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Buildings Commissioner Chandler to Step Down

Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler will retire Jan. 31 after 31 years with city government, including 20 with the Department of Buildings. Thomas Fariello, the agency’s First Deputy Commissioner, will serve as acting commissioner until Chandler’s successor is named.

In his four years as commissioner, which coincided with the city’s largest building boom in 50 years, Chandler led a modernization effort at DOB. Among other initiatives, he launched DOB NOW, which will allow New Yorkers to do business with the agency online.

“Commissioner Chandler made a tremendous impact on New York’s building community by overseeing New York’s current building boom, increasing transparency and bringing DOB into the digital age, and making construction sites around the city safer, among many other accomplishments,” said Carlo Scissura, the New York Building Congress’ president and CEO. We wish Commissioner Chandler all the best, and look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.”

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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