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Westchester Developer Predicts Booming Economy in 2020’s

January 2020

WHITE PLAINS—For the approximately 150 real estate and building executives assembled at the Building Owners and Managers Association luncheon on Jan. 9, many more than likely are now hoping that Westchester developer Robert Weisz is as wise a prognosticator as he has been a real estate investor. Weisz, a principal of RPW Group of Rye…

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HGMLS: Home Sales in Hudson Valley Remained Strong in 2019

January 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Sales of residential real estate in the lower Hudson Valley remained strong in 2019, according to the recently released “2019 Annual And 4th Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report—Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties, New York” by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. Overall residential sales, which include condominium, co-op and two…

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Gov. Cuomo Proposes Ambitious Agenda While NY State Faces $6-Billion Deficit

January 2020

ALBANY—With the specter of a $6-billion shortfall facing New York State this legislative session, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his 10th State of the State Address on Jan. 8 that featured a host of new initiatives, including a $3-billion environmental bond act to fight climate change, a renewed call for legalized cannabis, as well as infrastructure…

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Two Worldwide Tourist Attractions Hail from the Bronx

December 2019

Two of the New York metro area’s biggest tourist attractions, standing almost side-by-side and covering more than 500 acres, could be considered as anomalies within the concrete jungle of New York City. However, both the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden are wide open havens of land nestled along Southern Boulevard in the…

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Serendipity Labs Announces Expansion into New U.S. Markets

January 2020

RYE—Locally-based workspace provider Serendipity Labs has announced its entry into six new markets. The deals will add more than 130,000 square feet to the company’s US network and are all scheduled to open this year. Serendipity Labs is opening two of its flexible shared offices in January, Wauwatosa, WI and Westport, CT. It has also…

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legal-advocacy

LEGAL CORNER: 2020 Vision: A Clear Focus on Fair Housing and Professionalism

January 2020

In December, this column focused on the extensive multi-year investigation conducted by Newsday (see https://bit.ly/357OA3L) and the widespread fair housing violations and discrimination taking place on Long Island. The Newsday investigation opened the eyes of the real estate industry to the discrimination that is still taking place many decades after the enactment of the original…

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people

SPOTLIGHT ON: Kazuko Boylan

January 2020

A ‘City Girl’ in the East and the West The name Boylan Real Estate Group may evoke images of a Gaelic family business, but its owner is actually a native of Osaka, Japan. Kazuko Hayakawa Boylan started her own firm in Manhattan at the end of October. With over 12 years in the real estate…

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residential

CPC and L+M Close On $33 Million to Refi, Preserve 386 Units of Affordable Housing in the Hudson Valley

January 2020

NEW YORK—The Community Preservation Corporation and L+M Development Partners recently announced the closing of three Fannie Mae Multifamily Affordable Housing (MAH) loans totaling $33.2 million to finance the long-term preservation of three affordable housing developments in the Hudson Valley. Two of the properties are located in Rockland County and one in Dutchess County. The properties…

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Viewpoints

Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENTS CORNER: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Good Enough’

January 2020

Ever since childhood, even without realizing it, I’ve always lived by the premise of “There’s no such thing as ‘good enough.'” No need to burden readers with the psychology that’s behind my type-A personality and strive-for-perfection compulsion, LOL, but suffice it to say that this is what drives me. So why am I sharing this…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Governor Delivers State of the State Address

January 2020

On Jan. 8th, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered the State of the State annual address. The governor’s proposals were painted in broad strokes with scant detail. Of particular concern are initiatives relative to the real estate industry. The governor discussed funding for building affordable housing. With a looming deficit of $6 billion and no mention of…

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technology

John Vrooman

What’s New with BinaryMark Software Solutions, Otter.ai, Multi-Monitor Software and Privacy Help

January 2020

I recently stumbled upon and explored the BinaryMark.com (a software company's) website. I was impressed with both the variety and capabilities of their various software solutions. In particular, my interest was captured by their various image, document, and file processing software solutions that provide "batch processing" capabilities. For example, if you want to resize and/or…

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mortgage

Real Estate In-Depth

CPC and L+M Close On $33 Million to Refi, Preserve 386 Units of Affordable Housing in the Hudson Valley

January 2020

NEW YORK—The Community Preservation Corporation and L+M Development Partners recently announced the closing of three Fannie Mae Multifamily Affordable Housing (MAH) loans totaling $33.2 million to finance the long-term preservation of three affordable housing developments in the Hudson Valley. Two of the properties are located in Rockland County and one in Dutchess County. The properties…

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