David Greenfield represents Midwood, Borough Park and Bensonhurst in the New York City Council, but this past week found him very far away from the 44th District, half way around the world in Israel, where he was honored at an annual conference bringing together New York and Israeli real estate figures.
In addition to receiving the Israeli Building Center’s 2016 Leadership Award “for promoting economic development between Israel and America,” Greenfield led a panel on affordable housing and delivered a keynote address to the Nadlan in the City Conference’s 2,700 attendees.
Greenfield was selected for the award in part because he serves as Chairman for the Council’s Land Use Committee, making him a top expert on the intricacies of urban real estate and zoning, as well as a crucial alley for Israeli developers.
“New York and Israel are truly blessed to have such an outstanding leader promoting economic development between us,” said Eran Rolls, who founded the Nadlan in the City Conference.
“Billions of dollars come into New York’s real estate and development community from Israel every year,” Greenfield said during his speech. “It’s good for America and Israel that these funds are invested successfully.”
Greenfield’s real estate expertise also led him to meet with Israeli Minister of Finance Moshe Kachlon, who spoke with Greenfield on the topic of affordable housing.
Israel is currently facing a significant real estate crisis, with prices rising 80 percent in just the past eight years, all while reports indicate Israelis are suffering from the most serious poverty in the developed world.
“I was impressed at how seriously Israel is taking its housing crisis and honored to be able to share the lessons from New York with my Israeli counterparts,” Greenfield said.