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Largest NYC Woman-Owned Caterer is South Bronx Bound

March 2019

NEW YORK—City and state officials announced on March 18 that Great Performances, the city’s largest woman-owned catering and food services firm, will be relocating operations from Hudson Street in New York City to the South Bronx. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that as part of the relocation, Great Performances will create 181 new jobs and…

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Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort Posts $139M Net Loss in 2018

March 2019

MONTICELLO—The old gaming adage: “The House always wins,” doesn’t apply yet to the Hudson Valley’s only full-licensed casino gaming resort. The $1.2-billion Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort lost nearly $139 million last year and a total of $185 million in the last two years. According to a 10K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission…

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Robert Martin to Reacquire Most of its Storied Portfolio in $488M Mega Deal

March 2019

ELMSFORD-Robert Martin Co., one of the pioneer commercial office real estate development firms in Westchester County, has confirmed plans to reacquire approximately 95% of the portfolio it developed here and in Fairfield County, CT and sold more than two decades ago in a deal valued at $487.5 million. Industry observers say the deal, if finalized,…

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Survey: Majority of Real Estate Firms Remain Optimistic, Evolving Technology Still a Challenge

March 2019

WASHINGTON—The evolving technological landscape, competition from non-traditional market participants and housing affordability continue to be among the biggest challenges facing real estate firms in the next two years, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors. NAR's 2019 Profile of Real Estate Firms released on March 6 found that commercial real estate firms…

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Experts Say Westchester Natural Gas Moratorium is a Long-Term Problem

March 2019

WHITE PLAINS—A real estate attorney speaking before a group of Westchester County commercial brokers said the moratorium on new natural gas connections slated to go into effect on March 15 “is here to stay.” Officials with Con Edison—the utility that is imposing the moratorium—who participated in the discussion did not disagree. More than 100 attendees…

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Business Coalition Pushing Lawmakers to Fund a $500M Expansion of Route 17

March 2019

ALBANY—A coalition consisting of more than 100 business, civic, political and labor industry interests are calling for New York State to spend a total of $500 million to expand the existing Route 17 in Orange and Sullivan counties. Specifically, the organization is calling for a multi-year plan to construct a third lane in each direction…

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Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio Proposed 10-Point MTA Reform Plan

February 2019

NEW YORK—Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who have historically been at odds on a host of issues, agree on one thing—the Metropolitan Transportation Agency needs to be reformed. On Feb. 26, Cuomo and de Blasio released a 10-point plan to reform the MTA and to create sustained funding streams…

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Nyack College Postpones Rockland Campus Shutdown

February 2019

NANUET—Nyack College has announced it will postpone the planned relocation of its undergraduate programs from its campus in Rockland County to Lower Manhattan until early 2020. In an announcement to students on the college’s website, Nyack College President Michael G. Scales stated that the college had delayed the planned relocation of its undergraduate program to…

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Entergy Looking to Sell Indian Point by End of 2019

February 2019

BUCHANAN—Until recently, the major energy issue facing Westchester County and the Hudson Valley/New York City region was the impending closure of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point in the next two years. However, that was before Con Edison announced its plan to impose a moratorium on new natural gas connections for most of the county…

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Local Mortgage Firm Has Grand Expansion Plans

February 2019

WHITE PLAINS—A.S.A.P. Mortgage, which is headquartered in Cortland Manor, has embarked on a significant expansion effort of late that has included the opening of new offices in New York City and White Plains and the launch of a new commercial finance division. In addition, the company reports its intent to open additional locations in the…

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Politicos, Business Leaders Detail Dramatic Economic Impact of Natural Gas Moratorium on Westchester

February 2019

WHITE PLAINS—In two separate hearings on Wednesday, county, city and business leaders bemoaned the potential economic impact of Con Edison’s moratorium on new natural gas connections for most of Westchester County scheduled to begin on March 15. Some described the current situation as “a full-blown crisis” with the potential to bring new commercial, multifamily and…

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Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation’s ‘Project Beauty’ Event Draws Nearly 200 People

February 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation’s first event of 2019 drew almost 200 people to Neiman Marcus at The Westchester in White Plains for a “Project Beauty” event. The luxury department store closed early for the special event that featured champagne, wine, hors d’oeuvres, make-overs, professional headshots, and a “What’s New for Spring” runway show…

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Meet the Sellers of the Bronx Merges with ERA Insite Realty

February 2019

WHITE PLAINS—ERA Insite Realty Services, a full service, family owned and operated residential real estate firm with offices in White Plains, Bronxville, Yonkers and Pleasantville, has reported that Meet the Sellers of the Bronx has merged with the White Plains based firm. Meet the Sellers was founded and owned by broker Irene Guanill Elukowich. Louis…

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