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Intense Demand Leads to Double-Digit Increases in Home Sales in Hudson Valley

July 2016

WHITE PLAINS—A perfect storm of market forces—strong buyer demand, low interest rates, soaring housing costs in New York City and a vibrant local economy helped propel residential home sales in the four-county market area of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors to a five-year high. The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. reported 4,525 residential…

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BH&G Rand Realty Opens First Bronx Office

July 2016

NEW YORK CITY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty announced today the opening of its new Bronx office on East Tremont Avenue in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx. The new office is located at 3432-06 East Tremont Ave. and concentrates on the Throgs Neck, Country Club, Pelham Bay, Morris Park, Pelham Parkway and Indian…

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Legoland Building Case for Incentives for $500M Resort in Orange County

July 2016

GOSHEN—Will the Mid-Hudson Valley region in the next few years be home to not only a $1-billion casino resort in Sullivan County, but a $500-million LEGOLAND New York theme park and resort in Orange County? The approval process that will play itself out over the next six months or so will determine whether the Town…

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Middletown Wins $10-Million Economic Development Sweepstakes

July 2016

MIDDLETOWN—Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a stop at the Paramount Theatre here on July 6th to announce that the City of Middletown had won a hotly contested $10-million state grant to help revitalize its downtown district. A host of state, county and local dignitaries were on hand for the announcement that Middletown had secured the Downtown…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Pat Palumbo - A Starring Role in Real Estate

July 2016

Pat Palumbo may have the most memorable voice message in the entire real estate community. In fact, it will definitely catch you off guard. What you’ll hear is a personal message from international stage and screen actor Hugh Jackman, posing as her “assistant.” “It really is him,” explained Palumbo, a sales agent with Houlihan Lawrence’s…

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Rockland Sues State, Water Utility Over Desalination Plant Costs

July 2016

NEW CITY— Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced on June 27th that the county had filed a lawsuit against its water company—Suez Water New York, Inc.—and two state agencies in connection with tens of millions of dollars in costs being charged to Rockland County water ratepayers for a failed desalination plant in Haverstraw. The legal…

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HGAR Raises $17,000 for Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley

July 2016

The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, raised $17,000 for Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley at its “Red Carpet Spectacular” Gala held this spring at the Clubhouse at Patriot Hills in Stony Point. The Tarrytown-based non-profit organization grants the wishes of Hudson Valley children suffering with life-threatening medical conditions.…

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HGAR School of Real Estate Kicks Off ‘Lunch & Learn’ Series

July 2016

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway School of Real Estate kicked off its first “Lunch & Learn” class on June 21 in White Plains, with more than 50 people attending the “Mold & Other Environmental Hazards” Class taught by Jim Rood of Lighthouse Environmental.  Lunch was provided by Hudson United Mortgage, Title and Insurance. Launched earlier this…

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Gov. Cuomo Signs East Ramapo Oversight Bill

July 2016

ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as expected, signed into law on June 30th a bill that will provide greater oversight of the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County. The bill was passed by the Assembly and Senate on June 16 and was delivered to the governor on June 28th. Oversight legislation was passed last year…

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Putnam County Executive Odell Tells CID ‘Better Days are Ahead’

June 2016

MAHOPAC—Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell says the county needs to expand its commercial base by securing additional sewer capacity, and also must attract and retain Millennials, as well as encourage ongoing initiatives like “Envision Brewster” and the redevelopment of Tilly Foster Farm. Odell was the keynote speaker at the annual breakfast of the Putnam County…

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18-Year Saga Ends in Ossining As Harbor Square Project Opens

June 2016

OSSINING—A host of state, county and local dignitaries joined veteran residential real estate developer Martin Ginsburg on June 23rd in cutting the ribbon on Harbor Square, a $65-million luxury multifamily waterfront project here. The Harbor Square development site has been the focal point of development for nearly 20 years. In 1998, Westchester developer Louis Cappelli’s…

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Rockland County Exec. Looks to Cut Costs Over Delayed Building Sale

June 2016

NEW CITY—Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced on June 20th a series of emergency financial measures, including a hiring freeze, that will be put in place to address a potential $4-million budget shortfall caused by the County Legislature's failure to move forward with the sale of the Sain Building here. "We are facing a $4-million…

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Mount Vernon Mayor Unveils $20M Plan To Rebuild Troubled Memorial Field

June 2016

MOUNT VERNON—Mount Vernon’s storied but troubled Memorial Field has been closed for six years. Mayor Richard Thomas has recently floated plans to rebuild and improve the long-shuttered stadium that will involve another bond issue. After voters approved a $108-million bond to improve Mount Vernon schools, Mayor Thomas has endorsed a $20-million plan for Memorial Field,…

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Putnam County Executive Odell to Speak To Chamber, CID At June 23rd Meeting

June 2016

MAHOPAC—The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division and the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors have scheduled a “Year of Business Development” breakfast on June 23rd at the Putman County Golf Course here. Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will be the keynote speaker at the event…

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Urgent Care Fills a Pressing Need in the Hudson Valley

June 2016

Within the past year, urgent care centers seem to be popping up all over the Hudson Valley.  According to the Urgent Care Association of America, there are now more than 7,100 urgent care facilities across the nation, including 460 in New York State. Urgent care centers, described as a middle ground between the doctor’s office…

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Westchester LDC Provides $26M in Financing For Rippowam School Construction Project

June 2016

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Local Development Corporation approved on May 26th a total of $26 million in incentive financing for the construction and renovation of facilities at the upper campus of the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford. The $19-million project will create approximately 150 to 200 construction jobs and retain approximately 195 full-time and part-time…

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State Tax Department Issues STAR Tax Credit Guidelines

June 2016

ALBANY - The New York State Department of Tax and Finance has published a form for distribution to new homeowners that provides guidance on the new STAR tax credit program, the New York State Association of Realtors reported on June 7. Homeowners who purchased their current home prior to May 1, 2014 and already receive…

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Camp LaGuardia Complex Availability Passes Key Vote

June 2016

GOSHEN—The Orange County Legislature voted on June 2 by an overwhelming 19-2 margin to appropriate $1.2 million to the Orange County’s Real Property office to free up the 260-acre Camp LaGuardia property for future development. “I’m pleased that the Legislature voted to take action that will help put Camp LaGuardia back on the tax rolls,”…

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