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Saunders Named Secretary General of FIABCI

June 2019

WHITE PLAINS—Vanessa Saunders of Global Property Systems in White Plains was elected to a two-year term as Secretary General of the Marketing and Networking Committee of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI). Saunders is the first individual to be appointed to this position from the Hudson Valley region. Founded in 1951 in Paris, the FIABCI…

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In Memoriam: George Lawrence

June 2019

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors regrets to inform its membership of the passing of a real estate executive who has had a lasting impact on Westchester’s real estate industry—George Lawrence. Lawrence of Vero Beach, FL peacefully passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the age of 81. He was born on Aug. 9,…

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At Home in Nyack: ‘The Art and Soul on the Hudson’

June 2019

This quaint little community has been described as "the art and soul on the Hudson," by Nyack's Chamber of Commerce. The 1.6 square mile village, located in the Town of Orangetown in Rockland County, has been home to artists, musicians, actors and celebrities like Rosie O'Donnell. Part of what makes Nyack a unique hub of…

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BCW Fetes ‘Mothers and Sons in Leadership

June 2019

The Business Council of Westchester recently hosted a lively panel discussion of successful mother-and-son businesses that explored how their businesses have found success through an intergenerational business model. The program titled “Mother’s & Sons in Leadership: Shared Vision for Success” was held at Kanopi at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains. From left, Marsha Gordon, CEO…

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HG Realtor Foundation Launches New Committee To Fill Volunteer Needs for Supported Charities

June 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway REALTOR Foundation has launched a new Program Committee dedicated to filling the volunteer needs for the charities and non-profit organizations that it supports. The new committee, chaired by Gail Fattizzi, HGAR President-elect, has been busy organizing various volunteer projects and will be inviting the HGAR membership to participate. “The Foundation has…

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Westchester Secures First CDBG, Home Funding in Nearly a Decade

June 2019

ELMSFORD—At a press conference at DeLuca Park here, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey announced on June 17th the re-establishment of the Westchester Urban County Consortium and the first Community Development Block Grant award in nearly a decade. The new consortium is comprised of 25 towns and villages in the county,…

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Rockland Codes Initiative is 'Turning Slumlords into Landlords'

June 2019

SOUTH NYACK—A little over four years ago Rockland County attempted to tackle the issue of dilapidated and unsafe housing by instituting the Rockland Codes Initiative that was touted at the time as a sweeping effort to combat illegal housing and overcrowding in the county. State, municipal and county officials joined Rockland County Executive Ed Day…

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Business Council Taps Two Economic Development Execs. to Board of Directors

June 2019

RYE BROOK—In a move to bolster its planning and economic development expertise, the Business Council of Westchester has named Wilson Kimball, Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Yonkers and Luiz Aragon, Commissioner for Development for the City of New Rochelle, to its Board of Directors. “We are truly honored to have these…

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Savvy Affair Holds Annual Benefit for Autism Speaks

June 2019

EASTCHESTER—A Savvy Affair’s Ninth Annual Benefit for Autism Speaks was held at Mulino’s at Lake Isle on Thursday May 16th. At the event, A Savvy Affair also celebrated its 10th year of hosting events, and fundraisers throughout Westchester and New York City. Michelle Madaffari, who is the CEO of A Savvy Affair Inc, is an…

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Learn More About the CFA Process

June 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Office of Economic Development is urging businesses, organizations and municipalities to attend informational workshops being held this month to learn more about funding opportunities in the next round of the Mid-Hudson Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). The Westchester County Office of Economic Development will hold a series of informational sessions throughout Westchester…

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Wells Fargo to Sell Eastdil Secured in Management Buyout Deal

June 2019

NEW YORK—Wells Fargo & Co. announced on June 11 it had reached an agreement to sell Eastdil Secured, its private real estate investment banking division, in a management buyout transaction. The sales agreement follows Eastdil’s management-led recapitalization, in partnership with Guggenheim Investments, on behalf of certain institutional clients, and Temasek, a global investment company headquartered…

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NAHREP Launches Westchester County Chapter

June 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals officially launched its Westchester County Chapter recently with a kick-off party at an office rooftop in White Plains. The event drew more than 150 people and included special guest Chef Barret Bayer of the “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Million Dollar Listing” TV shows. NAHREP currently has more…

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Hudson Valley Region Renters and Homeowners Struggle with Affordability

June 2019

ALBANY—The affordable housing crisis continues in New York State, according to a report released on June 6 by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The report stated that nearly 1.4 million households paid half or more of their income in 2017 towards housing costs. “The high cost of housing can force some New Yorkers to…

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White Plains Releases Long Awaited RFP For Redevelopment of Transit District

June 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The City of White Plains announced on June 6 that it had released the long-awaited Request for Proposals for interested development firms to redevelop three city-owned properties and one Urban Renewal Agency parcel in the city’s Transit District. The four parcels total approximately 4.5 acres and are located along the easterly side of the…

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