Gilda’s Club Westchester and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Form Cancer Support Partnership

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Hospital Offers Gilda’s Club Westchester Cancer Support Programs To Patients Across Southern Westchester

BRONXVILLE, NY (October 11, 2017) – NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and Gilda’s Club Westchester are partnering on a new program that will bring Gilda’s Club Westchester’s widely acclaimed cancer support services to the Bronxville-based hospital. The partnership will allow patients at NYP Lawrence and the southern Westchester community to participate in the Gilda’s Club Westchester programs, regardless of where they receive their cancer treatments. The programs are free.

Previously, patients at the Hospital had to travel to Gilda’s Club Westchester in White Plains to participate in the cancer support groups and other educational and supportive oncology services offered by Gilda’s Club Westchester.

Starting in September and October at NYP Lawrence, licensed clinical social workers from Gilda’s Club Westchester began leading Post-Treatment and Living with Cancer support groups, as well as conducting a Coping Skills Workshop for anyone with Cancer.

Gilda’s Club Westchester’s mission is to create welcoming communities of emotional and social support for those of all ages who are living with cancer along with their families and friends, free of charge. Its innovative programs are an essential complement to medical care, providing compassionate support through individual and family counseling, support groups, lectures, workshops and social activities.

“The availability of the support services that Gilda’s Club Westchester will now offer to the NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital community along with the already high quality of our cancer care medical team is a perfect combination,” said Dr. Maureen Killackey, MD, FACS, FACOG, director of Clinical Cancer Services at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. “This is the model for patient- centered cancer care: the right team at the right place and time for patients and their families.”


“Offering emotional support as a complement to medical care is a key component of our mission and is essential for true patient-centered care,” said Melissa Lang, DrPH and CEO of Gilda’s Club Westchester. “We are honored to work with the entire team at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital to bring their patients and the community the support services that are so important for individuals with cancer.”


In northern Westchester, Gilda’s Club Westchester has a partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor offering Living with Cancer support groups for men and women newly diagnosed with cancer. These are held on the first and third Thursday of each month from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1980 Crompond Road in Cortlandt Manor.


Below are details on current programs Gilda’s Club Westchester is holding at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital at 55 Palmer Road in Bronxville:


Living with Cancer Support Group

First and third Thursday each month 5 to 6:30 pm

This ongoing support group, led by licensed clinical social workers from Gilda’s Club Westchester is for adults who have been recently diagnosed with cancer or are in active treatment.


Post-Treatment Support Group

Second Tuesday of the month 4 to 5 pm

This ongoing support group offers cancer survivors a chance to learn about the late effects of cancer treatment. The program provides the opportunity to share and learn from other participants regardless of their specific cancer diagnosis or course of treatment. The meetings will be led by licensed clinical social workers from Gilda’s Club Westchester.


Additional workshops will begin in the spring. All programs will be held in the Cancer Center Conference Room at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, 55 Palmer Road, Bronxville. On-site parking is available. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Gilda’s Club Westchester at 914-644-8844 or

Thompson & Bender Receives Westchester Magazine’s 914Inc. Small Business Award!

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“It’s not surprising that Thompson & Bender’s extensive client list includes Westchester County Tourism & Film and the county’s Office of Economic Development. The three partners at this top advertising/ marketing/public-relations firm are quite possibly the county’s biggest cheerleaders, so selling its value comes naturally. (Geoff Thompson and Elizabeth Bracken- Thompson were raised here, while Dean Bender is a longtime resident.) Capitalizing on an expertise in all things Westchester, Thompson & Bender has become the local goto agency, billing some $6 million a year. “We understand the landscape; we have the connections,” says Bracken-Thompson, adding that the 16-employee company is active in surrounding counties, as well. In fact, it seems the firm has had a hand in promoting nearly every major development in the area, across all sectors, including business, real estate, retail, healthcare, education, and nonprofit. The Ritz- Carlton NY, Westchester in White Plains; The Westchester mall; New York-Presbyterian Hospital; and the Food Bank for Westchester are just a few of the clients Thompson & Bender has worked with during its 30 years. (The firm celebrates its milestone anniversary this year.) Such longevity comes from adapting to “monumental changes” in the industry, Bracken-Thompson claims. But despite new methodologies, such as social media, digital advertising, and sponsored content, she adds, “The essence of ‘the idea’ and good writing are still key.” The right words no doubt come easily, as all three partners are former newspaper employees. “Journalism is in our DNA,” says Bender. We naturally ask: “‘What’s the story here?’” —GR”


