Joint Statement by Real Estate Board of New York Chairman Rob Speyer and REBNY President Steven Spinola

“This weekend’s tragic murders of two New York City police officers brought a collective sense of grief to our entire City.   As Mayor de Blasio poignantly said on Saturday night, ‘when a police officer is murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society. It is an attack on all of us. It’s an attack on everything we hold dear.’

In this time of mourning, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Officers Ramos and Liu who must grapple with the impact of this senseless act and what it means for their lives moving forward.  We express admiration for the men and women of the New York City Police Department – the finest municipal police department in the world – who risk their lives each day in order to protect ours.  Finally, we offer our support for our Mayor and our other elected leaders as they guide us through these trying times.

In this holiday season, it is more important than ever that we come together as a community to provide comfort to those who have experienced loss and reach consensus on solutions to those issues that have stirred emotions on many sides.”