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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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Houlihan Lawrence Commercial Bullish On Office, Multifamily Markets in 2017

February 2017

RYE BROOK—Houlihan Lawrence Commercial Group recently released a report on the commercial real estate and multifamily markets in Southern Westchester County that predicted continued improvement across all sectors. The report, authored by Houlihan Lawrence Commercial’s Teresa Marziano, noted that Manhattan’s influence on the Westchester commercial markets (south of I-287) continues. She said, “Westchester’s commercial real…

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BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: New Department of State Regulatory Changes Affecting Licensees

February 2017

The New York Department of State, which promulgates regulations affecting real estate licensees, recently issued several amendments to existing regulations on Jan. 4, 2017. This article will call attention to those recent amendments and the implications on licensees. To start, there has been a regulatory change to 19 NYCRR §175.1.  That particular amendment is italicized…

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Danone North America Finalizes HQ Move to White Plains

February 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Danone North America announced on Feb. 7 it will be moving forward with a planned relocation of its corporate headquarters from Greenburgh to approximately 100,000 square feet of leased office and retail space at 100 Bloomingdale Road in White Plains. The North American operations of The Danone Co., known for Dannon and Evian yogurt…

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Ginsburg Firm Acquires Downtown White Plains Rental

February 2017

WHITE PLAINS—In the residential development firm’s first entry into the Downtown White Plains market, Ginsburg Development Companies has purchased the 124-unit luxury rental apartment building at 25 Martine Ave. here. The 12-story building, currently known as Halstead White Plains, was purchased by GDC from DSF Group of Boston for $35.25 million. GDC plans to make…

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Merlin Entertainments Proposes Major Road Project to Help Secure Legoland Approval

February 2017

GOSHEN—Merlin Entertainments, the developer of the proposed $500-million LEGOLAND New York project here, has taken a bold step to mitigate one of the major issues tied to the project’s approval. The firm announced on Monday plans to relocate and reconfigure Exit 125 of Route 17 to help alleviate traffic on local roads. The multi-million dollar…

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