Citrin Cooperman Welcomes New Partner; Westchester Orthopedic Associates Joins White Plains Hospital; WCA Board Inducts College of New Rochelle Prez


Judith Huntington

Judith Huntington, president of The College of New Rochelle, has been elected to the board of directors of the Westchester County Association, the business group announced.

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Huntington, who was recently inaugurated as the 13th president of The College of New Rochelle, is the first lay woman president of the college in its 108-year history. She began her tenure at the college in 2001 as vice president for financial affairs.

Prior to joining the college, she worked as a CPA for 15 years with the accounting firm KPMG, LLP, serving as audit senior manager in KPMG’s metro New York higher education, research, and other not-for-profit practice, providing audit and accounting services. She also worked in KPMG’s banking and SEC practice and was an instructor and recruiter in the firm. During her tenure at KPMG, she served as a fellow/intern at the Financial Accounting Standards Board in Norwalk, Connecticut. Huntington holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pace University.

Somnia Anesthesia, an anesthesiology practice management company in New Rochelle, announced the appointment of Robert Farrar, MD, of Montclair, New. Jersey, as vice president of medical affairs.

Dr. Farrar will support a variety of clinical strategic initiatives for anesthesia practices managed by Somnia in hospitals and surgery centers throughout the country. He will also have a key role in expanding the company’s quality management program, use of electronic medical records, and clinical information technology. Farrar will report to Somnia’s chief medical officer, Robert C. Goldstein, MD.

Dr. Farrar has 25 years of clinical anesthesia experience.  Most recently, he served as director of cardiothoracic anesthesiology and vice-chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, Pennsylvania, and as chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Easton Hospital in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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Richard J. Stone

Citrin Cooperman, the 28th largest accounting and business advisory firm in the United States, has announced that Richard J. Stone has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s White Plains office.

Stone, 63, a White Plains resident, was previously a principal at MBAF ERE. At Citrin Cooperman, he will concentrate on sophisticated tax planning for high-net-worth individuals and businesses, as well as estate tax planning. His areas of expertise also include enhanced valuations consulting, divorce tax planning, succession planning, and the resolution of shareholder disputes.  Joining Stone at the firm from MBAF ERE are Dulcidia Lazzaro as a director, and David Antokal as manager.

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre has appointed Stephen Carey of Cold Spring as the new administrator of the facility. A seasoned executive and licensed nursing home administrator, Carey has 25 years of management experience.  Previously, he was the administrator of Elant at Wappingers Falls and has held executive positions with a number of community service organizations.

Carey received both his MBA and bachelor’s degree from Columbia University along with a Master’s of Public Administrationfrom Syracuse University.

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New businesses, relocations, and operations

White Plains Hospital recently welcomed Westchester Orthopaedic Associates to its medical family. The practice, headed by Louis McIntyre, MD, Michael Panio, MD, and Eric Zitzmann, MD, is the third physician group to join the White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a recently formed division of the hospital aligning local doctors with hospital services. This new venture enables physicians and White Plains Hospital to share information, promote growth, better utilize resources, and expand care.

Dr. McIntyre has longstanding ties to the greater White Plains community.  A resident of the city, he currently serves as the team doctor for the White Plains School District Athletic Department.  He is a graduate of Pleasantville High School, the College of the Holy Cross, and the New York Medical College, where he received his medical degree in 1986. 

Dr. Panio has been in practice in White Plains since 1976 and is a former chief in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at White Plains Hospital. He  earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees at Cornell University. Dr. Zitzmann, a founding member of Westchester Orthopaedic Associates, also received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Cornell. The group also offers outpatient physical therapy.



White Plains Hospital announced it has received the NICHE, or Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders, designation from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University. The designation recognizes a strong commitment in hospitals to geriatric nursing care, and makes White Plains one of only two hospitals in Westchester County to receive such recognition.

“This is a remarkable and valuable milestone for our hospital, especially at a time when we are facing the realities of an increasing older adult population in Westchester County,” says Jon Schandler, president and CEO of White Plains Hospital. “The NICHE designation tells the public that White Plains is an elderly friendly hospital, and that our staff, facilities, and resources have all received specialized training and attention related to the specific needs of older adults.” 

According to the Westchester Alliance of Academic Institutions for Aging Related Studies, the population of adults over age 65 is expected to increase by 36 percent to more than 55 million people between 2010 and 2020.



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At his second State of the State Address this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned the Regional Economic Development Council Program began in 2011 and said he wanted to continue the effort in 2012. The governor created 10 regional councils that were tasked with submitting proposals for various projects in those areas, and his office allocated $1 billion in state funding for the projects that were chosen last year. Governor Cuomo said he is planning a second round of competition for $200 million in funding in 2012. He also announced the formation of the New York Works Fund and Task Force, which will identify projects around the state having to do with infrastructure in need of upgrades and repair, and called for the creation of a State Education Commission to reform aspects of public education.

As it pertains to mandate reform, the governor mentioned the work  of the Mandate Relief Redesign Team, a committee he  formed to provide advice on how the state can save municipalities money. The committee released a report in December 2011, and Governor Cuomo said he expects a Legislative and Executive Mandate Relief Council to continue its work in 2012.

Local business leaders were largely supportive of Governor Cuomo’s address. The Business Council of Westchester issued a statement stating that the governor has demonstrated a commitment to economic development, job creation, and fiscal reform.

