Carlo A. Scissura, a lifelong New Yorker and veteran of Brooklyn politics, business, and economic development, has been named president and CEO of the New York Building Congress.
He will succeed Richard T. Anderson, who has served as president for the past 23 years.
Scissura, who has served as president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce since 2012, will take over on January 1, 2017. At that time, Anderson will assume the title of President Emeritus and continue to serve the Building Congress as a consultant.
“Succeeding Dick Anderson, who has been the face of the New York Building Congress for more than two decades, is certainly going to be a challenge, but we are certain that Carlo Scissura is the ideal person to take on this role,” said New York Building Congress chairman Richard Cavallaro.
“A veteran of both the public and private sectors, Carlo has devoted his career to spurring economic growth and development in New York City, and his home borough of Brooklyn in particular.”
Under Scissura’s leadership, the Brooklyn Chamber’s membership has grown by more than 200 percent and is now one of New York’s largest business advocacy and economic development organizations, with over 2,100 members.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Scissura served both as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. During his tenure, he focused on restructuring operations at Borough Hall and driving Brooklyn’s economic development agenda.
He also served on the Boards of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and Brooklyn Public Library.
Early in his career, Scissura owned a solo practice law firm in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. He previously served on the staffs of State Senator Vincent Gentile and Assemblyman Peter Abbate.
Scissura has deep roots in community service. He has served on Community School Board 20 in Brooklyn, the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 20 and Community Board 11.
Currently, Scissura is the President of the Federation of Italian-American Organizations, where he has spearheaded the building of the new Italian Cultural and Community Center, and is the Master of Ceremonies for the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade.
The selection of Mr. Scissura is the culmination of a 10-month search led by STV Group President and CEO Milo E. Riverso.
Scissura said he was honored and privileged to be named President and CEO of the Building Congress.
“The building community is at the center of many of the successes New York has experienced, and it is a driving force behind job creation and a strong economy. As President and CEO, I will work tirelessly to meet the needs of our membership, both private and public, assist in the continued growth of the construction industry, and ensure that the Building Congress remains at the forefront of economic development, policy and legislation in New York and beyond. ”