Katonah Museum of Art Curates Three New Board Members; New Rochelle BID Snags $500K State Grant; Have Breakfast With the County Exec


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Mauro C. Romita


CMS Bancorp., Inc., of White Plains, the parent company of Community Mutual Savings Bank, has announced that Mauro C. Romita, president and chief operating officer of Castle Oil Corporation in Harrison, has been elected to CMS Bancorp’s Board of Directors.

Castle Oil Corporation, which was founded in 1928 by Romita’s father, is the largest independent owner-operator of petroleum terminals and distributor of fuel oil in the New York metropolitan area. Romita, who joined Castle Oil in 1968 after having practiced law in New York City,  is a graduate of Iona College and holds a law degree from New York Law School. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Governors of Sound Shore Medical Center; trustee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund; chairman of Boys’ Towns of Italy, Inc.; trustee of St. Joseph’s Seminary; and a member of the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He is a former trustee and chairman of The College of New Rochelle and the Calvary Fund.

Community Mutual Savings Bank also announced that Gerald Calvario has been named vice president responsible for residential mortgage operations at the bank.

Calvario, who has more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage business in Westchester and Rockland Counties, was recently client relationship manager with the bank’s residential lending department.

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Prior to joining Community Mutual Savings Bank, he served as president of Century Capital, a mortgage broker located in Rockland County. Prior to that, he was president of Thrift Associations Service Corporation, a Tarrytown-based banking consortium owned by New York savings institutions.


The Katonah Museum of Art has announced three new members of its Board of Trustees: Tricia Summers Freeman and Rima Marschke of Katonah, and Ernest Osborne of Somers.

Freeman was the CFO of Ferrer Freeman & Company, a healthcare private equity firm. Prior to this, she was a vice president at J.P. Morgan & Co., where she was head of administration for its Global Health Care Investment Banking Group. Marschke worked for more than 13 years at various advertising firms in Manhattan, managing a variety of accounts ranging from consumer products to pharmaceuticals. She took a one-year hiatus from the business in 1997 to handle all of the on-premise promotions for Schieffelin & Somerset’s Tanqueray gin brand before returning to the full-service agency side. Osborne has served in many distinguished roles, including in the Yale University administration as director of the Yale Council on Community Affairs, and as executive director of The Sachem Fund. He was also appointed deputy undersecretary for intergovernmental affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Jimmy Carter.

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester announced that Lisa Keogh will serve as its new director of development.

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Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Club, Keogh served as president of A Very Good Cause, Inc. During a 20-year career as a fundraising professional, Keogh has lent her time and talent to various volunteer and staff teams that have raised more than $25 million net for not-for-profit organizations in Westchester County. During her tenure as chief development officer/assistant general manager at the American Red Cross in Westchester County from 1998 to 2003, the chapter was recognized by the National American Red Cross with several prestigious fundraising awards.

Keogh serves as treasurer of grant professionals of the Lower Hudson Valley and is an active member of the Association of Development Officers (ADO), having served in various leadership positions during the past 20 years.

 Main Street Connect, a network of 52 local news sites, announced the appointment of two new members to its executive team: John Londono, as chief operating officer/chief technology officer, and Karin Annus, as chief content officer.

Londono comes to Main Street Connect from GreenLink Networks, where he was chief technology officer. He previously founded radiusIM, a location-based instant-messaging service, and CallStreet, an earnings call transcription service, which was subsequently sold to FactSet Research Systems. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BSE in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Annus comes to Main Street Connect from Thomson Reuters, where she was executive producer of its Reuters Insider multimedia platform for business professionals. She has previous experience as EP and Deputy Managing Editor at Bloomberg TV and Director of Special Programming and Planning at CNBC.


New businesses, relocations, and operations

O2Living, a holistic lifestyle and wellness community and juice-cleanse provider, announced the opening of the O2Living Live Food Café located at Saw Mill Club East, 333 N Bedford Road in Mount Kisco. 

The live food café, located inside the newly remodeled club, features fresh-pressed raw fruit and vegetable detoxifying juices and cuisine. In addition to the café’s daily offerings, guests can pre-order their raw live food plans and signature juice cleanses for pickup at the facility.  Meal plans also can be customized to meet special dietary requirements.

O2Living at Saw Mill East marks the company’s second location in Mount Kisco. Headquartered in Cross River, O2Living’s fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juices are also available for pickup at Apogee Pilates & Wellness Centers in White Plains and Bedford Hills, Geordane’s in Irvington, and Sportsplex in Stamford, Connecticut.


Aries Deitch & Endelson, Inc., has announced that TJX Companies has signed a lease for a 32,000-square-foot TJ Maxx store to be opened in the spring of 2012 at the Ridge Hill Shopping Center. Aries Deitch & Endelson, Inc., located in Hartsdale, specializes in retail leasing, management, development, and investment sales in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.



 Olivia J. Hooker, Ph.D, of White Plains was the top honoree at the 29th annual Senior Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown earlier this month.

Hooker was presented with a clock by Kevin J. Plunkett, deputy Westchester County executive.

The Oklahoma native was six years old when she survived the Tulsa Race Riots in 1921, where hundreds of African Americans were killed and their community burned to the ground. She eventually went on to found the Tulsa Race Riot Commission and to this day continues to fight for equal rights for all people, as a frequent speaker before senior groups and at houses of worship.

