County Names New Economic Development Team

Plus: FUEL Restaurant and Tarrytown House Estate Recruit New Top Chefs; Sage Yoga Returns to its Roots; Long Live Westchester—County Hailed as Healthiest Statewide; and More



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Grand Prix New York and Spins Bowl, an indoor racing, social entertainment, and corporate-event venue in Mount Kisco, has appointed Joseph Walsh as executive chef at its FUEL restaurant and its catering facility. Walsh has worked with culinary master Daniel Boulud and has also prepared meals for former President Bill Clinton and comedian Bill Cosby. A graduate of the New York Restaurant School, Walsh will keep most of the current menu intact and introduce special seasonal items featuring artistically plated dishes. 

The Tarrytown House Estate has welcomed Ryan Sachs of Tarrytown to its Cellar 49 restaurant as chef de cuisine. Sachs comes to Cellar 49 from the acclaimed Six Peaks Grille in Tarrytown House Estate’s sister property, Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe. A native of Silver City, New Mexico, he was lead line cook at Six Peaks Grille in the Squaw Creek Resort for three years. He also was garde manger line cook at Las Sendas Country Club in Mesa, Arizona, for a year, and head chef at The Soleil Bistro restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino has appointed Eileen Mildenberger as the new director of Economic Development for Westchester County. She succeeds Larry Gottlieb, who recently left to become president and CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. Mildenberger previously served as executive director of the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Replacing her at the IDA will be Jim Coleman, who brings with him more than 25 years of experience in business and government. Astorino’s appointment of Coleman, which will start April 8, was unanimously approved by the IDA board.

In her role as executive director of the IDA, Mildenberger helped attract more than $500 million in private-sector capital investment to Westchester, assisting businesses from startup biotech companies to global giants like PepsiCo and IBM. Prior to the IDA, Mildenberger worked for 12 years at the Empire State Development Corporation. Coleman has enjoyed a 25-year career in business, serving in roles responsible for business development, sales, consulting, and marketing.

Careers for People with Disabilities Board President Marianne Brown has welcomed Patterson, New York, resident Laurie Cameron to the board. Cameron began her career as a first grade teacher, then special education instructor and college instructor for student teachers. She then focused her attention on the underserved population in her capacity as director of a community action program and subsequently as the associate director of a youth-employment program where she placed hundreds of young people in community jobs. Currently completing her term as president of the board of trustees for The Westchester Exceptional Children’s School, Cameron also served on the Pegasus board of trustees.
 

NEW BUSINESSES, RELOCATIONS, OPERATIONS

Faros Properties, LLC, a Rye- and New York City-based real estate investment firm, has secured the signing of a long-term lease by VARTA Microbattery, Inc., for 6,254 square feet at the International Corporate Center at Rye, located at 555 Theodore Fremd Avenue. VARTA Microbattery specializes in the research, development, production, sales, and marketing of battery systems for electronic devices.

Sage Yoga of Armonk hosted a grand re-opening party on March 19 to celebrate its “homecoming” move back to its original location at 6 Maple Avenue in Armonk, where the studio launched 12 years ago.

The Blueprint for Westchester, the Westchester County Association’s economic development initiative, announced today that the business, labor, and nonprofit sectors have joined forces in support of a Local Development Corporation for Westchester County. The object is to give nonprofit organizations access to low-interest, tax-exempt financing for major capital projects that the business sector often accesses through IDAs. A vote is expected within the next five weeks.

Westchester ranked first for healthy behavior out of 62 counties statewide, according to results released today by the fourth annual National County Health Ranking Survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The County ranked seventh in overall health outcomes. The survey shows how counties in New York compare to one another in terms of how healthy people are; how long they live; how their health is affected by factors such as tobacco use, obesity, and access to healthcare; and, in the case of healthy behavior, how they engage in activities that promote good health.

CBRE Group has arranged the lease of an 11,555-square-foot headquarters at One Bridge Street in Irvington on behalf of organic grocer Natural Market Food Groups, which does business locally under the Mrs. Green’s Natural Market moniker. Owned by Bridge Street Commercial, LLC, the 100-year-old readapted factory building is part of a larger site that features office suites and lofts ranging from 600 to 24,000 square feet, as well as a selection of retail offerings. Natural Market Food Groups is relocating from 660 White Plains Road in Scarsdale, with plans to move into the new space in early May.
 

KUDOS

Serendipity Labs has named Zachary Brunner, 24, of Harrison, the Serendipity Labs Rye Artist in Residence for spring 2013. Brunner will enjoy complimentary membership at the Rye Serendipity Labs location this spring.   

Lorelei Vargas, vice president for Strategic Initiatives for ANDRUS in Yonkers, is one of four people nationwide to be named a 2013 New Voices Civic Engagement Fellow by the National Alliance for Children and Families. The fellowship program recognizes the leadership of individuals who are involved in civic-engagement work at the local and regional level. Vargas’ yearlong project will expand the Adverse Childhood Experiences Public Awareness Campaign that ANDRUS launched in Yonkers in April 2012.

For the fourth time in recent years, Howard E. Greenberg, SIOR, president of Howard Properties, Ltd., in White Plains, has been designated a Costar Power Broker. His firm also has been designated a Top Leasing Firm for 2012. In addition to leases in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, Greenberg also completed lease transactions for his clients in New Jersey and California. In all, he completed lease transactions with total consideration of more than $89 million in 2012. 

