionals and A Profile of BRI Member PL Kinsey, Inc.” Guest: Pat Kinsey, President and Chief Executive Officer PL Kinsey Inc., of White Plains
Friday, July 27, 2018– “A Review of Key Architectural Topics for Members of the Building, Realty and Construction Industry!” Guest: Peter Gaito, Jr., AIA, Principal, Peter F. Gaito and Associates of White Plains Architects, Engineers and Planners
Friday, July 20, 2018– “A Look at Certa Pro Painters and What They Offer the Building and Realty Industry and the General Public!” Guests: Certa Pro Painters’ Peter Buttenweiser, Managing Partner and Patrick Hartnett, Commercial Business Development
Friday, July 13, 2018– “A Profile of Montano Wood Care Corporation– What Is Currently Happening in the Wood Care/Restoration Sectors?” Guest: Willy Montano, Director of Operations, Montano Wood Care Corporation.
Friday, July 6, 2018– “A Look at Realty Conditions in Our Region – Putnam and Dutchess Counties Compared to Northern and Central Westchester County!” Guest: Angela J. Briante, Principal, Briante Realty Group, LLC. Plus, A Look at Briante Realty Group’s Efforts On Behalf of Veterans of the Military
Friday, June 29, 2018– “A Review of Interior Design Processes for Your Building, Project or Complex!” Guest: Jonathan Baron, Principal, Baron Design, Inc. Baron Design Inc. is one of the most sought-after design teams by Cooperative & Condominium Boards and Developers throughout the New York Metropolitan Area.
Friday, June 22, 2018– “How Your Business Can and Should Continue to Market Itself During the Summer Months!” Guest: Michael Dardano, Principal, Buzz Potential of Tuckahoe
Friday, June 15, 2018– “A Preview of the Upcoming June 18th Deliberation Session of the Westchester County Rent Guidelines Board – What the Process Means to the Local Realty Industry, the Public and the County!” Guest: Jerry Houlihan, Chair, Apartment Owners Advisory Council (AOAC) of the BRI
Friday, June 8, 2018– “A Review of Key Insurance Issues for Building, Realty and Construction Industry Members!” Guest: Jason Schiciano, Co-President, Levitt Fuirst Associates, Ltd.
Friday, June 1, 2018– “A Preview of the Upcoming Public Hearings and Deliberations of the Westchester County Rent Guidelines Board- What the Process Means to the Local Realty Industry, the Public and the County!” Guests: Jerry Houlihan, Chair, & Alana Ciuffetelli, Vice Chair, The Apartment Owners Advisory Council (AOAC) of the BRI
Friday, May 25, 2018– “How Tradesmen International Can Help Your Needs for Construction Labor!” Guest: Michael Basalyga, Territory Manager for the Greater New York City Area of Tradesmen International
Friday, May 18, 2018– “The Definitive Value and Importance of Signs and Graphics!” Guest: Brian Cullen, President Gotham Signs and Graphics.
Friday, May 11, 2018– “A State of the Market Overview of the Retail, Office, Multifamily and Warehouse Sectors!” Guest: Garry Klein, Regional Manager, Commercial Division & Associate Real Estate Broker, The Houlihan Lawrence Commercial Real Estate Group, Rye Brook
Friday, May 4, 2018– “The Importance of Green Products to Your Building or Complex!” our Guest: Lisa Cordasco, President of New Crystal Restoration
Friday, April 27, 2018– “A Discussion on Key Development & Planning Issues!” Guest: Nat Parish, Parish and Weiner, Inc.
Planning, Development and Traffic Consultants
Friday, April 20, 2018– “A Guide for the Elevator Services of Your Building or Complex!” Guests: Robert Schaeffer, President & CEO and Judy Uliano, Sales and Marketing Director, D&D Elevator Maintenance, Inc.
Friday, April 13, 2018– “How to Deal with Mold Issues in Your Building or Complex!” Guest: Robert Sorensen, Sales and Marketing Manager, Service Master Superior Cleaning and Restoration Services, Inc.
Friday, April 6, 2018– “Profiling The Lasser Law Group and the Many Roles It Offers to The Building, Realty & Construction Industry!” Guest: Stephen M. Lasser, Managing Partner Lasser Law Group
Friday, March 30, 2018– “An Insurance Checklist for Your Property for the Spring and Summer Months!” Guest: Jason Schiciano, Co-President, Levitt-Fuirst Associates, Ltd.
