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HGAR Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Real Estate In-Depth Newspaper

December 2015

WHITE PLAINS – In 2016,The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of its flagship monthly newspaper Real Estate In-Depth and is also acknowledging the 90th consecutive year of publishing a membership newspaper/magazine, in addition of course to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Realtor association. For those…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Meet HGAR’s 2015 Affiliate of the Year

December 2015

When Patsy Sposato of Parkway Pest Services heard his named called for “Affiliate of the Year” at HGAR’s Annual Meeting this year, he was stunned. “It was a big surprise, to say the least,” he said. “I am so honored and still have so many people congratulating me.” Sposato, who has been involved with the…

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Shopping Small and Local for the Holidays and Beyond

December 2015

For Small Business Saturday, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and I did some shopping as we usually do, visiting small businesses throughout the area and enjoying the experience of supporting our neighborhood shops, which mean so much to the local economy. Spending time in the businesses gave us an opportunity to see how things were…

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ROCKLAND: Q&A with Rockland County Executive Ed Day

November 2015

Hard Choices Lead to Tangible Progress in Rockland County   Rockland County Executive Ed Day has followed through on his campaign promise back in 2013 to bring governmental and budget reform to turn around a county government on the brink of default. In fact, in the first days of administration in January 2014 he learned…

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ROCKLAND: Change of Leadership at REDC

November 2015

DiTullo Leaves for NC, Struck Takes Over as REDC President   PEARL RIVER—After more than three years on the job, Michael DiTullo resigned his post as president and CEO of the Rockland Economic Development Corp. to take on a similar post in Brunswick County, NC where he and his wife Joan own a home. The…

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ROCKLAND: Crystal Run Healthcare Breaks Ground On $30 Million Medical Facility

November 2015

WEST NYACK—On October 20th, Crystal Run Healthcare was joined by Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alexander J. Gromack, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, and President and CEO of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation Michael DiTullo for the official ground breaking of its new 70,000-square-foot medical facility at 2 Centerock Road in West Nyack. Nearly 150 guests attended…

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ROCKLAND: Rockland Realtor Matthew Rand Appointed to TZ Toll Task Force

November 2015

  NEW CITY—Matthew Rand, managing principal of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty based here, has been appointed to a newly formed task force to advise the New York State Thruway Authority on tolls for the new Tappan Zee Bridge (a.k.a. the New NY Bridge). New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Robert Megna announced…

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NAR Signs Deal with UPSTREAM to Develop Data Platform

November 2015

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors and its wholly owned subsidiary, Realtors Property Resource, have signed a technology agreement with UPSTREAM, a revolutionary industry-owned and controlled data management company, to develop UPSTREAM’s cross-industry, state-of-the-art platform for real estate data entry, collection and distribution for real estate brokers. UPSTREAM will create a single entry point for brokers…

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Varricchio Hired to Lead Putnam Economic Development Agency

November 2015

CARMEL—Jill M. Varricchio, a marketing entrepreneur and community leader, has taken the helm of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation. Varricchio has been hired as the new president of the PEDC. The position was vacant since Meghan Taylor left the position earlier this year to become the regional director of the Empire State Development Mid-Hudson…

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NAR Offers Resources to Enhance Realtor Safety

November 2015

SAN DIEGO, CA—Throughout 2015, the National Association of Realtors has enhanced and expanded upon its more than a decade old Realtor Safety program, developing new materials, creating additional resources and providing members with everything they need to feel empowered and confident in their personal safety. Once a week, NAR now shares safety tips via Facebook,…

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NAR Survey: First-Time Home Buyers Share of Market Falls Again

November 2015

WASHINGTON—The share of first–time buyers declined for the third consecutive year and remained at its lowest point in nearly three decades as the overall strengthening pace of home sales over the past year was driven more by repeat buyers with dual incomes, according to an annual survey released recently by the National Association of Realtors.…

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Former Orange County Exec. Diana Gets New Gig

November 2015

NEWBURGH—Former Orange County Executive Ed Diana has joined the Construction Contractors Association in Newburgh as its new director of membership, the CCA announced recently. “I look forward to starting this new endeavor and bringing my expertise and knowledge of the many things that attract businesses to Orange County and the Hudson Valley to the Construction…

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Westchester County Approves Incentives for Projects Worth Nearly $500 Million

November 2015

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency granted sales and mortgage tax exemptions to four development projects valued at a combined $496 million on Sept. 24th. The largest project by far is the $275-million redevelopment of the outdated and nearly vacant Westchester Pavilion mall. All four projects are expected to create more than 3,100 construction…

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U.S. Appeals Court Backs HUD on Fair Housing Funding

November 2015

Astorino Claims Vindication on Zoning NEW YORK—While Westchester County government officials say a recent ruling by the United Stats Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit offered “a major vindication” for the county’s position concerning local zoning and home rule, the court in fact sided with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on…

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Sales Up in All Four Counties

November 2015

Realtors Predict Strong Home Sales Market Into 2016 WHITE PLAINS—Led once again by strong home sales gains in Orange County, the residential home sales market in the four-county region of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors continues to be very active. According to the recently released 2015 Third Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for…

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HGAR to Move Headquarters to The Source at White Plains

August 2015

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc. will be relocating its headquarters offices from The Westchester Pavilion mall at 60 South Broadway to offices on the top floor of The Source at White Plains at the corner of Bloomingdale Road and Maple Avenue in White Plains, Real Estate In-Depth has learned. The Source at…

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HGAR, HGMLS Want You!

July 2015

WHITE PLAINS—To all members interested in elective office in either HGAR or HGMLS for 2016: the Nominating Committees for both HGAR and HGMLS will be meeting this month to start the process of selecting Realtor members to put forward as nominees for Director and Officer positions for 2016. If you would like to be considered…

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LCOR to Break Ground on $250M Project In Downtown White Plains

May 2015

WHITE PLAINS—LCOR Inc., the developer of the proposed mixed-use 55 Bank St. project near the White Plains train station, said recently that the Berwyn, PA-based firm hopes to break ground in May on the $250-million venture. James Driscoll, senior vice president of LCOR, said that financing was being finalized for the project that will feature…

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