Kids X-Press, Inc. Announces Dream Big Honorees for Annual

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(WHITE PLAINS, NY) August 2015 – Kids X-Press, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes learning, literacy and leadership to children of all backgrounds and abilities, today announced the Dream Big honorees for its annual Touch the Sky Reception.

The honorees come from a variety of fields and embody the very lessons that Kids X-Press espouses to its students: that success can be achieved through hard work, determination and dreaming big. The award recipients, who will be honored on Wednesday, October 28 at C.V. Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY include: Kenneth R. Theobalds, vice president of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Entergy, Peter Herrero Jr., founder and general manager of the New York Hospitality Group; Tom Kallish, founder of Tommie Copper; and Steve Jones, managing partner of Jones Morrison, LLP.

A special Founder’s Award will be given to Nivia Viera, founder of Kids X-Press and long-time publisher of its magazine, who retired in May after 14 years with the organization.

“We are incredibly pleased to be honoring these individuals who are such great role models for the children who participate with Kids X-Press,” said Marsha Tom, executive director. “Events like Touch the Sky enable us to enrich, support and develop young talent from throughout our communities and further.”

Founded in 2001, Kids X-Press, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting literacy. Through its magazine and program, Kids X-Press, Inc. encourages children of all abilities and all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds to express themselves by providing them with a forum through which they can communicate. Written by children and for children, the award-winning Kids X-Press magazine is printed quarterly with an annual readership of over 170,000. Its contributors range in age from 5 to 18 and are generally enrolled in a variety of after-school activities and enrichment programs with community based organizations, schools and other partnering non-profits. In addition, the highlights come from independent submitters who excitedly wait for each subscription to arrive.

About the honorees:

Kenneth Theobalds is vice president of Government & Regulatory Affairs for Entergy Nuclear. He joined Entergy as director of governmental affairs in 2002 and was promoted to vice president in 2005. He has direct responsibility for Entergy’s state and local government relations in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Michigan. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is one of the largest nuclear power plant operators in the U.S.

As a passionate supporter of helping children thrive, Ken Theobalds believed in the mission of Kids X-Press and has been instrumental in giving children the platform to express themselves through the many creative publications sponsored by Entergy.

Theobalds is a former congressional staffer and assistant secretary to New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo. He serves as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Westchester County Association and The Business Council of Westchester and as director of The Business Council of New York State. He is past chairman of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Inc., and is chairman of the board of the New York State Insurance Fund.
He has been recognized for achievement and outstanding corporate citizenship by numerous organizations including; U.S. Congress, New York Urban League, American Red Cross, New York NAACP, Westchester County Executive’s Office, Westchester County Board of Legislators, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Westchester, City of Mount Vernon, Westchester County Clerk and the Henry Allen Education & Learning Foundation.
Theobalds’ professional associations include: the New York Building Congress, the League of Conservation Voters and the Partnership for New York City.
Theobalds earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Entergy Executive Program.

Peter Herrero began his career as a dishwasher when he was 15 years old. His love for every aspect of the restaurant business inspired him to learn everything he could from the art of waiting on tables to the intricacies of business management. At the age of 19, he was already managing Grandma’s Restaurant in Yorktown Heights and at 21, he became the youngest maître d’ in Westchester County. By age 24, Herrero realized his dream and became a restaurateur when he purchased what is now known as Sam’s of Gedney Way in White Plains. In 1986, he founded the New York Hospitality Group, consisting of four subsidiaries and a staff of 15. Today, the White Plains-based firm employs a staff of 51 full-time and 150 part-time employees. The four businesses under the company’s umbrella include: Sam’s of Gedney Way, The Great American BBQ Co., Caperberry Events, and C.V. Rich Mansion.