Friday, March 23, 2018– “Profiling Castle Driveways and How It Serves the Building, Realty and Construction Industry, and Our Region” Guest: Bill Jacobsen, Jr., Principal, Castle Driveways
Friday, March 16, 2018– “A Review of Solar-Powered Car Ports for Commercial Entities” Guest: Doug Hertz, Principal of BRI Member Company Sunrise Solar Solutions
Friday, March 9, 2018– “The Importance of Proper Web Site Design & On-Line Marketing for Your Business!” Guest: Andrea Wagner, President of BRI Member Company Wagner Web Designs
Friday, March 2, 2018– “How Academy Marble and Granite Serves the Building, Realty and Construction Industries!” Guest: Gary Holmgren, Academy Marble and Granite of Rye and Bethel, CT
Friday, February 23, 2018– “A Look at the Retail Component of 587 Main Street, the First Phase of RXR’s Master Redevelopment Plan for New Rochelle!” Guest: Beth White, Vice President, RM Friedland (Exclusive Retail Leasing Agent for 587 Main Street)
Friday, February 16, 2018– “The Many, Many Negatives of Westchester County’s Proposed Co-op Admissions Legislation!” Guests: Daniel Finger, Esq. and Diana Virrill, BRI Board Members
Friday, February 9, 2018– “Dealing with Water Fire and/or Smoke Damage” Guest: Robert Sorenson, Sales and Marketing Manager, ServiceMaster Superior Cleaning and Restoration Services, Inc., of Port Chester
Friday, February 2, 2018– “An Update on our Region’s Remodeling Markets!” Guest: Francine Camardella, President & Owner of BRI Member Company FC Cornerstone of New Rochelle
Friday, January 26, 2018– “A Profile of Ferrara Management Group (FMG), the Winner of ‘The Accredited Management Organization of the Year Award’” Guest: Robert Ferrara, Principal, FMG
Friday, January 19, 2018– “A Review of the Diversified and Important Roles of the Engineer in the Building, Realty and Construction Industry!”
Guest: Rich Williams, Principal Engineer (PE) of BRI Member Insite Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture, P.C.
Friday, January 12, 2018– “A Profile of BRI Member Robison Oil and How It Has Helped Our Area Deal with the Record Cold this Winter!” Guest: David Singer, Principal, Robison Oil
Friday, December 29, 2017– “A Review of The Dramatic Increases In Fraudulent On-Line Activities Involving Real Estate Transactions” Guest: Tom Linehan, Director, Bank United
Friday, December 22, 2017– “How to Deal with Troublesome Employees!” Guest: Matt Persanis, Esq., Labor Counsel to the Building and Realty Institute (BRI) & A Principal of Elefante and Persanis, LLP, Eastchester
Friday, December 15, 2017– “A Profile of the Many Services of Dawkins Development Group, Inc.” Guest: Daniel Dawkins, Principal, Dawkins Development Group, Inc.
Friday, December 8, 2017– “What You Need to Know About Social Security Disability Scenarios!” Guest: Dorothy Finger, Esq., Principal, Finger and Finger, A Professional Corporation (Chief Counsel to The BRI)
Friday, December 1, 2017– “Being Prepared For Severe Weather – Insurance Items You Definitely Need To Review!” Guest: Jason Schiciano, Co-President, Levitt-Fuirst Associates, Ltd., Insurance Manager For The Building and Realty Institute (BRI)
Friday, November 17, 2017– “The Diversity of Gramatan Management and What It Offers to The Building and Realty Sector!” Guest: Bram Fierstein, President and Co-Founder Gramatan Management
Friday, November 10, 2017– “What Sprague Operating Resources Can Do for Your Energy Needs!” Guest: Jeff Foster, Sprague Operating Resources LLC
Friday, November 3, 2017– “A Look at Our Area’s Residential Remodeling Market!” Guest: Hilary Messer, Principal, Sunrise Building and Remodeling, Inc.