Pace University’s New President Marvin Krislov is Welcomed at Pleasantville Campus

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PLEASANTVILLE, NY (August 4, 2017) – Pace University’s Pleasantville campus gave its new President Marvin Krislov an enthusiastic welcome yesterday when he arrived at the University’s Pleasantville campus. Krislov, formerly president of Oberlin College, officially began his duties as Pace University’s eighth president on August 1. Krislov, 56, succeeds Stephen J. Friedman.

About Pace University
Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, School of Education, and College of Health Professions.


T&B Creates New Branding & Website for Yonkers Downtown BID

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Yonkers Downtown BID Gives Update on Revitalization of Downtown and Unveils New Branding & Website

Yonkers, NY (July 18, 2017) – Members of Yonkers Downtown BID (YBID) joined Mayor Spano and city officials to provide updates on the tremendous strides made with regards to improvements to downtown, as well as unveil its new branding and website.

With the backdrop of new construction taking place along the waterfront, Yonkers Downtown BID Executive Director Jaime Martinez discussed the continuous efforts to enhance the Yonkers downtown. “From our new maintenance initiatives to the ongoing development, quality of life is improving for our residents and providing more attractive options for our visitors,” said Martinez. “We are thankful for the tremendous partnership with Mayor Spano and the City, and look forward to continuing to bring great programming, events and improvements to downtown.”

The city has invested millions of dollars to transform the waterfront into a beautiful place to both work and live. As a prime example of those efforts, YBID and the City recently acquired new maintenance vehicles to provide more frequent clean up to the downtown.


The new branding was also revealed today along with the website, which has an interface that allows businesses and individuals to more easily engage with members of the community. The website has information on living and working in the city as well as important news taking place. Both the new branding (logo) and website were created by Thompson & Bender.


“Our partnership with Yonkers Downtown BID is a true collaboration,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “It’s remarkable to see the development taking place – we are attracting more young professionals to live and work here and we look forward to what’s ahead.”

Yonkers Downtown BID is committed to the economic growth of the district. With free cultural events happening this summer and beyond, including the signature event Riverfest, the BID is poised for continuous growth. For more information on happenings this summer and fall, visit the new website at, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Pictured Left to Right: Michael Sabatino, City Council Minority Leader (3rd District); Mayor Mike Spano; Jaime Martinez, Executive Director (YBID); Chris Johnson, City Council Member (1st District)


The Yonkers Downtown BID, which maintains the economic vitality of the district by providing the local business community with a variety of services, and by presenting year-round special events for the entire family. Our free signature events include the annual Jazz, Blues & More Concert Series, Arts, and the Yonkers Riverfest, which attracts more than 30,000 visitors from throughout Westchester. For more information, visit

Westchester approves 99-year lease for biotech center on Grasslands Reservation

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A rendering of the location of the North 60 project.

A rendering of the location of the North 60 project.

John Fareri’s 7-year dream of building a $1.2 billion life sciences complex in Valhalla moved closer to reality on Monday when the Westchester Board of Legislators approved a 99-year lease of county property.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino and legislators held a joint press conference several hours before Monday night’s vote celebrating their bipartisan support for the North 60 biotechnology research center.

The lease was approved unanimously, 17-0.

Given the size and scope of the project – Astorino said it will position Westchester as a global biotech center – county officials spent several years negotiating and vetting the deal.