Herrero has served as speaker and panelist for Catersource, an annual trade conference; as an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and was elected to the Board of Directors of The Business Council of Westchester in 2004. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Westchester Community College Foundation. Herrero has contributed time and resources to many community-based institutions, including: The Food Bank for Westchester, White Plains Beautification Foundation, Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Services, Sharing Our Strength, the Grace Church/Open Arms Shelter, the Make a Wish Foundation, Westchester ARC and the Friendly Gathering, among others. Herrero is a member of the National and NYS Restaurant Association, The Business Council of Westchester, The Westchester County Association and the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Kallish is the founder and owner of Tommie Copper, a Mount Kisco-based company that was founded in 2010 with a simple goal of helping people feel better; the company’s designs have helped over 1 million people get back to exercise and doing what they love. Kallish entered the textile field as a salesman at the age of 20, and two years later purchased the company and resold it the following year. He then formed Cole Port Fabrics, a New York based Textile Company that he ran successfully for 10 years. In 2004, Kallish co-founded, Cocona, a fabric technology company. In late 2010, after a debilitating accident, Kallish started his latest company, Tommie Copper, Inc., while looking for a way to assuage his everyday pain as a result of the accident. The company employs over 100 people. The company also includes The Tommie Cares Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that builds community, possibility, compassion, and understanding through inclusive, real-life adventures for those with special needs.
Stephen J. Jones serves as managing partner of Jones Morrison, LLP, a Westchester based law firm. After serving as of counsel at a prominent Westchester law firm, Jones went on to form his present partnership where he is currently responsible for corporate matters, commercial transactions, real estate, estate planning, not-for-profit, business corporations and all phases of litigation and trial practice including complex divorce cases. He regularly tries cases on behalf of the firm.

Jones has been chairman of The Board of Directors, and served as an executive committee member for The Business Council of Westchester; director of United Way of Westchester and Putnam; director and executive committee member of Westchester-Putnam Council of The Boy Scouts of America; board member of Westchester County Industrial Development Agency; trustee with Westchester County Medical Foundation; past director of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, as well as a past justice of Justice Court for the Village of Tarrytown, New York State Unified Court System. Jones was also past president of Westchester-Putnam Fordham Law Alumni and a member of the Board of Governors of The Williams Club of New York. Jones was a coach for Youth Lacrosse and Little League Baseball.

Nivia Viera, founder of Kids X-Press, Inc., a White Plains, New York based non-profit organization, developed Kids X-Press magazine as a vehicle for children to express themselves, both as writers and illustrators. The quarterly publication today has an annual circulation of 250,000 copies and has reached over 2 million readers. However, the journey to get to that point began decades ago with Viera’s early introduction to the importance of literacy and self-expression.

“I was born the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants,” said Viera. “I grew up in the Bronx, NY and English was not my first language. My parents spoke Spanish at home and I learned English at school and became the family translator at a very young age. That had tremendous importance in my life and my family’s as well.” Even though it would be many years before the idea of publishing a children’s magazine that gave kids their own voice, the literacy seed was planted.

Generating funding for Kids X-Press was another area where Viera put much of her time and energy. “I met with business leaders, politicians, community oriented groups, to advocate for what I believed was so important for kids,” she explained. “There wasn’t another magazine like it out there, and I saw great potential and appeal of a publication by kids, for kids.” Fortunately, her constituents agreed and the financial support structure and distribution model Viera was hoping for began to emerge. Building on a solid base, Kid X-Press is now thriving since she started the magazine many years ago.
Kids X-Press is so grateful to Nivia Viera and paid tribute to her relentless contributions at her retirement party on May 20, 2015. Her dedication to helping children succeed will always be a testament to her commitment to children regardless of their abilities, race, creed or culture.

“We are grateful to all of our honorees for their incredible contributions to the community,” said Yuval Marcus, chairman of the Kids X-Press Board of Directors. “Each individual, in their own way, provides a wonderful example to our children showing them that they, too, can achieve greatness by dreaming big.”

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 28. Tickets cost $175 per person and sponsorship packages are available. For more information about the Touch the Sky Reception, email or visit

About Kids X-Press, Inc.
Kids X-Press, Inc. provides a literacy enrichment platform, for all youth through publishing and facilitates outstanding educational programs. They provide a unique forum for children of all backgrounds and abilities to express themselves through writing, art and photography. For more information, visit Kids X-Press, Inc. at


IDA, LDC Approve Bond, Tax Exemptions for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Scott’s Corner Market

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County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that Westchester’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and Local Development Corporation (LDC) have approved a series of incentives for a not-for-profit that provides guide dogs to people with vision problems and a supermarket that is the largest employer in Pound Ridge.
In refinancing a $3.6 million bond for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the Local Development Corporation is enabling the Yorktown-based not-for-profit to save roughly $120,000 in interest payments per year for the life of the bond. The organization had initially borrowed $3.6 million in 2004 to undertake significant renovations to its Training Center. The Scott’s Corner Market expects to save $130,000 from sales tax exemptions on its $2.5 million renovation project, which will enable the company to hire additional employees and expand its offerings.

