Cronin & Cronin Law Firm, PLLC
Name: Cara Cronin
Company: Cronin & Cronin Law Firm, PLLC
Location: Mineola, N.Y.
Birthplace: Manhasset, N.Y.
Education: Washington & Lee University, B.A./Maurice A. Dean School of Law, J.D.
First job outside of real estate: My first job out of college was assistant to the finance director at the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington, D.C. I helped plan many political fundraisers while also acting as the liaison to the high dollar donors.
First job in real estate or allied field: During Law School I interned in the real estate department of Lazer, Apthekar, Rossella, and Yedid in Melville.
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I practice in the field of tax certiorari, protesting the real property tax assessments for property owners and tax payers across the NYS. I have gained so much experience in my time with the firm and I hope to build on those experiences for the future.
How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? I live in Manhattan so when I need to relax I go for a run along the Westside Hwy.
Favorite book or author: I recently read and loved “New York, The Novel” by Edward Ruth- erfurd. It is historical fiction about the evolution of New York from the 17th century to present day told through the eyes of several immigrant families.
Last song you purchased/downloaded? Bright Eyes’ album, “I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning” One word to describe your work environment: Ambitious
Rules to live by in business: There is always something new to learn.
Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C.
Name: Matthew Lamstein
Title: Co-Managing Partner of the Real Estate Group
Company: Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C.
Location: 225 Old Country Rd., Melville, N.Y.
Birthplace: New York, N.Y.
Education: Colgate University (B.A., 1984); Cornell University (J.D., 1987)
First job outside of real estate: Locker boy/cabana boy at Westbury Beach Club, Atlantic Beach, N.Y.
First job in real estate or allied field: Associate at the law firm Schatz, Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin, Hartford, Conn.
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I co-manage the real estate group at our law firm with Samuel Yedid. I hope to continue what has already been major growth in our real estate group.
How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? I run every day and drink single malt scotch Favorite book or author: Authors Frank Rich and Elie Wiesel
Favorite movie: “When Harry Met Sally” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”
Last song you purchased/downloaded? “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison
One word to describe your work environment: Collegial
Rules to live by in business: Always return messages and if you can’t immediately, let the person know you will call back as soon as you can.
If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go? My dad, who passed away seven years ago, for another drink and meal at the Parkside Restaurant in Corona, N.Y.
What is your dream job? To become a full time professor at a small liberal arts college.
Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP
Name: Patrick McCormick, Esq.
Company: Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP
Location: Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Birthplace: New York, N.Y.
Education: B.A. from Fordham University & J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law First job outside of real estate: District Attorney in the Bronx
First job in real estate or allied field: Associate attorney in a Garden City law firm handling real estate matters.
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I am a partner in a growing law firm on Long Island with plans to continue the growth and expansion of the practice making an impact on the local residential and commercial real estate market.
How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? I’m an avid runner and enjoy exploring new restaurants with my wife and three daughters.
Favorite book or author: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Favorite movie: Tie between “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “The Quiet Man”
Last song you purchased/downloaded? “Invisible” by U2
One word to describe your work environment: Dynamic
Rules to live by in business: Honesty, integrity and responsiveness – in business and life!
If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go? I would take a ride back in time to have dinner with Winston Churchill in the original Cabinet War Rooms underground in London. Referred to as the Churchill War Rooms, the wartime bunker sheltered Churchill and his government as London was being bombed above them during WWII.
President & CEO
Name: Michael Polimeni
Title: President and CEO
Company: Polimeni International
Location: Garden City, N.Y.
Birthplace: Long Island, N.Y.
Education: The real estate industry
First job outside of real estate: Founded a lumber harvesting company in the northeast. I actually worked as a tree trimmer on Long Island around the age of 15.
First job in real estate or allied field: Tenant/building mechanic.
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I have a very specific focus. I lead an executive team whose focus is to recognize and benefit from real estate growth op- portunities here and abroad for the purpose of creating maximum return on investment while contributing to the quality of life enjoyed by the communities where we develop. We believe it’s not sufficient to simply say “it’s a good deal for us” if it’s not a good deal for the surrounding community. I oversee over 1.5 million s/f in the U.S. and an additional 600,000 in Eastern Europe. And I am aggressively seeking out new assets to expand my corporations current envelop. How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? Mountain climbing, camping, “boot camp” participant, I am an avid outdoorsman. I am an experienced rock climber, surfer, spear fish- erman and hunter. I am a die-hard Crossfitter and I like to participate in as many adventure races as possible throughout the year.
Favorite book or author: It’s a tie: Jack London and Robert Frost
Favorite movie: That is a crazy question! You can’t ask me to choose.
Last song you purchased/downloaded? “Hopeless Wanderer” by Mumford & Sons