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Gov. Cuomo Announces $13 Billion JFK Improvement Plan

October 2018

NEW YORK—Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday the latest plan for a major expansion and improvements at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which is now projected to cost $13 billion. The governor announced the plan on Oct. 4 at the Association for a Better New York breakfast. The governor states that $12 billion of the…

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Controversial CPV Valley Plant in Orange County Goes Online

October 2018

WAWAYANDA, NY—The controversial 680-megawatt CPV Valley Energy Center, owned by Competitive Power Ventures, is now operational. Competitive Power Ventures announced on Oct. 1 that the $900-million natural gas plant achieved commercial operation and was supplying enough electricity to power more than 600,000 average homes. The power plant, built by a joint venture of Skanska USA…

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New Multifamily Project in New Rochelle Breaks Ground

October 2018

NEW ROCHELLE—YoungCraft, a locally-based real estate development company, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 3 at the future site of The Rockwell, a more than 160,000-square-foot mixed-use development at 583 North Ave. here. Robert Young and Phil Craft, principals of YoungCraft, were joined at the project site by New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, City Manager…

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Historic Rehabilitation of Newburgh’s East End Apartments Completed

September 2018

NEWBURGH—New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced Sept. 25 the opening of a $15-million scattered-site project that renovated 15 abandoned properties to create 45 new affordable apartments in a four-block area of Newburgh’s East End. Called East End Apartments, state and city officials say the development is helping to revitalize the…

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Westchester County Put on ‘Significant Fiscal Stress’ List

September 2018

ALBANY—Westchester County was among four counties statewide to be characterized as under “significant fiscal stress” according to a report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Tuesday. The State Comptroller’s Annual Fiscal Stress Monitoring System report designated 25 municipalities statewide as being fiscally stressed. Also making the significant fiscal stress list were Nassau…

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Plan Calls for Conversion of IBM Somers Campus to STEM School

September 2018

SOMERS—A plan was presented to the Somers Town Board on Thursday evening that if approved would involve the adaptive reuse of the 1.2-million-square-foot former and now vacant IBM campus here into a STEM high school geared at attracting top students from across the country. Evergreen Ridge, LLC of Stamford, CT, headed by principal Tim DiScipio,…

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Northeast Existing-Home Sales Increased in August; Mixed Results in Other Regions

September 2018

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales remained steady in August after four straight months of decline, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest canceled out downturns in the South and West. A bright spot for the residential markets was in the Northeast, which saw its August existing-home sales rise 7.6% to an…

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Business Council Coalition Says Westchester Airport Future in Jeopardy

September 2018

RYE BROOK—Concerned that the future of Westchester County Airport is in jeopardy, the Business Council of Westchester has launched the Coalition for Westchester Airport, consisting of a broad range of businesses, labor organizations, educators, non-profits and residents in support of what they term as one of the county’s most valuable assets. The coalition has come…

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HGAR, LIBOR Boards Sign Key Agreement To Create New Regional MLS Next Year

September 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the Long Island Board of Realtors have announced that their efforts to create a consolidated new regional Multiple Listing Service that would benefit approximately 40,000 subscribers had cleared a significant milestone. The two largest Realtor associations in New York State reported that their respective Boards of Directors…

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Orange County Housing Market Showing No Sign of Slowing Down

September 2018

As the summer of 2018 comes to an end, the real estate market in Orange County is not showing any signs of slowing down. After the highs Orange County experienced in 2008, when the median sales price (half above and half below) for all homes was $300,000, we saw prices decrease for about eight years,…

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Health Quest, Marist College to Build New Medical School

September 2018

POUGHKEEPSIE—Marist College and healthcare services provider Health Quest plan to build a $75-milllion medical school in in Dutchess County. A site for the new Marist Health Quest School of Medicine has not been finalized, but Marist and Health Quest state in their joint announcement on Sept. 12 that plans call for a building of approximately…

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Westchester’s Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Will Spend $800M to Expand Upstate

September 2018

ALBANY—Tarrytown-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. is at it again, but this time in the Capital District. The state’s largest biotechnology company is planning to spend $800 million to expand its research and lab facilities upstate outside of Albany. The company’s capital plans were announced on Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who reported that the state’s Empire…

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WRO to Honor Former HGAR President Botsoe

September 2018

NEW ROCHELLE—Westchester Residential Opportunities will honor HGAR’s 2017 President Dorothy Botsoe at its gala set for Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6 pm. to 9:30 p.m. at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle. Botsoe is the principal broker of Dorothy Jensen Realty, Inc. in White Plains. Last year, Botsoe became the first black president in…

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Second Span of New Mario Cuomo Bridge to Open Saturday

September 2018

TARRYTOWN—Long-suffering commuters will soon get the full benefits of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, now known as the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. In fact, the ride could get much better by this Saturday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that the second span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open this Saturday,…

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Yonkers IDA Approves Perks for Major Waterfront Project

September 2018

YONKERS—New York City developer Extell’s proposed $502-million mixed-use waterfront project here has received approximately $21.3 million in incentives from the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency. Yonkers IDA officials stated that the incentives granted to Extell is the largest package of incentives offered by the authority in its history. The Yonkers IDA conveyed the perks to Extell…

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Great Wolf Resorts in Talks to Build Water Park Resort in Orange County

August 2018

GOSHEN—Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus has confirmed rumors that have been circulating for months that Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. is considering building a major indoor water park resort in southern Orange County. Neuhaus, in a prepared release on Aug. 29, stated that the Madison, WI-based hospitality firm is considering a “handful” of potential sites in…

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Ossining Children’s Center Looks to Develop New $17M Building

August 2018

OSSINING—The Ossining Children’s Center has unveiled a nearly $17-millon development plan that calls for the construction of a new 27,000-square-foot building that will enable the center to consolidate its programs under one roof. Located at 32 State St. in Downtown Ossining, the planned building would replace operations currently housed at two 120-year-old buildings OCC owns…

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FASNY Wins Key Court Case to End Seven-Year Review

August 2018

  WHITE PLAINS—A protracted regulatory and legal battle that has lasted more than seven years to redevelop the former Ridgeway Country Club in White Plains by the French American School of New York may be finally over. On Aug. 24, New York State Supreme Court Judge Joan Lefkowitz rejected two separate legal challenges filed by…

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NAR Chief Economist Debunks Fears of Severe Market Slowdown

August 2018

WASHINGTON—American financial and lending systems look vastly different nearly a decade after the defining moments of the Great Recession, thanks in part to safe and sound lending and regulatory policy reforms, strongly supported by the National Association of Realtors. Today, home prices are at or approaching record highs in many markets, and mortgage default and…

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