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Muni Professionals Lauded with Industry Honors
Municipal veterans Eric Vandercar and Peter Bianchini have been named to the 2014 Municipal All-Star Team by independent research firm Smith's Research & Gradings, while John Hallacy was chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Standard & Poor's promoted Tina Morris to head of U.S. public finance on Tuesday, according to an internal memo The Bond Buyer obtained. more »
The National Federation of Municipal Analysts has announced the first winners of its Peter Fugiel Scholarships – Eric Reese and Scarlett Swerdlow. more »
Ralph Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, was elected last Saturday as 2015 president of National League of Cities, at the annual Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, Texas. more »
Ronnie Lowenstein has been reappointed director of the New York City Independent Budget Office, the agency announced. more »
University of Houston president and chancellor Renu Khator will become chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 2015. Khator will be replaced as deputy chair by BNSF Railway Co. executive chairman Matthew K. Rose. more »
Having fought many battles with Congress over curbs to bond and other programs that affect affordable housing, John Murphy expects the challenges will continue as he retires from the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies after 30 years as its executive director. more »
Two professionals at Florida -based Community Capital Management received honors for their work in the municipal bond industry. more »
Funeral services for James A. Lebenthal, one of the municipal market's most well-known bond salesman who made tax-exempt bonds a household name with his creative and influential radio and television advertisements, will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison Avenue at 81st St. more »
The innovative businessman — whose family was often referred to as the first family of New York City municipal bonds — is widely credited as the first broker to use the media to sell tax-exempt investments to individual investors. He coined such phrases in his ads as "bonds are my babies" and championed the debt of projects like the World Trade Center. more »
The new Central Florida Expressway Authority plans to interview four candidates for the executive director's position, and move forward with its first major financing. more »
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's municipal securities division will honor Kenneth D. Gibbs, president of the Municipal Securities Group of Jefferies LLC, with its 2014 Honor Roll Award at a luncheon Tuesday in New York City. more »
President Obama has appointed Jerry Abramson, who formerly served as both Mayor of Louisville, Ky. and president of U.S. Conference of Mayors, as White House liaison to state and local governments. more »
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the next likely chairman of the Senate Banking Committee following the Republican takeover of the chamber, is expected to push for greater oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission and to oppose Federal Reserve policy. more »

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