Keynote Discussion with Carl Weisbrod



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GARY KESNER (Introduction)

Silvercup Studios

Gary Kesner is Executive Vice President of Silvercup Studios, one of New York’s largest, full-service film, television and commercial production facilities. Silvercup’s affiliate, Silvertrucks, provides location lighting services in the metropolitan area.  Mr. Kesner supervises operations, administrative, legal and financial affairs for the companies.  Silvercup is currently home to such television series as Girls, Elementary, Younger and Madam Secretary and served as the production venue for such classic productions as 30 Rock, The Sopranos and Sex & The City

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NYC Department of City Planning & NYC City Planning Commission

Carl Weisbrod, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, has more than 35 years of experience serving the people of New York. As a member of the de Blasio Administration, Weisbrod is charged with creating land use policies to promote an equitable, resilient, sustainable and economically vibrant city. Weisbrod has been a key player in the development and implementation of Housing New York, the Mayor’s affordable housing initiative, which includes the recent enactment of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA). MIH establishes the most rigorous zoning requirements for affordable housing of any major U.S. city and ZQA is the most important revision of the city’s Zoning Resolution since 1961. Weisbrod oversaw the redevelopment of Times Square under Mayors Koch and Dinkins and Governor Mario Cuomo, was the founding President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation under Mayor Dinkins, the founding President of the Alliance for Downtown New York, and President of Trinity Real Estate, a division of historic Trinity Church. 

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Elizabeth lusskin

LIC Partnership

Elizabeth Lusskin is President of LIC Partnership and Executive Director of the LIC BID.  She joined LIC Partnership after serving as Chief of Staff/VP Strategic Initiatives at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, expanding its incubator and entrepreneurship efforts. Previously, she served as Deputy Commissioner, NYC SBS, General Counsel, Downtown Alliance, and Legislative Counsel, NYS Office of Federal Affairs.