2018-11-21 / Features

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation Holds Annual Gala

GF55 Partners awardees David Gross,  Leonard Fusco, Shay Alster;   Hope Knight, President & CEO of the GJDC;  event emcee Jill Kaplan;  award presenter  Steve Priest, CFO of Jet Blue Airways;  GJDC board member Elliot Sander;  Peter Kulka, GJDC Board Chairman;  and Justin Burnbach, Director of Government Relations of the Port Authority of NY & NJ who accepted honoree Rick Cotton's award. (Mr. Cotton could not understandably attend because of his commitment to the Port Authority during the evening's hazardous chaotic snowstorm.)PHOTOS WALTER KARLINGGF55 Partners awardees David Gross, Leonard Fusco, Shay Alster; Hope Knight, President & CEO of the GJDC; event emcee Jill Kaplan; award presenter Steve Priest, CFO of Jet Blue Airways; GJDC board member Elliot Sander; Peter Kulka, GJDC Board Chairman; and Justin Burnbach, Director of Government Relations of the Port Authority of NY & NJ who accepted honoree Rick Cotton's award. (Mr. Cotton could not understandably attend because of his commitment to the Port Authority during the evening's hazardous chaotic snowstorm.)PHOTOS WALTER KARLINGThe Greater Jamaica Development Corporation Bird's-eye view of the reception.Bird's-eye view of the reception.(GJDC) held their annual gala on November 15 which was successfully well-attended. The event took place at the Battery Gardens at the edge of New York harbor in Battery Park.

Invoking the theme of "New Heights" this year, GJDC honored two major players helping to The late Vincent Albanese, co-founder of the GJDC, was lauded by GJDC Board member Elliot Sander.The late Vincent Albanese, co-founder of the GJDC, was lauded by GJDC Board member Elliot Sander.transform the landscape and skyline of the greater Jamaica area:  Rick Cotton, the Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and GJDC President & CEO Hope Knight and NY State Assemblyman David Weprin.

GJDC President & CEO Hope Knight and NY State Assemblyman David Weprin. GF55 Partners, a New York firm dedicated to the practice of architecture and the realization of concepts into structures.

In just over a year, Cotton has introduced key investments such as the $32.3 billion 2017-2026 Capital Plan that will greatly impact Queens, including overhauls of LaGuardia and JFK airports.

GJDC also recognized the influence of GF55 Partners in ushering GJDC CEO & President Hope Knight bade farewell to the honorees and guests in her closing remarks.GJDC CEO & President Hope Knight bade farewell to the honorees and guests in her closing remarks.in a new architectural landscape throughout Downtown Jamaica with hallmark residential  and commercial projects such as their design of the Hilton Garden Inn, AltaVista Towers, the Tree of Life, and Norman Towers.

GJDC Senior Project Manager for Real Estate & Economic Development, JIM DIEGO, welcomed guests to the soiree.GJDC Senior Project Manager for Real Estate & Economic Development, JIM DIEGO, welcomed guests to the soiree.The evening was emceed by Jill Kaplan, President of New York & New Jersey for United Airlines and former vice president  and publisher of Crain's New York Business.

 


 




 

 

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