• DENNIS MEHIEL

    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012
    DENNIS MEHIEL
    • DENNIS MEHIEL
    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012

    Mr. Mehiel is the Principal Shareholder and Chairman of U. S. Corrugated, Inc., formerly the Nation's largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging until a recent transaction in which a substantial portion of USC was acquired by Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation. U. S. Corrugated divested 14 converting facilities and a recycled containerboard mill; it continues to operate 7 manufacturing plants located in the Midwest and Southern United States.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Managing Member of Four M Capital, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee developing the New York Metropolitan region in behalf of the Brand. The company owns and operates 14 BWW Sit Down Restaurants with additional sites under development.
    Mr. Mehiel is the former Chairman, CEO and Principal Shareholder of Box USA, which he founded in 1966. The Company was built primarily through the acquisition of financially troubled competitors, many in Chapter 11. When sold to International Paper in 2004, Box USA was also then the Nation's largest independent producer of corrugated shipping containers operating 22 corrugated packaging facilities and two containerboard mills, all located within the continental United States. Mr. Mehiel is also the former Chairman, CEO, and Principal Shareholder of Sweetheart Cup Company, which was North America's largest producer of disposable table top products for the away-from-home dining market. The company was acquired by its principal competitor, Solo Cup Company in 2004. Sweetheart was rescued from insolvency when acquired by Mr. Mehiel in 1998.
    Mr. Mehiel is an Investor in and an Independent Director of Sober Steering Sensors, a development stage Company commercializing a passive interdiction technology which prevents the operation of a motor vehicle when alcohol is present. He is also an Investor in and an Independent Director of Mineral Separation Technologies, Inc., a development stage company commercializing a revolutionary new environmentally benign process for the preparation of coal for market. He is a former Member of the Board of The Milano School for Management and Urban Policy at the New School, a Member of Business Executives for National Security and a former Trustee of the Westchester Medical Center. During 2011 he served as Vice-Chair and a Director of the Empire State Development Corporation, an instrumentality of the New York State Government focused on Economic Development and Job Creation. From 1989 until 1993 he was a Trustee of the Windward School in White Plains, one of the region's premier providers of education for learning disabled children. He also served for ten years as a Trustee of the Purnell School in Pottersville, N.J., an independent high school for girls who have not succeeded in a traditional competitive academic setting. Mr. Mehiel was the first person not of the Jewish faith ever elected to the Board of Governors of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work where he served from 1989 until 1996.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Founder and Financial Supporter of the All The Way Foundation. ATW sponsors an educational support pilot program in the Northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights where he was born and spent his childhood. The Program admitted seven consecutive classes of First Graders commencing in 1996. To date, ninety five percent of its students are graduating High School and gaining admittance to college.
    Mr. Mehiel is a member of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City. He is a former member of the Archdiocesan Council, the Lay Leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas, and continues as a member of its Leadership 100 Group and Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He is an Archon of The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the world's oldest Lay Religious Organization and a recipient of the Medal of St. Paul, the Highest Honor a lay person may receive from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

    • SHARI C. HYMAN

    • President & COO
    • Appointed January 28, 2014
    SHARI C. HYMAN
    • SHARI C. HYMAN
    • President & COO
    • Appointed January 28, 2014

    Shari C. Hyman was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the Battery Park City Authority in February 2014. Immediately prior to her appointment as President, Ms. Hyman served as Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Business Integrity Commission under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2011 to 2014. Between 2006 and 2011, Ms. Hyman served in multifaceted positions in the Bloomberg Administration including Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Operations, Senior Counsel and Director of Business Acceleration where she focused on streamlining City operations to help small businesses, including the design and implementation of the New Business Acceleration Team (NBAT), a multi-agency program enabling new restaurant and retail owners to open their doors more quickly through a consolidated and coordinated inspection process. Ms. Hyman also served as First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator in New York City's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator as well as Director of the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement (OSE), a multi-agency taskforce dedicated to handling quality of life issues city-wide where she garnered international attention for anti-counterfeiting efforts on Canal Street in operation “counterfeit triangle.” Ms. Hyman began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Robert M. Morgenthau where she served for over a decade. Ms. Hyman holds a JD from Northwestern University and a BA from Columbia University.

