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NAR Testifies in Favor of Tax Reform Done Right

September 2017

WASHINGTON—Tax reform done right could yield savings and simplification that benefits average Americans, but history shows that misguided reforms can pose significant threats to the economy. That’s the message the National Association of Realtors brought to Congress on Sept. 14th as Iona Harrison, chair of NAR’s Federal Taxation Committee, testified before the Senate Finance Committee.…

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Legoland Project Secures Key Zoning Approval

September 2017

GOSHEN, NY—The $500-million LEGOLAND New York project proposed by Merlin Entertainments secured key approvals by a 4-1 vote of the Goshen Town Board on Thursday evening that put the development ever closer to breaking ground. The Town Board approved amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan and zoning law as well as the adoption of Local…

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County Executive Neuhaus Talks Economic Growth, Stewart International Airport’s Expanding Impact on Region

September 2017

Since winning the County Executive post in the November 2013 election, former Chester Supervisor Steve Neuhaus has tackled a host of difficult issues that initially included closing significant budget gaps, stabilizing county government finances and shepherding the redevelopment of the Orange County Government Center in Goshen. Orange County Executive Neuhaus, who is running for re-election…

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NAR: Despite Pricing Plateau, Commercial Real Estate Outlook Remains Bright

September 2017

WASHINGTON— Commercial real estate price growth in large markets is expected to flatten over the next year, but strong leasing demand and investor appetite in smaller markets should keep the sector on solid ground, according to the latest National Association of Realtors quarterly commercial real estate forecast (available at https://www.nar.realtor/reports/commercial-real-estate-outlook). Backed by the ongoing stretch…

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David Rockefeller Estate on Market for $22 Million

September 2017

POCANTICO HILLS—The lavish Hudson Pines estate of billionaire philanthropist and banker David Rockefeller is on the market for sale for $22 million. The former chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank passed away at the age of 101 in March of this year. Since his passing, Rockefeller’s estate began to sell off his various real…

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President Trump Signs Extension Of National Flood Insurance Program

September 2017

WASHINGTON—With the State of Texas reeling from the extensive damage of Hurricane Harvey and the State of Florida and other southern states assessing the havoc caused by Hurricane Irma, Congress recently passed legislation that will provide some assistance to the millions of people impacted by these devastating storms. On Thursday, September 7, the U.S. Senate…

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HGAR’s CID Tackles the Future of Route 17

September 2017

GOSHEN—The Commercial Investment Division of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors hosted an informative and at times provocative roundtable discussion on growth along the Route 17 corridor and how the current two-lane (both east and west) arterial can handle future growth. With the March opening of the more than $1-billion Resorts World Catskills Casino and…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: John Olivero

September 2017

A Burning Passion for Real Estate John Olivero really loves Goshen. Some 27 years ago, the former Staten Island firefighter got in his car and started driving north in search of an affordable home in a nice, quiet community. He got off at the Goshen exit and has been there ever since! Today, the broker/owner…

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HGAR Echoes NAR’s Call for Donations To Relief Fund for Hurricane Victims

September 2017

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors is joining the National Association of Realtors, calling on members nationwide to donate funds to the Realtor Relief Foundation to support Hurricane Harvey victims. The RRF, whose goal is to help families who have endured catastrophic loss, will use the money for mortgage and rental assistance. NAR President…

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Roundtable Program to Tackle Future Growth on Route 17

August 2017

GOSHEN—The Commercial Investment Division of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, in cooperation with the Orange County Partnership, is holding a breakfast meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7 to discuss “The Future of Route 17.” The event will be held at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame at 240 Main St. and will begin…

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Annual Members Day to Feature Mel Robbins of CNN as Keynote Speaker

August 2017

TARRYTOWN - Just one day before Halloween, some 1,000 Realtors are expected to converge on the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown for HGAR’s 101st Annual Member Appreciation Day. The Monday, October 30 day-long event will feature Mel Robbins of CNN as the keynote speaker. This free event, open to all HGAR members, will be drawing Realtors…

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NAR Describes Inventory Levels as ‘Pitiful’

August 2017

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors released two telling reports this month that detailed the anemic levels of home sale inventory, describing supply conditions as “pitiful” and inventory shortages in some markets as “severe.” In a report released on second quarter home sale prices, NAR stated the headstrong supply and demand imbalances in much of the…

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Rep. Maloney Introduces Bill to Help First-Time Buyers

August 2017

MIDDLETOWN—U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) held a press conference at the home of recent first-time homebuyers Taylor and Justin Van Dyke on Aug. 23rd to announce he intends to re-introduce bipartisan legislation to assist first-time homebuyers save for their down payment and pay for closing costs on their initial home purchase. Rep. Maloney ‘s…

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Woodbury Common Owner Settles AG Case Loudly

August 2017

CENTRAL VALLEY—The owner of the highly popular Woodbury Common Premium Outlets here may have spent nearly $1 million recently to settle charges of engaging in anti competitive behavior, but it did not do so quietly. Simon Property Group after settling litigation with the New York State Attorney General over alleged anticompetitive tactics it employed in…

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Governor Presides Over Opening of Western Span of Mario Cuomo Bridge

August 2017

TARRYTOWN—More than 800 business, organized labor and political leaders gathered to commemorate a major milestone in the construction of the $3.9-billion Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge on Aug. 24— the opening of the western span of the new structure that will next year replace the Tappan Zee Bridge. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at the ceremony…

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Outdated Office Buildings to be Replaced by Luxury Rental Project

August 2017

Toll Brothers Project a First for I-287 Corridor HARRISON—The repurposing of outdated suburban office buildings along the I-287 corridor along what had been known as the “Platinum Mile” took a historic turn to a new crossroads on Aug. 15 when Toll Brothers Apartment Living officially broke ground on the conversion of two outdated office buildings…

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Fordham University, HGAR Form Educational Partnership

August 2017

Project Management, Finance Courses to be Offered in Westchester WEST HARRISON—The Real Estate Institute at Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies has announced the expansion of its professional certificate programs to Westchester County. Beginning in September, in person courses in the Real Estate Finance & Investment and Construction Project Management certificate tracks will…

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