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Pattern for Progress CEO to Retire at End of 2021

July 8, 2021

NEWBURGH—Jonathan Drapkin, the longtime president and CEO of Pattern for Progress, will be leaving the regional think tank at the end of this year. Drapkin’s departure was announced on July 8th by Suzanne Loughlin, Pattern Board chair and founder of CrisisRisk Strategies, LLC, who said, “Our longtime leader, Jonathan Drapkin, will step down from his…

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HGAR Hires Garcia as New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

July 7, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors recently welcomed Freddimir “Freddy” Garcia, of Poughkeepsie as its new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer. In this newly created role, Garcia will lead the association’s efforts in developing and executing HGAR’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and initiatives. He will be working out of HGAR’s White Plains…

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Douglas Elliman Relocates to New Office in Greenwich

July 6, 2021

GREENWICH, CT—Douglas Elliman recently announced it had relocated to a new larger location in Greenwich at the historic, free-standing John Lockhart House on 75 Arch St. Company officials state the move underscores the brokerage’s commitment to the region, increasing its office footprint to a four-story, 6,000-square-foot building in order to accommodate its 70 agents and…

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Department of Justice Withdraws from Settlement with NAR; Promises ‘Broad’ Investigation of NAR’s Rules and Conduct

July 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Justice announced on July 1 it was withdrawing from a settlement it had reached with the National Association of Realtors last November in order “to permit a broader investigation of NAR’s rules and conduct to proceed without restriction.” The U.S. Justice Department has also filed to voluntarily dismiss its complaint against…

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In Memoriam: Former NYSAR, OCAR President Eugene ‘Gene” Currier Dies at 88

July 1, 2021

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors regrets to inform its membership of the passing of veteran Realtor Eugene “Gene” Currier of Middletown on June 29 at the age of 88. During his long illustrious career in real estate, Currier served as President of the New York State Association of Realtors and the Orange County Association…

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Valley National Bancorp to Acquire Westchester Bank in $220M Deal

July 1, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—New York City-based Valley National Bancorp and The Westchester Bank Holding Corporation announced on June 28 they had entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Valley will acquire Westchester, parent company of The Westchester Bank. The acquisition of this high-performing commercial bank will provide Valley a physical footprint and additional commercial lending expertise in…

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Goldman Sachs Fund Acquires Avalon Bronxville Multifamily Property

June 30, 2021

BRONXVILLE—A 110-unit multifamily property built more than two decades ago here has been acquired by a fund managed by New York City-based Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Goldman Sachs acquired Avalon Bronxville, which was built and renovated in 2012 by owner AvalonBay Communities for an undisclosed price. Avalon Bronxville, which is located adjacent to the Metro…

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Report: Value of IDA Projects Increased Nearly 50% Over Past Decade

June 29, 2021

ALBANY—Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) in New York State reported 4,320 active projects valued at $109 billion for 2019, a 3.3%, or $3.5 billion, increase in project values from 2018, while net tax exemptions totaled $796 million in 2019, compared to nearly $784 million in 2018. Project values have increased by 48% since 2009, while the…

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RPAC President’s Circle Conference 2021 Did Not Disappoint

June 29, 2021

The past 15 months have drained me. You’ve probably felt the same way, for your own set of reasons. After being “Zoomed out in a rectangle” since the pandemic began, I felt a strong need for people, discussion, ideas, solutions, hugs and love!!! All these came at me like a tidal wave at the recent…

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Building Trades Cry Foul Over Westchester IDA’s Approval of Gateway II Project Changes

June 25, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Earlier this year, the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency approved new workplace regulations requiring applicants seeking incentives to hire more local workers and enroll in apprentice programs. On Thursday, voting on the first project that would fall under those rules, the IDA Board in a 6-1 vote granted the developer some relief from those…

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Hines Tops Off NorthLight Project at Edge-on-Hudson Development

June 25, 2021

SLEEPY HOLLOW—International real estate firm Hines reported on June 24 it had topped off its NorthLight at the Edge-on-Hudson development being built at the former General Motors minivan assembly plant site on the shores of the Hudson River here. The new apartment community will bring 246 rental apartments to a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. NorthLight is…

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U.S. Existing-Home Sales Drop Nearly 1% in May; Northeast Sales Fall 1.4%

June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— Existing-home sales decreased for a fourth straight month in May, according to the National Association of Realtors. Only one major U.S. region recorded a month-over-month increase, while the other three regions saw sales decline. Sales in the Northeast slid 1.4% in May. While sales declined, each of the four areas again registered double-digit year-over-year…

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Breaking News: Three Former Orange County IDA Officials Plead Guilty to Felony Corruption Charges

June 21, 2021

GOSHEN—Three former officials with the Orange County Industrial Development Agency pled guilty earlier today before Orange County Judge Robert J. Prisco to felony corruption and conflict of interest charges, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced. The IDA officials included its former managing director Vincent Cozzolino, CEO Laurie Villasuso and former Board Director Edward…

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Experts Predict ‘The Seller’s Market is Going to Last’

June 21, 2021

WHITE PLAINS— With mortgage rates near all-time lows and significant pent-up demand, will New York’s residential real estate market favor sellers through 2021 and beyond? Real estate experts weighed in on what’s in store for the housing market and how agents can close deals from the East End to the West Side and all throughout…

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The Henry Apartments in Pomona Trades for $54 Million

June 16, 2021

POMONA—Harbor Group International, LLC, which is headquartered in Norfolk, VA, has acquired The Henry, a 169-home luxury apartment community in Pomona, for $54 million. Commercial brokerage firm CBRE reported the sale on June 16. The CBRE team of Jeffrey Dunne, Gene Pride, Jeremy Neuer, Steve Bardsley, David Gavin and Travis Langer represented the seller, a…

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Construction Continues on Luxury Senior Independent Living Project

June 15, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Construction continues on the premier independent living community project Waterstone of Westchester in Downtown White Plains. The development for those 62 and older will feature first-class amenities, 132 residences and supportive services on a parcel on Bloomingdale Road. Waterstone of Westchester is scheduled to open in the first quarter of next year. Waterstone Executive…

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