Ones to Watch

By: Claude Solnik on July 18, 2008

Joseph F. Buzzell
Rivkin Radler

Buzzell works in this Uniondale-based firm’s real estate, zoning and land-use practice group. He helps individual landowners, residential and commercial developers, and national corporations navigate their way through rezonings, variances, site plans, subdivisions, special permits and other land-use matters across Long Island. He is a former assistant town attorney with the Town of Babylon, where he also served as counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals and as counsel to and a member of the Master Plan Commission.

David Kaplan
General Counsel and
Vice President
Blumenfeld Development Group

Kaplan joined this Syosset-based developer with his current title in 1998, overseeing legal matters with a specialization in real estate transactions, including acquisitions, leasing and financing. He helped negotiate office leases with British Airways and Visiting Nurse Service of New York, retail leases with Best Buy and Home Deport, acquisitions with the New York City Economic Development Corp. and permanent and construction loan financings with the New York State Common Retirement Fund, Bank of America and numerous life insurance companies.

Jennifer Lynch
Sales and Marketing
T. Weiss Realty Corp.

Lynch, formerly public relations coordinator for First Sterling Financial in Manhasset, is the newest employee at this Melville-based real estate developer. In addition to her duties in leasing, Lynch is in charge of the firm’s marketing and public relations for the firm, its office properties and affiliates such as office operator Totus Business Centers, and Conference and Meeting Centers of Long Island.

Michael A. Maffettone
Real Estate Sales Associate
Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate

Maffetone works in the firm’s Medford office, where he’s handled transactions such as the $3.8 million sale of a 4.14 acre parcel of land in Commack and a $800,000 sale of a Deer Park property. He made a reputation even before joining Prudential CRES, earned consecutive “Multimillion Dollar Producer” awards in 2005 and 2006 and Realtor Magazine’s honor as one of the “Top 30 under 30” in 2005.

Thomas J. McCarthy
Thomas J. McCarthy
Real Estate

McCarthy has become a key figure for North Fork real estate through his Southold-based firm that handles residential and commercial real estate. He was responsible for the development and construction of the corporate headquarters for the Bridgehampton National Bank in Bridgehampton along with several of its branch offices.

Michael Polimeni
Vice President of Acquisitions and Development

Polimeni, son of founder Vincent Polimeni, has been making a name for himself lately. He started with the firm six years ago in facilities management, overseeing Class A office buildings, and then became leasing director, negotiating numerous new leases. In his current role, he leads the firm’s efforts to grow in residential, office and retail in the United States, South and Central America.

Sandi Raciti
Licensed Associate Broker
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s
International Realty

Raciti is a broker based in DGSIR’s commercial division in Manhasset. She played a significant role in the recent sale of five parcels in Long Island City, Queens, to an international holding corporation. The lots have been assembled for the future construction of a hotel. Raciti’s territory also includes Manhattan, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.

Michael Zere
Executive Vice President
Zere Real Estate Services

A 20-year veteran in the commercial real estate industry, Zere has closed on hundreds of office and industrial deals in the leasing and sales arena in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. In the first two quarters of 2008, he leased over 191,000 square feet of commercial space. Zere has handled deals for national and international companies based in Asia, Europe and South America.