    • DONALD CAPOCCIA

    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011
    DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011

    Donald Capoccia is the managing principal and founder of BFC Partners, a real estate development company that has been involved in the planning, development and construction of some 4500 units of housing in New York City with a combined value of $3.5B. His projects also include approximately 250,000SF of neighborhood retail and community facility uses. Mr. Capoccia began his development and construction activities in New York City in 1982, just prior to the completion of a Masters Degree Program in Urban Planning at Hunter College, and after completing a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Buffalo in 1979. Mr. Capoccia and BFC have focused predominately on the production of affordable housing, investing in a concentrated geographic strategy that has helped spur the resurgence of key New York City neighborhoods; the East Village, East Harlem, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn. Mr. Capoccia has pioneered the production, and promoted the importance of affordable home ownership opportunities to these neighborhoods. In addition to his work as an active NYC builder, Mr. Capoccia has had substantial involvement with the arts, architecture and urban planning issues as they impact New York City, New York State, and Washington, DC. Mr. Capoccia is also involved in numerous industry related organizations. He is co-founder and Vice President of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, a trade organization representing the interest of for-profit builders of Affordable Housing across NYS. Mr. Capoccia currently serves as a Director of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Rent Stabilization Board, and the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York. He also serves on the Board of Directors of amfAR (American Foundation of Aids Research), The National Building Museum and La Mama Experimental Theatre, Inc, a NYC based, world renowned, cultural organization that produces and presents original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Mr. Capoccia has been a committed and long standing supporter of a number of non-profit, national and NYC based organizations which focus on issues ranging from affordable housing production policy, to HIV-AIDS research, to the arts and its impact on New York City.

    • LESTER PETRACCA

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013
    LESTER PETRACCA
    • LESTER PETRACCA
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013

    As President of Triangle Equities, Lester Petracca has transformed a family owned business, which began in 1916 as a specialized construction firm, into a thriving, successful, full-service real estate company. Triangle Equities opened its doors in 1992, specializing in public/private partnerships developing real estate throughout New York. These successful projects include the recent development of Triangle Junction, a 300,000 square foot Target anchored center in the heart of Brooklyn, contributing to the revitalization of the Flatbush Avenue retail corridor. Additionally, Triangle had previously worked with the City and local community groups to bring both Triangle Plaza and Triangle Center to the Queens neighborhood of College Point, creating retail and entertainment projects that were also catalysts for revitalization.These are just a few of Triangle Equities' projects which illustrate the success of working hand in hand with public entities and community groups. Triangle continues to create, own, manage and operate quality developments throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Petracca prides himself in working closely with the communities in which he invests and develops. He actively contributes to: Queens Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Flatbush Development Corporation, College Point Board of Trade, YMCA, American Cancer Society, MS Society, Queens Child Guidance, Queens Theater in the Park, Tuesdays Children, and Manhasset Police Athletic League. Mr. Petracca has successfully built a business based on sincerity, respect and loyalty. Triangle has consistently grown with Mr. Petracca's leadership that initiates hard work and dedication.

    • Hector Batista

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015
    Hector Batista
    • Hector Batista
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015

    Hector Batista is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, one of New York's oldest not-for-profit organizations, helping the city’s underprivileged children and their families since 1904. Mr. Batista has devoted most of his life to public service, and has served as a leader of large government departments as well as non-profit and private organizations.
    Mr. Batista began his career in the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, where over the course of nine years, he served as Director of Real Estate for the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Director of Economic Development and Director of Development and Finance. He was later appointed by New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to serve as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
    During his time in the private sector, Mr. Batista was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Jeffrey M. Brown Associates, Builders and Construction Managers, where he was responsible for projects in eighteen states and an operating budget of $450 million.
    Mr. Batista also served as Executive Vice President of the New York Metropolitan Region of the American Cancer Society, where he provided strategic and operational leadership through nearly 200 employees, 2000 volunteers and 12 offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County. He was a powerful voice in the successful campaign to ban smoking in most New York City restaurants and public places. He was also a strong advocate for improving the health of the City’s youth, by promoting better quality food in the schools and by reducing the sale of junk food.
    Before coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Mr. Batista spent several years as CEO of the Way to Work (formerly known as Vocational Foundation, Inc.), where he oversaw one of the nation’s leading youth workforce development programs.
    Mr. Batista’s long-standing commitment to youth is further exemplified by his serving on the boards of St. Francis College and Bishop Loughlin High School. He also sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Spanish language newspaper, El Diario/La Prensa and Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men. He is a former Board Member of the East Harlem School at Exodus House.
    In 2011, Mr. Batista was named a recipient of the “EL Award” – a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding men in New York’s Latino community.

