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LEGOLAND New York on Track for 2021 Opening

September 2020

In early March, when the Coronavirus began to shutter almost everything in its path, the LEGOLAND New York Resort under construction in Goshen was also forced to push back its planned July 4, 2020 opening date until 2021. LEGOLAND New York and its parent company, Merlin Entertainments, made the decision to postpone the Grand Opening…

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HG Realtor Foundation Virtual Walk/Run Challenge Raises More Than $5,000

September 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation’s August 28 to 30th virtual Walk/Run Challenge has raised a total of $5,094 to date through walker/runner registrations, sponsorships and donations. The foundation’s funds are used to support local charities and non-profit organizations throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. During the weekend challenge, individuals and teams could select their…

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Joseph Rand Named Executive Director Of Broker Public Portal with Homesnap

September 2020

ARROYO GRANDE, CA—The Board of Managers of the National Broker Portal, a joint venture between Broker Public Portal (BPP) and Homesnap, announced on Sept. 9 that Joseph Rand of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate|Rand Realty of Nanuet has been named executive director of the Broker Public Portal with Homesnap. Rand will remain the Chief…

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Rand Predicts Record Home Closings in September Regionwide

September 2020

NANUET—While the third quarter 2020 residential sales numbers will not be released by OneKey MLS until next month, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty executive Joseph Rand in a sneak preview said the region is currently enjoying a very robust sales market. “The (sales) surge continues,” Rand said. He noted that in August, new deals…

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Westchester LDC Approves More Than $340M in Bond Financing For Westchester Medical Center and Sarah Lawrence College

September 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Board of Directors of Westchester County’s Local Development Corporation (LDC) recently voted to approve more than $340 million in bond financing for two major not-for-profits. At its August 20th meeting, the LDC board unanimously approved $300 million in bond financing for Westchester County Healthcare Corporation, the public authority responsible for governing the Westchester…

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Construction Begins on 303-Unit Apartment Project in White Plains

September 2020

WHITE PLAINS—In some good news in the times of COVID-19 for the Westchester County economy, The NRP Group announced on Aug. 31 it had broken ground on a new community of 303 market-rate apartments along the I-287 corridor in White Plains. Situated on a 70-acre site at 1133 Westchester Ave. that previously served as the…

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Legends Realty Joins Expanding Corcoran Group

September 2020

TARRYTOWN—Legends Realty, after nearly 10 years as an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, has joined the growing The Corcoran Group, LLC. The brokerage firm, which has locations in Tarrytown, Briarcliff Manor and Irvington, now operates as Corcoran Legends Realty. The launch of the Legends affiliate was announced today virtually by The Corcoran Group President…

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Gateway Tunnel Project Start Delayed One Year

September 2020

NEWARK—Considered one of the most important infrastructure projects in the New York metro region, the start of construction of the long-delayed Hudson Tunnel project has been pushed back by one year. The Gateway Program Development Corporation released an updated financial plan for the project on Friday. GPDC in its plan noted that the projected start…

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Law Firm Relocating Westchester Office to Purchase

August 2020

PURCHASE—The law firm Milber Makris Plousadis & Seiden, LLP has signed a long-term direct lease deal totaling 25,000 square feet at 100 Manhattanville Road here. The law firm will relocate its Westchester office to the property owned by RPW Group from subleased space in White Plains. Commercial brokerage firm Newmark Knight Frank handled the full…

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City of Newburgh Issues RFP for Iconic ‘City Club Building’

August 2020

NEWBURGH—While Orange County is in the midst of a solicitation for two storied properties on Grand Street here, the City of Newburgh has issued a Request for Proposals on Aug. 24 for developers to redevelop the iconic City Club Building at 120 Grand St. The Mayor’s Strategic Economic Development Advisory Committee, in coordination with the…

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After Broad Industry Criticism, FHFA Delays Controversial Refi Loan Fee

August 2020

WASHINGTON—A little over a week after first proposing a controversial 0.5% Adverse Market Refinance Fee on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on Aug. 25 that it would delay the fee’s implementation until Dec. 1, 2020. The FHFA first announced the Adverse Market Refinance Fee on Aug. 12 and…

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Helmsley Spear Signs 16,000 SF Headquarters Sublease Deal

August 2020

NEW YORK—Real estate firm Helmsley Spear, LLC, which was founded in 1866, reported on Aug. 26 it had signed a new four-year sublease with Lincoln Financial comprising almost 16,000 square feet for its headquarters office, in conjunction with Swig Equities, LLC, and Falcon Pacific Construction/Builders, LLC. “Helmsley Spear and the related Swig Equities companies have…

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Moody’s Upgrades Rockland’s Bond Rating to A1

August 2020

NEW CITY—Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Commissioner of Finance Stephen DeGroat announced on Aug. 24 that Moody’s Investors Service increased the rating to Rockland’s Various Purposes Bonds and Refunding Bonds to A1 from A2. Moody’s also upgraded to A1 from A2 the county’s issuer and general obligation limited tax ratings. “To receive this type…

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BCW Survey: Westchester Businesses Expect a Slow Recovery

August 2020

RYE BROOK—A majority of Westchester businesses from a good cross section of the county’s economy say they are slowly recovering from the pandemic and expect to continue to struggle for some time, according to a survey released today (Aug. 24) by the Business Council of Westchester’s Economic Recovery Task Force. Some of the key findings…

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Northeast Home Sales Soared by a Record 31% in July

August 2020

WASHINGTON—Proof that the local home sales market is very strong despite the COVID pandemic can be found in the latest statistics released today by the National Association of Realtors. NAR reports that existing-home sales in the Northeast rose by a record 30.6% in the month of July. NAR reported that nationwide home sales continued on…

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