“We needed to make sure everything was done right,” board Chairman Michael B. Kaplowitz said at the press conference. “When you have a 99-year-deal and there’s no way out, you don’t want to see a divorce on the horizon.”

Fareri Associates LP of Greenwich must now secure land-use approvals from the town of Mount Pleasant.

The 60-acre site is along the Sprain Brook Parkway on the Grasslands Reservation, a a 512-acre tract that the county bought in 1915.

Grasslands is home to Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is nearby.

Fareri Associates owns 20 acres next to the North 60 property and won the rights to develop the site.

Fareri wants to build 3 million square feet of space for medical offices, research, retail, restaurants, a hotel and a children’s museum.

The complex will be built in three phases over 25 years, including a West Research Village, Central Village and East Research Village. It will be designed around a Main Street theme, with shops and restaurants, plazas and gardens, bikeways and pedestrian paths, and a shuttle service to nearby Metro-North train stations.

But the villages will not include residences, in a concession to government officials and residents who do not want to strain the school district.

The county approval triggered the initial lease payments, beginning at $125,000 a year. As buildings are occupied, Fareri will give the county a portion of the project’s rental income.

Fareri has estimated that North 60 will create 4,000 construction jobs and 8,000 permanent jobs, pay $7 million in annual rents to the county and generate $9 million a year in local real estate taxes.

The next big step is an environmental review that could take two years or more to finish, with Mount Pleasant as the lead agency. By the time land use permits are issued, it could be three years before construction begins.

Neil DeLuca of Fareri Associates said government officials have shown unusual support for the project.

“Everyone said, ‘If this is real, we’re for it,’” he said.

“We will not let you down.”

GDC Marks First Entry into White Plains with Purchase of 124-Unit Luxury Rental Building Just Steps from Train Station

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halston-white-plainsWHITE PLAINS, NY (February 2017) – In its first entry into the Downtown White Plains market, Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC), the area’s leading developer of resort-style rentals, has announced the purchase of a 124-unit luxury rental building at 25 Martine Avenue just a short walk to the Metro-North train station.

The 12-story building, currently known as Halstead White Plains, was purchased by GDC from DSF Group for $35.25 million. GDC plans to make major renovations to the building and rebrand it with a new name.

“We are very pleased to be entering the White Plains rental market which has been experiencing rapid growth in recent years. With its abundance of fine dining and upscale shopping plus quick access to Manhattan via Metro-North, downtown White Plains has become popular with millennials as well as empty-nesters. These are the two demographic groups that we have been successfully marketing to at our other luxury rental developments in Westchester,” said GDC Principal and Founder Martin Ginsburg.  “The cost of living in New York City has become prohibitive which makes White Plains with its transit-oriented developments more attractive than ever before. We are very bullish on Downtown White Plains,” he added.

GDC is currently completing River Tides at Greystone, a transit-oriented luxury rental in Yonkers. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood on Warburton Avenue near the Hastings-on-Hudson city line, River Tides at Greystone features a mix of studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units, many with spectacular river views. The apartments feature stainless steel appliances, Euro-style cabinetry, stone countertops, bay windows and terraces. Monthly rents range from $1,795 for a studio to mre than $5,000 for a corner penthouse apartment.  Occupancy is scheduled to begin on June 1st.  Also in Yonkers, GDC is constructing 1177@Greystone, a new 55-unit luxury rental apartment building located one block north of River Tides in the Greystone neighborhood of Yonkers. The project is scheduled to open this fall.

Last year, GDC completed two major rental projects in Westchester: Harbor Square in Ossining and The Lofts on Saw Mill River in Hastings-on-Hudson. Both offer luxury rentals with first-class amenities which are the hallmark of GDC’s resort-style residences. GDC will soon begin transforming a former convent property in Peekskill overlooking the Hudson River into a resort-style tourist destination that would feature a spa, inn and restaurant as well as 178 luxury rentals apartments and 20 townhomes. Site work on the project is under way.

