White Plains Hospital Named Top Performer in the Country

Plus Robert Astorino's redux.





















Dr. Joseph Hankin

Revolving Door

The longest-serving community college president in the nation, Dr. Joseph Hankin, is retiring as president of Westchester Community College. Dr. Hankin has led the institution since 1971. After a four-decade tenure, Dr. Hankin shared details of his retirement at the college’s recent President’s State of the College address to the community.

Yorktown resident Cynthia Rubino has been named the CEO of the White Plains-based YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester and will begin in January of 2014. Rubino was previously COO and Vice President for Government Relations for Berkeley College.

KUDOS

White Plains Hospital has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospital was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The hospital is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. to earn this distinction.

The Westchester Community College Foundation Board of Directors received the AFP Leadership in Philanthropy Award at the AFP NY Westchester’s premier full-day fundraising conference. This event is one of the hallmark annual philanthropy events held as part of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Philanthropy Day®. The event features internationally recognized experts in philanthropy.

Bill Cary, features writer and garden blogger for The Journal News and LoHud.com, received The Westchester Community College Native Plant Center’s Acorn Award on October 20, 2013 at the Gateway Center at the college. The award recognizes an individual or group that inspires people to learn about native plants and to grow them in their own gardens. Past recipients were Martha Stewart and Gregory Long.

The First Niagara Foundation announced a $40,000 donation to the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester for its Girls Empowered through Meaningful Support (GEMS) youth mentoring after-school program. The $40,000 donation, which was announced on October 28, was one of 33 grants totaling $1 million awarded through First Niagara’s Mentoring MattersSM  signature grant program.

NEW BUSINESSES, RELOCATIONS, OPERATIONS

Jeffrey Dunne and David Gavin of CBRE’s New York Institutional Group represented Acadia Realty Trust in the sale of Pelham Manor Shopping Plaza for approximately $58.5 million. The team was also responsible for procuring the buyer, Retail Properties of America, Inc. Pelham Manor Shopping Plaza is a 228,000+ sq ft, high volume center in a densely populated market—1.1 million residents in a five-mile radius.

Nonprofit Westchester (NPW), an advocacy group that represents more than 80 Westchester nonprofits has welcomed five new members: My Sister’s Place; the New York School for the Deaf Foundation Inc.; The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center; Groundwork Hudson Valley; and Songcatchers.

OFM, an office and school furniture manufacturer, distributor, together with Quartet®, the world's largest supplier of whiteboards, recently launched the “Do You Doodle?” contest in search of the best whiteboard art from offices around the country. Contestants can enter through November 30, 2013, via the OFM Facebook page by uploading an images of their image whiteboard art. To enter, visit: http://bit.ly/DoYouDoodleContest.

BIZ BUZZ:

ASTORINO REDUX
PLUS: Astorino celebrates reelection, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and Westchester County's 330th anniversary.

November 1st marked the 330th anniversary of the founding of Westchester County. Formed in 1683, while the British still ruled, the county government was established to organize the region, as most towns weren't established until after the Revolutionary War.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino marked the occasion with a cake during the kick-off of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week at the newly opened RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen in Tarrytown. Running until November 17, the event joins regional farmers, chefs, and local purveyors to support the local economy.

Astorino soon would have more to celebrate when he soundly won a second term as Westchester County executive, defeating challenger and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson in the November 5 election. For the second time, Astorino overcame a nearly 2-1 Democratic majority among registered voters in the county.

HOT PROPERTIES - 914INC.'S COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SHOWCASE

Property: 250 Tate Avenue, Buchanan
Brokered by: Bill Schunk, United Real Estate LLC, (914) 954-1178
Description: Attractive building with modern amenities. Features fully equipped restaurant spaces including walk-in refrigerator, deep fryer, range, fire suppression system and refrigerated display cases. Ideal for a deli.
Availability: 2,000 sq ft available at $2,700/month.
Selling Points: High-visibility location on the corner of Tate Ave and Westchester Ave in the Buchanan Circle. Located less than a quarter-mile from Route 9A.
Downside: Will not divide.

914 DATEBOOK – UPCOMING BUSINESS EVENTS

MONDAY, 11/18/13
An Evening with The New York Times’ Adam Bryant

5:30 - 7:00 pm. $25. Manhattanville’s historic Reid Castle, 2900 Purchase St. Purchase. The Manhattanville College School of Graduate and Professional Studies presents a networking reception and special program featuring Adam Bryant, The New York Times “Corner Office” columnist and best-selling author of The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed. This program is the first in the “Insights into Leadership” series of industry-focused events marking The School of Graduate and Professional Studies’ 20th anniversary year. Register at www.mville.edu/GPSEvents. The first 50 registrants will receive a copy of Bryant’s best-selling book. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Julia Emrick at 914-323-5413 or Julia.Emrick@mville.edu.

THURSDAY, 11/21/13
Women in Business Luncheon

914INC. Magazine, Westchester County's premier business quarterly, proudly celebrates Westchester's Most Accomplished Women in Business. Every year, our cover story for 914INC.'s Q4 (December) issue highlights the most enterprising and successful businesswomen in the county, and then we honor them at a special luncheon where you can meet them and learn from their successes. Details.

MONDAY, 12/2/13
Professional Women of Westchester Hosts Networking Holiday Party To Benefit Hope's Door

6 - 8 pm. Morton's The Steakhouse, 9 Maple Ave, White Plains. $15pp PWW Member /$20pp Non-Member. Includes appetizers. Cash Bar. It will be a great night of mixing and mingling for a great cause! Please bring an item from the Wish List of Hope's Door with you, including  gift cards to Target, Rite Aid or CVS; new, non-violent toys; pajamas for kids, slippers, or throw blankets; gifts for mom, fragrances, lotions and hair care products; mittens, gloves, hats, scarves; and long distance phone cards. Register online to attend at professionalwomenofwestchester.com.

Upcoming events should be submitted no later than Sunday, November 17th, to be considered for the November 26th edition. Please submit business-related events only; no fundraisers or consumer events.

A Message From Our Partners
 
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