On April 2, 2009 CHPC held its 50th Annual Luncheon which attracted more than 800 leaders in housing, planning, finance, and government.

With extraordinary opportunities for networking with colleagues, renewing old acquaintances, and establishing new connections, our Luncheon will also present cutting edge ideas presented by our illustrious keynote speaker, Daniel L. Doctoroff. In addition, the Luncheon is an opportunity to recognize the work of those who have helped shape our City and to show the leadership in Washington, Albany and here in NYC that the development and preservation of affordable housing and the promotion of sensible planning and growth will create jobs and improve our economy.

Our 50th Annual Luncheon focused on looking forward, with optimism and realism, while recognizing the achievements of great New Yorkers.

Keynote Speaker and Honoree Daniel L. Doctoroff President, Bloomberg L.P. for his visionary leadership in transforming NYC’s future


Impact Award for Excellence in Housing Hon. Charles Schumer New York Senior United States Senator & Hon. Charles Rangel Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives for the creation and passage of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, the most sweeping housing legislation of the last 60 years


Charles Schumer

Roger Starr Public Service Award Sylvia Deutsch for her lifetime of service to the people of New York

Ibo Balton Community Planner Award Presented by Lucille McEwen, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement Sponsored by Ron Moelis, L & M Development Partners and Robert Ezrapour, Artemis Construction

Special Remarks by Rafael Cestero Commissioner NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Performance by Highbridge Voices


Daniel L. Doctoroff Daniel L. Doctoroff became President of Bloomberg, LP, the leading global provider of  financial data, analytics and news, in January 2008.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mr. Doctoroff was Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York.  Under the leadership of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Mr. Doctoroff led the city’s dramatic economic resurgence after 9/11 with a comprehensive five-borough economic development strategy.  He also led the creation of PlaNYC, the most extensive plan to strengthen an urban environment ever undertaken by an American city.

Prior to joining the Bloomberg administration, Mr. Doctoroff was Managing Partner of Oak Hill Capital Partners, a major private equity investment firm.  While at Oak Hill, Mr. Doctoroff founded NYC2012, the organization dedicated to bringing the Olympic Games to New York. He continued to oversee New York City’s bid as Deputy Mayor, ensuring that the Olympic effort spurred parks, housing, and economic development projects throughout the city.

Prior to joining Oak Hill, Mr. Doctoroff was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. Doctoroff received a B.A. from Harvard College.  He received a J.D. from The Law School at the University of Chicago.  Before attending law school, Mr. Doctoroff was a political pollster.  He lives in New York City with his wife, Alisa, and their three children,  Jacob (21), Ariel (18), and Jenna (16).

Mr. Doctoroff also serves on the Boards of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation and Hudson River Park Trust.

At CHPC’s 2009 Luncheon, Mr. Doctoroff will be the keynote speaker and will be honored for his extraordinary leadership in transforming NYC’s future.

Hon. Charles Schumer Over the past three decades in public service, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has built a reputation as a leader in finding common-sense solutions to national issues and as a tireless fighter for New York.

Senator Schumer represented the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn and Queens for eighteen years, where he established his reputation as a pioneer in the fight against crime and as a consumer advocate.  In 1998, Senator Schumer was elected to the U.S. Senate. Throughout his time in the Senate, he has made improving New York’s economy his top priority, bringing affordable air service to Upstate New York and the Hudson Valley and delivering over $20 billion in aid to New York City following the attacks on September 11, 2001.

After New Yorkers re-elected him in 2004, Senator Schumer was awarded two powerful posts by his colleagues: a seat on the Senate Finance Committee and the Chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

Following the elections of 2006, Majority Leader Harry Reid appointed Senator Schumer to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference, the number three position on the Democratic Leadership team and asked him to chair the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). Senator Schumer also sits on the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development; the Judiciary Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee for Administrative Oversight and the Courts; the Rules Committee; and the Joint Committee on the Library.

Senator Schumer is being honored for his leading role in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, along with Congressman Charles Rangel.

Hon. Charles Rangel Congressman Charles B. Rangel is serving his 19th term as the Representative from the 15th Congressional District, comprising East and Central Harlem, the Upper West Side, and Washington Heights/Inwood. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, Chairman of the Board of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Dean of the New York State Congressional Delegation.

Congressman Rangel is the principal author of the five billion dollar Federal Empowerment Zone demonstration project to revitalize urban neighborhoods throughout America. He is also the author of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, which is responsible for financing ninety percent of the affordable housing built in the U.S. in the last ten years. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which Congressman Rangel also championed, has provided thousands of jobs for underprivileged young people, veterans, and ex-offenders.

Congressman Rangel is also a founding member and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus; he was also chairman of the New York State Council of Black Elected Democrats.

Congressman Rangel is a graduate of New York University and St. John’s University School of Law. He has spent his entire career in public service, first as an Assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and later in the New York State Assembly. He was elected to the 92nd Congress on November 3, 1970, and has been re-elected to each succeeding congress.

Congressman Rangel is being honored for his leading role in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, along with Senator Charles Schumer.

Sylvia Deutsch Sylvia Deutsch will be presented with the Roger Starr Public Service Award for her lifetime of service to the people of New York.  As Chair of the City Planning Commission and of the Board of Standards and Appeals, Ms. Deutsch’s thorough command of the issues, willingness to make difficult decisions, and tireless advocacy for NYC’s neighborhoods, left a legacy on New York’s landscape that continues to shape our City’s future.

A lifelong Brooklyn resident, Ms. Deutsch became active in civic affairs, including fair-housing advocacy and public school improvement, after graduating from Brooklyn College.  Those activities ultimately led to her appointment in 1972 to the City Planning Commission.

In 1981, Ms. Deutsch became chairman of the City’s Board of Standards and Appeals.  In 1987, she was appointed by Mayor Koch to be the new chairman of the City Planning Commission, a position she held until 1989.

Rafael Cestero Rafael Cestero was named Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development by Mayor Bloomberg in February 2009. Mr. Cestero will join the Administration from Enterprise Community Partners, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer overseeing the organization’s national programs related to housing production, income targeting and quality of life measures. He spent the majority of his 19-year career at Enterprise, a national organization that has invested more than $9 billion to build affordable housing throughout the country.

Before rejoining Enterprise, Mr. Cestero played a central role at HPD as Deputy Commissioner managing the Department’s Office of Development from 2004 to 2007. At HPD, Mr. Cestero helped develop the City’s $7.5 billion New Housing Marketplace Plan and employed innovative tools to create affordable housing, including inclusionary zoning. He also helped establish the NYC Acquisition Fund, which makes it easier for developers to create affordable housing by providing them with faster access to equity and predevelopment capital. The fund recently was awarded the Harvard Kennedy School of Government “Innovations in American Government” Award.

Mr. Cestero earned a Master of Urban Planning degree with a specialization in community development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Cornell University.

Ibo Balton Community Planner Award Ibo Balton was an Urban Planner whose career was dedicated to improving the lives of people through the planned rehabilitation and new construction of affordable housing, and through creating local retail and community facilities. Ibo’s work took him to deprived communities in the South Bronx and Brooklyn, but he is best remembered for his groundbreaking work in Harlem where he lived and worked.

This annual award recognizes the work of an exceptional planner who is making a significant contribution towards the restoration of communities, through the development of affordable housing, local businesses and other community improvements that help to improve the lives of people. The award is presented by the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement. The recipient receives $1,000 thanks to an annual gift by Ron Moelis of L & M Development Partners and Robert Ezrapour of Artemis Construction.