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Hudson Valley Becoming a Gaming, Recreation Destination

August 2017

A new emerging sector of the Hudson Valley’s economy is taking shape and 2018 could be a landmark moment in time when the region, known for its highly popular tourism destinations and quality of life, will see a new $1.2-billion casino resort open its doors in Sullivan County. In addition, if municipal approvals are secured,…

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Two New Medical Lease Deals Signed At Boyce Thompson Center Property

August 2017

YONKERS—Simone Development Companies reported two new leases totaling approximately 9,500 square feet of medical space at the Boyce Thompson Center, a recently completed 85,000-square-foot mixed-use center located in Northeast Yonkers. ColumbiaDoctors, a multi-specialty medical practice affiliated with Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, has signed a long-term lease for 6,839 square feet of space on…

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Three Firms in the Running for Westchester County Airport P3 Contract

August 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Now that Westchester County successfully entered a public-private partnership to manage its Rye Playland amusement park, it is now proceeding toward a possible long-term agreement with a private operator to manage the Westchester County Airport. Three airport operator groups are now competing to take over operations at Westchester County Airport here in a controversial…

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White Plains Leads the Way for County’s Office Market

August 2017

WHITE PLAINS—The City of White Plains saw most of the major office leasing transactions in the second quarter, which paced overall activity in Westchester County, according to market reports released recently by a number of major commercial brokerage firms. Colliers International Group reports the City of White Plains followed a strong first-quarter performance with another…

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PUTNAM POSTING: Primary Season is Here—A Call For Participation

August 2017

After a few years of living in Putnam County, I learned that to have a say in local elections you had to vote in the primary, and historically the Republican candidate would win. After a few years, I became a Republican to have a choice of who would wind up in whatever office was being…

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U.S. Pending Home Sales Reverse Course in June

August 2017

WASHINGTON— After declining for three straight months, pending home sales reversed course in June as all major regions, with the exception for the Midwest, saw an increase in contract activity, according to a recently released report by the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed…

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Western Span of New Tappan Zee Bridge to Officially Open on August 25

August 2017

TARRYTOWN—The project that many thought would never be built is reaching a key milestone later this month. At a breakfast meeting of the Association for a Better New York in Manhattan on July 27th, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the first of two spans of what is now being called the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo…

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Douglas Elliman Signs Deal to Acquire California Brokerage

August 2017

NEW YORK—Residential real estate brokerage firm Douglas Elliman announced on Aug. 1 that it entered into a contract of sale to acquire Los Angeles-based Teles Properties. Upon closing, the operations of Teles will be under the umbrella of Douglas Elliman, making Elliman the second largest non-franchise brokerage firm in the State of California. Teles partners…

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New York Building Congress Report Details Future Power Supply Concerns

July 2017

NEW YORK—The impending closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan and other market forces could pose significant risks to the future energy supply of New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley, a recently released report warns. The New York Building Congress released a report earlier this week entitled “Electricity Outlook: Powering…

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RM Friedland Closes Nearly 105K in Deals in Second Quarter

July 2017

HARRISON—Commercial brokerage firm RM Friedland reports that in the second quarter it closed deals valued at more than $15.1 million totaling 104,806 square feet of space in its market area in Westchester County and the Bronx. The firm reported that its second quarter activity totals included four sales with an aggregate value of more than…

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Legoland Project Clears Key Environmental Hurdle

July 2017

GOSHEN—The controversial $500-million LEGOLAND New York project secured a key approval on July 20th of its Final Environmental Impact Statement, a significant hurdle in its bid to win municipal approvals for the project so it can move forward later this year with construction of the theme park. Approximately 200 people packed the Orange County Emergency…

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Public Hearings Set on Kiryas Joel Separation Petition

July 2017

GOSHEN—Could the acrimony and litigation between the Town and Village of Monroe and the orthodox Hasidic Jewish community of Kiryas Joel be coming to an end? A proposal is working its way through the Orange County Legislature that could bring a controversial proposal to legally separate what is now the Village of Kiryas Joel from…

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Astorino Claims Victory in Zoning Dispute With HUD

July 2017

WHITE PLAINS—A seven-year battle between Westchester County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over terms of a controversial fair housing settlement appears to be finally winding down. On July 19th, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino announced that HUD had accepted the county’s 11th submission of an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing…

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Halpern-Rosen Venture Building New Mamaroneck Rental Project

July 2017

MAMARONECK—The first major residential rental development in the Village of Mamaroneck in 20 years broke ground recently. Village and county officials joined developer Halpern Real Estate Ventures and its partner, The Rosen Development Group, at a groundbreaking ceremony on June 15th for a loft-style development featuring luxury rental apartments and townhouses on a downtown site…

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Tech Firm Decides to Expand in Connecticut

July 2017

STAMFORD, CT—Reversing a troubling trend of high profile companies announcing headquarters moves outside of the state, the State of Connecticut got some welcome news recently that a growing technology company has decided to grow its headquarters operations in the Nutmeg State. Connecticut, which has seen high profile companies like GE and Aetna announce plans to…

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State Looks to Redevelop Former Correctional Facility in Beacon

July 2017

BEACON—Another shuttered correctional facility in the Hudson Valley is being marketed for alternative uses. The Empire State Development Corp. announced on July 7th it had issued a Request for Expressions of Interest to developers and investors to formulate plans for the reuse and redevelopment of the shuttered Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County. A former…

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Real Estate, Lending Industries Offer Mixed Reactions To CFPB’s ‘Know Before You Owe’ Disclosure Changes

July 2017

WASHINGTON—The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized updates to its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule with amendments released on July 7th that the bureau stated are intended to formalize guidance in the rule, and provide greater clarity and certainty. The changes will facilitate implementation of the Know Before You Owe rule by the mortgage…

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