Mary Beth Murphy has been appointed executive director of the Westchester County Tax Commission. Murphy, who had served as Supervisor of the Town of Somers since 1998, will be responsible for reviewing the assessment rolls of towns and cities as they pertain to County taxes and providing advisory services to municipalities concerning assessments.
After more than a decade of service to the United Ways in the Lower Hudson Valley, Naomi Adler, CEO and president of United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP), will depart the organization in May to begin her new role as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
St. Christopher’s, Inc., a local organization dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families, has elected Dobbs Ferry resident David Lipson to its board. The Senior Managing Director at Century Management Services, he is also Treasurer and Founding Member of the Dobbs Ferry Children’s Happy Faces Foundation, and a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Hudson Valley Business Council.
Mount Kisco Medical Group welcomed several new physicians to its practice: Vivian M. Sone, Danielle McNeil, and Benjamin A Spencer.
Award-winning News 12 Westchester Anchor/Reporter Tara Rosenblum broke two New York Emmy® records this year by receiving the most 2014 New York Emmy® award nominations of any reporter in the competition, as well as the most individual craft nominations in the history of the New York Emmy® awards.
The 2014 Women’s Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Women’s Research and Education Fund, is honoring Mae Carpenter, Avon Products, Inc., and El Centro Hispano at its annual luncheon March 28th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. This year’s event, with Honorary Co-Chairs Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Hon. Nita Lowey, marks 30 years of celebrating women who have made major contributions to women’s history in the county, state, and nation.
NEW BUSINESSES, RELOCATIONS, OPERATIONS
Hyatt Place broke ground on February 26 at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, where it is transforming a former hospital into a hotel. The 155-room, $20 million property is expected to open in 2015 and represents the latest phase of the mall’s more than $250 million makeover.
The Westchester County Association expanded its BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network with the acceptance of six new early-stage companies. The WCA’s BLUEPRINT for Westchester is a private sector initiative, designed to serve as a catalyst for economic development in the county. The WCA BLUEPRINT Accelerator Partners welcome emerging digital healthcare company Mobile Health One; Nuvita; Sternbach & Rose, CPA, PC; W@tercooler; Lola Granola Bar; and Yonkers Brewing Company as the next early-stage companies to receive the benefits of the WCA’s business accelerator program, which include seed financing and mentoring.
Fresh Green Light, a driving school for new teen drivers and their parents, has begun offering services in the Bedford, Chappaqua, and Mount Kisco communities. The school offers quality driving lessons and experiential classes, which will be held at Grand Prix New York in Mt. Kisco.
The Food Bank for Westchester seeks nominations for its 2014 Hunger Heroes Breakfast. The event recognizes a volunteer, a service provider, and a donor who have made exceptional strides against hunger in Westchester County. Nomination applications are due April 1, 2014. Applications and guidelines can be downloaded at: www.foodbankforwestchester.org.
BIZ BUZZ: WESTCHESTER COURTS THE NBA
The Westchester Putnam One-Stop Employment Center seeks to connect County employers with local talent. The Child Care Council of Westchester Inc. took a sobering look at the financial burden childcare places on working families and advocates for change.
The County announced a prospective plan with The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) that would make the Westchester County Center a site of games for the National Basketball Association (NBA) Development League starting this fall. Under the proposed plan, the County Center in White Plains would be the home of a New York Knicks-affiliated NBA Development League team. The plan is subject to final approval but, depending on ticket sales, the county projects to net between $48,000 and $288,000 per season.
As part of Hire Westchester, a Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board program made possible through $100,000 in support from the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), The Westchester Putnam One-Stop Employment Center will help guide businesses through the steps of recruiting top talent for their available positions, developing a comprehensive training plan, and getting reimbursement for up to half their training costs. Jobs must pay between $10 and $25 an hour. Interested businesses should contact Bob Fois, Westchester Putnam One-Stop Job Developer, at (914) 995-4976 or OneStop@westchestergov.com. Learn more at WestchesterPutnamOneStop.com/hire.
A recent study compiled by the Child Care Council of Westchester Inc., a nonprofit resource and referral agency, revealed the financial burden that childcare places on working families. The study asserts that making childcare accessible and affordable to parents can benefit businesses and increase productivity. The study found that employers who invested in child care support for employees benefitted from reduced turnover and absenteeism, better retention and recruitment, and increased productivity.
HOT PROPERTIES – 914INC.’S COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SHOWCASE
Property: 341 Rte 202, Somers
Brokered by: Enrico DiNardo, Gleneida Realty, Inc., (914) 715-2370
Description: Boutique space in Somers Historical District on busy Route 202, just north of Route 100 intersection.
Space Available: 1,720 Sq.-Ft. at $30 /Sq.-Ft./Year. The minimum divisible space is 720 Sq.-Ft.
Selling Points: This new building offers a unique identity, excellent exposure, abundant parking, and extensive landscaped grounds. Near highway, trains, restaurants, & shopping center. Extensive windows and abundant natural light.
Downside: High-end price point.
914 DATEBOOK – UPCOMING BUSINESS EVENTS
2014 Advocacy Breakfast and the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Child Advocacy Lecture
8:00 am – 10:00 am. Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown. $45 for adults; $25 for students. The Kathryn Wasserman Davis Child Advocacy Lecture is supported by an endowment gift from Dr. Davis, given by an outstanding national speaker on a timely and important children’s issue. This year’s speaker, Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, received more than a hundred honorary degrees and many awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Registration is required. Register online at http://bit.ly/Davis2014 or by phone: 914.946.7676.
Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery For Your Business
White Plains Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains. FREE. What would you do if a fire, flood, server malfunction, or health pandemic occurred at your office? If you had 15 minutes to evacuate, what would you take and where would you go? How would you continue servicing your clients? Think it can’t happen to you? Join SCORE to learn the top 10 ways to prepare any organization for interruptions. Register at www.scorewestchester.com.
Family Services of Westchester Diamond Gala
Family Services of Westchester (FSW) will celebrate 60 years of making a difference in Westchester County with its Diamond Anniversary Gala at 6 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle. The event will recognize honorary chair Penny Johnston-Foote, the daughter of FSW founder Marjorie Dammann, as well as all former Board Chairs and CEOs for their achievements. With advance registration, individual tickets are available for $350, along with a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Contact: Marianne Gordineer at 914-305-6876 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming events should be submitted no later than Sunday, March 9th for the March 18th edition. Please submit business-related events only; no fundraisers or consumer events.