“Small businesses and not-for-profits are vital to Westchester,” said Astorino. “The incentives that our IDA and LDC provide translate into good-paying jobs and expanded services that contribute to Westchester County overall excellent quality of life.”

Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is refinancing a $3.6 million bond that it borrowed in 2004 to undertake a major renovation project at the training facilities. The refinancing enables the not-for-profit to save between $120,000 and $130,000 per year for the life of the bond. Guiding Eyes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides superbly bred and trained guide dogs to men and women who are blind or visually impaired. Dogs not suited for guide work may become service dogs for children on the autism spectrum. All services are offered free of charge to people who are blind or visually impaired and to families with children with autism. Guiding Eyes is an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), the organization establishing worldwide standards for the breeding and training of guide dogs.
Its headquarters and Training Center are located in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Since its costs roughly $45,000 to train each dog, the savings generated with this LDC approval will help cover the expense of training three service dogs, said Phillipe Cotennec, vice president for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
“We’re going to use those savings and put it back into services,” said Cotennec. “It’s great that Westchester County’s LDC is able to help an organization like ours.”

Scott’s Corner Market
Scotts Corner Market is a full service produce market offering a large selection of organics, bakery, deli, floral, choice meat and poultry, fish and seafood, dairy, frozen foods, grocery and gourmet items. In existence since 1953 (at current location since 1979), it was last renovated in 1998. The $2.5 million Scott’s Corner renovation project includes remodeling 30,000 square feet of space and adding energy efficient upgrades including new LED lighting, refrigeration and HVAC. The savings, estimated to be $130,000, will immediately help create 10 jobs with more expected down the road. Scotts Corner, the largest employer in Pound Ridge, currently has 75 full-and-part-time employees.
“That’s a lot of money for a small business,” Billy J. Fortin, president of Scotts Corner Market, said of the sales tax exemption. “With the remodeling, we’re going to have a state-of-the-art supermarket, which will enable us to offer more products, increase our sales and add to our work force. We appreciate the assistance of the IDA in our efforts to expand and modernize our market.”
About the IDA
The IDA is a public benefit corporation created in 1976 for promoting and encouraging economic development in the county primarily through assisting in the creation or retention of jobs. The IDA is also empowered to issue taxable and tax-exempt bonds for organizations meeting federal and state guidelines. There is no financial risk to the county or to county taxpayers. The obligation for repaying the debt rests solely with the organizations.

Any corporation or small company looking to access the low-cost and tax-exempt project financing made available through the IDA or LDC should contact Bill Mooney, director of the Office of Economic Development, at (914) 995-2943 or email
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GDC and Haverstraw Officials Celebrate Completion of Waterfront Promenade Park

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Ginsburg – Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC) and Haverstraw village officials today celebrated the completion of the final phase of the new Haverstraw Waterfront Promenade Park, a half-mile long village park adjacent to GDC’s Harbors-at-Haverstraw residential development.

Martin Ginsburg, Principal of GDC, turned over a symbolic key to Haverstraw Village Mayor Michael Kohut in a ceremony at the waterfront park. GDC agreed to build a park for the village as part of the Harbors-at-Haverstraw project. Development cost of the new park was $4.5 million.

A new and final permanent sculpture for the park was also dedicated at the event. Named “The Sentinel,” the 34-foot tall red and blue steel sculpture features 7-foot wide steel discs and is topped by a brass sphere. The sculpture was designed by Mr. Ginsburg, GDC Chief Architect Leoncio Torres and sculpture fabricator Mike Fasciano.

The new sculpture joins two other concrete and steel sculptures by renowned sculptor Peter Lundberg and Swedish sculptor Claes Hake. In addition to the new park, the Harbors development also features the Esperanza Fountain, a lagoon with kayak launch and a bridge over the lagoon.

“Today marks another milestone for this innovative development that has transformed a former industrial property into a thriving residential community with spectacular views of the Hudson River. We are particularly pleased to complete this new promenade park where everyone can enjoy the beauty and grandeur of the Hudson as well as world-class sculpture,” said Mr. Ginsburg.

“The Village of Haverstraw welcomes the addition of this portion of Harbors’ Promenade,” said Haverstraw Mayor Michael Kohut. “It completes a picturesque vista on the Hudson shoreline unmatched on either side of the river and moves the promise of miles of public waterfront access closer to reality. I invite all the public to enjoy this park and its access to the beautiful Hudson River.”

