Steve Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, entered public life as director of community relations for the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., a job that prepares one for any and all situations. "I recall one meeting we had at a senior citizens center regarding the opening of an OTB branch," he laughed. "The meeting ended with some of the attendees chasing us out of the meeting with the NYPD having to intervene." After that stint of public service, Spinola joined the late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin and served as executive director of World Hunger, the organization that provided public information regarding world hunger issues. "The jump from NYCOTB to World Hunger isn't as startling as one might believe. My roots were in the reform movement of the Democratic Par...
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