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Reps. Lowey, King Introduce Bill to Restore SALT Deductions

January 2018

WASHINGTON—Two members of the New York State delegation in Congress have introduced bipartisan legislation to restore the state and local tax deduction that was capped at $10,000 as part of the federal tax reform plan passed late last month. U.S. Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17/Rockland-Westchester) and Peter King (R-NY-2/Nassau-Suffolk) introduced the “SALT Deductibility Act” on Jan.…

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Trustco Bank Expands to Putnam County

January 2018

Trustco Bank hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening of its newest branch at 945 South Lake Blvd. in Mahopac on December 15th. The branch marked the bank’s entrance into Putnam County. Glenville, NY-based TrustCo Bank Corp. NY is a $4.9-billion savings and loan holding company and through its subsidiary, Trustco Bank, operates branch offices…

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NAR: The Impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act On Consumers and Real Estate Professionals

January 2018

Editor’s Note: The National Association of Realtors recently posted on its website an extensive analysis of the recently passed federal Tax Reform and Jobs Act. The following are extensive excerpts of that analysis. WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors worked throughout the tax reform process to preserve the existing tax benefits of homeownership and real estate…

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HGAR’s 2017 President Wraps up Year with Free Networking Events

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—2017 HGAR President Dorothy Botsoe ended her year in office the same way that she started it—offering free networking outreach events to the HGAR membership in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties, as well as the Bronx. Her 2017 Holiday Networking events began in November at the Mix Cocktail Bar at the Crowne Plaza…

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Gov. Cuomo Promises to Sue Feds Over Tax Reform; Restructure State Tax System

January 2018

ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his “State of the State” address on Wednesday here vowed that the state will file suit against the recently enacted federal tax reform law and will also study restructuring the state’s income tax revenue system. Calling the federal tax reform law an “arrow aimed at New York’s economic heart,” Gov. Andrew…

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Study Ranks New York Third in Nation in Move-Outs

January 2018

ST. LOUIS, MI—New York State ranked third behind Illinois and New Jersey in out migration, according to a study released recently by moving company United Van Lines. The United Van Lines' National Movers Study stated that more Americans are moving westward, while the Northeast and Midwest continued to lose residents. In 2017, more residents moved…

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Residential Sector Continues to Drive Bronx Building Boom

December 2017

NEW YORK CITY—New construction starts in the Bronx are expected to surpass the $2-billion plateau in 2017, according to a report released today by the New York Building Congress. While several new large public works projects came on line this year, the residential housing sector in the borough accounted for more than 50% of the…

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Home Sales Ending Year Strong, Pending Sales Rise Slightly

December 2017

WASHINGTON—Recently released reports on existing home sales and pending sales in November released by the National Association of Realtors showed strong sales activity. However, NAR predicts conditions will weaken somewhat in the new year. The National Association of Realtors reported on Dec. 27 that pending home sales were mostly unmoved in November, but did squeak…

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René Jones Named Chairman and CEO of M&T Bank Corp.

December 2017

BUFFALO, NY—Following the sudden death of its longtime chairman and CEO Robert G. Wilmers earlier this month, M&T Bank Corp. announced on Dec. 20 that René F. Jones was appointed chairman and CEO of M&T and its principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of both M&T Corp.…

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Governor, Legislature Strike Deal on First-Time Homebuyer Tax Incentive

December 2017

ALBANY—New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo citing the legislation’s potential costs, reached an agreement on Dec. 18 with the State Legislature to have three state agencies study the fiscal impacts of establishing the New York State First-Time Homebuyer Savings Program. The governor signed the New York First Time Homebuyer Savings Program (NY First Home) bill…

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Rockland Lands Another Major Data Center

December 2017

ORANGETOWN—Rockland County continues to be a hub for major data center users. Most recently, Bloomberg and fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty have developed major facilities in Rockland. In October, JP Morgan Chase became the latest to announce plans for a Rockland County location. On Oct. 18th, JP Morgan Chase closed on the $7.5-million purchase of 60…

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REDC Looks to Grow Economy With New Initiatives

December 2017

PEARL RIVER—Flushed from the record success in the annual Consolidated Funding Application competition where more than 10 critical projects in Rockland County secured state funding, REDC President and CEO Jeremy Schulman said the county’s economic development agency plans a host of targeted initiatives and programs geared at attracting new business and growing existing commerce in…

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Rockland County Secures Nearly $6 Million in State Funding

December 2017

ALBANY—Rockland County, reversing years of earlier frustration in landing state funding under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Consolidated Funding Application competition, took home an impressive $5.8 million in CFA funding in this year’s competition. Rockland County Executive Ed Day said the awards include funds to expand private businesses, revitalize communities and encourage tourism. "This investment in Rockland…

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Latimer Announces First Administration Staff Nominations

December 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County Executive-Elect George Latimer announced his first key administration appointments and all are very well known and respected in political, business and media circles in the county. Latimer announced on Dec. 19 that he had nominated retiring County Legislator Ken Jenkins to be his Deputy County Executive, former New York State Department of…

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REDC Celebrates 30th Anniversary Honors Four Firms at Annual Meeting

December 2017

SUFFERN—A record crowd of more than 300 business and civic leaders attended the Rockland Economic Development Corp.’s Annual Luncheon on Nov. 3rd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here. The event, which commemorated the 30th year of operation of the county’s chief economic development agency, also honored a county-based service provider, manufacturer, entrepreneur and transformational company…

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A Conversation with County Executive Ed Day

December 2017

After Bringing County Back From Financial Brink Day Looks to Advance Key Policies in Second Term NEW CITY—The chief focus of Rockland County Executive Ed Day’s first four years in office was to implement governmental and budgetary reform to improve county government operations and put the days when county government was on the brink of…

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County Executive-Elect Latimer Will Review Merits of $1.1B Airport Privatization Deal

December 2017

TARRYTOWN—Westchester County Executive-Elect George Latimer met with county business leaders on Dec. 12th and said that Republicans and Democrats in county government must work together to face new business and political realities. He also said that because the county budget for 2018 has yet to be finalized, he feels somewhat “hamstrung” in trying to implement…

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