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Rosie O’Donnell Sells South Nyack Home

February 2018

SOUTH NYACK—Ellis Sotheby International Realty reported on Feb. 12th that comedian, actress and TV personality Rosie O'Donnell recently sold her Hudson riverfront residence at 1 Gesner Ave. in South Nyack, NY for $5.1 million. The listing agent was Hamid Moghadam of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. The main house at 1 Gesner Ave., which originally listed…

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Putnam, Mercy College Announce New Management Degree Program in Carmel

February 2018

CARMEL—Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced on Feb. 8 that Mercy College will be offering a bachelor’s degree program in corporate and homeland security management through the county’s Bureau of Emergency Services’ Training and Operations Center Building (TOPS Building) at the Donald B. Smith Campus in Carmel. The program will begin in the fall of…

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HGAR’s Nancy Kennedy Receives 2017 Lawrence B. Caldwell Award

February 2018

ALBANY—The New York State Association of Realtors has announced that the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtor’s Nancy Kennedy and Sari Kingsley of the Staten Island Board of Realtors were presented with the prestigious Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award, the highest honor presented by the Realtors Political Action Committee of New York, during the NYSAR…

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HG Realtor Foundation Raises Nearly $4,000 at First 2018 ‘Pub Night’

February 2018

DOBBS FERRY—Continuing last year’s very successful “Pub Night” fundraising efforts, The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation began the New Year by raising approximately $4,000 at its first Pub Night at the Doubleday Restaurant in Dobbs Ferry. The February 6th event brought out more than 125 Realtors, Affiliate Members and their guests. All monies raised benefit the…

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Nasdaq to Move Global Headquarters to Times Square

February 2018

NEW YORK CITY—Nasdaq reports it is relocating its global headquarters from Downtown Manhattan at One Liberty Plaza to its current Nasdaq MarketSite location at 4 Times Square. The stock exchange operator signed a 15-year, 145,000-square-foot lease at the 48-story, 1.8-million-square-foot tower building owned by the Durst Organization. The 10th floor will be home to a…

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Sullivan County’s Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort Opens its Doors

February 2018

MONTICELLO—The more than 40-year gamble by Sullivan County to bring casino gaming to the former storied Borscht Belt came to a successful conclusion with the opening of the $1.2-billion Resorts World Catskills casino resort here today. The casino opening, which was a few weeks ahead of schedule, saw thousands of guests flock to the expansive…

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Houlihan Lawrence, RXR Realty Named to BCW’s Business Hall of Fame

February 2018

RYE BROOK—The real estate industry is well represented in this year’s Business Hall of Fame honorees of the Business Council of Westchester. Real estate firms Houlihan Lawrence and RXR Realty were among the six overall Hall of Fame selections. The winners will be honored at the 2018 Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Tuesday,…

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Rockland Legislature Passes Co-Op Purchase Reform Bill

February 2018

NEW CITY—Realtors who have pressed state and local lawmakers for years for cooperative purchase transaction reform scored a major victory on Tuesday night when the Rockland County Legislature passed unanimously a bill that requires co-op boards to make a timely decision on applications by prospective buyers. The bill, sponsored by Legislator Alden H. Wolfe, requires…

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Rockland County Investor Acquires Troubled Orange County Retail Complex

February 2018

MIDDLETOWN—The Playtogs Shopping Plaza, a troubled retail and office property on Dolson Avenue here, has been acquired by Rockland County-based Concord Capital New York. The investment firm acquired the 800,000-square-foot mixed-use site last month for approximately $4 million from CIII Asset Management, a loan servicer that foreclosed on the previous owner. Concord Capital reports that…

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Expands New York City Presence

February 2018

NEW YORK—A little over a year after establishing a presence in New York City, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties reports it has merged with Manhattan-based RP Miller Realty Group, led by veteran residential broker Reba Miller. The RP Miller team, led by Miller, is comprised of Susan Rubell, Lee M. Frankel, Vanessa Spenuzza, Michelle…

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Unveils $2.5 Billion Expansion Plan

February 2018

NEW YORK—The Brooklyn Navy Yard announced on Jan. 31st ambitious plans to significantly grow manufacturing operations at the complex that would add 10,000 new middle-class jobs there. The plan, valued at $2.5 billion, would increase employment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to 30,000 workers. The plan is the culmination of a two-year process that examined…

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HGAR, LIBOR in Talks to Create Regional MLS

February 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The respective leadership of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the Long Island Board of Realtors, the two largest Realtor organizations in New York State, announced on Feb. 1 that the two Realtor groups are in negotiations to create a regional multiple listing service that would service approximately 36,000 subscribers. When the Memorandum…

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White Plains Retail Building on Mamaroneck Avenue Trades

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—A single-tenant retail building on Mamaroneck Avenue here has been sold for $2.1 million. Brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap represented the seller, a private investor, in the sale of 75 Mamaroneck Ave., according to John Krueger, regional manager of the firm’s Manhattan office. P.M. Gillen Tutoring Service acquired the 5,300-square-foot single-tenant retail building. Paul…

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Standard and Poor’s Upgrades Rockland County’s Bond Rating to A-

January 2018

NEW CITY—The financial turnaround of Rockland County continues. On Jan. 30, Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced that Standard and Poor's increased the county’s bond rating to A- rating. The rating increase from BBB+ by Standard and Poor's is the county's sixth consecutive bond upgrade since 2014, when Rockland's bonds were rated just above junk…

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New York, Connecticut and New Jersey to Sue Over Tax Reform

January 2018

ALBANY—A coalition has been formed consisting of the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that intend to file suit against the federal government over the recently enacted federal tax reform law. The suit, which has yet to be filed, specifically targets changes made to state and local tax deductibility. The Tax Cuts and…

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Residential Home Sales Bull Market to Continue in 2018

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The residential home sales market in the Hudson Valley remained robust in 2017, rising 4% over 2016’s sales totals. However, the rate of growth declined sharply from the 12.5% sales increase posted in 2016. Realtors interviewed by Real Estate In-Depth believe that the positive sales momentum will continue in 2018, despite the expected impacts…

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Barry Kramer Installed as 2018 HGAR President

January 2018

Renee Zurlo to Lead HGMLS for Third Term HARTSDALE—A capacity crowd of more than 250 friends and colleagues was on hand for the 2018 HGAR Installation Dinner highlighted by veteran Realtor Barry Kramer taking the oath of office as 2018 President of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc. The event, which had a festive…

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NAR President Tells HGAR, WCR To 'Own It' in These Challenging Times

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—National Association of Realtors’ President Elizabeth Mendenhall addressed a packed room of Realtors at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here on Jan. 22, the first time in recent memory that a sitting NAR President has spoken at a HGAR associated event. Mendenhall spoke with passion and candor concerning the issues facing the Realtor community, including tax…

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Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2; NYC Among 20 Locations in the Running

January 2018

SEATTLE—The multi-billion dollar sweepstakes for Amazon’s second North American headquarters (HQ2) is now down to 20 locations. Although some New York City suburban locations submitted bids for Amazon’s HQ2 including Westchester County, 19 mostly urban cities and Toronto, Canada made the final 20 cut. Amazon considered a total of 238 proposals. Amazon’s corporate headquarters is…

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Resorts World Catskills Casino to Open Feb. 8

January 2018

MONTICELLO—Resorts World Catskills announced on Jan. 17 plans to open the doors of its luxury casino resort to the public for the first time on February 8th. The opening comes several weeks ahead of the March 1 opening date under the terms of the casino license, issued by the New York State Gaming Commission. The…

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