New York's real estate community is handicapping the race to replace Amanda Burden, the dynamic City Planning Commissioner, who will step down when Mayor Michael Bloomberg's term ends.
"This is a really important function of city government," RPA President Robert Yaro told Crain's New York. "And it's more important than it's ever been because Amanda Burden has raised the bar. Before, it was standard practice not to initiate a zoning change unless a developer was willing to pay for it. Now the appointment is a very big deal."