“The completion of the Haverstraw Waterfront Promenade Park is a great addition to historic Haverstraw, where the views of the Hudson River are unprecedented and where such a beautiful waterfront park promotes our community throughout the region,” said Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard T. Phillips, Jr.

The completion of the Haverstraw Waterfront Promenade Park closely follows the grand opening last month of Riverside at Harbors-at-Haverstraw, a new resort-style luxury rental apartment residence located directly on the banks of the Hudson River. Riverside, which is the next phase of Harbors-at-Haverstraw, features 106 spaciously designed studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments.

Creating attractive public spaces with monumental sculpture along the Hudson River has become a hallmark of Mr. Ginsburg’s developments. Last month, GDC installed
a towering 42-foot tall sculpture by Peter Lundberg at Harbor Square, a new luxury rental complex that GDC is building on the Ossining waterfront. The sculpture is the centerpiece of a new waterfront park and promenade that GDC is building as part of the Harbor Square complex. Dedication of the new park and promenade is scheduled for September.

Mr. Ginsburg, who has long been an advocate of promoting tourism along the Hudson River, envisions a sculpture trail along other rivertown waterfronts from New York City to Albany and combining with Dia Art Foundation in Beacon and Storm King Art Center in New Windsor to create the largest outdoor museum in the world.

GDC, which last year launched its GDC Rentals brand of luxury rentals, currently has three other resort-style luxury rental projects under construction in the Hudson Valley. They include Harbor Square, a 188-unit luxury rental development on the Ossining waterfront; River Tides at Greystone, a 330-unit luxury rental complex overlooking the Hudson in Yonkers; and The Lofts on Saw Mill River, 66 loft-style rental apartments in the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson. GDC recently announced plans to transform the former St. Mary’s Convent property in Peekskill into a resort-style tourist destination that would feature a spa, inn, restaurant, 177 luxury apartments and 20 townhomes as well as 50 acres of woodlands and trails to Fort Hill Park. In Yonkers, GDC has unveiled plans for a 55-unit luxury apartment building in the Greystone neighborhood of Yonkers.

For more information about GDC Rentals, please visit

About Ginsburg Development Companies
Founded in 1964 by principal Martin Ginsburg, Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC) is a premier residential developer in the northern suburbs of New York City. With 50 years of experience and market leadership, GDC has built many of the region’s most successful and prestigious luxury developments, many with a Hudson River and/or transit-friendly focus, including Harbors at Haverstraw, Livingston Ridge in Dobbs Ferry, Ichabod’s Landing in Sleepy Hollow, Mystic Pointe in Ossining, Marbury Corners in Pelham and Christie Place in Scarsdale. GDC’s developments have won numerous design and community planning awards. In addition, GDC owns and manages a portfolio of commercial properties, located primarily in Westchester County, NY.

Creation of 32 Affordable Apartments on Two Floors of Iconic Former Reader’s Digest Building Proposed for Chappaqua Crossing in Town of New Castle

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Rental Units Would Meet Guidelines of Westchester County Housing Settlement
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CHAPPAQUA, NY (July 24, 2015) — A proposal to create up to 32 units of affordable housing in the iconic former Reader’s Digest headquarters building at Chappaqua Crossing in the Town of New Castle has been submitted to the Town Board by Summit Greenfield Partners, the owners of the 120-acre campus.

A petition was submitted to the town this week that seeks to amend the Office District zoning regulations to allow for residential use of the upper two floors of the centerpiece four-story Georgian-style, cupola-topped Reader’s Digest building which opened in 1939. The petition also seeks a corresponding adjustment to a previously approved plan for residential development on the property.

The affordable rental housing will comply with the guidelines set forth in the settlement agreement between Westchester County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and county officials have expressed their support for the proposal. It will include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The 111-unit residential layout on the 30 acres of the site that was approved in 2011 will be adjusted to show all 91 market-rate units as fee-simple townhomes, while the 20 affordable apartments that had been planned for that site will be included in the Cupola Building along with an additional 12 affordable apartments.

“We believe this is a unique opportunity to create high-quality affordable housing in a distinctive setting,” said Felix Charney, President of Summit Development, a Summit/Greenfield partner. “We are very pleased to be able to adaptively re-use office space in this classic building while providing much- needed affordable housing.”

With the zoning in place for 120,000-square-feet of retail space at Chappaqua Crossing that is now in the final stages of review by the town, Chappaqua Crossing will provide future residents with direct access to shopping. Chappaqua Crossing will also offer regular shuttle service to the Chappaqua MetroNorth train station, as well as proximity to schools and other services.

