Revolving Door, November 2011: Hirings, Firings, Promotions, New Businesses, and Relocations in Westchester County


Jeffrey Citron

Nina Peek, a senior project manager with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc, an engineering and architecture firm in White Plains, was sworn in October 10 as board member and Regional Director for the Low-Mid Hudson Region of the New York Planning Federation (NYPF).

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Peek, a resident of Amenia in Dutchess County and member of the Amenia Planning Board, has more than 17 years of experience in public and private sector planning with particular expertise in municipal Master Plans and Comprehensive Plans, New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process, and the writing and interpreting of zoning laws.

United Hebrew of New Rochelle announced that its board of directors has voted in two new members, Mt. Kisco resident Jeffrey Citron and Scarsdale resident Bruce Frank.

Bruce Frank

Citron is an attorney with Davidoff, Malito & Hutcher and a member of the New York Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  He also is a member of Temple Emanuel of Westchester, Fenway Golf Club, and the Young Men’s Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Frank is a partner with Ernst & Young and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Public Accountants, and the New Jersey State Society of Public Accountants.  He serves as president of Fenway Golf Club and is a member of both Temple Israel Center of White Plains and Westchester Reform Temple.

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United Hebrew is a multi-service senior living campus including a nursing home and rehabilitation center.

New businesses, relocations and operations

Ring the opening bell, because a little bit of Wall Street has come to Westchester County.
Iona College recently unveiled its Hagan School of Business’s state-of-the-art “real-time” trading floor during a ribbon-cutting held at Hagan Hall on its campus.
The trading floor is the centerpiece in Iona’s planned Center for Financial Market Studies that the school is creating in phases and which will allow new concentrations and certificates for Hagan’s graduate programs. Use of the trading floor will also be incorporated into undergraduate courses.

The LaPenta-Lynch Trading Floor is named for two Iona graduates who have been longtime benefactors of Iona and are members of the College’s Board of Legal Trustees:  Robert LaPenta, class of 1967, and Patrick Lynch, class of 1959, who together contributed $1 million to finance construction of the 860-square-foot trading floor. In addition to their gifts, Stephen Dowicz, class of 1979, and the NASDAQ OMX Group Educational Foundation have contributed an additional $750,000 in funding for the creation of the Center for Financial Market Studies. The Center will help prepare students for careers in corporate finance and the financial services industry.

New York City–based KZA Realty Group is expanding into Westchester County.  The commercial real estate brokerage and development consulting firm has opened a new office at 600 Mamaroneck Avenue in Harrison. The new office will provide Westchester County clients with more convenient access to the firm’s services, which include commercial planning, project management, and community and government relations, says Kathy Zamechansky, president and owner of the firm.

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Zamechansky founded KZA Realty Group in 1998. Until recently, she also worked as the executive vice president of NAI Friedland Realty and as a partner in KZA/Friedland Development Consulting Services, a full-service real estate consulting firm, since 2004.

The dental office of Asnis & Echelman, which has offices in White Plains and Long Island, has announced it is offering its own in-house dental insurance for people who do not receive dental insurance from their employers.  For $450, a family can receive a free comprehensive exam, an annual x-ray, a cleaning every six months, and a child cleaning and fluoride treatment every six months.  The member fee also provides discounts on services such as fillings, cosmetic procedures, crowns, and dental implants. An individual plan is available for $310, as well.

To join the program, people need to fill out a form and pay for their year of coverage by check or credit card. All health conditions are accepted, patients cannot be denied coverage, no deductibles apply, and an individual cannot be singled out for rate increases or cancellations during the coverage period. For more information, please call the practice at (914) 684-7045.


Raise a glass and cheer Stew Leonard’s, which was recently named “wine retailer of the year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The prestigious award is in recognition of their commitment to customer service, team member training, and their offering of unique and innovative products at competitive prices, according to the magazine.

“Stew Leonard’s is a great choice for our Retailer of the Year,” noted Adam Strum, editor and publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, in a written statement.  “Their legendary customer service and great pricing, combined with a great selection of wines, creates a friendly, affordable entry point into wine for customers not really comfortable with such purchases.”

P. Gilbert Mercurio, the longtime CEO of the Westchester Putnam Association of Realtors, Inc., announced he will be retiring at the end of 2012. Deputy CEO Richard Haggerty will take over as CEO in January 2012, and Mercurio will stay on as a consultant for a year.  

Mercurio was honored recently by local dignitaries, including Representative Nita Lowey and Assemblyman Robert Castelli, as well as realtors, staff, family, and friends at a retirement party at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains.

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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