Friday, October 27, 2017– “A Profile of BRI Member Omega Industries and The Current Trends in Elevator/Escalator Scenarios!” Guest: Dan Hrivnak, Vice President, Omega Industries
Friday, October 20, 2017– “A Profile of BRI Member Tompkins Excavating – How It Serves Many Sectors of the Building, Realty and Construction Industry!” Guest: Stacey Tompkins, Principal, Tompkins Excavating
Friday, October 13, 2017– “A Profile of The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) – Its Efforts in Developing Affordable Housing and Revitalizing Communities!” Guest: Doug Olcott, Senior Vice President/Regional Director, Hudson Valley Office, The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC)
Friday, October 6, 2017– “What You Need To Know About Preparing For Disasters – Part II!” Guest: Stuart Betheil, Principal, Fleetwest Management Corporation
Friday, September 29, 2017– “Current Trends in Flooring, Kitchen Design and Repair,” John Posimato, Principal, Flooring and Kitchen Design
Friday, September 22, 2017– “Increased Enforcement Processes Involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Effects on all Employers,” Guest: Matthew Persanis, Esq., Principal, Elefante and Persanis, LLP, & Chief Labor Counsel, BRI
Friday, September 15, 2017– “A Look at Our Region’s Construction Market – What Is Currently Happening?” Guest: Lee Lasberg, President, Lasberg Construction Associates, Inc. and member of the Board of Trustees of the BRI.
Friday, September 8, 2017– “A Profile of Power Performance Industries (PPI): How PPI Can Help Your Power Needs During a Crisis!” Guests: John Santacroce and Pete Happ.
Friday, September 1, 2017– “The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) – What Businesses and Managers Need to Know!” Guest: Rick Cisneros, Principal, Above 80, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in EOS®, helping businesses and entities grow, prosper and thrive.
Friday, August 25, 2017– “The Many Threats of the Internet to Your Business – and You!” Guest: Andrea Wagner, President, Wagner Web Design
Friday, August 18, 2017– “A Review of Key Insurance Issues Affecting the Building, Realty and Construction Industry!” Guest: Jason Schiciano, Co-President, Levitt-Fuirst Associates, Ltd., Insurance Manager for The Building and Realty Institute (BRI)
Friday, August 11, 2017– “The Important Roles of Architects in Construction and Renovation Projects!” Guest: Peter F. Gaito, Jr., Peter F. Gaito & Associates
Friday, August 4, 2017– “Spotlight on The NHP Foundation – Its Work in Sustaining and Creating Affordable Multi-Family Housing.” Guest: Frank Cerbini, Vice President, Acquisitions, The NHP Foundation
Friday, July 28, 2017– “The Role of the Managing Agent in Helping to Maintain Orderly Operations in Co-ops and Condos!” Guest: David Amster, Chair, The Advisory Council of Managing Agents (ACMA) of The Building and Realty Institute (BRI)
Friday, July 21, 2017– “The Importance of Consistent and Effective Marketing for Businesses of All Types.” Guest: Michael J. Dardano of BuzzPotential
Friday, July 14, 2017– “An A-to-Z Look at Our Region’s Real Estate Markets!” Guest: Jeremiah “Jerry” Houihan, a senior Director with Houlihan Parnes Realtors, LLC of White Plains
Friday, July 7, 2017– “The Importance of Disaster Preparedness For Residential and Commercial Buildings and Complexes.” Guest: Stuart Betheil, Principal, Fleet West Management Corporation.
Friday, June 30, 2017– “An Overview of Recent Building and Realty Institute (BRI) Activities & A Look At Some Of The Key Trends of The Local Building, Realty and Construction Industry.” Guest: Carmelo Milio, President, BRI and Principal of Trion Real Estate Management.
Friday, June 23, 2017– Reviewing The Benefits of Solar Processes. Guest: Rand Manasse, Chief Operating Officer, Sunrise Solar Solutions, LLC.
Friday, June 16, 2017– A Look at the CCAC of the BRI. Guest Diana Virrill, CCAC Chair
Friday, June 9, 2017– Lisa Cordasco, Principal, New Crystal Restoration, Disaster Clean-Up Efforts and Green Technologies For Buildings and Complexes.
Friday, June 2, 2017– Jerre Coleman, Project Manager, and Victoria Bruno, Business Development Manager, Kings Capital Construction, A Review of Kings’ Local Infrastructure Projects