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Realtors Expect Continued Strong Housing Market in 2022

January 20, 2022

WHITE PLAINS—After residential sales volume in the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ market area reached historically high levels in 2021, brokers expect continued strong sales activity this year, although not at the feverish pace the industry enjoyed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. To say there are headwinds facing Realtors and consumers in 2022…

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A Conversation with Orange County IDA Executive Director Bill Fioravanti

January 20, 2022

The embattled Orange County Industrial Development Agency is in the midst of implementing reforms in response to a corruption scandal that rocked the agency and the county’s business community last year with guilty pleas by two of its chief administrative officers and a member of its Board of Directors. Shortly after the three individuals— Orange…

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Gov. Hochul Calls for Environmental Study of Future Conversion of Route 17 to I-86

January 13, 2022

ALBANY—The prospect of major upgrades—including the construction of what business and government leaders say is a much-needed third lane on portions of Route 17 in Orange and Sullivan counties—just got a step closer. Although not included in her State of the State speech on Jan, 5, accompanying material given to state lawmakers included a directive…

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Great Point Studios Opens Lionsgate Studios; Announces $500M Expansion in Yonkers

January 12, 2022

YONKERS—Great Point Studios officially opened the doors to its long-awaited Lionsgate Studios Yonkers on Jan. 11 at 45 Wells Ave. and announced that it will move forward with a more than $500-million expansion plan nearby. The expansion project announced by Great Point Studios Founder and CEO Robert Halmi calls for a 1-million-square-foot facility that will…

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Former NYC Councilwoman Appointed HUD Regional Administrator for NY, NJ

January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON—President Biden announced on Jan. 25 the appointment of Alicka Ampry-Samuel to serve as HUD Regional Administrator for Region II, serving New York and New Jersey. Regional Administrator Ampry-Samuel will oversee HUD operations, including the New York City Regional Office and field offices in Buffalo, Albany, and Newark, New Jersey. “Regional Administrator Ampry-Samuel comes to…

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legal-advocacy

LEGAL CORNER: Broker’s Duty to Supervise: Changes in Light of the New Housing Discrimination Legislation

January 12, 2022

On Dec. 21, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed expansive new legislation contained in nine bills aimed to combat housing discrimination in New York State [see https://on.ny.gov/3FfcBXJ]. The legislation was passed as a direct result of Newsday’s investigative report entitled “Long Island Divided” [see https://bit.ly/3zKUQP0] and addresses many of the concerns and issues uncovered in the…

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people

SPOTLIGHT ON: MacKenzie Forsberg

January 12, 2022

A Career of a Lifetime As a 17-year-old high school senior, MacKenzie Forsberg, never imagined her part-time job as a file clerk in a real estate office would one day turn into an opportunity to sit at the helm of the firm. Fast-forward 20 years, and today Forsberg is one of three Principals of Genesis…

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residential

Former NYC Councilwoman Appointed HUD Regional Administrator for NY, NJ

January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON—President Biden announced on Jan. 25 the appointment of Alicka Ampry-Samuel to serve as HUD Regional Administrator for Region II, serving New York and New Jersey. Regional Administrator Ampry-Samuel will oversee HUD operations, including the New York City Regional Office and field offices in Buffalo, Albany, and Newark, New Jersey. “Regional Administrator Ampry-Samuel comes to…

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Viewpoints

Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Diversity Hits Putnam County Post Pandemic

January 18, 2022

When I first moved “upstate” to Putnam County 26 years ago from New York City, I experienced culture shock on many levels. Among the many differences, trees, grass, subdivisions, and the shocking relative quiet among them, one change stood out. I was startled by the lack of diversity. In many respects the adjustment to Putnam…

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technology

John Vrooman

What You Need to Know About Upgrading an Unsupported PC to Windows 11, Learn About Windows 11 and Windows Speech Recognition/Voice Typing

January 11, 2022

Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 has higher than usual hardware compatibility requirements that many PC are not able to meet (and therefore do not qualify for the upgrade). Fortunately, Microsoft has left some pathways open for users of many non-compatible PCs to still be able to install the upgrade. Unfortunately, the upgrade process is more…

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mortgage

Real Estate In-Depth

State Awards $991 Million in Funding for Affordable Housing Projects

January 14, 2022

ALBANY—New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Jan. 13 a total of $991 million in bonds and subsidies awarded to create or preserve 3,242 affordable, sustainable, and supportive homes across the state. The funding awards include $680 million in financing for six projects in the New York City and Mid-Hudson regions. The developments will leverage…

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