New Javits Head Comes from Freedom Tower

The Real Estate was wrong about one thing: predicting that Mike Petralia, the president of the Convention Center Development Corporation would be leaving at the end of March. It turns out, he will stay through June–but in an undefined capacity. Starting April 16, Barbara Lampen, assistant director of the Freedom Tower project at the Port Authority, will take over his job.

Is that a sign of the caliber of mess that the convention center expansion is becoming?

The announcement was made last Thursday by the state economic development agency.

Full statement after jump.

- Matthew Schuerman

Correction: An earlier post mischaracterized the way in which the announcement was distributed.

Lampen To Serve as President of New York Convention Center Development Corp.

Empire State Development Chairman/Downstate Pat Foye today announced that Barbara P. Lampen has accepted the position of President of the New York Convention Center Development Corporation (CCDC), which oversees the redevelopment of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Lampen is expected to start on April 16, 2007.

“We are extremely pleased that Barbara is joining our Javits team,” Chairman Foye said. “With her extensive background in development and planning, Barbara brings the depth and breadth of experience needed to move this project forward.”

As President, Ms. Lampen will oversee all aspects of the Corporation, including planning development and construction for the Javits project, as well as CCDC staffing and budgeting.

Ms. Lampen said, “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens and business community of New York through the development of this important civic and economic project. I greatly appreciate the confidence placed in me and will work hard to ensure the Javits Center expansion project fulfills its objective.”

Ms. Lampen is currently the Assistant Director of the Freedom Tower Project at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. From 1994 to 2006, Ms. Lampen served as Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning and Development for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, where she oversaw the development of the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

Current CCDC President, Michael Petralia, will remain with the Corporation through June. “ESD is very appreciative that Mike has agreed to remain for a period of time. His assistance and institutional knowledge is vital for a smooth transition,” Chairman Foye said. “We are grateful for Mike’s hard work and dedication.”

The Convention Center Development Corporation is a subsidiary of ESD, chartered for the development of the Javits Center and an accompanying hotel.