Kudos: Westchester County Awards and Distinctions, December 9, 2016
An abundance of awards and recognitions for Top-Tier Westchester Businesses
March of Dimes Real Estate Awards Honorees
Three prestigious members of the Westchester area’s real estate community – Joe Apicella of The MacQuesten Companies, Seth Pinsky of RXR, and Martin Ginsburg of Ginsburg Development Companies, LLC – were honored at the March of Dimes 29th Annual Real Estate Awards Breakfast on November 17 at the Hilton Westchester. 600 real estate professionals from the tri-state area were in attendance during the breakfast, which celebrated the betterment of local communities. It also celebrated the progressive projects being developed in Westchester’s downtown hubs as well as those changing our landscape. Through the breakfast, March of Dimes raised $525,000 to fund lifesaving research and programs.
Sixth Consecutive Win for EverBank Retail Sales Manager
EverBank retail sales manager Jason Farina has been named a Five Star Mortgage Professional Award winner for the sixth consecutive year in Westchester County. “Earning the Five Star Mortgage Professional award for six straight years is a direct reflection of Jason’s dedication to providing exceptional client service and continuously striving for excellence,” said Rob Cowley, EverBank’s retail regional sales manager. “It is a great achievement and we are proud to have Jason on our team.” Farina has been assisting clients throughout the Northeast with mortgage financing for more than 14 years.
Multiple Awards for Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP
Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP of White Plains and Somers received a Tier 1 ranking for Elder Law in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017 awards. “We feel privileged to be ranked as superior among the nation’s leading firms and will continue to honor that ranking as we move into another year,” said managing partner Anthony J. Enea. “Our firm is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards, both in our practice of the law and in the treatment toward our clients and peers.” Enea was recently honored with the Dr. Joseph A. Cimino Community Service Award at the Hope Gala 2016 presented by ArchCare at Home. Mr. Enea and Sara E. Meyers, managing partner and partner respectively at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, were both included in New York Metro Super Lawyers 2016 in the field of Elder Law. This marks the tenth consecutive year Mr. Enea and fourth consecutive year Ms. Meyers have been included in the Super Lawyers list.
Leason Ellis LLP
(L to R) Harrington, Ocko, Monk, Greenberg, Howansky, Cintron, Foster, Freudenberg, Rosenthal and Bremner.
Local Super Lawyer Designations
Also included on the New York Metro Super Lawyers 2016 list were members of Leason Ellis LLP, an intellectual property law firm in White Plains. Attorneys Paul Fields, Melvin Garner, Adda Gogoris, Yuval Marcus and Peter Sloane were all named to the list. Firm associates Cameron Reuber and Lauren Sabol were both named “Rising Stars.” Members of Harrington, Ocko & Monk, LLP received praise as well: founding partners Kevin J. Harrington, Robert S. Ocko and Glenn A. Monk as well as attorneys Adam G. Greenberg, I. Paul Howansky, Melissa Cintron, Dawn M. Foster, Michael W. Freudenberg, John T.A. Rosenthal and Joan S. Silverman were all selected for the Super Lawyers list; Matthew R. Bremner was named a “Rising Star.” Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
WPH Re-Designated as Magnet Organization
White Plains Hospital has once again earned Magnet Status, the gold standard for nursing excellence designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nursing Association. White Plains Hospital initially achieved Magnet recognition in 2012. Evaluation for re-accreditation occurs every four years. WPH is one of only three Magnet hospitals in Westchester and one of 25 Magnet hospitals in New York State. Only roughly seven percent of hospitals in the United States are currently Magnet designated. “We are so proud to again receive the honor of Magnet designation,” said Susan Fox, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital. “This remarkable achievement is a validation of the nursing professionalism, teamwork, and excellence in patient care that our Hospital is known for.”
