How Will Recent IBM Layoffs in Westchester and Dutchess Counties Affect the Local Economy?

PLUS: New mental health commissioner; Co-Communications president named PR pro of the year; and more.

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The Westchester Children’s Association has added five new members to its Board:

Barbara Holland, a former WCA Board Member who currently sits on WCA’s Advisory Council; Lisa Kahn, a program manager in the Child Welfare Services department at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD; Linda Landesman, a retired health administrator and clinical assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the Public Health Practice Program; Mary Loeffler, a resident of Irvington, former WCA Board Member, and current HR executive; and Salahuddin Rajput, COO of Walison Corp. general contractors and real estate developers.

Melissa Staats has been named acting commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Community and Mental Health.

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Staats, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, has been with the department since 2006, first as director of mental health before rising to deputy commissioner in 2009. Prior, she was president and CEO of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors.

Jon A. Dorf, managing partner of Dorf & Nelson LLP of Rye, has joined the board of directors of The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation.


Stacey Cohen, president of PR and marketing firm Co-Communications, was honored with the 2013 Practitioner of the Year Award at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Connecticut Valley, Southern Connecticut and Westchester/Fairfield Chapters’ 18th Annual Mercury Awards celebration. The award honors a tri-chapter member who has served the profession through a history of achievement and reputation.

Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services won awards from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for two initiatives.

It won an Innovations Award for its Livable Communities Care Circles of Westchester Step Forward and Give Back program, through which volunteers team up with individuals to help with daily tasks not met with public funds, such as dog-walking or running errands—or simply to provide companionship.

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The department also received an Achievement Award for its Think Tank project, through which college students brainstormed ways to increase transportation options for seniors who live in Westchester’s rural northeast.

Elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea, managing partner at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP in White Plains, was recently named Westchester County’s Leading Elder Care Attorney by The Above the Bar Awards, a regional showcase of top legal talent sponsored by Pace Law School, Westchester Bank, The Westchester County Bar Association, and others.

The DSF Group of White Plains donated 50 apartments’ worth of furniture and home goods to Furniture Sharehouse, a non-profit that provides free basic household furnishings to economically disadvantaged individuals and families in Westchester, the largest donation received in the organization’s five years.


The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has announced a $10,000 grant from First Niagara Foundation for the JBFC’s education programs.

These programs will engage approximately 14,000 students in grades pre-K to 12 in Westchester at the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville and through partnerships with at least 65 schools and youth service organizations. More than half of total enrollment will include students from under-resourced schools and communities who will be able to participate at no cost to their schools or families.

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The Westchester County Youth Bureau (WCYB) has partnered with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to bring the BioBus, a high-tech laboratory on wheels (with an array of advanced scientific equipment), to hundreds of students Countywide, specifically in communities with limited access to hands-on science education.

Faros Properties, LLC, a New York-based real estate investment firm, has announced the signing of a long-term lease by OHL Infrastructure for 3,200 square feet at the International Corporate Center of Rye, located at 555 Theodore Fremd Avenue in Rye. The lease marks the twelfth signing since Faros Properties acquired and fully renovated the 170,000 square-foot, three-story office building in 2011.

Jill Singer of Jill Singer Graphics, an award-winning graphic design firm that produces print and digital marketing material for businesses and non-profits, recently announced the launch of her new website at and the addition of website development and design to her firm’s slate of services. 

Leros Point to Point limo service of Hawthorne recently expanded to Dolce Conference Center in Norwalk, Connecticut, with vehicles parked on site to better serve its Fairfield client base.

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PLUS: Westchester Green Business Challenge participants recognized; new Yonkers law addresses building emissions; and Rivertowns woo City day-trippers

According to two Westchester Business Groups, IBM’s job eliminations in the County will not wreak havoc on the local economy.

Representatives of the Business Council of Westchester and the Westchester County Association noted that highly skilled workers downsized at IBM will be desirable to many of the area’s established and emerging technology companies.

The Armonk-based company has begun laying off more than 700 workers in Dutchess and Westchester Counties as part of a global restructuring in the second quarter.  

More than 125 local companies participating in the Westchester Green Business Challenge (WGBC) were honored at the program’s Third Annual Recognition Event at the Mapleton at Good Counsel Conference & Catering Center in White Plains.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, hosted the event and recognized outstanding achievements by six Westchester-based firms in the following categories:

Outreach (Metropool/511NY Rideshare, West Harrison); Energy (Reckson, White Plains); Waste Management & Green Products (Curtis Instruments, Mount Kisco); Transportation (Verizon,White Plains); Land Use (Diamond Properties, Mount Kisco); and Water Resources (Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains)

While these companies rose to the green business challenge, the City of Yonkers continues to pursue the adoption of green building standards, while encouraging local development.

A new law championed by Mayor Mike Spano mandates energy-efficient building designs for new and renovated city-owned properties. It does not, however, require private developers to comply with the same environmental standards for commercial and larger residential construction projects.

The ordinance instead states that city officials “should encourage” the use of green standards for private projects, only requiring a green buildings survey checklist to be filed with site plan applications for informational purposes for commercial projects exceeding a certain size.

The green buildings law extends Yonkers’ recent efforts to collect data on the energy usage of all municipal buildings to calculate greenhouse-gas emissions. According to the mayor’s office, previous data has shown that inefficiencies contribute to more than two-thirds of all the city’s emissions.

Supported by a $17,000 “I Love New York” grant, the new Rivertowns Tourism Board partnership held a promotional weekend June 8-9 to entice Manhattan day-trippers to head north to the villages of Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, and Hastings-on-Hudson.

Village officials are seeking a boost to village businesses by advancing hyper-local tourism. According to the board, which is comprised of local trustees and residents, nearby communities, including Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, are free to join the consortium in the future. Another event is planned for the fall

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TUESDAY, 6/25/13
Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester Golf Invitational
Westchester Hills Golf Club, 401 Ridgeway, White Plains; 10:30 am. Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester (HPCW) will host its 11th Annual Golf Invitational. All proceeds from the event will benefit HPCW’s continuing effort to provide comfort, care, and compassion to every individual and family facing a serious or life-limiting illness. Brunch/lunch held during/after registration; followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 pm. A cocktail reception, dinner, and awards begin at 5 pm.

WEDNESDAY, 6/26/13
Tax Planning for Small Business
SCORE Westchester, 120 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains. 1 – 3 pm; free. This SCORE seminar explores a range of tax implications and tips for small business owners to consider

MONDAY, 7/8/13
Panel: “Entrepreneurs & Success – It’s an Evolution”
DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Tarrytown, 6 – 8 pm. Professional Women of Westchester hosts a panel of local businesswomen, who will discuss launching their respective enterprises and how they wrestled with challenges, fear, and the unexpected: Rose Colonna, president of Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets; Susan Kleiman, president of Ross Daniel Adaptive Apparel; Wendy Kaufman, CEO/president of Balancing Life’s Issues, Inc.; and Jennifer Ross, founder of WatercoolerHub.

WEDNESDAY, 7/31/13
A Winning Business Plan
SCORE Westchester, 120 Bloomingdale Rd, 1 – 3 pm; free. This SCORE seminar aims to help you develop as a manager, in demonstrating your business goals to bankers and investors, and in measuring your actual performance against your objectives.

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