Local Businesses Join Forces to Fight Hunger

Plus: Westchester Medical Center rejects Obamacare patients — what you need to know about Westchester business: January 21 – February 3.

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The Westchester Bank has appointed Eric Wiggins as  senior vice president, chief credit officer. He will be based in Yonkers. With 25 years of banking experience, he will be responsible for the oversight, management, and compliance of the Bank’s commercial loan portfolio.

ANDRUS, a provider of support services for families and children, has formed an Advisory Board, charged with helping the agency develop a comprehensive evaluation plan for its “Sanctuary” model of care. The board is funded by a $339,000 grant awarded to ANDRUS in 2013 from the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Concordia College has appointed Rev. Dr. Joshua Hollmann as campus chaplain and assistant professor of religion. Dr. Hollmann holds a B.A. from Valparaiso University, a M.Div. from Concordia Seminary – St. Louis, and a Ph.D. from McGill University.

VHB, a planning, transportation, land development, and environmental services firm, has promoted Westchester resident Matt Carmody, PE, to director of transportation in its White Plains office. Carmody will direct traffic, parking, bicycle, and pedestrian studies throughout the Hudson Valley, and will work closely with municipalities, institutions, developers, and local and state transportation agencies.

Mt. Kisco law firm Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw, P.C., (formerly Shamberg Marwell & Hollis, P.C.), has two new partners and one new associate, plus two partners’ names have been added to the company’s name.

Catherine B. Andreycak, who joined the firm in 1998, has become a name partner. Moira S. Laidlaw, who previously practiced at Laidlaw Firm, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, and has now merged her Bedford Hills law practice with the firm, has joined as a name partner.

In addition, Yonkers resident Joseph N. Madden has joined the firm as a partner and Jennifer King has been promoted to partner. Madden’s practice is focused on zoning, planning, commercial land use and development, general civil litigation, and landlord-tenant law, while King, who joined the firm in 2007 practices litigation pertaining to zoning and land use matters, as well as commercial matters.

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Co-Communications, Inc., a full-service marketing and communications firm, has hired Lyndsay Bouchal as senior account manager for its Mt. Kisco operation. Bouchal will work with a variety of clients in the hospitality, higher education, nonprofit, and healthcare industries. Kevin Zawacki, a reporter and editor with experience covering Westchester business, politics, and lifestyle beats for AOL-Huffington Post, also joins the firm.

Progressive Computing (PCI), a computer consulting and network installation, design, and maintenance firm, has promoted Laverne Oliver to director of operations and Marina Reichelt to director of finance.


Nearly a dozen local business owners, WFAS Radio, and County Executive Rob Astorino presented a symbolic $4,800 check to the Food Bank for Westchester at the Michaelean Office Building in White Plains on January 21. The check represents the donations raised by the participating businesses, which include: All Pro Restoration, Doctors Express, Doubletree Tarrytown Hilton, Durante Rentals, Mrs. Greens Natural Markets, New Image Laser and Medical Spa, Southern Westchester Urgent Care, Stone Manor 101, The Travelers Club at Westchester County Airport, and Tranquility Spa.

To commemorate Go Red / Heart Health Month, Ladimax Sports & Fitness, a women-only fitness facility in Thornwood, has designed a “Keep Moving” program to encourage women to exercise and care for their hearts by offering a free, week-long membership beginning Friday, February 7, through Friday, February 14. Learn more at Ladimaxsportsfitness.com.

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Businesses and nonprofit organizations with products and services of interest to seniors and caregivers can now register for booths in the Business Expo of the 46th annual Salute to Seniors, which will be held on Thursday, May 8 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The event, which attracted about 2,200 seniors last year, will also feature its popular mainstays: a health and wellness fair, an arts-and-crafts boutique, and live entertainment. Learn more at www.westchestergov.com/seniors or (914) 747-0519.


Westchester County Continuum of Care Partnership for the Homeless to offer housing and employment opportunities to 75 homeless veterans County-wide. Greenburgh Town Supervisor proposes naming new Tappan Zee after the folk hero who championed the preservation of the river it will span.

Sparking outrage from patients and lawmakers, Valhalla-based Westchester Medical Center is not accepting coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam, saying  insurance exchange reimbursements are too low to cover the costs of the services it offers as a teaching hospital. It is the only acute-care hospital in the three counties that has not signed on with plans offered in their communities through the exchange. The affiliated Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital also refuses the plans.

As the Center turns away local ACA enrollees, the county aims to provide respite to local veterans in need. County Executive Robert P. Astorino, joined by the Westchester County Continuum of Care Partnership for the Homeless, recently announced Westchester County’s next “100-Day Challenge,” which aims to house 75 homeless veterans and find employment for 45 veterans in the 100-day period ending March 31.

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner’s proposal to name the new crossing now under construction after Pete Seeger, the Hudson Valley folk music legend, is picking up strong support. A Dutchess Junction resident for more than six decades, Seeger launched the Clearwater, a 106-foot sloop built at his expense that sailed the Hudson as a crusading vessel for the cleanup of the industrially polluted river. He founded the Beacon-based nonprofit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a leading environmental organization in legal actions and public education efforts to restore the river and protect its ecology.


Property: 650 Halstead Ave, Mamaroneck
Brokered by: Martin Spatz, Spatz Properties, (914) 835-4008
Description: Available immediately, four units, ranging from 400 to 700 sq. ft., offer professional offices and work spaces, break areas with full kitchen, and reception area. Rental rates range from $1,200 to $1,750 per month.
Selling Points:  Convenient to highway and train. Walk to local shops and restaurants. Also include ample parking onsite.
Downside: Spaces suited to small enterprises only.



THURSDAY, 3/13/14
914INC.‘s Speed Networking Night

6 – 8 pm, $15. The Travelers Club at The Westchester County Airport. 240 Airport Rd, 2nd floor. Fast-paced and fun, 914INC.‘s Speed Networking Night is sure to create new contacts and profitable relationships for attendees. Business owners from small startups to executives at the county’s largest corporations will all benefit from this exciting meet-and-greet opportunity… details   

WEDNESDAY, 2/12/14                                                          
“Small Business Rock Stars” Event

6 to 8 pm. $20pp/Chamber Members and $30pp/Non-Members. Pegasus Rooms, Chappaqua Crossing, 480 Bedford Rd, Chappaqua. Come hear how Westchester’s small business rock stars kept the music going through good times and bad. Network and grow your own business, showcase your materials on our display table (Chamber members only), and meet members of other chambers throughout Westchester. Includes appetizers. Cash bar. Register to attend here.  

WEDNESDAY, 2/12/14
Obamacare for Small Business Owners

1 – 3 pm. 120 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains. Free. Workshop Leader John Ravitz, EVP & COO  of The Business Council of Westchester, explains what small businesses need to know about The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Learn about your obligations as a small business, get your questions answered, and leave with a list of resources that can help you. To register and learn more, call (914) 948-3907 or visit scorewestchester.com.

SATURDAY, 3/1/14
The 2nd Annual Pop Goes the Culture Awards and Variety Show

5 pm Tickets $12. The Alamo Draft House, 2548 Central Park Ave, Yonkers. The event, the brainchild of Mamaroneck-based author Jon Chattman, promises to be a wildly entertaining and unforgettably strange afternoon of music, awards, comedy, and more. Tickets available at drafthouse.com.

Upcoming events should be submitted no later than Sunday, February 9th, to be considered for the February 18th edition. Please submit business-related events only; no fundraisers or consumer events.


Our Best of Westchester Party is July 24!

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!

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