    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK

    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014
    ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014

    Alix S. Pustilnik became General Counsel of the Battery Park City Authority in May 2014. A life-long New Yorker, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, where she prosecuted white collar and official corruption cases. Subsequently, she became the Senior Staff Attorney at the Commission to Combat Police Corruption during Mayor Rudolf W. Giuliani's administration. From 1999 through 2005 she was a litigator at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where, among other things, she represented a corporation that was the target of a year-long grand jury investigation, resulting in no charges; helped to secure a victory at trial on behalf of a major real estate building and operating company involved in a lease dispute with an anchor tenant; and counseled a large European bank in connection with its internal investigation of a $500,000,000 Enron-related transaction. From 2006 through 2014, Ms. Pustilnik served New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn as Deputy Legislative Director. During that time, Ms. Pustilnik played a key role in increasing government contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses, simplifying and improving the regulatory environment for businesses operating in New York City, and improving oversight of the New York City Police Department. Ms. Pustilnik was a Coro Fellow, and received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her law degree from Harvard.

    • DENNIS MEHIEL

    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012
    DENNIS MEHIEL
    • DENNIS MEHIEL
    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012

    Mr. Mehiel is the Principal Shareholder and Chairman of U. S. Corrugated, Inc., formerly the Nation's largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging until a recent transaction in which a substantial portion of USC was acquired by Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation. U. S. Corrugated divested 14 converting facilities and a recycled containerboard mill; it continues to operate 7 manufacturing plants located in the Midwest and Southern United States.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Managing Member of Four M Capital, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee developing the New York Metropolitan region in behalf of the Brand. The company owns and operates 14 BWW Sit Down Restaurants with additional sites under development.
    Mr. Mehiel is the former Chairman, CEO and Principal Shareholder of Box USA, which he founded in 1966. The Company was built primarily through the acquisition of financially troubled competitors, many in Chapter 11. When sold to International Paper in 2004, Box USA was also then the Nation's largest independent producer of corrugated shipping containers operating 22 corrugated packaging facilities and two containerboard mills, all located within the continental United States. Mr. Mehiel is also the former Chairman, CEO, and Principal Shareholder of Sweetheart Cup Company, which was North America's largest producer of disposable table top products for the away-from-home dining market. The company was acquired by its principal competitor, Solo Cup Company in 2004. Sweetheart was rescued from insolvency when acquired by Mr. Mehiel in 1998.
    Mr. Mehiel is an Investor in and an Independent Director of Sober Steering Sensors, a development stage Company commercializing a passive interdiction technology which prevents the operation of a motor vehicle when alcohol is present. He is also an Investor in and an Independent Director of Mineral Separation Technologies, Inc., a development stage company commercializing a revolutionary new environmentally benign process for the preparation of coal for market. He is a former Member of the Board of The Milano School for Management and Urban Policy at the New School, a Member of Business Executives for National Security and a former Trustee of the Westchester Medical Center. During 2011 he served as Vice-Chair and a Director of the Empire State Development Corporation, an instrumentality of the New York State Government focused on Economic Development and Job Creation. From 1989 until 1993 he was a Trustee of the Windward School in White Plains, one of the region's premier providers of education for learning disabled children. He also served for ten years as a Trustee of the Purnell School in Pottersville, N.J., an independent high school for girls who have not succeeded in a traditional competitive academic setting. Mr. Mehiel was the first person not of the Jewish faith ever elected to the Board of Governors of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work where he served from 1989 until 1996.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Founder and Financial Supporter of the All The Way Foundation. ATW sponsors an educational support pilot program in the Northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights where he was born and spent his childhood. The Program admitted seven consecutive classes of First Graders commencing in 1996. To date, ninety five percent of its students are graduating High School and gaining admittance to college.
    Mr. Mehiel is a member of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City. He is a former member of the Archdiocesan Council, the Lay Leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas, and continues as a member of its Leadership 100 Group and Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He is an Archon of The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the world's oldest Lay Religious Organization and a recipient of the Medal of St. Paul, the Highest Honor a lay person may receive from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

