National College Guide Profiles Suny Purchase

PLUS: The Open Door and ArtsWestchester Expand Boards; Westchester Philharmonic Finds Sponsor in Barnum Financial Group; Tarrytown House Joins Forces with Food Bank of Westchester.


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Arc of Westchester appointed attorney Bernard A. Krooks as the president elect of its Board of Directors and Officers for 2013-2014.

The Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in Westchester that provides services to people with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Krooks is a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP with offices in New York City, White Plains, and Fishkill and is the chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. Krooks was appointed at the organization’s Annual Meeting on June 11.

ArtsWestchester, an organization that promotes the arts throughout the county, welcomed four new board members:

Michael Minihan, a partner and co-founder of WTP Advisors, has experience with international tax matters, public accounting, and in private industry. Minihan joins ArtsWestchester’s board as its new treasurer.

Brian Carcaterra, Senior Vice President of the Westchester/Fairfield office of CBRE commercial real estate, has a background in investment sales. He was formerly an analyst at Morgan Stanley and a Principal at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

Martin Rogowsky, a former county legislator, is the President of a real estate management company in Port Chester. Prior, he served as the chairman of the Westchester County Public Utility Service Agency.

David Price is a managing director and partner at Clarefeld, a local wealth management firm. With experience in investment advisory and financial planning services, Price serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and manages its Family Office division.

The Open Door Foundation, an organization that promotes community health to underserved residents, has appointed David Swope, Barbara Gilbert, and Carter Sackman to the Board. In addition, long-time Foundation board member Mike Curry has been elected Board Chair.

David Swope is a lifetime resident of Westchester County and founder of Club Fit. He’s also Chairman of the Jacob Burns Film Center and Chairman of the Westchester Community College Foundation.

Mike Curry

Briarcliff's Barbara Gilbert has worked for Planned Parenthood and for the Patient Relations Department at Westchester Medical Center. She was actively involved in fundraising efforts to benefit the Maria Ferari Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

Carter Sackman, of Sleepy Hollow, is currently president and CEO of Sackman Enterprise,Inc. He oversees all phases of the rehabilitation or repositioning of all forms of real estate.

Mike Curry is president and a founding partner of The Curry Rockefeller Group, LLC, a healthcare communications agency based in Tarrytown. 


SUNY Purchase was selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of “The Fiske Guide to Colleges” for the college’s strengths in academics, arts and culture, social life, financial aid, campus environment, and extracurricular activities.

Compiled by former education editor of The New York Times Edward B. Fiske, the guide includes 300-plus colleges and universities. According to the 2014 guide, Purchase College has an “academic environment that provides a strong sense of community and support, yet celebrates individuals for their unique talents and contributions.”


Pictured from left: Felicia McCloskey of Montrose, Conference Planning Manager; Christine Squitieri of Norwood, N.J., National Sales Manager; Jennifer Cancro of Ossining, Senior National Sales Manager; Deborah Galper of Yorktown Heights, National Sales Manager; and Amanda DePalma of Sleepy Hollow, Catering Sales Manager.

Tarrytown House Estate recently held its first Community Outreach with the Food Bank of Westchester.

The organization plans to continue its volunteer efforts with the organization throughout the year and to highlight the Food Bank of Westchester as a preferred organization for Community Outreach.



Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife, has agreed to work as a supporter and sponsor of the Westchester Philharmonic, Westchester’s only fully-professional symphony orchestra.

The initiative is led by Christina Maurillo, Byrke Sestok, Las Morrison, Peter Scarlato, and Chris Titcomb, a group of financial services representatives in Barnum’s Elmsford office.

Red Mango, the frozen yogurt and smoothie chain, along with other businesses, celebrated the grand opening of New Rochelle’s SHELL PLAZA on Pelham Road.

The joint event of Subway, 7 Days Food Mart, Kiko Sushi Japanese Restaurant, and Shell Gasoline on July 13 featured free yogurt, a hot air balloon and Indian folk dances, as well as an appearance by Mayor Noam Bramson and the Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester hosted their 12th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic on June 24, 2013 at the Whippoorwill Club in Armonk. The event included a lunch, a tennis tournament, a cocktail reception, an awards dinner & auction, and well-known guests of honor.