In addition to the future retail uses, Chappaqua Crossing also includes [more than 450,000] [500,000] square feet of office space that currently includes a mix of tenants including North Westchester Hospital and the Mount Kisco Medical Group, thereby offering opportunities to work as well as live on the beautifully landscaped campus-like property that overlooks the Saw Mill River Parkway and the wooded hills beyond.
“After many years of review, the future of this signature property is at last coming together,” Charney noted. “Once again, the site will be the valuable asset for the town and its residents as it was in its heyday as a corporate center, while offering so much more.”

Yonkers is Open for Business

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More than two dozen commercial brokers from some of the region’s leading real estate firms on Wednesday joined Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano for a tour of some of the city’s most unique and exciting office spaces.

DSC_0313The trolley tour showcased renovated industrial space, lofts and modern buildings that are affordably priced and appealing to entrepreneurs, start-ups and companies targeting a growing workforce of Millennials. The tour included stops at iPark Lofts, Alexander Smith Carpet Mills, 66 and 86 Main Street, among several others.

It concluded with a reception at Peter Kelly’s Xaviars X2O on the Hudson where Mayor Spano highlighted Yonkers’ great assets, notably restaurants, new rental housing, spectacular views of the Hudson and quick and easy access to Manhattan.

“Whether it’s high-tech, biotech, the arts, healthcare or start-ups, we have incredible space available right here in Yonkers – at a fraction of the cost of New York City and elsewhere in the region,” said Mayor Spano. “Yonkers truly is the best-kept secret in the Metropolitan area and our office space is ideal for smart tenants looking for great space.”

The tour showcased fantastic office properties with high ceilings, original hardwood floors, spectacular Hudson River views and lots of potential. Many of these properties offer businesses a creative and appealing office environment that is affordable, accessible and modern, the mayor noted.

View a photo gallery of spaces and check out pictures from the tour on the Generation Yonkers Facebook page.

The trolley tour complements other exciting efforts recently launched by the Generation Yonkers campaign, notably a series of videos that take viewers on virtual tour of some of the truly unique buildings and loft spaces available throughout Yonkers. Called Space Invaders, the segments showcase many of the buildings highlighted in the tour.

Both the in-person tour and videos draw on Yonkers’ assets: It is just 25 minutes by train to Grand Central Terminal and is accessible to major highways, roadways and bridges, four major airports and public transportation. With its fabulous restaurants, entertainment, shopping and parks, the city is targeting a new generation of business leaders who are looking for quality space at an affordable price and appreciate the great quality of life that Yonkers has to offer. Also notable is that Yonkers was recently named the “Hippest Town” in the Hudson Valley by popular vote on The Journal News’ website

DSC_0314The Generation Yonkers campaign, which was developed last year, builds on the momentum of many new businesses and exciting development happening throughout the and speaks to Millennials or Generation Y, loosely defined as those born between 1983 and the early 2000’s that represent the next big wave of the nation’s workforce.

Be part of Generation Yonkers. To learn more, call 1-844-GenY-Now, or visit

Space Invaders Offers Virtual Tour of Cool Office Space in Yonkers

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Move over Netflix, Yonkers is on-demand.

Yonkers – the best kept secret in the New York metropolitan area – has launched a new series of online videos showcasing the incredible commercial office space that the city has to offer.

Called Space Invaders, the videos showcase the incredible variety of affordably priced office space in Yonkers. With just by a click of a button, viewers can take a virtual tour of some of the great buildings and loft spaces available along the Yonkers waterfront and throughout its downtown and former industrial areas.

The videos, which are part of the highly successful Generation Yonkers marketing campaign, highlight four unique office properties located at iPark Lofts, 86 Main Street, 28 Wells Avenue, and the former Alexander Smith Carpet Mills at 500 Nepperhan Avenue. With high ceilings, original hardwood floors and spectacular Hudson River views overlooking the majestic Palisades, these properties offer businesses a creative and appealing office environment that appeals to today’s growing workforce of Millennials.

