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Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2; NYC Among 20 Locations in the Running

January 2018

SEATTLE—The multi-billion dollar sweepstakes for Amazon’s second North American headquarters (HQ2) is now down to 20 locations. Although some New York City suburban locations submitted bids for Amazon’s HQ2 including Westchester County, 19 mostly urban cities and Toronto, Canada made the final 20 cut. Amazon considered a total of 238 proposals. Amazon’s corporate headquarters is…

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Westchester County Exec. Latimer Vows to Work With GOP to Overcome Today’s Challenges

January 2018

TARRYTOWN—Both at his recent inauguration and again in a speech before the Westchester County Association earlier this week, Westchester County Executive George Latimer stressed that his administration will be one that promotes “respect and cooperation” and will solicit ideas from both sides of the aisle. An overflow crowd attended the inauguration of the 64-year-old veteran…

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Brokers Bullish on Commercial Office Market in Region With Exception of Northern Westchester

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Commercial brokers believe that the commercial office market in Westchester County is strong enough that if conditions continue over the next few years the county could see the first new commercial office development project in decades. Approximately 80 real estate professionals attended the annual Commercial Broker Roundtable program staged by the Hudson Gateway Association…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Continue to Increase, But at Lower Rate

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—2017 proved to be another positive year for residential sales in the Hudson Valley following the remarkably strong sales of 2016. Participants in the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service Inc., a subsidiary of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc., reported total residential sales of 18,854 which was a 4% increase in sales over…

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Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2; NYC Among 20 Locations in the Running

January 2018

SEATTLE—The multi-billion dollar sweepstakes for Amazon’s second North American headquarters (HQ2) is now down to 20 locations. Although some New York City suburban locations submitted bids for Amazon’s HQ2 including Westchester County, 19 mostly urban cities and Toronto, Canada made the final 20 cut. Amazon considered a total of 238 proposals. Amazon’s corporate headquarters is…

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legal-advocacy

BARRISTER'S BRIEFINGS: Closing Disclosure Update

January 2018

Since the implementation of the “The Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Oct. 3, 2015, there have been issues with providing real estate licensees copies of the Closing Disclosure (CD) at the closing table. On Oct. 18, 2016, Tom Salomone, then-President of NAR, sent a letter to…

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people

Mamaroneck Chamber Honors Murphy Brothers Firm

January 2018

MAMARONECK—Sean and Chris Murphy, owners of locally-based Murphy Brothers, were recently honored at the 2018 Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce Dinner held at the Beach Point Club here. Mamaroneck Chamber President Susan Fuller of Orange Bank & Trust recognized both men and their firm for their many contributions to the local community over the years in…

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residential

Toll Brothers Acquires Out Parcels At Former GM Assembly Plant

January 2018

SLEEPY HOLLOW— The development team at the former General Motors assembly plant here has announced that homebuilder Toll Brothers has signed an agreement to purchase and build out lots in Phase 1 of the project. It is anticipated that Toll Brothers will build as many as 306 units of housing, including 61 affordable workforce and…

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Viewpoints

Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Words Count

January 2018

Last year in my December column I wrote about diversity. I also included this sentence in my introductory paragraph. “In the 50-plus years since Dr. King’s assassination we have certainly made progress in improving race relations and creating economic opportunities for all of our citizens, regardless of race or ethnicity. However, all we have to…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Diligence in Planning

January 2018

The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce board members have been bringing to the forefront key issues for nearly 10 years. We recently put together a County Planning task force to drill down and implement those issues. Here are some highlights of our efforts: County Chamber Planning: Meetings will be held with the County Executive, Planning…

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technology

John Vrooman

The Latest on Managing Chrome Browser Extensions With Extensity and Facebook Changes

January 2018

Do you use Google Chrome as your web browser? Have you installed many Chrome browser extensions? If you answered, "Yes" to these questions, I think you should consider installing yet another extension called "Extensity." The Extensity Chrome extension enables you to create multiple "profiles." Each profile that you create can be configured so that different…

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mortgage

Bob Treuber

New Title Insurance Regulations Could Prove Devastating

January 2018

In October 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced its new regulations for the Title Insurance industry. In a statement to the press, the DFS proclaimed that the new regulations would change the face of home ownership in New York by lowering rates and making the process more efficient. We agree with…

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