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Majority of Realtors Report Sellers Haven’t Lowered Listing Prices

May 2020

WASHINGTON—More than three in four Realtors (76%) currently working with sellers this week reported their clients haven’t reduced listing prices to attract buyers, according to a survey released recently by he National Association of Realtors. That’s up from 74% who said the same a week ago. “Nearly 70% of Americans have secure employment and those…

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BCW’s Economic Recovery Task Force Looks To Create Action Plan to Help Re-open Economy

May 2020

RYE BROOK—As New York State prepares to begin reopening its economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the newly formed Business Council of Westchester’s Economic Recovery Task Force is forging ahead with developing a comprehensive plan to provide specific recovery measures and recommendations keyed to assisting Westchester’s diverse business and not-for-profit sectors. The Task…

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Orange Bank & Trust Provides More Than $100M in PPP Loans

May 2020

MIDDLETOWN—Orange Bank & Trust Company reported on May 5 the successful processing of more than 700 small business loan applications for local business customers, totaling more than $100 million. The applications were funded under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was established in late March to help small businesses remain afloat and retain employees…

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As Pending Sales Fall Sharply, NAR Says Housing Market Slump will be Temporary

April 2020

WASHINGTON—Pending home sales fell in March as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, according to the National Association of Realtors. Each of the four major regions saw drops in month-over-month contract activity and year-over-year pending home sales transactions, NAR reported on April 29. The Pending Home Sales Index in the month of March in the…

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Recovery from COVID-19 Downturn in NY Will Take Longer than ‘Great Recession’

April 2020

ALBANY—The New York State Division of the Budget released a report on Saturday that estimates a $13.3-billion shortfall, or 14%, in revenue from the Fiscal Year 2021 Executive Budget Forecast released in January. The report estimates a $61-billion state revenue decline through Fiscal Year 2024 as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 463-page…

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Gov. Cuomo Could Begin Restart of Economy After May 15

April 2020

ALBANY, NY—It appears New York State could allow the reopening of some business operations in the construction and manufacturing sectors in the upstate region beginning as early as after May 15. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his daily COVID-19 update on Sunday April 26 announced the state may begin a phased restart of the…

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US Home Sales Increased Year-Over-Year Despite March Sales Decline Due to COVID-19 Impacts

April 2020

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales fell in March following a February that saw significant nationwide gains, according to the National Association of Realtors. Each of the four major regions reported a dip in sales, with the West suffering the largest decrease. Sales in the Northeast dipped more than 7%, NAR reported. Total existing-home sales, (https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales), completed transactions that…

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Multifamily Market Conditions Weakened in First Quarter Due to COVID-19

April 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Multifamily Housing Council reported today that apartment market conditions weakened in the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions for April 2020, as the industry confronts the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Market Tightness (12), Sales Volume (6), Equity Financing (13), and Debt Financing (20) indexes all came in…

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NYS Department of Labor Launches New COVID-19 Unemployment Application

April 2020

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Labor reported the launch of a new application on April 20 for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance or the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This one-stop-shop for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department…

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COVID-19 Update 4/21/2020: Gov. Cuomo Says NY Biz Reopening to Be Done by Region

April 2020

BUFFALO—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this morning’s COVID-19 update briefing here said that the reopening of the state’s economy will be performed by region. He announced that Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul will be in charge of studying the Western New York region, including determining how and when the economy will reopen there, while former…

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COVID-19 Update for Monday, April 20, 2020

April 2020

Governors Make Appointments to Council Charged with Restoring Northeast Economy NEW YORK—Perhaps the beginning of the end or at the very least the end of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restoration of the regional economy are at hand. On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut…

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Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic to Relocate to Lockwood Medical Campus

April 2020

NEW ROCHELLE—Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Inc. has signed a lease to occupy the entire ground level of the Lockwood Medical Campus here. Rand Commercial, the exclusive leasing agent for the 100,000-square-foot Lockwood Medical Campus at 150 Lockwood Ave., reported that Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic has signed a long-term lease for more than 5,600 square feet…

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Zeta Charter School Signs 65,000 SF Lease in the Bronx

April 2020

NEW YORK—Zeta Charter Schools has signed a 65,000-square-foot lease deal for a new elementary school at 1910 Arthur Ave. in the Bronx. Called Zeta Bronx Tremont Park Elementary, the school is scheduled to open in August 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year and will ultimately serve students in pre-K through fifth grade, according to Transwestern…

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Longtime State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky Dies at 73

April 2020

ALBANY—Richard Brodsky, one of the most powerful state legislators for nearly three decades, passed away on April 8 at the age of 73. Initial published reports stated that Brodsky died from complications of the Coronavirus, but a family member told the New York Times that the longtime lawmaker passed away from a heart attack and…

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International Tech. Firm to Relocate North American HQ to Rye Brook

April 2020

RYE BROOK— SCHOTT Corporation has signed a lease for more than 14,000 square feet of space at Kingsbrook, a recently renovated six building complex located at 1100 King St. in Rye Brook owned by New York City-based George Comfort & Sons, Inc. The international technology company that specializes in the areas of specialty glass and…

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