“Word is getting out that Westchester’s hippest city has so much to offer,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “And we don’t plan on stopping. I want everyone, from business owners and executives to artists and designers to see all that Yonkers has to offer. Space Invaders will do just that with an engaging virtual tour of some of the city’s most exciting office space.”
Along with its attractive and affordable office space, breathtaking waterfront views and fabulous restaurants, Yonkers is only a 25-minute train commute to Midtown Manhattan, making it accessible and convenient to most locations in New York City, Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey. Among the companies that have discovered the many benefits of doing business in Yonkers are Mindspark, ContraFect and The Energy Project.
The Generation Yonkers campaign highlights the city’s unique assets and qualities while positioning Yonkers as one of the metropolitan area’s next great place to live, work and play. It is an initiative that also speaks to Millennials or Generation Y, which represents the next big wave of the nation’s workforce.
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NewYork-Presbyterian Launches Physician Enterprise to Advance Care in the New York Metro Area

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The new initiative will broaden and expand healthcare delivery across the NewYork-Presbyterian continuum of care

NY, NEW YORK (July 16, 2015) — NewYork-Presbyterian has launched a new physician enterprise with the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups (NYPMG) to increase access to primary care, NewYork-Presbyterian’s leading healthcare services and world-renowned specialists. In collaboration with ColumbiaDoctors and Weill Cornell Physicians, the new physician enterprise will offer coordinated care delivery throughout the region with an initial focus on Westchester, Queens and Brooklyn.

“The NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups are engaged in a major initiative to bring NewYork-Presbyterian’s distinguished and celebrated patient-centered care directly to communities,” said Dr. Laura L. Forese, president, NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, “NYPMG will be clinically integrated through state-of-the-art technology with ColumbiaDoctors and Weill Cornell Physicians to facilitate patient access to world-class care.”
Patients will experience enhanced service through the use of advanced technology that will enable same-day appointments at physician practices and access to medical records online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups are designed to suit the needs of our patients, physicians and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Michael Nochomovitz, senior vice president and chief clinical integration and network development officer of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. “We are creating a national model for healthcare delivery in the most unique healthcare market in the nation.”
The NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups will initially include providers in Lawrence Medical Associates, Westchester Medical Practice and New York Queens Medicine and Surgery which will be renamed NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group/Westchester, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group/Hudson Valley and NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group/Queens, respectively.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital:
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive hospitals and a leading provider of inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine. With some 2,600 beds and more than 6,700 affiliated physicians and almost 22,000 employees, NewYork-Presbyterian had more than 2 million visits in 2014, including some 14,000 infant deliveries and more than 262,000 emergency department visits. NewYork-Presbyterian comprises six campuses: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. The hospital is also closely affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area, according to U.S. News & World Report, and consistently named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation. Affiliated with two world-renowned medical schools, Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. For more information, visit


Simone Says It’s Time to Repurpose Suburban Office Parks

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simone.gordonWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (June 23, 2015) – The transformation of the suburban real estate market and its economy over the next 20 years will entail repurposing office space with a smart combination of healthcare uses, residential and light retail, a leading commercial developer told an audience of more than 100 business leaders at the Business Council of Westchester’s Leadership Conversations Series.

Joseph Simone, President and CEO of Simone Development Companies, said Westchester must modernize its antiquated office parks — particularly along the I-287 corridor – and repurpose existing buildings to reflect significant shifts and consolidations in the healthcare industry; changing housing needs for young professionals that are near public transportation and advances in new technologies. “The suburbs are going to be repurposed for other, higher and better uses,” Simone said. “Things have to be done way more efficiently.”

Simone’s remarks were part of fascinating 45-minute interview between Simone and Business Council CEO Marsha Gordon. Topics discussed included Simone’s role in creating with the first “bedless” hospital with Montefiore Health Systems; his company’s plans to transform the Boyce Thompson property in Yonkers and the explosive growth of New York City’s outer boroughs that will no doubt lead to opportunities for Westchester’s urban centers, notably Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and White Plains. Referring to the urban centers, he said, “That’s where young people are going to live. But you have to provide public transportation.”groupshot

Simone knows of what he speaks. Simone Development Companies is a full-service real estate investment company that owns and manages more than 5 million square feet of property in Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, Long Island and Connecticut. Under Simone’s visionary leadership, the company has been in the forefront of partnering with major healthcare providers to create turnkey ambulatory medical facilities in the New York metropolitan area, with over 2 million square feet of new healthcare and medical office space currently built or in development.

In Westchester, Simone Development recently completed a state-of-the-art medical office building for WESTMED Medical Group at the Purchase Professional Park; it is the first new office building to be constructed on the I-287 corridor in more than 25 years. Simone Development earlier this month broke ground on an innovative project that will transform the former Boyce Thompson horticultural complex in Yonkers into a modern mixed-use development featuring professional offices, medical space, retail stores, bank and restaurants.

