2021 Queens Power 100

June 02, 2021  
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Event Description

The Queens Power 100 is back! Who holds the power? Who’s moved up? Who’s moved down, and why? We’ll identify and rank the movers and shakers in New York’s largest and most diverse borough in a special issue of City & State Magazine debuting May 31st. The list will be featured at a virtual event on Wednesday, June 2nd with top voices from government, media, business, labor and beyond. Be the first to find out who made the cut and join us for a networking opportunity you don’t want to miss! 



Rick Cotton
Executive Director, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Rick Cotton became Executive Director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on August 14, 2017. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Mr. Cotton served as Governor Cuomo's Special Counsellor for Interagency Initiatives, serving as the point person within the Governor's office for most of the Governor's major downstate infrastructure priorities including LaGuardia and JFK Airports, the Moynihan Train Hall and Penn-Farley Complex, the Mario Cuomo Bridge, the expansion of the Javits Center, and the MTA’s Second Avenue Subway project. Mr. Cotton joined the administration following 25 years at NBC Universal, where he held a number of positions beginning in 1989, including 20 years as EVP and General Counsel and four years in London as President and Managing Director of CNBC Europe. He also served as Executive Secretary to the Department at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr. and Special Assistant for Renewable Energy to Deputy Secretary of Energy John Sawhill at the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Cotton received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, and served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney
Carolyn B. Maloney
First elected to Congress in 1992, Carolyn B. Maloney is a recognized national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. She is currently Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the first woman to hold this position. Maloney has authored and passed more than 70 measures, either as stand-alone bills or as measures incorporated into larger legislation packages. Ten of these bills were signed into law at formal (and rare) Presidential Signing Ceremonies. She has authored landmark legislation including the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and its reauthorization to make sure all those suffering health aliments associated with 9/11 get the medical care and compensation they need and deserve; the Debbie Smith Act, which increases funding for law enforcement to process DNA rape kits and has been called ‘the most important anti-rape legislation in history;’ and the Credit CARD Act, also known as the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, which according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has saved consumers more than $16 billion annually since it was signed into law in 2009. Her legislative achievements have been featured in three films: the documentary The Card Game, the documentary Overdrawn!, and the movie A Life Interrupted. Rep. Maloney’s career has been a series of firsts. She is the first woman to represent New York’s 12th Congressional District; the first woman to represent New York City’s 7th Councilmanic district (where she was the first woman to give birth while in office); and was the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation’s most pressing economic issues. Only 18 women in history have chaired Congressional committees. Maloney is the author of Rumors of our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Why Women’s Lives Aren’t Getting any Easier and how we can Make Real Progress for Ourselves and Our Daughters, which has been used as a textbook in women’s studies courses. In addition to serving as Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Maloney is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. In the House Democratic Caucus, she has served as a Regional Whip and as Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
Donovan Richards
Queens Borough President
Donovan Richards Jr., a lifelong resident of Southeast Queens, was elected as Borough President in November of 2020. Growing up he lived in Jamaica, St. Albans, Hollis, and Rosedale, with frequent visits to grandparents who lived in the Rockaways. He attended Jamaica High School and Redemption Christian Academy before studying communications, radio, and TV at Nyack College. He later received a degree in Aviation Management from Vaughn College. Donovan got his start in politics after the tragic killing of a close friend inspired him to get more involved in his community and join the fight to end gun violence. He worked in numerous positions within the City Council where he connected with the community and developed a hands on approach to helping constituents. This knowledge was crucial in getting him elected to the city council in 2013. As a fighter for affordable housing, he was proud to serve as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises during his first City Council term. He used this position to fight for rezoning in the Rockaways to increase residential availability as well as commercial and community space, including a new library. He also served as Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection following Super Storm Sandy. Through his position he was able to help secure funding for flood protection to protect Rockaway communities. He has been a steadfast advocate for criminal justice reform, most recently acting as Chair of the Committee on Public Safety. In that position he has held numerous hearings on NYPD protocols surrounding protests, cannabis, and the Special Victims Division. In the City Council he has been a proponent of closing Rikers Island and legalizing adult-use cannabis. As Queens Borough President, Donovan is leading the efforts to revitalize our great borough and make it one which works for all of its residents and workers.
Robert DeSalvio
President, Genting America’s East
Bob DeSalvio currently serves as the President of Genting America’s East and is responsible for overseeing Genting’s properties in New York, Florida, Massachusetts and Bimini (Bahamas); which includes Resorts World Catskills, Resorts World New York City and Resorts World Bimini. Mr. DeSalvio has over 40 years of cross-functional experience in the gaming and hospitality industries with a proven track record creating and implementing successful marketing and growth strategies. Most recently, DeSalvio served as President of Encore Boston Harbor, where he led the design, development, and opening of the largest development project in Massachusetts history with a total project cost of $2.6 billion. Previously, DeSalvio spent eight years as President of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. He joined the Las Vegas Sands Corporation team in 2006 when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded the license for the property and led the design, development, opening and growth of this highly profitable $840 million project. In 2019, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation sold the property for $1.3 billion. In addition to his recent leadership positions, DeSalvio also served in executive marketing roles for more than 20 years. He spent nearly 10 years at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut where he was responsible for all aspects of marketing the resort destination with revenue exceeding $1 billion. Prior to joining Foxwoods, DeSalvio worked in various roles at Sands Atlantic City for 14 years where he implemented marketing strategies, which resulted in the highest return on invested capital for Atlantic City properties at that time.

Welcome & Introduction By Zach Williams, Reporter, City & State NY


Remarks By Robert DeSalvio, President, Genting America's East


Keynote Remarks By Rick Cotton, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


Keynote Remarks By Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney


Keynote Remarks By Queens Borough President Donovan Richards


Power List Recognition


Session Ends

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