Plainview-based Rechler Equity Partners said Friday it has hired Gerard DelBene, the former controller for Vornado Realty Trust, as its director of finance.

DelBene worked for four years at Vornado, a publicly traded real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners of commercial space in the U.S.

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At Rechler, which is one of the largest owners of commercial real estate space on Long Island, DelBene will oversee accounting and budgeting.

Gregg Rechler, a managing partner at Rechler, said DelBene's hiring would aid the company in a time of "substantial growth" as its embarks on a billion dollar development pipeline. Earlier this week, Rechler broke ground on the Hamptons Business District industrial park project in Westhampton Beach -- a new development that will add 440,000 square feet of commercial space, including office buildings, medical space, a hotel and restaurants, in the shadow of Francis S. Gabreski Airport.