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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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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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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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Houlihan Lawrence Expands Operations to New Haven, CT

January 11, 2022

RYE BROOK—In what the brokerage firm describes as “a significant expansion move,” Houlihan Lawrence reported on Jan. 10 that it is growing its presence in the State of Connecticut. The Rye Brook-based company announced that New Haven, CT-based brokerage firm Wareck D’Ostilio is joining Houlihan Lawrence as an independently owned affiliate. Wareck D’Ostilio’s 75 agents…

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Rockland County-Based Birch Group Spends $212M on Long Island Office Complex

January 7, 2022

NANUET—The Birch Group, a locally-based privately-held commercial real estate investor, owner and operator, reported on Jan. 6 it had acquired a two-building portfolio from DRA Advisors and Onyx Equities in Jericho, NY for $212 million. The acquisition follows the company’s recent $255-million portfolio purchase in Short Hills, NJ. With this latest acquisition, The Birch Group…

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Westchester IDA, LDC Provided Incentives That Fueled $1.2B in Investment in 2021

January 6, 2022

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency and the Westchester County Local Development Corporation has provided financial incentives and tax-exempt bond financing to major developments representing more than $1.2 billion in private investment in Westchester County’s economy last year. “As Westchester re-emerges from the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic, the IDA and LDC have…

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Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Appoints Bosch as President, CEO

January 4, 2022

NEWBURGH—The Board of Directors at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress announced earlier this month the appointment of Adam Bosch as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer. Bosch, a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, worked as a journalist, college professor, and policy analyst across the region before joining the senior leadership team of…

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Slowing Fourth Quarter Sales Did Not Derail Record 2021 Housing Market

January 4, 2022

WHITE PLAINS—Residential sales in 2021 in the counties served by OneKey MLS, Inc. reached a historic peak. This, despite a slowing of sales in the fourth quarter in all areas served by OneKey MLS with the exception of Bronx County. Arguably, some of the slowdown can be attributed to the dearth of inventory in the…

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Yonkers IDA Approves Incentives for $60M Lionsgate Studio’s Phase Two Expansion

January 3, 2022

YONKERS—The Board of Directors of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA) voted final approval on Dec. 29 of financial incentives for the $60-million Phase 2 expansion of Lionsgate’s motion picture studio complex at iPark on the Yonkers waterfront. The expansion involves Buildings 3, 4 and 5 as well as the remaining surface lots and private…

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Town of Yorktown Adopts Overlay District Zoning In Yorktown Heights, Lake Osceola Biz Hamlets

December 30, 2021

YORKTOWN—The Yorktown Town Board voted on Dec. 29 to adopt overlay district zoning for two business hamlets. The creation of overlay districts in the Yorktown Heights and Lake Osceola business hamlets will encourage the creative redevelopment of functionally outdated properties, a greater flexibility of permitted land uses and visually harmonious streetscapes. The Town Board voted…

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Houlihan Lawrence’s Stronger Together Campaign Raises Over $125,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness

December 29, 2021

RYE BROOK—Continuing a proud tradition that dates back 25 years, Houlihan Lawrence’s real estate professionals from across its 30 office teams once again came together this fall in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the company’s largest philanthropic initiative. The brokerage firm reported recently that this year, the company’s Stronger Together Campaign raised more than…

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Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation and Bronx YMCA’s “Operation REALTORS® Kids” Toy Drive a Huge Success

December 29, 2021

The Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR), and the Bronx YMCA’s “Operation REALTORS® Kids” Toy Drive was a tremendous success this year. Now in its 10th year, the toy drive benefitted 80 children in 35 families throughout the Bronx on Christmas Day. “Operation Realtors Kids” Toy…

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Hudson Valley iCampus Retains Tri-State Team from Colliers as Exclusive Broker

December 28, 2021

PEARL RIVER—Hudson Valley iCampus, the former Pearl River complex of Pfizer, Inc., has retained commercial real estate brokerage firm Colliers as the exclusive leasing agent for the 2.0-million-square-foot, mixed-use, multi-tenanted campus. The 207-acre property is owned by Industrial Realty Group, LLC, a real estate development and investment firm with more than 100 million square feet…

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November 2021 Realtors Confidence Index Report: First-Time Buyer Share Falls to 26% in November With Nearly 1 Million Renter Households Priced Out of the Market

December 28, 2021

Editor's Note: Reprinted with permission from the National Association of Realtors®. By Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton Many first-time buyers continue to struggle to move into homeownership amid sustained price growth and competition from all-cash buyers. The share of first-time buyers fell to 26% in November, according to the November REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, a survey of…

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Existing U.S. Home Sales Rose 1.9% in November; Northeast Sales Flat Compared to October Volume

December 27, 2021

WASHINGTON—Existing U.S. home sales rose in November, denoting three consecutive months of increases, according to the National Association of Realtors. Three of the four major U.S. regions reported growth in monthly sales, while the fourth region—the Northeast—held steady in November. From a year-over-year perspective, only one region experienced a rise in sales as the three…

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Gov. Hochul Signs Bill Package to Combat Housing Discrimination in Response to Newsday’s Expose

December 22, 2021

ALBANY—New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package on Dec. 21 totaling nine bills geared at combating housing discrimination and addressing issues raised in a Newsday expose entitled “Long Island Divided.” The centerpiece of the legislation is the Anti-Discrimination in Housing Fund that will permit the state to conduct fair housing testing. Other initiatives…

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Hudson Valley Added More than 22,000 Private Sector Jobs in Last 12 Months

December 21, 2021

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Labor reported recently that private sector jobs in the Hudson Valley rose over the year by 22,100 positions, or 3.0%, to 766,400 in November 2021. Job growth was centered in leisure and hospitality (+13,400), professional and business services (+6,100), trade, transportation and utilities (+2,600), educational and health services (+1,900),…

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New Rochelle City Council Adopts Sweeping New Downtown Overlay Zone Amendments

December 21, 2021

NEW ROCHELLE—The New Rochelle City Council unanimously approved on Dec. 20 significant advancements to its historic redevelopment, enabling the continuation of the district’s transformation that began six years ago. The city’s efforts to adopt a form-based zoning code providing certainty for developers already have helped attract $2.2 billion in private investment, resulting in the development…

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