Westchester County Business Buzz (4/5)

Playland Nabs FEMA Money

In addition to the big news we reported yesterday about Rye Playland’s $25-million deal to transfer its operations to New York-based Standard Amusements LLC, Playland is also slated to receive $5 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for storm repairs.

The FEMA announcement was made recently by United States Rep. Eliot Engel, who represents parts of the Bronx, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, and Rye. The money, which will help with damages sustained during 2012’s Supserstorm Sandy, will be divided as follows, according to Engel: $1.6 million for the North Boardwalk and $3.4 million for the rest of the park.

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William H. Goodrich (left), president and CEO of LeChase Construction Services, LLC and Renee Brown, president and CEO of C.W. Brown, Inc. 

Armonk’s C.W. Brown, Inc. Acquired By LeChase

LeChase Construction Services, LLC, a full-service construction management and general construction firm, is expanding its New York State operations with the acquisition of C.W. Brown, Inc., located in Armonk, N.Y. Under the contract terms, which took effect on April 1, 2015, C.W. Brown will operate as a division of LeChase Construction, with the same workforce and market focus. The aim of the merger, according to the statement released, is to create a skilled construction company with the size and power to provide outstanding services in the health care, education, industrial and manufacturing, science and technology, and commercial markets throughout the tri-state region. All offices will remain open and operate as they presently do. LeChase currently employs approximately 700 people, while C.W. Brown employs approximately 80, including office and skilled workforce. Founded in 1984, C.W. Brown has averaged around $50 million annually in building construction over the last several years.


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Westchester Community Foundation Donation Supports App Development

Westchester Community Foundation recently donated $30,000 to Young Invincibles, a Millennial research and advocacy group that works to advance economic opportunity for young adults. The Foundation assisted launching the HealthyYI mobile app designed to help improve health and health literacy for low-income young adults living and working in Westchester County. The funds will go towards the distribution of the HealthYI. According to the Foundaton, reaching Millennials in Westchester County on their mobile devices is critical to educating individuals about their health care options. The HealthYI mobile app is designed to help young adults, including many who have gotten insurance independently for the first time in their life, utilize their new coverage. It will help them find primary care and other doctors, encourage them to take advantage of free preventive care, and answer a host of FAQ’s. The Westchester Community Foundation grant specifically helps Young Invincibles to boost communication to young consumers around the app and the services it provides. “With the launch of our new health care literacy mobile app, we can put the information young adults need to navigate the system directly into their hands,” said Aaron Smith, Co-Founder of Young Invincibles. “The Westchester Community Foundation’s support is critical to guaranteeing we can reach as wide and diverse a group of young adults as possible.”


NewYork-Presbyterian Bronxville Gets Cardiac Catheterization Lab

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A state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab is set to open shortly at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Bronxville. The lab, which will be staffed by NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center physicians, will significantly raise the level of cardiac care available in Westchester. The facilitiy is licensed to perform emergency cardiac angioplasties and elective preventive procedures, with patients requiring more advanced cardiac care having access to the surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center. The facility will be dedicated on April 22 with Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Laura Forese, President of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System; Edward M. Dinan, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital; and other top staff members attending.


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New UrgiCare Center for MKMG

Mount Kisco Medical Group (MKMG) has opened a new urgent care facility located at 360 North Bedford Road in Mount Kisco.  The new site, which opened its doors on April 6, is MKMG’s seventh urgent care facility. It offers walk-in services for adult and pediatric patients;  both existing MKMG patients and new patients are welcome.  The office is open 7 days a week from 8:00AM – 7:45PM with no appointment necessary. MKMG’s Urgent Care provides medical care for acute illness or injury that requires immediate care but is not serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room.   Patients experiencing: cold/flu symptoms, ear, nose and throat problems, eye symptoms, infections, sprains and fractures, and more, can now visit with no appointment any day of the week.  “We are pleased to now offer urgent care services in Mount Kisco which enables us to better meet the needs of our local community,” said Scott D. Hayworth MD, President and CEO of the Mount Kisco Medical Group. “Our new urgent care facility provides the community with easy access to the quality clinical services MKMG is renowned for.”


Next Step Living Opens Westchester Office

Next Step Living, a New England-based provider of home energy solutions, has opened an office in Purchase to serve residents of Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties.  “Many home services companies offer homeowners a single solution, such as heating or insulation. Next Step Living believes in a whole-home approach. We’re proud to provide homeowners with a complete view of their home from top to bottom, and to offer them a comprehensive plan to reduce home energy costs and increase sustainability,” said Geoff Chapin, founder and CEO, Next Step Living. Next Step Living aims to help residents reduce their carbon footprint with improvements in air conditioning, insulation, windows, thermostats, and other energy usage areas. Since opening its doors in 2008, Next Step Living has helped homeowners achieve more than $25 million in energy savings, the estimated impact of which is an annual carbon emissions reduction of more than 94,000 metric tons. That’s the equivalent of removing almost 20,000 fossil fuel-burning cards from the road, notes the firm.


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Dave & Buster’s Comes to Westchester

Pelham Manor is set to be the site of Westchester County’s first Dave & Buster’s location. The restaurant chain, known for its mix of food, drinks, and games, is finalizing construction above the Fairway Market in the Post Road Shopping Center in Pelham Manor. The location is scheduled to open to the public on April 27, according to officials. The 40,000-square-foot entertainment and dining location will employ 300 people, and “includes a dynamic, 360-degree sports viewing opportunity with high definition screens and stadium seating.” It will also feature more than 170 arcade games.





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