The Westchester County Community Reflects on the Power of Print


We asked some of the county’s top leaders — and longtime Westchester Magazine readers — to share their thoughts on the impact of our publication.

“It has been 10 years since I took the executive chef position with Village Social Restaurant Group. Back then, we had only one neighborhood gastropub. I give lots of credit to Westchester Magazine for supporting our growth. Every article kept me going and brought us not just customers but hardcore fans and friends. I wish Westchester Magazine nothing but the best!”
—Chef Mogan Anthony, Village Social Restaurant Group

“Congratulations to our friends at Westchester Magazine! I’ve often said Westchester Magazine is the brand of Westchester… representing the beauty, the people, the greatness of our wonderful county. The BCW has been proud to partner with you over the years. Finally, this anniversary can’t pass without remembering our beloved friend Ralph Martinelli, who had the vision and grit to create this publication, which has become his legacy.”
—Dr. Marsha Gordon, President/CEO, Business Council of Westchester

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“Congratulations to Westchester Magazine on your 20th anniversary. Your team of fine reporters profiled me in 2014 and 2015, after making history in New York State as the first woman to lead a legislative conference. You told my story, and those of other changemakers, especially women who have broken glass ceilings. Thank you for your hard work, continuing to educate and inspire readers.”
—Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

“For the past 20 years, Westchester Magazine has told the stories of the people, places, businesses, and organizations that make Westchester one of the most desirable places to live in the nation. Through its words and photos, the magazine has magnificently managed to capture and chronicle the spirit and beauty of what makes Westchester unique! Heartfelt Congratulations on all you have accomplished, and happy anniversary.”
—Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, Partner, Thompson & Bender

“It seemed like only yesterday that Ralph Martinelli called to say he just bought Spotlight magazine and wanted to put me on the cover. Wow! I had never been on a magazine cover before. But I quickly realized this wasn’t about me. It was about the arts, which the magazine has devotedly covered for the past 20 years. The arts and culture coverage and the partnership with ArtsWestchester have been hugely important to the development of the cultural sector as an economic benefit to Westchester County.”
—Janet T. Langsam, CEO, ArtsWestchester

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Photo courtesy of Rob Astorino

“It’s hard to believe that Westchester Magazine is celebrating its 20th anniversary —very few publications become institutions that quickly. Westchester is a must-read for anyone who cares about Westchester’s personalities, culture, commerce, restaurants, and nightlife. Tremendous thanks to the Martinelli family and team for bringing this gem into our communities. We look forward to its next 20 years of insightfulness.”
—Rob Astorino, Political Commentator and Former Westchester County Executive

Westchester Magazine is a mainstay in the cultural life of Westchester County. With publishing roots dating back decades, Westchester Magazine’s commitment to the critical need for local reporting and local journalism is commendable. By turning the spotlight on the importance of local organizations and businesses, small and large, and their advocacy for the prominence of Westchester both in the fabric of our lives and in the New York metropolitan area, the magazine’s  presence is irreplaceable.
—Kara Bennorth, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, WMCHealth

Photo courtesy of Rob Woodrow

“Woodrow Jewelers would like to congratulate Westchester Magazine on their special anniversary. Our symbiotic relationship [as an advertiser] was ushered in by Ralph Martinelli. It has been a big part of our success. Fond memories and much appreciation to him. Thank you, Westchester!”
—Rob Woodrow, Owner, R&M Woodrow Jewelers

“We started advertising in Westchester in 1995 [when it was Spotlight magazine]. While we advertise in many magazines in the New York area, no one listens and responds to our needs like Westchester. Without question, the brand name California Closets today in Westchester has everything to do with Westchester Magazine and our partnership with Ralph Martinelli. We love the magazine and the people behind it. They are a pleasure to work with!”
—Bob Westenberg, Co-Owner, California Closets

Photo by Toshi Tasaki

“Over the past 20 years, Westchester Magazine has brought Westchester and the greater Hudson Valley region to life. Its pages teem with the very essence of what makes living in Westchester so special. Ralph Martinelli had a vision two decades ago to create a publication that showcased our community and the reasons we are so fortunate to live here. May his work continue for many years to come!”
—Peter X. Kelly, Owner, X2O Xaviars on the Hudson

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

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