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Rayann Besser, Commissioner

Rayann Besser was appointed in May 2009 to the City Planning Commission by Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro. She was reappointed in 2011.

Ms. Besser is a life-long resident of Staten Island and has been involved in the real estate field for over sixteen years. She is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner of Rayann Besser Realty LLC in Staten Island, which was established in May 2015. She was previously a NYS Licensed Salesperson with Robert DeFalco Realty in Staten Island, where she was involved in a wide range of residential, commercial and retail projects. She received SIBOR Top Producer Sales Awards for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, as well as SIBOR's 2011 Realtor Associate of the Year and Robert Defalco Realty's #1 Sales Producer Award 2010.

Ms. Besser served as a Director of the Staten Island Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service Board of Governors (SIMLS), and Chair of the Commercial Real Estate Committee of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (S.I.E.D.C.) which implemented a commercial real estate website,, in conjunction with the SIMLS. She also served on the Attorney Task Force, Professional Standards Committee, Appraisal Committee and Rules Committees of the Staten Island Board of Realtors. She is also certified as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. REALTORS® who carry the Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation are specially qualified to address the real estate needs of those ages 50+.

Ms. Besser’s experiences in the Real Estate industry have afforded her the opportunity to see the uniqueness of the City and neighborhoods first hand, and appreciate the preservation of neighborhood character and economic opportunities.