During the conversation, Simone cited significant changes and monumental shifts that are happening in the healthcare industry that are creating a need for more efficient systems. The great news, he added, was that these changes are going to create new jobs and opportunities, and necessitate colleges and universities train students for careers in healthcare. He said these advances will reverberate into throughout the economy.

In describing why his visionary approach to real estate development has worked so well, Simone said: “It’s about fulfilling a need. If you fulfill people’s need, you will be successful.”


“Joe Simone’s vision and approach are fascinating and we appreciate that he shared his insight with our members,” Gordon said. “It’s clear that he is playing a key role in transforming the New York Metropolitan real estate market now and for years to come.”

crowd1The June 22 event, which was held at 42 Restaurant and Events in White Plains, was the third in a series of Leadership Conversations held by the Business Council that are sponsored by First Niagara Bank. Previous speakers have included Dr. Steven Safyer, President and CEO of Montefiore Health System and Dr. Leonard Schleifer, founder and CEO of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Jazz Fest Returns to White Plains This September

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White Plains resident and local prodigy Julius Rodriquez of Orange Julius and the Big Beat.

White Plains resident and local prodigy Julius Rodriquez of Orange Julius and the Big Beat.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (June 22, 2015) – ArtsWestchester is pleased to announce the return of the White Plains Jazz Fest, one of the county’s premier music festivals. Presented in collaboration with The City of White Plains and the White Plains BID, Jazz Fest 2015 is a four-day jazz celebration featuring seven live music concert events.

Spanning from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27, the festival lineup includes Grammy awards winners, established jazz and blues musicians, emerging artists, performance poetry and a tasty array of dining options that promise a great cultural experience for everyone from jazz aficionados and enthusiasts to families and casual listeners.

The concerts are either free or affordably priced and the venues are conveniently located throughout downtown White Plains and accessible by public transportation.

“You won’t find a better or more diverse ensemble of musicians and bands in Westchester County in September,” said Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “Whether it’s Latin, Brazilian or Contemporary jazz or even the acoustic blues, the White Plains Jazz Fest is going to be rich with live performances by outstanding musicians. We’re so pleased to be able to bring such high quality entertainment to Westchester residents and visitors this fall.”

White Plains Jazz Fest events include:

· September 24 at 8:00pm: The South American Jazz Project at ArtsWestchester. Led by Daniel Freiberg, Grammy award winning composer, arranger, pianist and producer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the South American Jazz Project explores the rhythms and melodies from Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and Perú from a Jazz point of view. Freiberg has collaborated in projects with Marc Anthony, Stephane Grapelli, Paquito D’Rivera, and The Wynton Marsalis Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, among many other artists. Admission is $20.

· September 25 at 12:10 pm: Downtown Music at Grace Church: Jazz Faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester. The Westchester Music Conservatory Jazz Faculty will perform at the Downtown Music at Grace Church. This will feature Guitarist Greg Diamond, who will perform classics and original compositions of Latin Jazz. This guitarist has been an emerging force of contemporary Latin jazz and has been a semi-finalist at the Gibson International Jazz Guitar Competition hosted by the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Admission is free.

· September 25 at 8:00 pm at ArtsWestchester: Women of the Piedmont Blues. A memorable evening that unites some of the key practitioners of the acoustic blues on the East Coast, Eleanor Ellis, Jackie Merritt, Resa Gibbs, Valerie Turner, and Poet Gold. Presented by the ArtsW Folk Arts Program in cooperation with Admission: $20

· September 26 at 2:00 p.m. -4:00 pm at the Music Conservatory of Westchester: Latin Jazz Workshop. Learn about Latin Jazz concepts and instruments – clave, montuno, tumbao – and the music of its masters like Toto Puente, Cal Tjader and Hilton Ruiz. Free admission.

· September 26 at 3:00 pm. Slam Poetry Performance at White Plains Library. The White Plains Library Poetry Slam will host an afternoon of performance poetry featuring the Duende Project. The Duende Project is a poetry and music project created by Tony Brown, veteran performance poet; Steve Lanning-Cafaro, Chris Lawton and Chris O’Donnell. Free admission.