Performer Bernie Williams, former New York Yankee & jazz guitarist, received the Community Vision Award, and Peter Duchin, legendary pianist and bandleader, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Over 200 people attended the event and the evening’s proceeds will help the Music Conservatory’s promotion of music therapy.

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PLUS: Cooler heads prevail as County and Westchester Children's Museum plans progress. Meanwhile, Yonkers' Ridge Hill Luxury Condominium sales continue to be lukewarm.

Though an 18-month stability trend continues, confidence among Westchester County’s businesses dipped slightly in the first half of 2013. In mid July, The Business Council of Westchester and DataKey Consulting released their Westchester Business Confidence Index, which cited a 58.5-percent second-quarter business confidence rate.

The figure is down from the last survey—at the end of 2012— when the number was 65.8. According to the groups, the decline could be attributed to concerns about the budget deficit, the Affordable Care Act, or even international instability.

The county Board of Acquisition and Contract unanimously approved a lease between the county and the Westchester Children’s Museum for space at Playland’s renovated bathhouse, enabling the project to move forward.

Corinne Zola, president of the Westchester Children’s Museum, confirmed that although it will be a separate vendor, the museum will operate under the management umbrella of and cooperate with Sustainable Playland, Inc. SPI is still seeking approvals for its Playland Improvement Plan. The next step will be a formal signing of various agreements between the county, the museum, and SPI.

At the height of the summer real estate season, Yonkers' Ridge Hill Condominiums’ 162 units remain half-full despite the time of year and the complex’s propinquity to the adjacent outdoor mall.

According to the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, local real estate—including condominiums—showed an increase in activity during the second quarter of 2013. In Westchester County, condominium sales rose 19.8 percent in the second quarter, compared to the same period in 2012, and year-to-date sales for condominiums are up 16.8 percent from 2012. Ridge Hill Condo prices begin at $354,900 for a one-bedroom, 690-square-foot unit.

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Property: 110 Westchester Ave, Port Chester
Brokered by: Christy Gendalia,, (914) 755-8955
Description: Clean, open retail space in downtown Port Chester. Price: $28/sq ft.
Availability: Two levels with approximately 1,885 sq ft per floor.  Great space and location for a restaurant, 24-hour diner, retail store, or offices.
Selling Points: Motivated landlord, high-traffic area. Close proximity to the new Capitol Theater, trains, bus route and downtown area. Municipal parking lot in the back of the building.

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SATURDAY, 7/27/13
A-Sides Music Band Second Anniversary Concert
The Digital Arts Experience at 170 Hamilton Ave, White Plains. 7 pm; $12. Mamaroneck's Jon Chattman and his A-Sides music brand are celebrating their second anniversary with a concert in White Plains. The event, which presents indie, pop, and alt-rock as featured on Chattman's popular A-Sides music sessions, which have aired on Huffington Post and other outlets since 2011, will feature Peekskill's This Old Ghost, Kopecky Family Band, Dead Boots, and Isle of Rhodes. Book tickets here.

Cook and Bake - Ready To Use A Commercial Kitchen?
120 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains. Free. Presented by SCORE Westchester, this seminar will discuss commercial kitchen-oriented topics: How to start a food or catering business; tips on completing all the associated paperwork; the things that you need in order to work in a commercial kitchen; the different types of food businesses and which kind is the best for you; and how church kitchens can be an excellent first place to work when starting your business. Register here.

TUESDAY, 9/24/13
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester’s 19th Annual Golf Tournament
Glen Arbor Golf Club, 9 am registration. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester (BGCNW) will host its 19th annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. The event includes a brunch buffet, an award presentation, and dinner. The Club is currently accepting sponsors, foursomes, and donations. For further information, please contact Jean Skanes at 914-666-8069 ext.111 or via email at

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Upcoming events should be submitted no later than Sunday, July 28, to be considered for the August 16 edition. Please submit business-related events only; no fundraisers or consumer events.



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