Hooker had worked as a psychologist in Yonkers schools and was a professor at Fordham University. She was nominated for the award by Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester and Putnam Counties. Dr. Hooker served on the agency’s board from 1988 to 1994.

In total, 43 seniors were honored at the event.


More details on the $67 million awarded for regional economic development projects by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council first reported in the last INComing. The Mid-Hudson council is one of 10 formed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to review projects to determine which will get state funding. The governor has allotted $800 million, pooled from various state agencies, to fund business development projects.

Although the Mid-Hudson was not ultimately judged one of the four selected by the state to have the best plans for their region, it still received funding for many regional products. The four selected for having the best plans were the Western, Central, North Country, and Long Island regions.

Still, of the 61 projects approved by the state committee in this region, several are in Westchester. They include New York Medical College’s Biotech Incubator Center for Advanced Research in Valhalla, which will receive $4 million. The money will be used to further develop a biotech incubator at the Valhalla-based medical college. It will host startup biotech companies, research and development of medical countermeasures, disaster preparedness work, clinical training, and other public health activities. Additionally, San-Mar Laboratories in Elmsford received $5 million in funding from the state.

“Over a dozen projects in Westchester County will receive grants to increase jobs and grow our economy,” says County Executive Rob Astorino. “I’m particularly thrilled that the state has recognized the importance of New York Medical College’s biotech incubator project by awarding four million dollars to assist in the development of a cutting-edge shared resources facility. As I have said in the past, Westchester is New York’s intellectual capital, and the investments made here play a significant role in the economic growth of our county, region, and state.”

The New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID) and the City of New Rochelle announced it has received a $500,000 New York State Main Street Grant. The grant will fund the BID’s award-winning Façade Improvement Program and enable the continued restoration of historically significant buildings in the downtown. The 2011 Main Street Grant was secured through the support and assistance of elected officials at multiple levels of government, including New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.

This is the third New York State Main Street Grant for the BID. This matching grant program has facilitated façade restorations of buildings representing more than 75 storefronts through the BID’s Façade Improvement Program, and, in buildings with vacant upper floor space, has helped create more than 40 artist work studios through the BID’s Artist Spaces Program.

Students at Iona College joined more than 300 volunteers at St. Augustine’s Church in Larchmont to help complete the packing of more than 1,100 holiday care packages. The packages contained food, clothing, books, and other personal items that were collected on behalf of Operation: Support Our Troops, which shipped them to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. 

In late October, Iona students joined in the effort to help Operation: Support Our Troops with its initiative, “Operation: Cram the Van.” It was one of the events tied to the inauguration of Dr. Joseph Nyre as the college’s new president in recognition of his service in the U.S. Navy. The gift donations were dropped off at a military Hummer and other vehicles that were parked at the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union over the past month.

Each package includes a letter from Nyre noting, “This project [Cram the Van] had one purpose; namely to honor you as a person in service to our country.  You are the heroes of today and we all send heartfelt thanks.”

Fans of the Bicycle Sundays program that opens a 6.5-mile stretch of the historic Bronx River Parkway can breathe a sigh of relief as Friends of Westchester County Parks announced it has teamed up with Con Edison in a public/private partnership to save the program. A donation of $20,000 by Con Edison will be matched with $20,000 from Friends of Westchester County Parks to pay for Westchester County’s most popular parks program.

The money was needed because the public funding for the program was eliminated from the Westchester County budget adopted earlier this month. County Executive Robert P. Astorino was on hand for the announcement, and was joined by Westchester County Parks Board of Trustees Chairman Liz Bracken-Thompson; Con Edison Director of Westchester Public Affairs Sandy Miller; Friends of Westchester County Parks Executive Director Joseph Stout; members of the Friends of Westchester County Parks board; and Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor.


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THURSDAY 1/12/12
Breakfast with the County Executive – 8 – 9:30 am, Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown. County Executive Rob Astorino will address the economic challenges facing Westchester and report on the state of the county in an event sponsored by the Westchester County Association. His remarks will be followed by a Q & A session. To RSVP, please visit Westchester.org.

SATURDAY 1/14/12
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service – 8 am – 5 pm, at various locations. Consider taking this opportunity to spend a day of volunteer service in your community in the spirit of the late civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. The Westchester County government suggests those interested in participating contact The Volunteer Center of United Way for events in your area. For more information, visit http:// www.volunteer-center.org.

TUESDAY 1/16/12
The 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Youth Legacy Awards Luncheon – 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, DoubleTree Hotel, 455 S Broadway. The African American Men of Westchester will host this event to honor the legacy of Dr. King by recognizing young people for their service to the community. For more information, or to nominate a youth, visit aamw.com

“Freshen Up Your Resume” session –  6:30 – 7:30 pm. Somers Library, 82 Primrose St, Somers. This session, presented by Laura Olert of Career Works, Inc., will go over the latest trends in resumé writing. We will discuss how to make your resumé unique and market your personal brand. Please bring your resumé to this session.

THURSDAY 3/15/12
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 tradeshow, 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 ewhite@westchesterny.org 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 Jan. 13, and are accepted online only, at http://www.westchesterny.org/grow/hofnominate.html.

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 https://westchestermagazine.com/914-INC/Premiere-2010/Wonderful-Wunderkinds-Form/

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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