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NAR Looks to Drum Up Support for Rep. Maloney’s ‘First Time Homebuyer Pandemic Savings Act’

July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) introduced the “First Time Homebuyer Pandemic Savings Act” on Wednesday (July 22), a new bill that will help first-time homebuyers realize their dreams of homeownership, during and after America’s recovery from the coronavirus public health and economic crisis. Shortly after its introduction, the National Association of Realtors issued a…

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NAR: Existing-Home Sales Climb Record 20.7% in June

July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON—As states across the nation continued to reopen their economies, existing-home sales rebounded at a record pace in June, showing strong signs of a market turnaround after three straight months of sales declines caused by the ongoing pandemic. A report released today indicated that each of the four major regions achieved month-over-month growth, with the…

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Hudson Valley Unemployment Rate Rises to Record-High 12.2% in June

July 22, 2020

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Labor announced on Tuesday, July 22 that the Hudson Valley unemployment rate rose to 12.2% in June, up from the 11.1% jobless rate in May 2020 for the region. According to preliminary data, New York State’s area unemployment rate seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased from 14.5% in May to 15.7%…

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AIG to Relocate Global Headquarters to Rockefeller Center in 2021

July 22, 2020

NEW YORK—American International Group, Inc. announced on July 21 that it will relocate its global headquarters in New York City to 1271 Avenue of the Americas, where it will occupy eight floors totaling 325,000 square feet. The firm also reported it will consolidate its remaining New York City area footprint into approximately 450,000 square feet…

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Westchester County Executive Latimer Signs Term Limits Bill

July 16, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County Executive George Latimer’s proposal for imposing term limits on the county’s chief executive officer was approved by the Board of Legislators by a vote of 12-4 on July 13 and signed into law by Latimer two days later. The legislation submitted and signed by Latimer reduces the existing three term limit (12…

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Westchester IDA Approves Assistance Program; OKs Incentives for Two Major Mixed-Use Projects

July 16, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency at its session on July 9 approved a new financial assistance program designed to ensure the short-term viability of both small businesses and not-for-profit corporations negatively impacted by COVID-19. The program allows the IDA to provide financial assistance through the State Disaster and Emergency Loan and Grant Program.…

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Business Council of Westchester Honors 2020 Hall of Fame Award Winners

July 16, 2020

RYE BROOK—The Business Council of Westchester presented its prestigious Business Hall of Fame Awards on July 14 during a virtual ceremony, recognizing Westchester’s top business leaders. Six top organizations were honored as part of the 2020 Business Hall of Fame Awards. “The quality of this year’s inductees is truly outstanding. They represent the very best…

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State Launches New COVID Rental Assistance Program

July 15, 2020

ALBANY—Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on July 14th the launch of an emergency rental assistance program that will help keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes. The program, which is designed to reach those individuals and families with the greatest need, will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the…

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Realtors Believe Worst of Pandemic’s Impacts are Behind Us

July 15, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The second quarter home sales market in the Hudson Valley, dominated by restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in New York State, struggled mightily with sales activity down significantly. Second quarter home sales, according to a recently released report by OneKey™ Multiple Listing Service LLC, were down anywhere from 39.8% in the…

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Analysis: COVID-19 and Westchester County Unemployment Trends

July 13, 2020

By Eric Pierson, AICP Editor’s Note: The following analysis was originally published on the Business Council of Westchester’s Data Exchange (https://thebcw.org/data/)on July 9, 2020. As we get farther away from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge of the economic damage rendered by this disease.…

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Yonkers, Cortlandt Launch New Marketing Campaigns

July 9, 2020

YONKERS, CORTLANDT—The City of Yonkers and the Town of Cortlandt have unveiled new marketing plans geared to bring new business to their respective communities as they attempt to re-emerge from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 8, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano unveiled the new marketing campaign entitled “Yonkers is Back to…

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Yonkers Launches New Small Business COVID Assistance Programs

July 8, 2020

YONKERS—Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced on July 7 the creation of two new business assistance programs geared toward assisting Yonkers businesses that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those serving in low income or highly distressed areas. Eligible businesses will be provided funding through the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency and Community Development Block…

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May Pending Home Sales Notch Record-Setting 44.3% Increase

July 1, 2020

WASHINGTON—Pending home sales mounted a record comeback in May, seeing encouraging contract activity after two previous months of declines brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the National Association of Realtors. Every major region recorded an increase in month-over-month pending home sales transactions, while the South also experienced a year-over-year increase in pending transactions.…

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HGAR Membership Overwhelmingly Approves Merger with Bronx Manhattan North Association

July 1, 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The membership of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc. that participated in a more than two-hour virtual Special Meeting today, overwhelmingly approved a merger agreement with the Bronx Manhattan-North Association of Realtors, Inc. The more than 400 members who participated in the session, held via Zoom, also approved a number of bylaws amendments…

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Orange County Issues RFPs for Camp LaGuardia and Newburgh Historic Properties

June 24, 2020

GOSHEN—Orange County announced on June 24 it had issued separate Request for Proposals to developers and investors for the purchase of the massive Camp LaGuardia property in Chester and Blooming Grove and three iconic properties in Downtown Newburgh. Both the Camp LaGuardia and Grand Street properties are county-owned. The Camp LaGuardia property, a former New…

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