BCW and Steiner Sports Host Program with Yankees Sports Legend Derek Jeter

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Jeter talks with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap about his career on day Yankees announce retiring his No. 2

TARRYTOWN, NY – (December 6, 2016) –  In a candid, at times humorous, at times moving presentation to the Business Council of Westchester on December 6, Yankees legend Derek Jeter spoke about his stellar baseball career  and  his current career as an entrepreneur and founder of business ventures such as The Player’s Tribune, an online sports media platform.   In an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, he told the audience of more than 300 people at the Marriott in Tarrytown that the path to becoming a leader is not always about winning. The program, in partnership with Steiner Sports Management, focused on Jeter’s success as a leader on and off the playing field, and came on the same day as the Yankees announcement that Jeter’s No. 2 would be retired and he would be honored with a plaque on May 14.

Left to right: Anthony Justic, Chajeterirman of the Board of the Business Council of Westchester; John Ravitz, Executive Vice President and COO of the Business Council of Westchester;  Derek Jeter, Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester; Sara James, Vice President of Membership and Programs and Amanda DePalma, Director of Special Events.


The Residences at Ritz-Carlton Westchester Hosts Holiday “Diamonds & Champagne” Event

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The Residences at Ritz-Carlton, Westchester Hosts Holiday ‘Diamonds & Champagne’ Reception for Residents and Guests

More than 100 residents and guests of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester were on hand for a special “Diamonds & Champagne” reception to kick off the holiday season in style. Attendees savored Dom Perignon Champagne from Zachys Wine & Liquor of Scarsdale while perusing the magnificent diamond and gem collections from Wilson & Son fine jewelers of Scarsdale. As guests arrived at the luxury condominium tower they were greeted by representatives from Mercedes-Benz of White Plains which had two of their luxury sedans on display.

_dsc0048Pictured seated from left, Marge Schneider of the Cappelli Organization; Michael Wilson of Wilson & Sons Jewelers; Nancy Kennedy of Houlihan Lawrence who is managing sales for the condominium tower, and Paul Kennedy. Standing, from left, Robert Allen of Zachys and Megan Leone of Mercedes-Benz of White Plains.


NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Announces Emilie Berner as New Chef, Coordinator at Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen

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Berner Brings Expertise in Food, Education and Wellness to Hospital’s Teaching Kitchen that Caters to the Community

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (October 25, 2016) – NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital has announced Emilie Berner as the new chef and coordinator for its Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, a community program that encourages healthy eating habits.

Berner brings experience in food, education and wellness to the hospital’s teaching kitchen, which is located at the hospital’s campus in Cortlandt Manor. As chef and coordinator, she will manage the kitchen, teach cooking classes that focus on various health topics, lead a Young Chefs program, run the hospital’s Organic Healing Garden and manage the hospital’s Farmer’s Market.

Berner received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, culinary arts training at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health Supportive & Culinary Arts, and a master’s degree from New York University. After graduation, she moved to Paris to study French cuisine.

“NewYork-Presbyterian is devoted to its patients and to the community. I am excited to join the team and help local residents appreciate food that is full of flavor and celebrates nature’s bounty in the Hudson Valley,” Berner said.

Prior to her position at NewYork-Presbyterian, Berner was the Community Manager at Further Food, where she regularly wrote content about healthy eating. She was also Lead Chef and Instructor at Bhagavat Life where she planned Ayurvedic vegetarian menus for clients. Prior to that position, she was a baker at Ellary’s Greens, which provides vegan and gluten-free baked goods. She also spent time as a Program Coordinator at Haven’s Kitchen where she organized field trips with children to local farms, restaurants and specialty food distributors, and taught cooking classes for children at Edible Schoolyard NYC and The Sylvia Center.

As chef and coordinator at the Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, Berner hopes to broaden the programming for those who utilize the hospital’s various services such as the Cancer Center and Maternity Center. She is also interested in educating the community on her passion for Ayurvedic cooking, which focuses on the science of healing through herbs and natural means.

For more information about NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital’s Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, call (914) 734-3780.