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Astorino, Local Officials Blindsided by Indian Point Closure Deal

March 2017

PEEKSKILL—The overwhelming takeaway from a recent state legislative committee public hearing on the Indian Point closure deal between New York State and plant operator Entergy Corp. was that state officials failed to forewarn key local stakeholders that a deal was in the works. County and local officials also were in unison expressing concern that a…

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Former Ramapo LDC Director Pleads Guilty in Bond Fraud Case

March 2017

WHITE PLAINS—The former executive director of the Ramapo Local Development Corp. N. Aaron Troodler pled guilty on March 7th to federal securities fraud and conspiracy charges in connection with the bond financing for the construction of what is now known as the Palisades Credit Union Park, and other projects, including the failed The Hamlets condominium…

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Multifamily Boom Takes Hold in NYC Suburbs

March 2017

TARRYTOWN—The suburbs surrounding New York City, including Westchester County, are now in the throes of a multifamily development boom as major investors flock to downtown districts in White Plains, New Rochelle, Yonkers and Mount Vernon to build transit-oriented communities. A panel of real estate investors at an event staged by The Business Council of Westchester…

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In Memoriam: Richard Albert

March 2017

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors regrets to inform its membership of the recent passing of veteran Realtor Richard Albert. The longtime Broker/Owner died on March 5th at the age of 89. Albert is survived by his much beloved wife Brenda, son Jeffrey, daughter Susan, stepchildren Lisa and Michael, grandchildren:  Molly, Sasha, Chelan, Brittany, Jordan,…

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Urstadt Biddle Sells Westchester Pavilion for Nearly $57 Million

March 2017

WHITE PLAINS—The former home of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors—the Westchester Pavilion Mall—has changed hands and is expected to be demolished shortly for a new high-rise mixed-use development. Greenwich, CT-based Urstadt Biddle Properties sold the vacant existing 185,000-square-foot Westchester Pavilion mall to Maple and Broadway Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Lennar Corp. through its…

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Houlihan Lawrence Commercial Expands Brokerage Operations Into Connecticut

March 2017

RYE BROOK— Houlihan Lawrence Commercial Group, the commercial arm of leading real estate firm Houlihan Lawrence, reported on Feb. 28th that it expanded operations into Connecticut. Agent Michael Rackenberg has been named the team leader for the office that will service the communities throughout Fairfield County, including New Canaan, Greenwich and Stamford. He will be…

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BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: HUD Provides Grants for Lead-Based Paint Abatement

March 2017

On Feb. 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the availability of grants to help abate lead-based paint hazards in lower income homes. The chief purpose of these grants is to protect young children in these residences. These monies will also give an opportunity for communities to establish programs to control…

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Gov. Cuomo Forms Task Force as Hearings Convene on Indian Point Closure

March 2017

ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of an Indian Point Closure Task Force the same day as a joint meeting of committees of the State Assembly and Senate convened on the business and economic impacts the planned closure of the nuclear facility in Buchanan might have on the state and local economies. The newly formed…

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HGAR President Launches New ‘Tea With the President’ Initiative

March 2017

WHITE PLAINS—In the first of its kind outreach to the general membership, HGAR President Dorothy Botsoe has launched her “Tea with the President” program at HGAR’s White Plains, Goshen and West Nyack offices. HGAR President Botsoe, who was installed as 2017 HGAR President in January, developed the idea as a way to encourage more participation…

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Gov. Cuomo Touts Initiative to Accelerate $150M Project by Woodbury Common Exit

February 2017

WOODBURY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a stop at the New York State Thruway Authority Harriman Maintenance facility in Orange County on Feb. 26th to tout his expedited $150-million reconstruction of the Route 17 Exit 131 and adjacent New York State Thruway Harriman exit. The first dirt on the long-delayed project, which will greatly improve traffic to…

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Norwegian to Offer Flights to Ireland, Scotland From Stewart Airport

February 2017

NEW WINDSOR—The word “international” finally means something again at Stewart International Airport. On Feb. 23, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a partnership with Norwegian that will have the airline carrier offer low-cost transatlantic flights from Stewart International Airport in Orange County to Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dublin and Shannon in Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland beginning this June.…

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Rand Realty Named to Business Council’s 2017 Business Hall of Fame

February 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Business advocacy organization The Business Council of Westchester recently announced its 2017 Business Hall of Fame inductees, including Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. Marsha Rand, who founded the real estate brokerage firm 30 years ago, will be accepting the Hall of Fame award for “Entrepreneurial Success.” BH&G Rand Realty is one of six…

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State Lawmakers to Convene Hearing on Indian Point Closure

February 2017

ALBANY—A joint meeting of state lawmakers from the Assembly and Senate will convene a hearing here Tuesday, February 28th at 10 a.m. to discuss and seek answers surrounding the planned shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear reactors in Buchanan by 2021. In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement with Indian Point operator Entergy Corp.…

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Yonkers Renews its $2 Billion ‘Rebuild Yonkers Schools’ Campaign

February 2017

YONKERS—After securing a partial victory last year in its efforts to have New York State finance most of its planned $2-billion capital program for the Yonkers school district, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano re-launched the “Rebuild Yonkers Schools” campaign to secure more favorable terms from the State Legislature. Last year, Yonkers was successful in its first…

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Real Estate Execs Push for New Condo Assessments in Ossining

February 2017

OSSINING—Three Westchester County real estate professionals are leading a citizens group called the “Ossining Committee for Fair Taxation” that is looking to have the Town of Ossining, which recently undertook a town-wide property reassessment, ensure that condominiums in the town are assessed at full value, the same as single-family residences and commercial properties. The trio…

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Project Profile: $500M Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park to Harness Region’s Burgeoning Food and Beverage Sector

February 2017

Real Estate In-Depth recently sat down with Mike Oates, managing partner of Bellefield Development Partners, to discuss the firm’s proposed $500-million Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park development, a mixed-use, multi-phased project that hopes to take advantage of and in turn enhance the Hudson Valley’s growing food and beverage industry. The development project is located on…

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County, Feds at Odds Over Housing Monitor

February 2017

WHITE PLAINS—While Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino has been hopeful that with the change in administration in Washington, DC, would perhaps foster better relations between the county, the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, initial indications reveal the relationship between at least some the parties remains frosty. Astorino has…

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County Renews, Amends Camp Herrlich Lease

February 2017

CARMEL—Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced recently that the legislature passed a resolution to amend the county’s lease with Camp Herrlich. Amendments, featuring a guaranteed 20-year lease term, were sought by Camp Herrlich to ensure long-term care of the property and to secure funding for facility improvement and expansion to increase the camp’s capacity. “Camp…

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Brewster Revitalization Project Progresses

February 2017

BREWSTER—Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Village of Brewster Mayor James Schoenig with Covington Development, LLC, principal, Harold Lepler, recently announced details on the implementation of Phase I of a multiphase Transit Oriented Development project designed to revitalize the Village of Brewster.  The initial construction phase is supported in part by a recently awarded $2-million…

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A.S.A.P. Mortgage Opens Fourth Branch Office

February 2017

  CROTON-ON-HUDSON—Rescheduled a day later due to the snowstorm, officials and staff with A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp. opened its fourth Westchester County branch location on Friday, Feb. 10. A host of local and county officials were on hand for the festivities to commemorate the opening of the firm’s new location at 125 Grand St. in Croton-on-Hudson.…

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