    • SHARI C. HYMAN

    • President & COO
    • Appointed January 28, 2014
    SHARI C. HYMAN
    • SHARI C. HYMAN
    • President & COO
    • Appointed January 28, 2014

    Shari C. Hyman was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the Battery Park City Authority in February 2014. Immediately prior to her appointment as President, Ms. Hyman served as Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Business Integrity Commission under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2011 to 2014. Between 2006 and 2011, Ms. Hyman served in multifaceted positions in the Bloomberg Administration including Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Operations, Senior Counsel and Director of Business Acceleration where she focused on streamlining City operations to help small businesses, including the design and implementation of the New Business Acceleration Team (NBAT), a multi-agency program enabling new restaurant and retail owners to open their doors more quickly through a consolidated and coordinated inspection process. Ms. Hyman also served as First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator in New York City's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator as well as Director of the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement (OSE), a multi-agency taskforce dedicated to handling quality of life issues city-wide where she garnered international attention for anti-counterfeiting efforts on Canal Street in operation “counterfeit triangle.” Ms. Hyman began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Robert M. Morgenthau where she served for over a decade. Ms. Hyman holds a JD from Northwestern University and a BA from Columbia University.

    • DONALD CAPOCCIA

    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011
    DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011

    Donald Capoccia is the managing principal and founder of BFC Partners, a real estate development company that has been involved in the planning, development and construction of some 4500 units of housing in New York City with a combined value of $3.5B. His projects also include approximately 250,000SF of neighborhood retail and community facility uses. Mr. Capoccia began his development and construction activities in New York City in 1982, just prior to the completion of a Masters Degree Program in Urban Planning at Hunter College, and after completing a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Buffalo in 1979. Mr. Capoccia and BFC have focused predominately on the production of affordable housing, investing in a concentrated geographic strategy that has helped spur the resurgence of key New York City neighborhoods; the East Village, East Harlem, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn. Mr. Capoccia has pioneered the production, and promoted the importance of affordable home ownership opportunities to these neighborhoods. In addition to his work as an active NYC builder, Mr. Capoccia has had substantial involvement with the arts, architecture and urban planning issues as they impact New York City, New York State, and Washington, DC. Mr. Capoccia is also involved in numerous industry related organizations. He is co-founder and Vice President of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, a trade organization representing the interest of for-profit builders of Affordable Housing across NYS. Mr. Capoccia currently serves as a Director of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Rent Stabilization Board, and the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York. He also serves on the Board of Directors of amfAR (American Foundation of Aids Research), The National Building Museum and La Mama Experimental Theatre, Inc, a NYC based, world renowned, cultural organization that produces and presents original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Mr. Capoccia has been a committed and long standing supporter of a number of non-profit, national and NYC based organizations which focus on issues ranging from affordable housing production policy, to HIV-AIDS research, to the arts and its impact on New York City.

    • LESTER PETRACCA

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013
    LESTER PETRACCA
    • LESTER PETRACCA
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013

    As President of Triangle Equities, Lester Petracca has transformed a family owned business, which began in 1916 as a specialized construction firm, into a thriving, successful, full-service real estate company. Triangle Equities opened its doors in 1992, specializing in public/private partnerships developing real estate throughout New York. These successful projects include the recent development of Triangle Junction, a 300,000 square foot Target anchored center in the heart of Brooklyn, contributing to the revitalization of the Flatbush Avenue retail corridor. Additionally, Triangle had previously worked with the City and local community groups to bring both Triangle Plaza and Triangle Center to the Queens neighborhood of College Point, creating retail and entertainment projects that were also catalysts for revitalization.These are just a few of Triangle Equities' projects which illustrate the success of working hand in hand with public entities and community groups. Triangle continues to create, own, manage and operate quality developments throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Petracca prides himself in working closely with the communities in which he invests and develops. He actively contributes to: Queens Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Flatbush Development Corporation, College Point Board of Trade, YMCA, American Cancer Society, MS Society, Queens Child Guidance, Queens Theater in the Park, Tuesdays Children, and Manhasset Police Athletic League. Mr. Petracca has successfully built a business based on sincerity, respect and loyalty. Triangle has consistently grown with Mr. Petracca's leadership that initiates hard work and dedication.

