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Westchester Economic Development Preps For Second Year of ‘Launch 1000’ Program

October 18, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Following the huge success of its new “Launch 1000” Program this year, Westchester County’s Office of Economic Development is gearing up for its second performance in 2022. The new entrepreneurship program graduated its first class of 59 new entrepreneurs at the end of September, with 50 of them already generating revenue. Deborah Novick, the…

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County Exec. Latimer Proposes $476M Capital Budget Plan for 2022

October 18, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County Executive George Latimer unveiled a $476-million capital budget plan on Oct.14 that includes $50 million for the funding of affordable housing projects in Westchester County. The proposal, now before the Westchester County Board of Legislators, also includes funding for roads, bridges, wastewater treatment plants and county parks. Among the more notable items…

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Landlords, Tenants Eligible for Emergency Rental Assistance Funding

October 18, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Emergency financial relief is flowing to county residents who applied for the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which covers rent and utility arrears to Westchester households at risk of eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $16 million has been issued directly to landlords and utility companies on behalf of…

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Westchester County Issues RFP for Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program; Holds Industry Job Fairs

October 18, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—As part of its new local workforce policy, the County of Westchester Industrial Development Agency has issued a Request for Proposal for the launch of a pre-apprenticeship program to help create construction careers for county residents and fill positions on IDA-induced development projects. The county, as part of its workforce development initiatives, also recently…

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Toll Brothers Floats Townhouse Development in Yorktown

October 18, 2021

YORKTOWN—Home builder Toll Brothers is proposing to build a 136-unit, age-restricted townhouse development at the Field Home property in Yorktown. Toll Brothers’ officials made a preliminary presentation to the Town Board on Oct. 12 about its vision for the 50-acre property off Catherine Street that is under contract for purchase. Toll Brothers’ renderings depicted three-…

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RXR Realty Breaks Ground on $75M Project in South Bronx

October 14, 2021

NEW YORK— RXR Realty broke ground on Oct. 13 on its inaugural South Bronx development, a future residential building located at 2413 Third Ave. RXR Realty is the designated developer for the City of New Rochelle’s downtown revitalization and has developed multifamily projects in Yonkers and throughout the New York metro region. Situated next to…

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DiNapoli: NYC Office Market Will Take Years to Recover from Pandemic

October 14, 2021

NEW YORK—The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out years of growth in New York City’s office sector, erasing nearly $28.6 billion in market value and more than $850 million in property taxes in City Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. Timing its recovery is an open question, however, as employers continue to offer work-from-home options, according to a report…

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Dallas Firm to Build 200,000 SF Data Center in Rockland County

October 12, 2021

ORANGEBURG—Dallas-based DataBank reported recently it had acquired 34 acres of land in Orangeburg and will build its fifth data center in the New York metro area. By purchasing the property, which includes a utility-owned substation capable of providing up to 45 MW of utility power, DataBank states the project will further its strategy of owning…

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Houlihan Lawrence: Low Inventory, Strong Buyer Demand Driving Robust Home Sales in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess Counties

October 7, 2021

RYE BROOK—Driven by historically low inventory levels and persistent buyer demand, 2021 is proving to be an extremely strong year for single-family home sales in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties alike, according to the recently released “Houlihan Lawrence Westchester Putnam & Dutchess Q3 Market Report.” In Westchester County, sales have increased 28% this year and…

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Three Major Tenants Renew, Expand at 1251 Ave. of the Americas

October 6, 2021

NEW YORK—Mitsui Fudosan America and Newmark announced on Oct. 6 three recently completed leasing transactions totaling more than 230,000 square feet at 1251 Avenue of the Americas bringing the 54-story office tower to 99% leased. The building has maintained strong leasing momentum despite pandemic-induced tenant uncertainty that has stalled leasing activity in other parts of…

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Storied Brokerage Warburg Realty Acquired by Realogy; Joining Coldwell Banker

October 5, 2021

NEW YORK—A subsidiary of Realogy, parent of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC, has acquired New York City brokerage firm Warburg Realty, which began operations in New York City 125 years ago. The storied New York City based brokerage will operate as Coldwell Banker Warburg and will be fully rebranded in January 2022, following filings with…

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Howard Hanna Real Estate Patriarch Passes Way at the Age of 101

September 29, 2021

Howard W. Hanna, Jr., who co-founded Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in Pittsburgh, PA in 1957, passed away at the age of 101 on Sept. 25. After serving as an American Liaison Officer with the British Army in India in World War II, Hanna, and his wife Anne Freyvogel Hanna, began the real estate company…

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Environmental Review of $1.6B Penn Station Access Project Completed

September 29, 2021

NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on Sept. 27 that the environmental review process for the Metro-North Penn Station Access Project is complete. The milestone makes four new stations in the Bronx as well as direct Metro-North service to Penn Station from the Bronx, Westchester, and Connecticut a step closer to reality. On Sept. 24,…

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NYCHA and HPD Finalize Deal to Build $60M Bronx Affordable Housing Project

September 29, 2021

NEW YORK—The New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development reported on Sept. 28 they had finalized a $60-million deal that will bring 101 new affordable apartments to the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. Construction on the 101-unit Betances Family Apartments building at a site of…

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Longtime and Respected Association CEO P. Gilbert Mercurio Passes Away

September 28, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—A man who for more than three decades was a driving force behind the growth and growing respect of the Westchester County Board of Realtors has died. P. Gilbert Mercurio, who led the Westchester County Board of Realtors and its successor organization the Westchester Putnam Association of Realtors for 31 years as its chief…

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Construction Completed on $43-Million Affordable Housing Development in Yonkers

September 24, 2021

YONKERS—New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Sept. 23 the completion of the Dayspring Campus, a $43-million development with 63 affordable and supportive apartments and a newly renovated community center in Southwest Yonkers. Financed with more than $20.6 million in assistance from state Homes and Community Renewal, the development includes 37 apartments reserved for homeless…

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NY International Air Show Returns to Orange County

September 23, 2021

MONTGOMERY—The New York International Air Show returned to Orange County this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The highly popular event was held at the Orange County Airport in Montgomery during the weekend of Aug. 28-29. In 2020 the event was also held to limited crowds at Orange County Airport after previously being staged at the…

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