Upcoming Business Events; NYPD Veteran Named SPCA Director; Office Space at White Plains Metro-North Station

Scarsdale resident Stephen C. Seward has accepted the newly-created position of Vice-President for Institutional Advancement at the Yonkers Andrus Children’s Center (www.andruschildren.org). Seward, an Amherst College and SUNY Buffalo (M.L.S.) alum, has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the field of philanthropy, will look to expand Andrus’ development efforts which support the Center’s premiere work with more than 2500 children and families at 11 sites around Westchester County.

Ernest J. Lungaro, a former and decorated lieutenant with the New York City Police Department, has been named Director of the Humane Law Enforcement Division of the SPCA of Westchester. Lungaro, who has more than 20 years of experience in criminal investigations, will be responsible for carrying out the SPCA of Westchester’s mission to protect the animals in Westchester County from cruelty and neglect through the enforcement of New York State law. The SPCA is the only agency in the county mandated by the state to enforce animal cruelty laws.

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Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of The Committee to Save New York (CSNY). The committee’s mission is to engage the public on the importance of fixing the New York state economic and Albany’s broken finances, through its website.


Westchester Magazine has been chosen as the winner of the Small Business Success Award for the 2011 Westchester County Business Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the publication’s significant contributions to the Westchester County business community and the informing of its participants.

Also recognized were:

∙ Dannon: Corporate Citizenship Award
∙ WESTMED Medical Group: Entrepreneurial Success Award
∙ Molly Easo Smith, President, Manhattanville College: Women in Business Success Award
∙ Wilson & Son Jewelers: Family Business Success Award

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All will be inducted into the Westchester County Business Hall of Fame at the distinguished group’s 10th Anniversary Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 14, at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle.

The theme of this year’s 10th year anniversary dinner, “Beyond Limits,” captures the essence of current and past Westchester inductees who have changed the landscape of their businesses and communities. Past winners who will also be recognized during this commemorative 10th anniversary event include:

Corporate Citizenship: PepsiCo, Heineken USA, Con Edison, Verizon, Pace University, MasterCard, Entergy, New York Life Insurance Company, IBM
Entrepreneurial Success: Lillian Vernon, Ginsburg Development Corporation, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Club Fit, Rakow Commercial Realty Group, Curtis Instruments, ECOBAGS, Hospitality Resource Group International, Regeneron
Small Business Success: Designer One, Thompson & Bender, C.W. Brown Inc, New York Hospitality Group, Proftech, Co-Communications, The Dorf Law Firm, Divney Tung Schwalbe
Women in Business Success: Karen Robilotta, Training Dynamics; Joan Corwin, Chappaqua Transportation; Arlette Turturro, Night OWL Cleaning Service; Abigail Kirsch; Carol Greenberg, Concept: CARE; Dee DelBello, Westfair Communications; Georganne Chapin, Hudson Health Plan; Therese Ferretti, Collins Brothers Moving; Nancy Ment, Andrus Children’s Center
Family Business Success: Advocate Brokerage Corp., Strauss Paper Company, W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., Artuso Pastry, Circulation Expertí, Famous Famiglia, Red Oak Transportation, Berkeley College, Universal Builders Supply Inc.

The Trailblazers Award program, sponsored by the County Executive’s Office as well as others, has recognized three African Americans who have excelled professionally while helping address issues affecting the wider community.
Pennye W. Nash, co-owner and executive director of Sancia Health Care, was the recipient of the “The Whitney Young Award.” “The Madame C.J. Walker Award” was awarded to Wiley C. Harrison, president of The Business of Your Business in White Plains, and “The Betty Shabazz Award” recipient was Judge Kathie E. Davidson is currently supervising judge for the Family Court and acting Supreme Court justice in the Ninth Judicial District.

The Neuberger Museum of Art “Tania Bruguera: On the Political Imaginery” exhibition, curated by the museum’s Chief Curator Helaine Posner, has won second place nationally as the 2010 “Best Show in a University Gallery.” Given its award by the U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics/AICA-USA, the exhibition featured Cuban artist Bruguera’s powerful, innovative installations and performance works created for various international venues over the past 15years.

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The Neuberger Museum of Art is located on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, and it presents up to 12 new exhibitions annually.

Ready to see “the green” again?

It’s time for de-snowing (on Mother Nature) and de-stressing (on you).

The nationally-ranked, Pete Dye-designed golf course Pound Ridge Golf Club, which has won accolades from Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, is offering an alternative to a private club membership. So if you’re an individual or corporate golfer in New York City, Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield (CT) counties, an assortment of benefits and price options start at just $4,000 per year. For more information about Pound Ridge Golf Club and season plans, please call the pro shop at (914) 764-5771 or visit poundridgegolf.com.

914INC.’s commercial real estate showcase

1 Holland Ave
White Plains
Owned and managed by:
Benson Commercial Realty Inc.
Scott Benson (914) 332-9090
Availability: 29,000 square feet, 2 story building for sale or lease. Will divide. LeasePurchase option.
Selling points: The property is located at the North White Plains Metro-North Train Station (which provides express service to Manhattan), close to shopping, restaurants, post office and bus stops, there is immediate access to Route 287, the Bronx River Parkway and Route 22, and there is private parking for 30 vehicles in addition to street parking. The brick-constructed building has 1,600 amps electric, one loading dock and two drive-ins, a freight elevator, is zoned for light industrial businesses, and is ideal for office, flex, production and warehouse tenancies.

Upcoming Business Events

Westchester County Board of Legislators – A morning networking breakfast will be held at Tarrytown’s Tappan Hill Mansion from 8:30 to 10:00 am. Keynote address will be delivered by Chairman Ken Jenkins, with follow-up remarks delivered by Minority Leader James Maisano and Majority Leader Peter Harckham. The breakfast is $60 for members and $75 for “future” (non) members. Advance reservations are required, and there is a $10 additional walk-in fee.

TUESDAY, 3/8/11
The Business Council of Westchester will hold a Business Breakfast Dialogue from 7:30 to 9:15 am. Attendees are encouraged to discuss business issues with fellow members, and build referrals to grow their business. Members-only online registration is open until 3/4/11, and the fee is $27. The event will be held at Antun’s of Westchester Catering & Events in Elmsford. Register here.


The White Plains Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Restaurant 42 will host a Young Professionals’ Networking Reception from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. The event cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Register here.

THURSDAY, 3/10/11
The Business Council of Westchester will hold a Mega Mixer Business Expo from 2 to 6 pm. Maximize your potential for business growth along with 1,500 attendees. More information about this event, which will be held at the Hilton Rye Town in Rye Brook, can be found at www.events.westchesterny.org.

MONDAY, 3/14/11 – SUNDAY, 3/27/11
The fifth annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, an enormously popular multi-county culinary extravaganza that runs for 14 days, begins Monday, 3/11 and ends on Sunday, 3/27. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe three-course dinners at $28 (excluding beverage, tax, and tip) and many offer three-course lunches at $20. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is presented by The Valley Table. Major sponsors are American Express, WHUD Radio, and The Gold Standard. Others include Harvest on Hudson, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Coca-Cola, M&R Energy Resources Corporation, Jeraci Foods, M&T Bank, Hudson Valley Bank, Riverside Bank, and Walden Saving Bank.
For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, call (845) 561-2022 or go online to HudsonValleyRestaurantWeek.com.

THURSDAY, 4/14/11
The Business Council of Westchester will hold its Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 14, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. Tickets are $250 for both members and non-members, and registration is open until April 11. Visit this page for more information, and to register.

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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