    • Hector Batista

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015
    Hector Batista
    • Hector Batista
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015

    Hector Batista is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, one of New York's oldest not-for-profit organizations, helping the city’s underprivileged children and their families since 1904. Mr. Batista has devoted most of his life to public service, and has served as a leader of large government departments as well as non-profit and private organizations.
    Mr. Batista began his career in the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, where over the course of nine years, he served as Director of Real Estate for the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Director of Economic Development and Director of Development and Finance. He was later appointed by New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to serve as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
    During his time in the private sector, Mr. Batista was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Jeffrey M. Brown Associates, Builders and Construction Managers, where he was responsible for projects in eighteen states and an operating budget of $450 million.
    Mr. Batista also served as Executive Vice President of the New York Metropolitan Region of the American Cancer Society, where he provided strategic and operational leadership through nearly 200 employees, 2000 volunteers and 12 offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County. He was a powerful voice in the successful campaign to ban smoking in most New York City restaurants and public places. He was also a strong advocate for improving the health of the City’s youth, by promoting better quality food in the schools and by reducing the sale of junk food.
    Before coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Mr. Batista spent several years as CEO of the Way to Work (formerly known as Vocational Foundation, Inc.), where he oversaw one of the nation’s leading youth workforce development programs.
    Mr. Batista’s long-standing commitment to youth is further exemplified by his serving on the boards of St. Francis College and Bishop Loughlin High School. He also sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Spanish language newspaper, El Diario/La Prensa and Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men. He is a former Board Member of the East Harlem School at Exodus House.
    In 2011, Mr. Batista was named a recipient of the “EL Award” – a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding men in New York’s Latino community.

    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK

    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014
    ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014

    Alix S. Pustilnik became General Counsel of the Battery Park City Authority in May 2014. A life-long New Yorker, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, where she prosecuted white collar and official corruption cases. Subsequently, she became the Senior Staff Attorney at the Commission to Combat Police Corruption during Mayor Rudolf W. Giuliani's administration. From 1999 through 2005 she was a litigator at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where, among other things, she represented a corporation that was the target of a year-long grand jury investigation, resulting in no charges; helped to secure a victory at trial on behalf of a major real estate building and operating company involved in a lease dispute with an anchor tenant; and counseled a large European bank in connection with its internal investigation of a $500,000,000 Enron-related transaction. From 2006 through 2014, Ms. Pustilnik served New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn as Deputy Legislative Director. During that time, Ms. Pustilnik played a key role in increasing government contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses, simplifying and improving the regulatory environment for businesses operating in New York City, and improving oversight of the New York City Police Department. Ms. Pustilnik was a Coro Fellow, and received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her law degree from Harvard.

    • DENNIS MEHIEL

    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012
    DENNIS MEHIEL
    • DENNIS MEHIEL
    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012

