Eli Manning to Quarterback Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic

Eli Manning to Quarterback Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic; Leason Ellis Leaves its Mark on the WTR 1000; Rally for Proposed White Plains Site; Castle Hotel & Spa Snags Notice




The Board of Advisors of the Westchester Community Foundation (WCF) announced the appointment of Larchmont resident James T. Ausili, a partner in the White Plains law firm Bleakley, Platt and Schmidt, LLP. He is a former chair of the Taxation Section of the Westchester County Bar Association, as well as a member of the Trusts and Estates Sections of the New York State Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association.

Vanessa J. Herman has joined Pace University as assistant vice president for Government and Community Relations. Herman brings with her more than 20 years of experience in government, community, and public relations. Most recently, Herman was director of Government and External Relations at Applied DNA Sciences (APDN), a biotech company that utilizes botanical DNA as a security measure and criminal deterrent. Her responsibilities at APDN, located on the campus of Stony Brook University, included creating legislative and community relations agendas; identifying, developing, and overseeing strategic business partnerships; and identifying federal and state grant opportunities.  

Peter Hauspurg, chairman and CEO of Eastern Consolidated, the nation’s largest single-office real estate commercial property sales firm, has commenced his term as president of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA), a nonsectarian institution founded in 1822 serving 16,000 children and families in the New York metropolitan area. Hauspurg has been at the helm of Eastern Consolidated global deal-making and property-sourcing activities over the past 30 years. 

The Board of Directors of the JCC of Mid-Westchester has announced that Karen Kolodny has joined the agency as executive director. Kolodny brings to the JCC substantial experience in the nonprofit sector, having worked at the 92nd Street Y both as the director of the Milstein/Rosenthal Center for Media & Technology from 2001 to 2005 and as the director of Legal Affairs since 2005. Prior to joining 92Y, Kolodny was instrumental in launching sothebys.com, Sotheby's online auction operation. As executive director, Kolodny will oversee the continued revitalization of the JCC, with a renewed emphasis on fundraising, expanding programming, and invigorating community partnerships.

Catherine A. DraperThe Westchester Library System (WLS) named Catherine A. Draper of Pelham to the organization’s Board of Trustees. Draper serves as the District IX representative covering Bronxville, Eastchester, Pelham, and Tuckahoe. A graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Draper served as a trustee of the Town of Pelham Public Library for 10 years. Following nine years as a member of the Pelham Board of Education, she joined the Board of the Pelham Education Foundation and currently serves as its president. Draper is also board president of the Westchester Children’s Association, an advocacy organization that shapes policies and programs to meet children’s needs. 

First Niagara Financial Group (Nasdaq: FNFG) has named John Golding as retail banking director for a newly created tri-state region based in Nyack, New York. Golding will lead First Niagara’s branch network covering Southern Connecticut and downstate New York and support the company’s loan production efforts in New Jersey. Most recently, Golding served as chief operating officer at Nova Bank in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he served in a variety of leadership roles at Wachovia Bank. Before starting his banking career, Golding owned his own business for 11 years.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has promoted Lewisboro resident Linda Press to director of Corporate and Foundation Relations & Strategic Partnerships. Press has been a Guiding Eyes team member since 2002.

She has cultivated a number of important relationships for Guiding Eyes over the years, some of which include the Starr Foundation, NYSE Euronext Foundation, Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, and many other prominent local and national funders.


New York Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning will reprise his role as host for Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s 36th Annual Golf Classic, held on Sunday, June 9, and Monday, June 10. Manning will join the country’s best blind golfers for the nonprofit’s two-day event at Mount Kisco Country Club and Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut—two of the region’s favorite and most challenging courses. To learn more, please contact Michelle Brier, director of marketing and communications, at (914) 243-2208 or mbrier@guidingeyes.org.

More than 80 union building tradesmen and women marched in White Plains on February 25 to protest what union officials are calling political foot-dragging by Yonkers and County elected officials over a $115 million development site at Austin Avenue. The Rally For Jobs March by members of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Westchester & Putnam Counites, Inc., sought to encourage the transformation of a major parcel of abandoned, undeveloped land in close proximity to the New York State Thruway into a major new retail development, which the Council contends will add hundreds of new permanent jobs and create much-needed construction work in the building sector. According to the Council, the developer and retail tenants are being blocked because public officials are up for re-election this November, and refuse to deal with the matter. They say plans to develop the 75-acre parcel would lead to 400 new housing units and new retail including Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Marshall’s.


The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) CEO Amy Kohn, PhD, will be honored by the National Association of Social Workers (Westchester Division) with the Distinguished Service Award at the 2013 Westchester Celebration of Social Work. The award recognizes contributions of lasting impact and the achievements of a lifetime of work on behalf of clients and the profession of social work.

Castle Hotel & Spa (formerly the Castle on the Hudson) announced that US News & World Report has named the destination among its 2013 Best Hotels in the USA. The rankings are based on an analysis of expert and user opinions and comparative reviews and ratings form nearly 2,000 luxury hotels throughout the United States. The hotel, which is currently undergoing renovations, is scheduled to reopen on May 1.

