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Westchester CE Latimer Forms Reopening Task Force to Prep Businesses for Post COVID-19 Era

June 2, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced on June 1 that he had formed the Westchester County Reopening Task Force, which is charged with finding solutions to advance local businesses interests once the coronavirus crisis ends. The task force is co-chaired by Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker, a former small business owner and past president…

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Mid-Hudson Region Begins Phase One; Real Estate Industry Awaits Phase Two

May 28, 2020

ALBANY—On Tuesday, May 26th, segments of the construction and manufacturing sectors of the Mid-Hudson regional economy were allowed to go back to work after being shut down under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York on Pause” restrictions imposed in March to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo first announced on May 22…

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BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Cuomo Says Mid-Hudson Economy to Reopen on Tuesday

May 22, 2020

ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that pending the required training of contact tracers over the Memorial Day weekend, the Mid-Hudson regional economy will begin phase one of its economy’s reopening on Tuesday, May 26. The governor in his daily COVID-19 briefing on Saturday said the Mid-Hudson region had met the metric in terms of COVID…

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Two of the Largest Commercial Projects in Orange County History Begin Construction

May 15, 2020

Site work has commenced on two of the largest warehouse-distribution facilities ever to be built in Orange County. The two build-to-suit developments in Montgomery for Amazon and Medline, involve nearly 2.3 million square feet of new construction totaling nearly $200 million in investment. Developer Bluewater Partners has commenced construction on the 1,015,740-square-foot distribution center for…

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How to Deal with Stress in the COVID Climate

May 12, 2020

While most Realtors are still dealing with the frustration that the COVID-19 has placed on their industry, some are starting to discover different ways to conduct business and deal with their daily stress. Virtual cocktail parties and drive-by visits to relatives are now part of the new norm, but Irene Guanill has taken that to…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Betsy Estrella-Mejia

May 11, 2020

Kicking COVID to the Curb While the Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on people’s lives and careers, one New City agent not only managed to overcome the virus herself, but actually received offers on two homes, sight unseen, during these incredibly challenging times! Some may consider Betsy Estrella-Mejia a real estate “newbie,” earning her license…

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Rep. Maloney Tells HGAR a ‘Big Fight’ is Coming on State and Local COVID-19 Aid

May 4, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) in a more than 50-minute online session hosted by the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors recently offered his views on the COVID-19 crisis’ impacts on the real estate industry and how the federal government going forward will be assisting businesses in New York State affected by the pandemic.…

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HGAR Seeks Future Leaders Through Accelerator Program

April 29, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The current leadership of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors recently held a virtual information session on its new initiative for 2020—the Leadership Accelerator Program. As a result of the association’s recently developed Strategic Plan, the goal of this program is identifying and developing new leaders for HGAR’s future. The current leadership of the…

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Indian Point 2 to Shut Down on Thursday

April 29, 2020

BUCHANAN—A day that many business leaders have dreaded and environmentalists have hailed will come to pass tomorrow morning (April 30). The Indian Point Unit 2 reactor will be shut down by control room operators at the nuclear power plant complex here by Entergy Corp. The Indian Point 2 reactor has been in operation for more…

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Breaking News: Governor Extends Coronavirus Restrictions Until May 15

April 16, 2020

ALBANY—While President Donald Trump is pondering whether to restarting some segments of the economy in some areas by May 1, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that he will extend the state’s “On Pause” restrictions until May 15. The governor said the extension of the restrictions that include the closure of non-essential businesses, schools,…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Market Entered Coronavirus Crisis with Strong Demand

April 16, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Novel Coronavirus has all but put the Hudson Valley real estate market “on pause” with Realtors forced since March 22 to navigate a myriad of regulations, including virtual showings only, to close residential transactions. A recently released report by OneKey Multiple Listing Service indicated that the market area of the Hudson Gateway Association…

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HGAR, NY Realtors Enter Brave New Video World

April 15, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The COVID-19 virus has changed all of our lives. Surgical masks and gloves are now part of our daily attire and “social distancing” has become the norm. Restaurants and bars are just empty shells of their past lives, nightclub floors are devoid of bands, movie theaters are ghost towns and video chatting has replaced…

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Northeast States Form Council to Study Re-opening of Economy

April 15, 2020

ALBANY—In nearly a month of difficult economic news and tragic fatality numbers due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, a glimmer of hope has emerged that the state is beginning to consider how and when non-essential businesses could reopen in New York State. On Monday April 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a regional initiative with six…

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GDC Acquires Stratus on Hudson in Yonkers for Nearly $40M

April 7, 2020

YONKERS—Ginsburg Development Companies has added to its portfolio of multifamily properties in the Greystone section of Yonkers with the recent purchase of the Stratus on Hudson, a 74-unit luxury rental building located at 1077 Warburton Ave. GDC purchased the property in Northwest Yonkers from Stamford, CT developer Randy Salvatore’s RMS Companies who completed the building…

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Pre-Coronavirus: HGAR Reports Strong First Quarter Sales Regionwide

April 3, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Residential home sales figures for the first quarter of 2020 were strong and indicated that a robust year for residential sales in the lower Hudson Valley region, now served by OneKey Multiple Listing Service, would follow. According to a report released by OneKey Multiple Listing Service earlier this month, that aforementioned assumption has, of…

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State Clarifies Position on Property Showings—Can Only be Performed Online

April 3, 2020

ALBANY—Less than 24 hours after the real estate industry was led to believe that in-person real estate showings were permitted by New York State comes a statement from Empire State Development that only virtual/online showings are permissible. On the evening of April 2, an official with Empire State Development Corp. in a clarification of the…

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BREAKING NEWS: Empire State Development Deems Some Facets of Residential, Commercial Real Estate as ‘Essential’

April 2, 2020

ALBANY—Commercial and residential real estate brokers and agents received some welcome if not surprising news on April 1 when the Empire State Development Corp. clarified existing regulations, put in place in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, and deemed residential and commercial showings and back office real estate work as “essential.” The clarification therefore allows…

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Gov. Orders All Non-Essential Construction Shut Down

April 1, 2020

NEW YORK—Most private construction in New York State, including major development projects in New Rochelle, Yonkers and White Plains, have been temporarily shut down as a means to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Pandemic. At a press briefing at the Javits Center in New York City on March 27, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo…

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