    Mr. Mehiel is the Principal Shareholder and Chairman of U. S. Corrugated, Inc., formerly the Nation's largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging until a recent transaction in which a substantial portion of USC was acquired by Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation. U. S. Corrugated divested 14 converting facilities and a recycled containerboard mill; it continues to operate 7 manufacturing plants located in the Midwest and Southern United States.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Managing Member of Four M Capital, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee developing the New York Metropolitan region in behalf of the Brand. The company owns and operates 14 BWW Sit Down Restaurants with additional sites under development.
    Mr. Mehiel is the former Chairman, CEO and Principal Shareholder of Box USA, which he founded in 1966. The Company was built primarily through the acquisition of financially troubled competitors, many in Chapter 11. When sold to International Paper in 2004, Box USA was also then the Nation's largest independent producer of corrugated shipping containers operating 22 corrugated packaging facilities and two containerboard mills, all located within the continental United States. Mr. Mehiel is also the former Chairman, CEO, and Principal Shareholder of Sweetheart Cup Company, which was North America's largest producer of disposable table top products for the away-from-home dining market. The company was acquired by its principal competitor, Solo Cup Company in 2004. Sweetheart was rescued from insolvency when acquired by Mr. Mehiel in 1998.
    Mr. Mehiel is an Investor in and an Independent Director of Sober Steering Sensors, a development stage Company commercializing a passive interdiction technology which prevents the operation of a motor vehicle when alcohol is present. He is also an Investor in and an Independent Director of Mineral Separation Technologies, Inc., a development stage company commercializing a revolutionary new environmentally benign process for the preparation of coal for market. He is a former Member of the Board of The Milano School for Management and Urban Policy at the New School, a Member of Business Executives for National Security and a former Trustee of the Westchester Medical Center. During 2011 he served as Vice-Chair and a Director of the Empire State Development Corporation, an instrumentality of the New York State Government focused on Economic Development and Job Creation. From 1989 until 1993 he was a Trustee of the Windward School in White Plains, one of the region's premier providers of education for learning disabled children. He also served for ten years as a Trustee of the Purnell School in Pottersville, N.J., an independent high school for girls who have not succeeded in a traditional competitive academic setting. Mr. Mehiel was the first person not of the Jewish faith ever elected to the Board of Governors of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work where he served from 1989 until 1996.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Founder and Financial Supporter of the All The Way Foundation. ATW sponsors an educational support pilot program in the Northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights where he was born and spent his childhood. The Program admitted seven consecutive classes of First Graders commencing in 1996. To date, ninety five percent of its students are graduating High School and gaining admittance to college.
    Mr. Mehiel is a member of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City. He is a former member of the Archdiocesan Council, the Lay Leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas, and continues as a member of its Leadership 100 Group and Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He is an Archon of The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the world's oldest Lay Religious Organization and a recipient of the Medal of St. Paul, the Highest Honor a lay person may receive from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

    • SHARI C. HYMAN

    • President & COO
    • Appointed January 28, 2014
    SHARI C. HYMAN
    • SHARI C. HYMAN
    • President & COO
    • Appointed January 28, 2014

    Shari C. Hyman was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the Battery Park City Authority in February 2014. Immediately prior to her appointment as President, Ms. Hyman served as Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Business Integrity Commission under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2011 to 2014. Between 2006 and 2011, Ms. Hyman served in multifaceted positions in the Bloomberg Administration including Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Operations, Senior Counsel and Director of Business Acceleration where she focused on streamlining City operations to help small businesses, including the design and implementation of the New Business Acceleration Team (NBAT), a multi-agency program enabling new restaurant and retail owners to open their doors more quickly through a consolidated and coordinated inspection process. Ms. Hyman also served as First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator in New York City's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator as well as Director of the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement (OSE), a multi-agency taskforce dedicated to handling quality of life issues city-wide where she garnered international attention for anti-counterfeiting efforts on Canal Street in operation “counterfeit triangle.” Ms. Hyman began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Robert M. Morgenthau where she served for over a decade. Ms. Hyman holds a JD from Northwestern University and a BA from Columbia University.

    • DONALD CAPOCCIA

    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011
    DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011

    Donald Capoccia is the managing principal and founder of BFC Partners, a real estate development company that has been involved in the planning, development and construction of some 4500 units of housing in New York City with a combined value of $3.5B. His projects also include approximately 250,000SF of neighborhood retail and community facility uses. Mr. Capoccia began his development and construction activities in New York City in 1982, just prior to the completion of a Masters Degree Program in Urban Planning at Hunter College, and after completing a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Buffalo in 1979. Mr. Capoccia and BFC have focused predominately on the production of affordable housing, investing in a concentrated geographic strategy that has helped spur the resurgence of key New York City neighborhoods; the East Village, East Harlem, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn. Mr. Capoccia has pioneered the production, and promoted the importance of affordable home ownership opportunities to these neighborhoods. In addition to his work as an active NYC builder, Mr. Capoccia has had substantial involvement with the arts, architecture and urban planning issues as they impact New York City, New York State, and Washington, DC. Mr. Capoccia is also involved in numerous industry related organizations. He is co-founder and Vice President of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, a trade organization representing the interest of for-profit builders of Affordable Housing across NYS. Mr. Capoccia currently serves as a Director of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Rent Stabilization Board, and the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York. He also serves on the Board of Directors of amfAR (American Foundation of Aids Research), The National Building Museum and La Mama Experimental Theatre, Inc, a NYC based, world renowned, cultural organization that produces and presents original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Mr. Capoccia has been a committed and long standing supporter of a number of non-profit, national and NYC based organizations which focus on issues ranging from affordable housing production policy, to HIV-AIDS research, to the arts and its impact on New York City.