“Cuomo’s focus on mandate relief, pension reform and regulatory reform–all critical to lowering the cost of working and living in New York–are key to retaining our talented  workforce, attracting new businesses to our state, and creating jobs,” reads a portion of the statement. “The Business Council is particularly supportive of Cuomo’s call for a real public-private partnership to continue to create economic growth, and we are prepared, through our Coalition for Business Development and Governmental Action Council, as well as our participation on Cuomo’s Regional Council, to encourage and facilitate the active involvement of our members.”

Shortly after his address, the governor presented his executive budget plans, which outlined more specific proposals to stimulate economic growth and lower taxes. Some of his plans, such as reforming the state pension system and creating stringent evaluation standards for teachers, may be difficult to achieve since they are opposed by public unions. Still, business groups locally praised Cuomo’s bold reform initiatives.

“The pension reform and mandate relief proposed in the budget will help local governments like those here in Westchester control costs and balance budgets,” says Bill Mooney, president of the Westchester County Association. “This is the right relief at the right time for the people of Westchester.”Also on the local front, County Executive Rob Astorino announced that Westchester is forming a local development corporation (LDC) that will enable non-profit agencies located in the county to qualify to be issued tax-free bonds and obtain other financial incentives. 

The LDC, created under the state’s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, will fill a void that has existed since 2008, when Industrial Development Agencies—such as the Westchester’s—lost the power to authorize bonds on behalf of nonprofit agencies, due to the expiring of a state law.

“It is time for us to act on this,” said Astorino. “The state’s failure to extend this power to the IDA has left a void that has gone on too long. This will help our non-profits, including schools and hospitals, get needed financing and other incentives, which will benefit the county as a whole.

Just across the border in Connecticut, High Ridge Park Corporate Center in Stamford hosted the 4th Annual High Ridge Park Toy Drive in conjunction with The Southern Connecticut Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), collecting more than 150 toy donations to benefit Domus, a charter school in Stamford, and the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester.

Located in Mount Kisco, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is a 36,000-square-foot facility featuring an eight-lane pool, Child Care Center, gymnasium, games room, and two computer labs, and an additional 1,600-foot Teen Center. The Boys & Girls Club serves 2,000 boys and girls ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 60 Northern Westchester communities.



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Selling points: This 100 year-old building has recently had a full gut renovation, and features an upscale bistro on the first floor. The second floor is ideal for office or general use. The third floor can be used as an office or creative loft and features a forty foot skylight and exposed steel trusses. There are the 25 available parking spaces with substantial additional parking being planned. 



914 DATEBOOK – Upcoming Business Events

TUESDAY, 1/24/2011
Professional Women’s Networking Mashup 6 – 8 pm, Augie’s Prime Cut, 3436 Lexington Ave, Mohegan Lake, NY

This professional networking opportunity is jointly sponsored by the Professional Women of Westchester and Professional Women of Putnam organizations. This first-ever “networking mashup” costs $15 per person, which includes appetizers. A cash bar also is available. For more information, visit  or


MONDAY 2/6/12
Professional Women of Westchester “I Love Networking” event  6 – 8 pm, Benjamin Steakhouse 610 W Hartsdale Ave, White Plains
The Professional Women of Westchester (PWW) is hosting this second annual Valentine’s Day-themed event. Theevent is open to “magnificent men” of Westchester  as well. The cost is $15 for PWW Members, $20 for non-members and  includes appetizers. A cash bar is also available.
Reservations and payment must be made in advance. To register, visit


THURSDAY 2/16/12
Westchester County Association Lunch & Learn 11:30 am – 2 pm, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, 455 S Broadway, Tarrytown.
The Westchester County Association will host this informative session titled, ” Insider’s Tips: How to Make Face to Face Trump Facebook,” which is designed to impart valuable tips on face-to-face communications, and demonstrate why person-to-person contact is still the most powerful business tool of all. The speakers will be Grant Schneider of Performance Development Strategies, LLC, and Peter Helmer of Sales Lead Dynamics. To register, visit


“Freshen Up Your Resume” session  6:30 – 7:30 pm, Somers Library, 80 Primrose St, Somers. This session, presented by Laura Olert of Career Works, Inc., will go over the latest trends in resume writing and discuss how to make  resume unique and market your personal brand. Please bring your resume to this session. Register at or call (914) 232-5717.


THURSDAY 3/15/2012
The Mega Mixer Business Expo  2 – 6 pm, Hilton Rye Town, 699 Westchester Ave, Rye Brook. The Mega Mixer Business Expo, sponsored by The Business Council of Westchester, is Westchester’s largest business trade show, attracting 200 table-top exhibitors and 1,500+ attendees every year. Whether you are selling a product or service or educating consumers, consider an exhibit at this business-building event. For more information, contact Ebony White at or call 914-948-2110.


THURSDAY 4/19/12
Business Council of Westchester Hall of Fame ceremony Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle. The Business Council of Westchester is seeking nominations for its hall of fame, which recognizes the lifetime achievements of Westchester County businesses in five categories: small business, entrepreneurs, corporate citizens, family-owned companies, and women in business. Nominations must be received by January 13, and are accepted online only, at 


Know a Wunderkind? You, perhaps? Nominate an under-30 county business professional (including yourself) for 914INC.’s second annual Westchester Wunderkinds. For more info or to submit a nomination, visit

Do you have tips, scoop, or gossip concerning business in Westchester? If so, our INComing blogger, Bryan, is all ears—please email him at

Our Westchester Home Design Awards event is June 26!

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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