Jeff Gural, owner of New York’s Vernon Downs Casino Hotel and Tioga Downs Casino Resort, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as chair of the Public Buildings Reform Board.
The board operates as an independent agency that identifies opportunities for the federal government to significantly reduce its inventory of civilian property, thereby reducing federal expenses. It was created in 2016, after the U.S. Congress passed the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act.
“It’s a true honor to be called into service for our country,” Gural said. “My experience and commitment to making Central New York a better place for all local businesses has prepared me for opportunities like this.”
In a July 6 posting on the White House’s official webpage announcing Gural’s nomination, the Biden administration highlighted Gural’s time at Newmark Knight Rank, where he served as chairman until 2017 and currently serves as chairman emeritus.
The nomination announcement further notes Gural’s work at Diesel Construction Co., the Statue of Liberty Foundation and the Realty Foundation of New York.
He is currently chairman of GFP Real Estate LLC., as well as president and CEO for both Tioga Downs in the Southern Tier and Vernon Downs. He also owns Meadowland Racetrack in northern New Jersey.
“I thank President Biden for the recommendation, and I look forward to the appointment process with lawmakers in our nation’s capital,” Gural said.