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RPA Plan Looks to Address Region’s Housing, Infrastructure Needs

December 2017

NEW YORK CITY—The Regional Plan Association in its fourth regional plan says some residents of the New York City metro region are not enjoying the benefits of the robust NYC economy due in large part to the lack of investment in the area’s infrastructure, housing and quality of life. In its 373-page report released on…

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Scott Durkin Named President of Douglas Elliman

December 2017

NEW YORK—Residential brokerage firm Douglas Elliman announced on Dec. 4 it had promoted its chief operating officer, Scott Durkin to president and chief operating officer effective immediately. Durkin, a 30-year real estate veteran and protégée of Barbara Corcoran, joined Douglas Elliman in 2015 as executive vice president of acquisitions and growth. He was promoted to…

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Work to Start Soon on $150M Road Project by Woodbury Common

November 2017

HARRIMAN—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Orange County on Wednesday to announce the impending start of construction on the long-awaited Exit 131 project adjacent to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. New York State officials announced that Yonkers Contracting Co. Inc. and subcontractor design firm HNTB were awarded the Design-Build contract. A spokesman for Yonkers Contracting,…

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Ginsburg's Scarsdale Retail Condo Trades to Investor for $17M

November 2017

SCARSDALE, NY—Ginsburg Development Companies has sold the retail condominium component of its Christie Place mixed-use project across from the Scarsdale Metro North train station. Knowledgeable sources have informed Real Estate In-Depth that the deal was valued at $17 million. The sale to an unidentified private investor was announced by brokerage firm Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.,…

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Project Update: Resorts World Catskills Readies for March 2018 Opening

November 2017

THOMPSON, NY—The tourism industry in the Hudson Valley will likely never be the same in just a few months because in mid-February a new player in the casino gaming industry in the Northeast will arrive—the $1.3 billion Resorts World Catskills casino resort. The first delivery of what will eventually be 2,157 high-tech slot machines arrived…

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Public, Private Institutional Construction Booming in New York City

November 2017

NEW YORK—Public and private institutional construction starts in New York City through the third quarter of this year totaled approximately $4.2 billion, well above the $3.7 billion this sector produced all of last year. Paced by major projects, such as the $1.2-billion Jacob K. Javits Convention Center expansion and other major initiatives, the total for…

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Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Donates $28,000 to Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley

November 2017

TARRYTOWN—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, a division of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently presented a $28,000 donation check to Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley at the Wish House in Tarrytown. The monies were raised at the foundation’s “Black & White Masquerade Ball” held in September at the Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley.…

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Health Care, Communications, Tech Sectors Key Drivers of Commercial Real Estate Market in Westchester

November 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Tenant demand by health care, technology and communications concerns, particularly along the I-287 corridor, are helping bolster Westchester County’s commercial office market. Commercial brokerage firms Houlihan Lawrence and JLL recently released respective third quarter 2017 market reports for Westchester County. For the most part the two firms agreed on a number of positive prevailing…

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House Passes Tax Reform Bill; Fight Now Goes to Senate

November 2017

WASHINGTON—As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the controversial Republican tax reform plan—“Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”—on Thursday by a 227-205 margin. The battle over tax reform now switches to the U.S. Senate where the GOP holds a razor thin two-seat majority over Democrats, who have all lined up against the House and Senate…

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Empire City Casino at Yonkers Exploring Partnership or Sale

November 2017

YONKERS—Empire City at Yonkers Raceway has retained J.P. Morgan Securities LLC to identify a strategic partner or perhaps explore a possible sale as it looks transform the highly successful racing and casino venue into a global gaming and entertainment destination. In its announcement released on Nov. 15, Empire City Casino officials said that JP Morgan…

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Rep. Lowey, HGAR Condemn Devastating Impact of GOP Tax Plan

November 2017

WHITE PLAINS—U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors held a joint press conference at the HGAR headquarters in White Plains on Nov. 13 to highlight the devastating impacts the U.S. House and Senate tax reform plans would have on middle class taxpayers in the Hudson Valley. “The numbers are in,…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Stephanie Liggio

November 2017

‘Bronx Girl’ Wins Affiliate of the Year Award Stephanie Liggio, HGAR’s 2017 “Affiliate Member of the Year,” has enjoyed a varied career path before settling in at Rye Brook’s Judicial Title Insurance Agency, where she has worked for the past 12 years. Currently the Director of Business Development, Liggio has held previous positions with Unilever…

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New York Congressional Delegation's Views on Tax Reform

November 2017

ALBANY—The New York State Association of Realtors reports that all Democratic New York Congressional representatives, including local Congressional representatives Sean Patrick Maloney, Nita Lowey and Eliot Engel, have come out against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” proposal also known as the GOP tax reform plan released on Nov. 2. Also, New York’s two Democratic…

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Gov. Cuomo Says GOP Tax Plan has ‘Diabolical Dimension’

November 2017

ALBANY—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined a chorus of business and political leaders to voice his opposition to the GOP tax reform plan released on Thursday by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. In a statement released to the press, the governor did not mince words saying the tax cut plan by the GOP…

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Barry Kramer Named Realtor of the Year at HGAR Annual Meeting

November 2017

Stephanie Liggio Wins Affiliate of the Year Award TARRYTOWN—More than 1,000 members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors participated in the HGAR’s 101st Annual Meeting held on Oct. 30th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. The business portion of the all-day event was highlighted by the election of HGAR Officers and Directors, who will…

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