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New York State Hits Back Against Tax Reform Law

July 2018

NEW YORK CITY—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo followed through on his threat and announced on Tuesday that New York State had filed a lawsuit against the federal government over what it termed as the unconstitutional federal tax reform law enacted earlier this year. The lawsuit contends the new SALT (state and local tax) cap was…

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The Fight for Fair Housing Must Continue

July 2018

TARRYTOWN—Approximately 150 Realtors and affiliated real estate professionals gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown on July 12 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and to hear housing advocates press the point that while significant progress has been made, much work needs to be done to ensure fair housing for all.…

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State Judge Overturns New Title Insurance Marketing Regulations

July 2018

NEW YORK—Representatives of the title insurance and closing industries hailed a recent ruling by New York State Supreme Court Judge Eileen A. Rakower that turned aside recently enacted state regulations aimed at curtailing what the state termed as excessive marketing costs and other unscrupulous activity in the title industry. The ruling handed down on July…

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$136M Westchester Avenue Redevelopment Project Gets Preliminary Nod From IDA

July 2018

WHITE PLAINS—A plan to redevelop an underutilized stretch of Westchester Avenue in White Plains that will feature more multifamily development and some retail space in the downtown district is progressing. A proposal by Sabre Chauncy, WP, LLC to build 276 units of rental housing and nearly 25,000 square feet of retail space at 80-100 Westchester…

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Second Quarter Home Sales Lower in Most Hudson Valley Markets

July 2018

In most areas of the region the median sales price for a single-family residential home increased by about 6% as compared to the second quarter of 2017, according to the “2018 Second Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York” report authored by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing…

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NAR Roundtable Tackles Fannie, Freddie Reform, Privatization

June 2018

WASHINGTON—With America’s homeownership rate struggling to match falling unemployment and increasing consumer confidence, protecting the benefits of the secondary mortgage market remains critical to the health of the overall housing industry. On June 22, the National Association of Realtors hosted a roundtable event examining the scope and status of comprehensive Government-Sponsored Enterprise, or GSE, reform,…

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Northeast Home Sales in May Buck National Trend

June 2018

WASHINGTON — U.S. existing-home sales fell for the second straight month in May, as only the Northeast region saw an uptick in activity, according to a report released on Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 0.4% to a…

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Mid-Hudson is Mecca for Craft Brewing Industry

June 2018

ALBANY—A report touting the burgeoning craft brewing industry in New York State clearly shows that the Mid-Hudson region is the top market for this sector. A report released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 14 noted that the Mid-Hudson Valley added the most new craft manufacturers statewide, with 93 new businesses opening in the past…

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HGAR Mourns Passing of Longtime Legal Counsel

June 2018

WHITE PLAINS—One of the key people who helped shape the modern-day Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors has passed away at the age of 75. Longtime Board Legal Counsel Edward I. Sumber died on June 5 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Real Estate In-Depth talked with association leaders from past and present who were in unison…

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Music is in the Air This Summer at Many Hudson Valley Venues

June 2018

Summer is coming and that translates to the feel of beach sand on bare feet, the aroma of dinner on the barbecue grill, and the sounds of everything from classic rock to jazz to country music filling concert halls throughout the Hudson Valley. Bands like Kansas, Poison, Yes, America, Jefferson Starship, Lady Antebellum and Justin…

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Metro-North President Talks Station Improvements, Capital Projects

June 2018

RYE BROOK—Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi briefed members of the Commercial Investment Division of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the Business Council of Westchester on June  7 on the latest railroad initiatives, including the long-awaited improvements to the White Plains station. Rinaldi, who recently spoke before the Orange County Citizens Foundation on the needs…

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Two Veteran Westchester Realtors Form New ‘LifeNY’ Brokerage Firm

June 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Two veteran residential brokers and “Rising Stars”—Chirag Shah and Jason Wilson—have ventured out on their own and formed a new boutique brokerage firm here called “LifeNY.” The two Realtors, who both have been heavily engaged in the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, say their new firm will have “a laser focus on client services…

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Real Estate Panel Discusses Cannabis, Amazon Impacts; Region’s Future Opportunities

May 2018

HARRISON—It’s rare indeed that the effects of Cannabis get much attention at a business event, perhaps with the exception of programs geared to either the medical or in some states law enforcement communities. But, times are definitely changing. On May 30, the Business Council of Westchester and Fordham University’s Real Estate Institute staged a roundtable…

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Rooney Family to Sell Empire City Casino to MGM for $850M

May 2018

YONKERS—A study that began last November on the future of the Empire City Casino property here has resulted in a sales agreement valued at $850 million. The deal, which is expected to close in less than 12 months, will put an end to 46 years of the Rooney family owning the iconic casino and harness…

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Construction Begins on $100M St. Regis Project in Rye

May 2018

RYE—A host of state, county and local dignitaries were on hand for the official groundbreaking of the St. Regis Residences Rye here earlier this month. The project, being developed by Harrison-based Alfred Weissman Real Estate, will include 95 luxury condominium residences ranging from one- to four-bedroom units located within five three- to four-story buildings constructed…

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Latimer to Take Another Look at Westchester Airport Privatization Plan

May 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Consistent with his campaign position on the privatization plan put forward by previous County Executive Robert Astorino, Westchester County Executive George Latimer has begun a process to revisit whether privatizing Westchester County Airport is such a good idea. The announcement of a study of the Westchester County Airport proposal comes weeks after the Latimer…

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Purchase College Moving Forward With $320M Senior Project

May 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Officials with Purchase College-State University of New York briefed officials with the Westchester County Local Development Corp. at its session on April 26 on plans to build a $320-million Senior Learning Community on a 40-acre tract on the campus. The Westchester LDC is performing due diligence on the college’s proposal to have the LDC…

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