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.

 

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NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division and Chief Operating Officer Earns Planetree Honor for Patient-Centered Care

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NYP/Westchester the first and only behavioral health site to receive Planetree distinction

White Plains, NY (November 4, 2016) – NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester has received the 2016 Planetree Distinction Award for Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Care and its Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Philip J. Wilner, has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Planetree for his leadership. The Distinction Award is the highest level of recognition conferred by Planetree and honors healthcare organizations that continually advance the practice of patient-centered care through outreach, research, scholarship and innovation.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester is the first and only behavioral health site in the United States to receive the award and is one of only 10 total facilities to receive the Planetree Distinction Award, and one of only 30 facilities in the United States to be named a Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital.

Dr. Wilner has a long, rich history at the Westchester campus, dating back to 1983. Today, he oversees Behavioral Health services across all NYP campuses. Dr. Wilner is also executive vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, serves on numerous Hospital and Medical College Boards and Committees and is chairman of the Board of Gracie Square Hospital.

“As a national leader in behavioral health, we put patients at the heart of everything we do,” said Dr. Philip J. Wilner, senior vice president and chief operating officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division. Delivering world-class care requires not only medical excellence but providing a warm, empathetic environment for patients and families. It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by Planetree for providing world-class patient-centered care.”

Recipients of the award participate in national conferences and webinars, engage in research that ties specific outcomes to patient-centered care, submit articles for publication in national peer-reviewed journals and participate in public policy initiatives to expand the practice of patient-centered care.

Dr. Wilner accepted both awards on behalf of himself and NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division at the Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care, held this week in Chicago, IL. The Distinction Award honors hospitals for complementing its ongoing work to meet the needs of its community and staff of professional caregivers with more broad-based efforts to build awareness and continue to innovate in patient-centered care.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital’s new $65M Cancer Center and Surgical Suite Elevates Care

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BRONXVILLE, N.Y. (November 22, 2016) – A new era of community-based healthcare was ushered in with the ribbon-cutting of a state-of-the-art surgical and oncology pavilion at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. Top hospital administrators, medical staff, and community and government leaders toured the new 36,000-square-foot space to learn about services offered at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence. The cancer center, is a collaboration between Columbia University Medical Center, our academic partner, and NYP Lawrence Hospital, and provides a comprehensive menu of services from prevention to diagnosis to advanced treatments and survivorship. New operating rooms will serve all of the inpatient surgical needs of the hospital. Radiation oncology, a new program for the hospital, includes a PET (positron emission tomography)/CT (computerized tomography) Scan and a LINAC (linear accelerator) machine. The LINAC offers the most advanced linear accelerator available. A satellite laboratory and pharmacy are situated adjacent to the infusion therapy suite for an efficient flow.

Patients now have access to disease-specific management teams focused on areas such as breast, lung, and gynecologic cancer. The physician teams include cancer specialists who are members of the highly regarded NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester and ColumbiaDoctors faculty practices. Many of these physicians are members of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center / at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center— one of only three National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in New York State. These physician teams, new technology, access to clinical trials, and disease-specific management teams elevate the level of care provided. Navigators assist patients through their treatment journeys, ensuring that they understand what is happening during each step of treatment and schedule follow-up appointments. Additional programs include enhanced support and survivorship programs, genetics counseling, nutrition care, pain management, and palliative care.

Being a part of the NewYork-Presbyterian system has major benefits. The NYP Lawrence Cancer Center offers patients access to the most advanced treatment and clinical trials at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. There is a true collaboration among the teams and through advances such as video conferencing, patients can discuss treatment options and physicians can consult with colleagues without having to travel to the city.

“This center is a major expansion for NYP Lawrence Hospital and allows us to provide all the services our patients need under one roof in their community,” said NYP Lawrence Hospital president Michael J. Fosina.  “More importantly, patients can receive those services from a top-notch team of physicians from NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester, ColumbiaDoctors, community physicians, and staff members collaborating and focused on their individual plans of care.”

