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State Looks to Redevelop Former Correctional Facility in Beacon

July 2017

BEACON—Another shuttered correctional facility in the Hudson Valley is being marketed for alternative uses. The Empire State Development Corp. announced on July 7th it had issued a Request for Expressions of Interest to developers and investors to formulate plans for the reuse and redevelopment of the shuttered Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County. A former…

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Real Estate, Lending Industries Offer Mixed Reactions To CFPB’s ‘Know Before You Owe’ Disclosure Changes

July 2017

WASHINGTON—The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized updates to its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule with amendments released on July 7th that the bureau stated are intended to formalize guidance in the rule, and provide greater clarity and certainty. The changes will facilitate implementation of the Know Before You Owe rule by the mortgage…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Continue to Rise Despite Falling Inventory

July 2017

WHITE PLAINS—The constricting supply of housing in the lower Hudson region served by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. has brought about some long-expected price increases in most areas and in most property types, according to the “2017 Second Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York”…

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Legislative Affairs: Support Reform of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 2017

Under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), attorneys may collect fees related to pursuing claims of non-compliance of the law but plaintiffs are not permitted to collect damages. Lawsuits often target easily correctible infractions such as signage, soap dispenser heights and transition lifts on ramps. Owners of these properties often have a…

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Manhattan Sales Market Continues Record-Setting Pace Without Inventory Concerns

July 2017

NEW YORK CITY—While the Hudson Valley and many residential markets across the nation are feeling the impacts of low for-sale inventory, the Manhattan residential real estate market is “surprisingly robust” thanks in part to plenty of supply and a wealth of prospective buyers. Statistics in the latest released residential sales report by Douglas Elliman clearly…

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Westchester Gives Lyft and Uber a ‘Thumbs Up’

July 2017

WHITE PLAINS—After negotiating a deal that mandates creating a voluntary fingerprint program for drivers, Westchester County allowed ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber to launch operations there. Gov. Cuomo signed legislation that allowed Lyft and Uber and other ride sharing services to begin upstate and on Long Island on June 29th. The legislation did…

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Houlihan Lawrence Makes Some Executive Level Changes

July 2017

RYE BROOK—Residential real estate brokerage firm Houlihan Lawrence has announced several key executive level appointments and hires, including Anne Marie Gianutsos’ promotion to chief marketing officer and the hiring of Nicholas Fears, formerly of Coldwell Banker, New Jersey, as chief financial officer. “By expanding our C-Suite, Houlihan Lawrence continues to uphold its reputation as an…

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U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Hudson River Anchorage Plan

June 2017

NEW YORK—Federal, state and county officials praised the recent U.S. Coast Guard’s decision to suspend a proposed new rule expanding anchorages on the Hudson River. On Wednesday (June 28th) U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steven Poulin, Commander of the First Coast Guard District, reported that after reviewing more than 10,200 comments from stakeholders, the Coast…

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Nearly $1.6 Billion Energy Project Breaks Ground in Dutchess County

June 2017

DOVER, NY—A massive energy project, which began its approval process nearly eight years ago, finally broke ground on Wednesday, June 28th on a 193-acre parcel of land on Route 22 here. Described as one of Dutchess County’s largest infrastructure projects in its history, Cricket Valley Energy, an affiliate of Advanced Power Services Inc. of Boston,…

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Brooklyn Grocer to Open New Store in Dobbs Ferry

June 2017

DOBBS FERRY, NY—Grocer Brooklyn Market is coming to Westchester County. The specialty retailer has filed for building permits and plans to open a new location at the new Rivertowns Square development off the Saw Mill River Parkway in Dobbs Ferry. The Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based retailer plans to open a new 18,000-square-foot store at the Rivertowns Square…

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New Rochelle Picks Developer for $110M High-Rise Project

June 2017

NEW ROCHELLE—The New Rochelle City Council on Tuesday selected MacQuesten Development, LLC of Pelham as the winning bidder to develop a 27-story $110-million mixed-use building at the current site of the city’s Fire Station #1 at 45 Harrison St. New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson at a meeting of the Empire Chapter of the Women’s Council…

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Developer Pinpoints Westchester’s Challenges and Opportunities

June 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Seth Pinsky, executive vice president with RXR Realty, which is building major multifamily projects in New Rochelle and Yonkers, believes that Westchester County is at a crossroads where it can either take advantage or miss out on the current investment climate. Pinsky, who was the guest speaker at the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’…

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U.S. Existing-Home Sales Rise in May; NY Home Sales Set New Record

June 2017

WASHINGTON— Existing U.S. home sales rebounded in May following a notable 2.3% decline in April, and low inventory levels helped propel the median sales price to a new high while pushing down the median days a home is on the market to a new low, according to a report released on June 21 by the…

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Realtors Score Legislative Victory as State Legislature Passes NY First Home Bill

June 2017

ALBANY—The New York State Assembly and Senate passed the top legislative item on the Realtor agenda this legislative session—the First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account. The Assembly passed the measure on June 19th by a 142-1 vote with the only negative vote by Westchester County State Assembly Member Sandy Galef. The measure passed the Senate the same…

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Report: Jury Orders Raveis to Pay $5M in Agent Poaching Case

June 2017

NEW YORK—A civil jury has awarded Douglas Elliman approximately $5 million in damages in its court battle with rival brokerage firm William Raveis over allegations Raveis poached Elliman agents to its Armonk office, according to a report in the Real Deal. The trade publication reported that the jury awarded the monetary damages on Tuesday in…

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White Plains Begins Competition for Transit Center Project

June 2017

WHITE PLAINS—While developers have stepped up and broken ground on huge projects downtown and have ambitious mixed-use plans in all corners of the city, the City of White Plains has begun seeking investor interest in what will likely be the most attractive and strategically located transit-oriented parcels anywhere in the city. The development to be…

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NAR White Paper Gets to Root of Depressed Homeownership Rate

June 2017

BERKELEY, CA—Despite steadily improving local job markets and historically low mortgage rates, the U.S. homeownership rate is stuck near a 50-year low because of a perverse mix of affordability challenges, student loan debt, tight credit conditions and housing supply shortages. That’s according to findings of a new white paper titled, “Hurdles to Homeownership: Understanding the…

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Ginsburg Development Begins New Peekskill Rental Project

June 2017

PEEKSKILL—Ginsburg Development Companies, joined with City of Peekskill and Westchester County officials on June 13 in breaking ground on a $64.5-million mixed-use project that will transform the former St. Mary’s convent property into a resort-style tourist destination. The new development will include luxury rentals apartments as well as a spa, hotel and restaurant. Called “Fort…

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