The third edition of WTR 1000—The World's Leading Trademark Professionals has named Leason Ellis to its list. According to WTR, "While still a relative newcomer to the scene, this IP boutique is rapidly establishing an impressive market standing."

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Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) will honor Irvington resident Genevieve Piturro, founder and executive director of the Pajama Program, with the Edith C. Macy Award for Distinguished Service at its annual Advocacy Dinner on April 24.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that Mark Lee McLean, a New Rochelle Fire Department lieutenant and an active member of the NAACP New Rochelle Chapter, has been named to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. McLean will sit as one of 15 members charged with overseeing the commission. Among his other responsibilities, he will review cases involving allegations of discrimination.

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New SolarCity partnership brings solar power to the homes of Honda and Acura customers; Cuomo moves to prevent future energy shortages; and American Gold Cup equestrian event brings $6 million worth of horsepower to Westchester's economy.

Elmsford-based SolarCity is teaming up with Honda and Acura to provide deals to the car companies’ customers in the US on solar-power rooftop installations. The partnership established an investment fund to finance $65 million worth of solar projects, and it’s said that Honda and Acura customers will be able to install solar power with little or no upfront cost.

Post-Superstorm Sandy, the tri-state area experienced severe gas shortages, causing long lines at gas stations. Now, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing legislation to ensure that doesn’t happen again. Cuomo proposed requiring gas stations within a half-mile of highway exits and hurricane evacuation routes to have a transfer switch installed by March 1, 2014, and to deploy and install a generator within 24 hours of losing power during a fuel supply or energy emergency. Half of all New York State gas stations will be covered by this mandate, while small gas stations will be eligible for an exemption. Cuomo’s proposal provides grants from federal mitigation funds of up to $10,000 per station. Non-compliant gas stations will be fined up to $2,000 a day.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, along with the organizers of well known equestrian show jumping event American Gold Cup, announced that the Cup will be held at Old Salem Farm in North Salem September 11 through September 15, 2013. The event is expected to attract 10,000 people to Westchester County, adding at least $6 million to the local economy, according to the County. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and JustWorld International have been selected as this year’s charitable partners.

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Property: 37 W Main St, Mount Kisco
Brokered by: Michael Tosto, Michael T Properties, (914) 391-9351; michael@michaeltproperties.com
Availability: Two basement storefronts (1,200 square feet and 800 square feet) are available individually or as a combined space of 2,000 square feet. Priced at $14.75 per square foot individually or $11.85 per square foot as a combination.
Selling points: It’s a quaint building in a great location on Main Street, next to the Mount Kisco Metro-North station.
Downside: Parking can be a challenge.

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THURSDAY, 3/14/13
UJA-Federation Sprint Breakfast
Old Oaks Country Club, 3100 Purchase St, Purchase, 7:45am registration; 8:15am program; $54 per person. UJA-Federation of New York’s Westchester Business and Professional Division Spring Breakfast will feature Dr. Ron Cohen, president, CEO, and founder of Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., an Ardsley-based public biotechnology company that develops therapies for spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and other central nervous-system disorders. As one of the first biotech companies to locate to Westchester, Acorda has contributed to building a vibrant biotechnology corridor in the area. For further information or to register, contact Nora Shapiro at shapiron@ujafedny.org or (914) 761-5100, ext. 122.

THURSDAY, 3/21/13
914INC.’s Building a Successful Business
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, 455 S Broadway, 7:30 am - 9 am. Experts from the fields of accounting, law, commercial lending, marketing, and more will be leading this power breakfast/panel discussion, hosted by 914INC., that will tell you all about how to start and grow a successful company. Guests register free online, but seating is limited. Register at pr@westchestermagazine.com.

SATURDAY, 3/23/13
Financial Education Day
Gateway Center, Westchester Community College, 8:30 am - 1 pm. In these challenging economic times, people need all the help they can get to keep their finances on track. Hosted by the college’s Center for Financial and Economic Education and the Westchester Community College Alumni Association, the conference will offer participants the chance to attend workshops presented by some of the Hudson Valley’s leading financial experts. Featuring broadcast news commentator Kiran Chetry as keynote speaker, the conference will address a wide range of questions that people confront on a daily basis. For registration and schedule information, go to mysunywcc.org and look for Financial Education Day on the calendar.

WEDNESDAY, 4/10/13
Treats, Toys and Business Tools—From Stress To Success
The Digital Arts Experience, 170 Hamilton Ave, White Plains, 6:30pm. The average person today spends half of his or her waking hours using technology, and studies show that heavy technology use can lead to sleep disorders, mental health issues, and increased stress. To help small-business owners turn this stress into success, The Digital Arts Experience, Constant Contact, and theONswitch Marketing will debut “Treats, Toys, and Business Tools” at The Digital Arts Experience studio and co-working space. This original networking event and workshop will teach attendees business  techniques and strategies they can actually use. Note: This event was rescheduled from a March date due to weather. Register here.

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Upcoming events should be submitted no later than Sunday, March 10th to be considered for the March 19 edition. Please submit business-related events only; no fundraisers or consumer events.




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