The center was designed with the patient’s overall comfort and experience in mind. The lower level houses all radiation therapy for advanced medical imaging through a linear accelerator, a system for image-guided radiotherapy that combines the functional and physical views, and a PET/CT scanner. The first floor includes a bright and open infusion center (with community, semi-private, private treatment areas), pharmacy, lab, medical offices and exam rooms. The second floor contains new operating rooms with state-of-the-art equipment including a video integration system for use with robotic and laparoscopic surgeries. This suite will serve the hospital for all surgical needs and replace the current operating rooms. A tranquil rooftop garden completes the building, accessible to both patients and visitors.

“Coupled with our nationally recognized Carol H. Taylor Breast Health Center, this new cancer center will continue to build upon and expand our services to provide outstanding care to our patients close to where they need it – home,” said Maureen Killackey, M.D., FACS, FACOG, clinical director for of the NYP Lawrence cancer services and Professor, Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Columbia University Medical Center.

To learn more about cancer services at NYP Lawrence or to schedule an appointment, visit www.nyp.org/lawrencecancer.

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Friends of Westchester County Parks Changes Name to The Westchester Parks Foundation

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Westchester Parks Foundation, formerly known as Friends of Westchester County Parks, has unveiled its new website that reflects a rebranding imitative announced earlier last month. The rebranded website can be found by visiting www.theWPF.org.

According to Joe Stout, Executive Director, the Westchester Parks Foundation name better reflects the not-for-profit organization’s mission. More people value their local parks then they have in the past and studies continue to show that regional parks contribute to the economic impact of their communities.  These were major factors as Friends of Westchester County Parks’ considered changing its name to Westchester Parks Foundation.

Before making the change in May, the nearly 40-year old organization looked at research by the National Recreation and Park Association, which recently released a study comparing park goers habits and attitudes in 1992 and 2015. The organization says that in order to support the county parks, they needed to be able to appeal to the widest possible base, and to do that, they needed to understand how public perception has changed since we started this organization back in 1977. They found that while parks were more relevant than ever to people’s lives, public perception and use has changed.

Attitudes also changed. While there was a 10 percent drop (from 47% in 1992 to 37% in 2015) in the number of people who said they benefited from the parks somewhat, that was nearly made up for by the number who said they benefitted greatly (+9 %).  Despite this, public support for the parks remained high with 92 percent of people surveyed saying that parks benefitted the entire community.

This is good news because it shows that parks are near and dear to people. The new name, the Westchester Parks Foundation, appeals to a wider population of potential donors who recognize that a thriving parks system adds to the quality of life in Westchester, whether they use the parks every day or just once a year.

Thompson & Bender was recently honored at the Power of Parks! Annual Gala for the rebranding and public relations work.

The Business Council of Westchester Names New Director of Special Events

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RYE BROOK, NY (August 2015) – Amanda DePalma, who has years of event planning and management experience in Westchester County, was named Director of Special Events for The Business Council of Westchester, the organization recently announced.
Amanda.DiPalmaIn this role, DePalma will plan more than 80 of The BCW’s highly successful events each year, notably its signature series, awards dinners and ongoing functions that attract hundreds of people including its Annual Dinner, Hall of Fame Awards, Leadership Conversations Series and Rising Stars Awards, among many other networking and professional development meetings that help members connect and enables their businesses to grow. DePalma will also oversee outreach and manage the Rising Stars Alumni Council, which consists of over 400 members.

“We’re truly fortunate to have Amanda join our staff,” said Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester. “Events are the cornerstone of what we do for our members and their businesses, so it’s imperative that we have a leader who can deliver. Amanda brings extensive experience to her role at The BCW and her expertise in managing a diverse roster of events will help us drive our mission of helping our members.”

Most recently, DePalma was a private event sales manager for the Castle Hotel and Spa in Tarrytown. Prior to that, she served as the catering sales manager for The Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center. She has also worked for Berkeley College in White Plains and The Garrison Resort in Putnam County. DePalma earned a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Manhattanville College. She lives in Sleepy Hollow.

About The Business Council of Westchester
The county’s largest and most influential business membership organization, The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate and grow. In addition, The Business Council of Westchester is actively involved in reviewing federal, state and county legislation and regulations in order to assess the potential impact on the business community and to influence the outcomes through advocacy when the business community’s interests may be affected. It also acts as an information resource for the business community and government leaders at all levels.