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GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: In the Blink of an Eye

December 2016

Just one year ago I wrote an article for this publication about 2016 being the 20th year anniversary of Real Estate In-Depth, as well as the 100th anniversary of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, which was established in 1916. Boy did this year go by quickly! We certainly did celebrate, starting with a gala…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: HGAR Affiliate of the Year JoAnne Murray

December 2016

JoAnne Murray, president of the Allan M. Block Agency, Inc. in Tarrytown, had no idea that she was going to be honored as the HGAR “Affiliate Member of the Year” at the Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Day in October. “When I heard my name called, I was so shocked that I just sat there…

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Westchester Hopes Fair Housing Case Winding Down

December 2016

Astorino Welcomes Carson as HUD Secretary WHITE PLAINS—In an exclusive interview, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino told Real Estate In-Depth that the county fully expects to meet its court-mandate to have 750 affordable housing units either built or approved by the end of this month. County Executive Astorino also said that the election of Republication…

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Report: Demographic Shifts, Consumer Demand Will Keep U.S. Suburbs Thriving

December 2016

WASHINGTON—Suburban housing markets across the United States are evolving rapidly and overall remain well-positioned to maintain their relevance in the years ahead as the places where most Americans live and work, even as many urban cores and downtown neighborhoods continue to attract new residents and businesses, according to a new publication from the Urban Land…

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PUTNAM POSTING: Small Business Development Center Returns to Putnam County

December 2016

After more than a decade’s absence, the New York State Small Business Development Center has returned to Putnam County with a satellite office alongside the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce in the Tompkins Community Center, 953 S. Lake Blvd., in Mahopac. "Over 90% of the companies that operate out of Putnam County are small businesses,"…

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HG Realtor Foundation Presents Checks To Rockland, Orange County Charities

December 2016

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently presented donations checks to three local charities—People to People in Nanuet and the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona in Rockland County and the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, Inc. in Orange County. People to People, which…

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HGAR to Hold ‘We are the World’ 2017 Installation Gala on Jan. 19

December 2016

TARRYTOWN—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors will present its “We are the World” 2017 Installation Gala on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. Dorothy Botsoe of Dorothy Jensen Realty, Inc., in White Plains, will be installed as the 2017 HGAR President and Renee…

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Hudson River Waterfront Alliance Releases Key Findings in Barge Anchorage Study

December 2016

YONKERS—Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano reconvened the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance at the Yonkers Waterfront Esplanade on Dec. 1 to announce the alliance’s maritime counsel and expert findings regarding the proposal by the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey Tug and Barge Committee for 43 additional barge anchorages along the Hudson River from…

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Loew’s Theater Groundbreaking a Precursor to Building Boom

December 2016

NEW ROCHELLE—A groundbreaking was staged at the long-shuttered Loew’s Theater in New Rochelle on Nov. 30 for a much-anticipated $120-million mixed-use high-rise tower. However, while definitely cause for celebration, city officials and the developer say the event was just the first of what they expect will be a host of new commercial developments that will…

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Young Realtor and Cancer Survivor Publishes First Book

November 2016

WEST NYACK—Tiera Rice, 27, has joined the growing number of Hudson Valley real estate professionals who are also authors. The West Nyack Realtor, who works with R2M Realty Inc. in Nyack, just finished her first novel, “Awakening” the Bloodline Series, Book 1. It’s a fictional story about a subject that is far removed from real…

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Business and Environmental Groups United To Protect Hudson River from Anchorages

November 2016

Many business organizations—including the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) and the Business Council of Westchester—have come out in strong opposition to the U.S. Coast Guard’s consideration of regulations that would allow the establishment of new anchorage grounds in the Hudson River. Under the proposal, 10 additional anchorages with space for up to 43 vessels…

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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Realtors Support Renewal of Tax Provisions

November 2016

With the presidential election over we can now, hopefully, move on to the business of governing. The election brings a new administration and new priorities. For the housing industry it is important that we pass several pieces of legislation and be watchful of others. It is particularly imperative that we extend two critical housing tax…

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State, National Home Sales Post Strong Gains in October

November 2016

ALBANY—Home sales in October posted strong gains both in New York State and nationally. The New York State Association of Realtors reported on Nov. 22 that home sales in the Empire State reached the second highest October monthly total on record. Home sales in the Empire State dipped slightly from one year ago, but still…

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UPDATE: Astorino Budget Hinges on Airport P3 Deal

November 2016

WHITE PLAINS—While business groups have praised Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino’s recent public-private partnership (P3) proposal at Westchester County Airport, the county executive’s proposed $1.8-billion budget is predicated on the Westchester County Board of Legislators approving the plan before the end of this year. In fact, the Board of Legislators has until Dec. 27 to…

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DHL, Possibly New Air Carrier Coming to Stewart Airport

November 2016

TOWN OF WALLKILL—While Stewart Airport has made headlines with the recent revelation that Brooklyn Brewery may be building an $80-million facility at the airport grounds in New Windsor, several other major developments at the airport operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could be in the offing as well. At a…

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Trump Presidency Will Certainly Bring Changes to Housing Market

November 2016

WASHINGTON—While real estate mogul Donald Trump was anything but predictable during his campaign for the White House, his upset victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will no doubt bring changes to the financial and housing markets in both the short and long-term. Although some of President-elect Trump’s policies are still unclear, real estate…

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Gap Inc. Opens Fishkill Distribution Center in ‘Pop-Up’ Facility

November 2016

FISHKILL, NY—At a press conference at the warehouse facilities of Gap Inc. here, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Nov. 16th that the retailer has opened its Fishkill distribution center in a new “pop-up” facility allowing more than 1,200 employees to return to work following the devastating fire that destroyed a company warehouse in August. Currently,…

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