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GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: A Legacy to Remember

August 2016

First, a disclaimer, I am blatantly biased as I write this month’s article. I have been a huge fan of HGAR’s Legal Counsel Edward I. Sumber for more than three decades. In my opinion Ed has been one of the most effective and knowledgeable association legal counsels in the country, and he has earned the…

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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Victory for Realtors as Condo Legislation is Signed Into Law

August 2016

President Obama has signed Condo legislation that was approved by both houses of the Congress, into law. This is a big victory for Realtors as well as for future buyers as purchasing a condo is often a more affordable housing option. The new law mitigates current FHA regulations surrounding existing condominium projects, including streamlining project…

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Intense Demand Leads to Double-Digit Increases in Home Sales in Hudson Valley

July 2016

WHITE PLAINS—A perfect storm of market forces—strong buyer demand, low interest rates, soaring housing costs in New York City and a vibrant local economy helped propel residential home sales in the four-county market area of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors to a five-year high. The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. reported 4,525 residential…

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Hudson Valley Second Quarter Home Sales Soar to Five-Year High

July 2016

Editor’s Note: The following is the full text version of the 2016 Second Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York released recently by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service. WHITE PLAINS—Prospective homebuyers who were out in force during the first several months of 2016 came to the…

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Middletown Wins $10-Million Economic Development Sweepstakes

July 2016

MIDDLETOWN—Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a stop at the Paramount Theatre here on July 6th to announce that the City of Middletown had won a hotly contested $10-million state grant to help revitalize its downtown district. A host of state, county and local dignitaries were on hand for the announcement that Middletown had secured the Downtown…

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Mount Vernon Mayor Confident City Can Attract New Investment

June 2016

MOUNT VERNON—Mayor Richard Thomas knows the city is playing catch up with neighboring Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle. However, the energetic young chief executive believes that for the city to bring in significant private investment it must spend capital to improve its neglected infrastructure. While he knows that the work to bring what he…

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State Tax Department Issues STAR Tax Credit Guidelines

June 2016

ALBANY - The New York State Department of Tax and Finance has published a form for distribution to new homeowners that provides guidance on the new STAR tax credit program, the New York State Association of Realtors reported on June 7. Homeowners who purchased their current home prior to May 1, 2014 and already receive…

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GM Redevelopment Finally Breaks Ground

May 2016

SLEEPY HOLLOW—In what Village of Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray described as simply “a defining moment for our village, a real turning point” and a break with its industrial past, the developers of The Edge-on-Hudson, a planned more than $1-billion mixed-use development, broke ground on the former site of the General Motors assembly plant here.…

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$60M French American School Project Still in ‘Limbo’

May 2016

WHITE PLAINS—Despite a blistering rebuke of the actions by the White Plains Common Council over what has been a five-year long approval process, the $60-million French American School of New York development project here is still nowhere near breaking ground. New York State Supreme Court Judge Joan Lefkowitz in her recent ruling described the project…

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Hudson Gateway REALTORS® Support Equal Housing Opportunities for All

April 2016

Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® As we celebrate the 48th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act and the progress that has been made, sadly, we must recognize that after nearly five decades illegal discrimination in housing is a crime that still exists today. The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) applauds Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s…

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IDA Delays Vote Again on Major Project Based on Complaints Over Labor Policy

April 2016

NEW WINDSOR—The developer of a major warehouse distribution project in the Town of Newburgh will have to wait until next month to possibly secure millions of dollars in incentives for its $40-million facility that will include anchor tenant AmerisourceBergen. The Orange County Industrial Development Agency delayed two votes on granting incentives to the major distribution…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Market Continues Feverish Sales Pace

April 2016

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Valley home sales market in the first quarter continued its upward trajectory, with increased sales throughout the four county region. However, the market has yet to truly become a seller’s market since sale prices were flat or even decreased in the four county HGAR region. A majority of all housing categories (single…

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2016 FIRST QUARTER REAL ESTATE SALES REPORT

April 2016

Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York Editor’s Note: The following is the full text version of the 2016 First Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York released today by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. WHITE PLAINS - Realtors operating in the four-county lower…

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Governor, Legislature Agree on $147B Budget

April 2016

ALBANY—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders announced on March 31 that they had agreed on a $147-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 that includes a phased in $15-minimum wage in portions of the state, paid family leave and a middle-class tax cut. The budget holds growth in state spending to 2% for…

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Developer Says Westchester Will Benefit From Pricey NYC Office Market

March 2016

WHITE PLAINS—Veteran real estate investor and developer Robert Weisz says Westchester County should benefit from the heady New York City office market in 2016. Weisz, principal of the RPW Group of Rye Brook, hosted approximately 40 commercial brokers at a meeting of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division at his 1133 Westchester…

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$250 Million Retail Project in Newburgh On Hold - UPDATE

March 2016

NEWBURGH—Here’s a head scratcher, considering the robust commercial real estate market in the US and specifically in the Hudson Valley. A long-delayed, but much anticipated retail project here is on hold, a victim of the changing retail investments market, the ownership tells Real Estate In-Depth exclusively. The $250-million Loop-Hudson Valley project, which had leased more…

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11-Year Saga Finally Ends for Chappaqua Crossing - UPDATE

March 2016

CHAPPAQUA—A storyline that included a bankruptcy that changed everything, false hopes, staunch opposition, failed votes, litigation and in the end finally compromise ended with the groundbreaking of the controversial Chappaqua Crossing mixed-use project here. The approval process took 11 years to finish to get to the point where shovels went in the ground earlier this…

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$230M Expansion at Westchester Medical Center to Begin in Spring - UPDATE

March 2016

Health Care is the Rx for Hudson Valley Economy   WHITE PLAINS—The healthcare sector continues to drive economic growth in Westchester County. Recent projects announced or under construction in the Hudson Valley put the healthcare and bioscience sector well in excess of $1 billion in new projects. On Wednesday, March 2, a plan to build…

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