WSJ - Real Estate Board of New York Names New President

A lobbyist for Consolidated Edison Inc. who has ties to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been picked as the next leader of the Real Estate Board of New York, one of the city’s most influential industry groups.

John H. Banks III, who now serves as Con Edison’s vice president of government and community relations, will succeed Steven Spinola as the association’s president March 2, becoming the 118-year-old organization’s first African-American president.

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