· September 26 at 8:00 p.m. at the White Plains Performing Arts Center- Brazil Meets Jazz. White Plains Jazz Fest presents, in association with the White Plains Performing Arts Center, a concert of Brazilian jazz featuring: Brazil Meets Jazz, with Grammy-nominated Brazilian Trio featuring Helio Alves, piano, Nilson Matta, bass and Duduka Da Fonseca, drums, with Maucha Adnet, vocals, and Mark Morganelli, flugelhorn. Admission $35/$25©CharlesSeton groupshot

· September 27 at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm: Jazz and Food Fest. Located at the Mamaroneck Avenue Stage, there will be food and a full day of music performances. This includes Orange Julius and the Big Beat; a six piece ensemble led by 16-year-old local prodigy Julius Rodriquez, Doug Munro and Big Boss Bossa Nova with Charlie Lagond, Rocky Middleton Quintet, Sherry Winston, a master electric flutist and the John Patitucci Quartet.
Free admission.

For tickets and to learn more, visit


Yonkers Wins ‘Hippest Town’ Contest

By | News

YONKERS, NY – (June 1, 2015) — The City of Yonkers today was declared the “Hippest Town” in the Hudson Valley by popular vote on The Journal News’ website Yonkers beat out seven other towns and cities over the last month, taking the title by winning over Peekskill in the final round.
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In celebrating the win, Mayor Mike Spano today joined residents and business leaders at a local restaurant, Rory Dolans, for the announcement.

“We always knew Yonkers was the hippest town and the place to be,” said Mayor Spano. “Yonkers has everything from our beautiful waterfront and bustling business districts, to an emerging arts community and growing population of Millennials, to our top-notch shopping and dining. LoHud’s poll reconfirmed what so many in the Hudson Valley and beyond have known for years: Yonkers is the place to live, work and play.”

In recent weeks, The Journal News, through its website,, held the online voting competition and bracketed readers top choices into eight towns and cities, Those were whittled down into four Elite Eight pairings, which gave way to two Final Four brackets. Voters eventually chose their top two towns – the City of Peekskill and the City of Yonkers.

The two mayors held a friendly wager whereby the runner-up would foot the bill at the other mayor’s local restaurant of choice.

“Congratulations to Mayor Catalina and Peekskill for the friendly competition,” added Mayor Spano. “I look forward to calling in our wager and showing what so many people in the Hudson Valley believe and voted for. I’m excited for our trip to Empire City Casino and 5-star restaurant, X20’s.”

In LoHud’s story declaring Yonkers the winner, the news website characterized the victory as “just another feather in the cap of this newly revitalized powerhouse city, which in recent years has invested heavily in the arts, riverfront development and a stronger, safer, hipper downtown business district. (Campaigns) like Generation Yonkers have reached out to the growing Millennial demographic, ensuring Yonkers’ future growth as these young professionals build their lives in the lower Hudson Valley.”

Business owners who have invested in the city were ecstatic with the win and said it shows how great the city is as a destination.
“We are a beautiful city rooted in a rich history and our current growth doesn’t leave that foundation behind,” said John Rubbo, BrewEO of Yonkers Brewing Co. located in Yonkers downtown and waterfront area. “The city offers an array of dining, entertainment, shopping, and more. The Waterfront alone offers a culinary journey from American to Italian to Cuban, dance and arts studios, luxury apartments and of course their very own brewery. To be in competition with places like Peekskill, Nyack, Dobbs Ferry and others is really an honor. Westchester County has so much to offer and being able to showcase our cities like this is important!”
“Yonkers is a suburban community with an urban vitality,” added Peter X. Kelly of X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, “and I am proud to be part of its diversity.”

Yonkers, just 30 minutes by train to Grand Central Station, is New York’s fourth largest city. With fabulous restaurants and entertainment and an enviable location in the New York Metropolitan area, the city is attracting a new generation of business leaders who value an exceptional quality of life and affordable, flexible and accessible commercial office space and lofts for rent in Yonkers.

DSC_0497-editwebThe Generation Yonkers campaign, which was developed last year, builds on the momentum of many new businesses and exciting development happening throughout the city — particularly along its scenic Hudson River waterfront. It speaks to Millennials or Generation Y, loosely defined as those born between 1983 and the early 2000’s that represent the next big wave of the nation’s workforce.

Be part of Generation Yonkers. To learn more, call 1-844-GenY-Now, or visit

Media Contacts:
Christina Gilmartin
Communications Director, Office of the Mayor
City Hall: 914-377-6208
Cell: 914-512-4017

Jerry McKinstry
Thompson & Bender
(914) 762-1900