Unemployed in Westchester: Six Westchester Professionals on Life After Getting Laid Off

So the great talking heads of cable news are touting the end of the Great Recession. Terrific! Try telling it to these folks.



While the nation is technically in an economic recovery, it’s of little solace to the 7.4 percent of Westchester residents who are still unemployed. For those professionals let go since the global financial collapse in 2008, advanced degrees, well-paying salaries, and management positions haven’t made them immune to the pain that comes with a job loss. Here, six Westchester professionals talk about the emotional toll of losing their jobs, the art of cutting back, and the necessity of “networking, networking, networking.”

Holly Perlowitz

54, of Ossining                                                                    

Steve Messinger

62, of Pleasantville                                                              

Julie Fraitag

55, of Putnam Valley                                                           

Ken Lee

49, of Croton-on-Hudson                                                    

Ron Friedman

48, of Tarrytown                                                                  

Alissa Ciurczak

45, of Goldens Bridge