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Gov. Cuomo Says GOP Tax Plan has ‘Diabolical Dimension’

November 2017

ALBANY—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined a chorus of business and political leaders to voice his opposition to the GOP tax reform plan released on Thursday by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. In a statement released to the press, the governor did not mince words saying the tax cut plan by the GOP…

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St. Christopher’s, Greenburgh-North Castle School District Partner to Launch ‘Cares’ Program for Hurricane Victims

November 2017

Residents of Houston, TX, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean are still struggling to recover from the devastating Hurricanes of Harvey, Irma and Maria that left multi-billion dollar paths of destruction. In a grass-roots effort to aid hurricane victims, St. Christopher’s Inc. and the Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District have joined forces to create…

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Barry Kramer Named Realtor of the Year at HGAR Annual Meeting

November 2017

Stephanie Liggio Wins Affiliate of the Year Award TARRYTOWN—More than 1,000 members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors participated in the HGAR’s 101st Annual Meeting held on Oct. 30th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. The business portion of the all-day event was highlighted by the election of HGAR Officers and Directors, who will…

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Low Inventory, Affordability Stifles First Time Buyer Demand

November 2017

WASHINGTON—Despite solid interest in buying a home—sparked by steady job gains, record low mortgage rates and higher rents—the severe drought in housing supply in much of the country over the past year as well as accelerated price growth kept many first-time buyers out of the market. This is according to the National Association of Realtors'…

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LCOR Begins Marketing Residential Tower in White Plains

November 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Developer LCOR announced recently the completion of construction and the debut of its residential tower project near the White Plains Metro North train station called “Continuum.” The tower building is the first phase of a $250-million twin tower mixed-use project. Located at 55 Bank St., Continuum features a 16-story tower with 288 residences and…

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Brokerage Firm Predicts Continued Growth Despite Changing Face of Retail

November 2017

HARRISON—In recent months, industry experts and media outlets have claimed the same thing: retail is dead. Brick and mortar has seemingly been replaced by omni-channel shopping, with many industry cornerstones and “Mom and Pop” shops shuttering doors across the country. While many in the industry have started to pull away from the retail sector, commercial…

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Report: Trump Plan Could Cost New Yorkers $72B in State, Local Tax Deductions

October 2017

ALBANY—New York State residents could lose more than $72 billion in reported income and property tax deductions if the current Big 6 tax reform plan is enacted. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a report released on Oct. 27th said the tax reform plan calls for eliminating most itemized deductions, including state and local…

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Yonkers Mayor Spano Says City is Looking to Change its Image

October 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, who was the keynote speaker at HGAR’s Commercial Investment Division on Oct. 26, said that one of his administration’s main goals has been to change the city’s negative image that at least in part was caused by the school desegregation case that garnered national headlines in the late 1980s. In…

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Century 21 Opens First Hudson Valley Store in Yonkers

October 2017

YONKERS—Fashion retailer Century 21 Stores has entered the Westchester County market with the opening of a new store at the Mall at Cross County here. The department store chain held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 24th for the more than 70,000-square-foot store. The store at 750 Central Park Ave. occupies two floors and features…

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Westchester County’s LDC Provides Incentives for New SUNY Purchase Dorm Project

October 2017

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester Local Development Corporation has approved $36.4 million in low-cost financing for Purchase College-SUNY to construct a new residence hall on its campus. The financing approved at the LDC’s Oct. 19th meeting will be used build a four-story, 80,000-square-foot residence hall, consisting of 300 beds in a suite-style configuration with student common areas…

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Putnam County Visitors Bureau Launches New Website

October 2017

CARMEL—The Putnam County Visitors Bureau went live in September with a re-launched and much improved website at visitputnam.org that features a host of new tools for visitors to take advantage of to plug into the many destinations and events taking place year-round in Putnam County. Bruce Conklin, executive director of the Putnam County Visitors Bureau,…

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Work Begins on Putnam Hospital Emergency Room Project

October 2017

CARMEL—Putnam Hospital Center recently broken ground on a major capital project—the expansion and refurbishment of its emergency department. The project, which will take about two years to complete, was necessary due to the increased patient load at the emergency room. Putnam Hospital Center President Peter Kelly, in an interview with Real Estate In-Depth, said that…

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New York City Council Approves Bronx Point Mixed-Use Project

October 2017

NEW YORK—The New York City Council approved the massive Bronx Point project along the Harlem River waterfront in the South Bronx on Oct. 17th that will be led by a Larchmont-based developer, which will bring approximately 1,000 new housing units to the area as well as a new school and hip-hop museum. City officials announced…

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A Conversation with Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell

October 2017

Updates on Tilly Foster, Envision Brewster and How Sewer, Water Projects Could Foster Growth CARMEL—Prior to MaryEllen Odell taking office in November 2011, the economic development efforts in Putnam County were to put it politely outdated and were in fact close to non-existent. Since taking office Odell has made business attraction and retention, as well…

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Rockland County Investment Firm Proposes $175M Project to Revitalize Downtown Spring Valley

October 2017

SPRING VALLEY—Rockland County-based investment firm Concord Capital NY reported on Oct. 16th that it is seeking approvals to build a $175-million transit oriented development in Downtown Spring Valley. The project, which the firm states will be modeled after successful redevelopment initiatives in Downtown Yonkers, New Rochelle and in TOD-oriented locations on Long Island, calls for…

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County Executive Odell Unveils $155M Putnam County Budget

October 2017

MAHOPAC—Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presented the $155.3-million proposed 2018 county budget to the Putnam County Legislature at the Putnam County Golf Course on Oct. 6. The proposed budget, which is within the New York State imposed tax cap, calls for a net increase of $2.3 million over the 2017 adopted budget, which reflects a…

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Astorino, Latimer Take Off the Gloves at First Debate

October 2017

WHITE PLAINS—While the contest was nowhere near an all out brawl, Republican incumbent Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino and Democratic challenger New York State Senator George Latimer did take some verbal jabs at one another in a fiery first debate held on Tuesday evening at SL Green Realty’s Reckson Metro Center at 360 Hamilton Ave.…

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