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has honored Lindsay C. Farrell, president and CEO of Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc., headquartered in Ossining, with an induction into the Grassroots Hall of Fame. Grassroots Hall of Fame members have all made contributions to ensuring the creation, survival, and strength of community health centers and the “health-center movement” through their dedicated and tireless efforts over many years. Farrell, who has been honored for her grassroots work for the second straight year, was presented with the Hall of Fame Award at the 38th Annual NACHC Policy and Issues Forum in Washington, DC, an event attended by more than 2,000 health center leaders from around the country. 

The Livanos Family of the Livanos Restaurant Group and Adam Strum of Wine Enthusiast magazine will be the recipients of the Westchester Magazine Food Award and Westchester Magazine Wine Award, respectively. The awards will be presented during the Winemakers’ Dinner on June 8, which is a highlight of the magazine’s Wine & Food Weekend, taking place this year June 6 to 9 at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.
 

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From Big House to (Potential) Beer House: Yonkers City Jail up for sale

Yonkers City Jail is getting rehabilitated. The city is putting the historic cell blocks on the proverbial auction block so an experienced redeveloper can “acquire, preserve, restore, adaptively reuse, and redevelop” the two-story brick building, which covers more than 10,000 square feet, according to the city’s request for proposal. The jail, which opened in 1928, is included in the Yonkers’ Alexander Street master plan, which calls for the replacement of blocks of warehouses, small factories, and bus yards with a high-density residential neighborhood that includes a mix of retail stores and restaurants, public parks and open space, and commercial offices. The buildings to be replaced are beside the Metro-North Railroad tracks. Planners said the city also supported other potential uses such as conversion to a brewery or microbrewery and retail shops.
 

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914INC.’S COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SHOWCASE

Property: 1037 E Post Rd, Rye
Brokered by: Wolf Real Estate
Adam Wolf (516) 997-9300 or Harvey Landau (516) 997-9300
Availability: 9,850 square feet; rental rate $57 per square foot per year
Selling points: Property features a full basement, loading area, and dedicated parking for 42 cars including two handicapped spaces. Property will undergo a major capital improvement in 2014 prior to tenant taking possession. The building features a 600-amp, three-phase electrical service and natural gas service, and is located at a prime corner in Rye, next to City Hall and the Rye Public Library. It’s also close to I-95.
Downside: Not subdividable

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UPCOMING BUSINESS EVENTS

SATURDAY, 4/6/2013
Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation Benefit Concert
Performing Arts Center (PAC) at SUNY Purchase, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase; 8 pm. Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation (SNDF) will host its annual benefit concert, a gala fundraiser featuring the school’s top ensembles, at the PAC. The benefit concert allows friends, family, and community members to show their support for the Foundation through various sponsorship opportunities, ticket sales, and a silent auction. All tickets can be purchased online at steffinossen.org or by calling (914) 328-1900.

TUESDAY, 4/9/2013
Comedy Writing Workshop
W@tercooler, 21 N Broadway, Tarrytown; 7 pm - 9 pm. Ivy Eisenberg, an award-winning comedian, will offer a four-week humor-writing workshop scheduled for April 9 through the 30th. The workshop will include examples from the best classical and contemporary humorists, weekly writing assignments, in-class feedback, and a number of resources. Topics such as how to get published and performing your work will also be covered. This workshop is for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Register here.

WEDNESDAY, 4/10/2013
Business & Law Taxes Workshop
SCORE Westchester, 120 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains; 1 pm - 3 pm. Presented by SCORE, this workshop will shed light on what business structure to use and why, the cost of forming a corporation or LLC, the necessity for a written partnership or shareholders’ agreement, and tax deductibility of home office expenses, among numerous other important topics. Call (914) 948-3907 or visit scorewestchester.com.

WEDNESDAY, 4/17/2013
Marketing, Advertising and PR
SCORE Westchester, 120 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains; 1 - 3 pm. In the Marketing, Advertising and PR workshop, you will learn the basics of market research, analysis of the competition, creating a marketing plan, techniques of promoting sales, and other important topics. Call (914) 948-3907 or visit scorewestchester.com.

FRIDAY, 4/19/2013
Sixth Annual Tango Evening with Tango Quartero
Music Conservatory of Westchester, 216 Central Ave, White Plains; 7 pm. Free. This is an evening of lively tango music and dance in a chamber setting with a special performance by Tango Quartero. Marco Valentino Quartero (piano), Kathy Adorney (violin, viola), Nancy Goodman (flute), Ruth Matthews (piano), and Chris Wessman (cello) will perform original compositions highlighting the beauty of tango. Dancers Christina Stone and Matt Grubler will also perform. Donations of $10 or more will receive a Tango Quartero CD. Call (914) 761-3900 for more information.

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Do you have tips, scoop, or gossip concerning business in Westchester? If so, our INComing blogger, Lisa Cesarano, is all ears. Please e-mail her with a short pitch to 914incoming@gmail.com. Upcoming events should be submitted no later than Sunday, April 7, to be considered for the April 16 edition. Please submit business-related events only; no fundraisers or consumer events.