Advocate Brokerage Principals Repeat as Five Star Award Winners
Five Star Professional has again honored Denise Koslowsky and Rosalyn Binday, principals at Advocate Brokerage, with the Five Star Award. They received the Westchester Five Star Home/Auto Insurance Professional award for providing the highest in service and overall satisfaction again in 2016. This is the fourth year in a row that they have received this designation. “We are thrilled to once again be found worthy of this great recognition,” commented Koslowsky. “We obsess about finding the right coverage for our clients so we are gratified that they would take the time to single out our efforts.” Koslowsky was also recently awarded a Certified Advisor of Personal Insurance designation from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of Business and Chubb Insurance. She is among a group of only 33 agents to receive the certification after completing a one-year intensive educational program on understanding the lifestyle and risk management and insurance needs of high-net-worth individuals.
United Hebrew of New Rochelle Named 'Best Nursing Home'
The nationally recognized U.S. News “Best Nursing Homes” list included United Hebrew of New Rochelle as one of its top-rated nursing homes for 2016-17. The recognition affirms the reputation of United Hebrew’s skilled nursing facility as a place where compassionate staff members provide exceptional care to residents, while helping them to live their lives with purpose. “We’re honored to recognized and to be included in the top tier of nursing homes in New York and across the nation,” said Rita Mabli, president and CEO of United Hebrew. “The best reward, of course, is seeing our approach help our residents lead high quality lives, while feeling safe and at home.”
Volunteer New York! Honored as Top-Rated 2016 Nonprofit
GreatNonprofits.org has honored Volunteer New York! with the 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award. This is the 5th consecutive year the organization has received this designation. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Volunteer New York! received – reviews written by volunteers, agencies and program participants. “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2016 Nonprofit. We are proud to live up to our motto every day: Connect, Serve, Grow,” said Deputy Executive Director Jeanette Gisbert. “This year we inspired 19,000 volunteers to give over 299,000 hours of service back to 500 nonprofits, which is $8.13 Million of value back to our community.”
NYP/Westchester and COO Receive Planetree Honor
Dr. Philip J. Wilner accepts the Planetree award from Susan Frampton, President of Planetree.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester has received the 2016 Planetree Distinction Award for Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Care. Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Philip J. Wilner also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Planetree for his leadership. The Distinction Award is the highest level of recognition conferred by Planetree, honoring healthcare organizations that continually advance the practice of patient-centered care through outreach, research, scholarship, and innovation. NYP/Westchester is the first and only behavioral health site in the United States to receive the award, one of only 10 total facilities to receive the Planetree Distinction Award, and one of only 30 facilities in the United States to be named a Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital.
Two Honors for Regeneron
Science magazine ranked Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Tarrytown as the world’s number one employer in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Regeneron has ranked first for four of the past six years, with second place rankings in 2015 and 2011. "This recognition goes to the heart of who we are at Regeneron - a science-driven company with incredibly passionate people working relentlessly to bring new medicines to people with serious diseases," said Dr. George D. Yancopoulos, President of Regeneron Laboratories and Chief Scientific Officer. "Our success is a direct result of our unique culture of innovation and collaboration.” Regeneron also ranked amongst the 2016 Technology Fast 500™, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing tech and media companies in North America.
National and Local Prizes Won by Korth & Shannahan
Chappaqua’s own Korth & Shannahan Painting and Carpentry has been recognized with recent awards at both the local and national levels. The firm was voted Best of Westchester 2016 in the general contractor (painting, carpentry) category by the editors and readers of Westchester Magazine. Korth & Shannahan also received the Best of Houzz 2016 Award for top-rated home remodeling professionals in North America, as determined by survey and analysis of an online community of more than 35 million monthly users. “Our team really cares deeply about both our work and our customers,” says founder Will Korth. “It’s that level of care that really distinguishes us from almost anyone else in the business. We’re honored to have our work recognized by so many, and especially by the members of our own community.”
Eco-Bags Products Named “Best for the World Overall”
Eco-Bags Products, the Ossining-based company specializing in ethically and sustainably sourced durable reusable bags, was named one of the Best for the World Overall honorees by B the Change Media and B Corporation. Eco-Bags was honored in two additional categories: Best for Customers and Best for the Environment. The 2016 Best for the World Honorees are selected for their commitment for attempting to impact the world around them for the better.