    • LESTER PETRACCA

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013
    LESTER PETRACCA
    • LESTER PETRACCA
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013

    As President of Triangle Equities, Lester Petracca has transformed a family owned business, which began in 1916 as a specialized construction firm, into a thriving, successful, full-service real estate company. Triangle Equities opened its doors in 1992, specializing in public/private partnerships developing real estate throughout New York. These successful projects include the recent development of Triangle Junction, a 300,000 square foot Target anchored center in the heart of Brooklyn, contributing to the revitalization of the Flatbush Avenue retail corridor. Additionally, Triangle had previously worked with the City and local community groups to bring both Triangle Plaza and Triangle Center to the Queens neighborhood of College Point, creating retail and entertainment projects that were also catalysts for revitalization.These are just a few of Triangle Equities' projects which illustrate the success of working hand in hand with public entities and community groups. Triangle continues to create, own, manage and operate quality developments throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Petracca prides himself in working closely with the communities in which he invests and develops. He actively contributes to: Queens Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Flatbush Development Corporation, College Point Board of Trade, YMCA, American Cancer Society, MS Society, Queens Child Guidance, Queens Theater in the Park, Tuesdays Children, and Manhasset Police Athletic League. Mr. Petracca has successfully built a business based on sincerity, respect and loyalty. Triangle has consistently grown with Mr. Petracca's leadership that initiates hard work and dedication.

    • Hector Batista

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015
    Hector Batista
    • Hector Batista
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015

    Hector Batista is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, one of New York's oldest not-for-profit organizations, helping the city’s underprivileged children and their families since 1904. Mr. Batista has devoted most of his life to public service, and has served as a leader of large government departments as well as non-profit and private organizations.
    Mr. Batista began his career in the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, where over the course of nine years, he served as Director of Real Estate for the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Director of Economic Development and Director of Development and Finance. He was later appointed by New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to serve as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
    During his time in the private sector, Mr. Batista was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Jeffrey M. Brown Associates, Builders and Construction Managers, where he was responsible for projects in eighteen states and an operating budget of $450 million.
    Mr. Batista also served as Executive Vice President of the New York Metropolitan Region of the American Cancer Society, where he provided strategic and operational leadership through nearly 200 employees, 2000 volunteers and 12 offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County. He was a powerful voice in the successful campaign to ban smoking in most New York City restaurants and public places. He was also a strong advocate for improving the health of the City’s youth, by promoting better quality food in the schools and by reducing the sale of junk food.
    Before coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Mr. Batista spent several years as CEO of the Way to Work (formerly known as Vocational Foundation, Inc.), where he oversaw one of the nation’s leading youth workforce development programs.
    Mr. Batista’s long-standing commitment to youth is further exemplified by his serving on the boards of St. Francis College and Bishop Loughlin High School. He also sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Spanish language newspaper, El Diario/La Prensa and Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men. He is a former Board Member of the East Harlem School at Exodus House.
    In 2011, Mr. Batista was named a recipient of the “EL Award” – a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding men in New York’s Latino community.

    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK

    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014
    ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014

    Alix S. Pustilnik became General Counsel of the Battery Park City Authority in May 2014. A life-long New Yorker, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, where she prosecuted white collar and official corruption cases. Subsequently, she became the Senior Staff Attorney at the Commission to Combat Police Corruption during Mayor Rudolf W. Giuliani's administration. From 1999 through 2005 she was a litigator at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where, among other things, she represented a corporation that was the target of a year-long grand jury investigation, resulting in no charges; helped to secure a victory at trial on behalf of a major real estate building and operating company involved in a lease dispute with an anchor tenant; and counseled a large European bank in connection with its internal investigation of a $500,000,000 Enron-related transaction. From 2006 through 2014, Ms. Pustilnik served New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn as Deputy Legislative Director. During that time, Ms. Pustilnik played a key role in increasing government contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses, simplifying and improving the regulatory environment for businesses operating in New York City, and improving oversight of the New York City Police Department. Ms. Pustilnik was a Coro Fellow, and received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her law degree from Harvard.