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Westchester Executives And Politicians Share Their Thoughts

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To help kick off the business week on an inspirational note, we’ve rounded up some recent quotes from Westchester leaders that will get you thinking.

“I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so. We pretend we can have it all… If you ask our daughters, I’m not sure they will say that I’ve been a good mom… My observation is that the biological clock and the career clock are in total conflict with each other. When you have to have kids, you have to build your career. Just as you’re rising to middle management your kids need you because they’re teenagers… and as you grow even more, your parents need you because they’re aging. So we’re screwed… we cannot have it all.”

Indra K. Nooyi, PepsiCo CEO, to David Bradley, owner of The Atlantic, at the Aspen Ideas Festival, July 1

John Tolomer

Courtesy of The Westchester Bank

Everybody worries about cybersecurity. We have spent quite a lot of money to protect our resources and finances… It’s something that big and small banks alike are facing, and we’re always looking to protect our information and customers.”

–John Tolomer, CEO of The Westchester Bank, on July 16, in response to a recent New York Department of Financial Services report on cybersecurity

Eric Schneiderman

Photo by Lonnie Tague, United States Department of Justice

“In the wake of the Supreme Court’s deeply misguided Hobby Lobby decision, we need to go further to empower the women of New York State with the information they need to make their own healthcare choices.”

–State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, (D), at a July 17 news conference in White Plains, where he unveiled a new bill that would require all employers to notify employees in writing of any changes to their insurance plan’s coverage of birth control 90 days before any changes are made.

“Any company in the industry has to consider that theoretically it’s a target [for merger/acquisition activity]. Just the nature of our industry, certainly M&A is very big. There are certain discontinuities that are inherent in our industry. So for example when we’re developing these drugs of tomorrow, these terrific new therapies, the average time that it takes is 12 to 15 years, and the average cost is about $1.4 billion. That is not consistent with the public market environment in which fund managers, shareholders, are being marked to market every day.”

–Dr. Ron Cohen, CEO of Ardsley-based Acorda Therapeutics, discussing merger activity in the pharma industry on CNBC, July 10

 “A brand that replies to my Tweets makes more of an impact on me than years and years of advertising could ever make.”

Gregg Weiss, VP of Social Media at MasterCard, via Twitter, July 17

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