Westchester County Revolving Door, November 4, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Appoints New York DEC Commissioner from Westchester

Basil Seggos, a former Riverkeeper attorney, was recently appointed New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Seggos worked at Ossining-based Riverkeeper for seven years. He served as the environmental watchdog group’s Chief Investigator & Hudson River Program Director between 2001 and 2007. Seggos will replace Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman, who will continue in his role as Executive Deputy Commissioner. Seggos joined the administration in 2012 and has served as Governor Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for the Environment since 2013. He is also a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and currently serves at a JAG unit in Schenectady. Seggos holds a J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate from Pace University and a B.A. from Trinity College.

Lutonya Russell­Humes Named Executive Director of The Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle

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“After an extensive four month long search, we are thrilled to announce the selection of Lutonya,” stated Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle Board President, Candace Pinn. “Lutonya has worked with youth and families her entire career and we are confident that the experience that she brings to the position will help the Club grow and increase its impact on the children and families that we serve.” In her most recent position, Ms. Russell-Humes served as Managing Director of Education and College Access at Phipps Neighborhoods, where she was responsible for youth development and education programs in the South Bronx. Ms. Russell-Humes received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Mississippi Valley State University, and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Pace University. She is currently an adjunct professor at Mercy College.            

Eilieen Mcevoy (left) and Paolo de Alessandrini (right)

First Niagara Expands Middle-Market Banking Team

First Niagara Financial Group announced the addition of three new bankers to its middle-market and business banking teams, which serve the Metro New York, Hudson Valley, and Westchester County markets. Paolo de Alessandrini and Eileen McEvoy have joined First Niagara; each as Senior Vice Presidents for Corporate Banking.  Schuyler Tilly, who has been with the bank since 2005, has been named First Vice President for Corporate Banking. All three will be responsible for generating middle-market financing deals with area companies, whose annual revenues equal or exceed  $25 million. They will report to Robert Cerminaro, Senior Vice President and Market Executive of Corporate Banking for First Niagara’s Tri-State Region.

Victoria Hatin Joins TitleVest as Sales Executive

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TitleVest, a subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation and a New York City-based provider of title insurance and related real estate services (with a location in White Plains), announced the strategic expansion of its business development team with the addition of a new sales executive, Victoria Hatin. Hatin, who will work on business development with the Westchester office team, brings more than seven years of combined title and settlement experience within the real estate industry to TitleVest. She spent five years as mortgage finance specialist for a New York settlement law firm and two years as director of marketing and sales with a compliance solutions company that focused on data security compliance for ALTA’s Best Practice Pillar No. 3.

Clockwise, from top left: Jarett Feldman, MD; Pierre Bruneau, MD; Cameron Lewis, MD; Beth Freedman, MD; and Matthew Kim, MD

Mount Kisco Medical Group Adds New Physicians To Medical Team

Five new physicians have been added to Mount Kisco Medical Group’s roster. Jarett Feldman, MD, a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, currently practices at the Carmel office location and the Northern Westchester Hospital Cancer Center; Matthew Kim, MD, who practices in the Poughkeepsie office, received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine; Cameron Lewis, MD, who practices at the Yorktown Heights and Fishkill locations, received his MD from University of Virginia School of Medicine; Beth C. Freedman, MD, received her MD from New York Medical College and currently practices at the Mount Kisco and Northern Westchester Hospital Cancer Center offices; and Pierre Bruneau, MD, of MKMG’s Carmel location, received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine.

Co-Communications Acquires 341 Studios

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Co-Communications, a full-service marketing and public relations agency with offices in Westchester and Connecticut, has acquired 341 Studios, a marketing and design agency based in Darien, Connecticut. As part of the acquisition, 341 Studios will take the name Co-Communications. Founded by Gretchen Bruno and Felicia Rubinstein in 1999, 341 Studios’ team includes designers, developers, copywriters, marketing strategists, and e-communication specialists.  Both Bruno and Rubinstein will remain on the team to facilitate a smooth transition and provide ongoing consulting. “Welcoming 341 Studios into the Co-Communications family propels our vision to provide deeper, richer and more comprehensive graphic design and interactive services,” said Stacey Cohen, Founder, President & CEO of Co-Communications.  “We’ve been consistently impressed with their exceptional talent, long-term client relationships and dedication to the rigor, integrity and professionalism it takes to succeed.”


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