Rubenstein joins advocacy group

NEW YORK: Senator Chuck Schumer has added Howard Rubenstein to his ’Group of Thirty,’ a commission created to address the lack of affordable retail and commercial space in New York City.

NEW YORK: Senator Chuck Schumer has added Howard Rubenstein to his ’Group of Thirty,’ a commission created to address the lack of affordable retail and commercial space in New York City.

NEW YORK: Senator Chuck Schumer has added Howard Rubenstein to his

’Group of Thirty,’ a commission created to address the lack of

affordable retail and commercial space in New York City.



Though Rubenstein’s focus will be on promoting economic development, he

admitted that Schumer - a longtime crony - has asked him to lend a hand

with the group’s PR. He stressed that the group will have nothing to do

with the upcoming Senate battle royale between Hillary Clinton and mayor

Rudy Giuliani.



’This is not political, as far as I’m concerned,’ Rubenstein said. ’The

mayor has people on the committee, and there are Democrats on the

committee.’



Though few agencies with NY offices seem to be sweating their monthly

rent checks, Rubenstein claimed that PR firms and other professional

services businesses are being priced out of the market.



’Rents in midtown have doubled over the last three or four years,’ he

said, noting that prime office space - like his - often costs as much as

dollars 75 per square foot. ’We’re trying to ensure that companies

aren’t forced to leave New York.’



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