Business Briefs 1-31-2014

GoldsteinTwo top-producing agents join Douglas Elliman Westchester
Douglas Elliman Real Estate anno-unces that two industry leaders–Henry B. Goldstein and Stacey Oestrich–have joined the company’s Armonk brokerage. Both Goldstein and Oestrich are anchored in the Westchester community and possess strong knowledge of the local markets.

“Stacey and Henry are extremely respected, not only in their professions, but in their communities. They understand the local market for every type of buyer and seller, and exceed expectations for their customers. I am thrilled they are joining us at Douglas Elliman and look forward to an exciting future with them,” Westchester Executive Vice President Gabe Pasquale said.

Goldstein is considered one of the top real estate professionals in the region. An attorney who specializes in entertainment and communications industry, he is now turning his focus entirely to real estate. His unique approach and expert negotiation skills give him a distinctive edge when it comes to representing his buyers and sellers. Every year since 1995, Goldstein has achieved the AV preeminent peer review rating, the highest possible rating in both legal and ethical standards. He has lived in the Westchester area for more than two decades–in Bronxville, Larchmont, and Yonkers. He currently resides in Armonk.

OestrichOestrich brings with her more than 20 years of experience in business and commercial real estate and specializes in the northern Westchester and Greenwich, Conn. markets. After graduating from New York University in 1993, Oestrich began her career at Price Waterhouse as an auditor. She made the switch to commercial real estate in 1997 at Cushman and Wakefield in New York City and later joined Shopping Center Properties and Perlmutter Properties, Inc. With a wide variety of successful projects in her portfolio, Stacey now resides in Armonk and is putting her expertise to work for her customers.

“Douglas Elliman has more resources and more reach than any other brokerage in the area. With offices in Westchester, New York City, Long Island and now Los Angeles, the opportunities to serve our clients locally and beyond are unmatched,” Goldstein said.

“I am really excited to join such a dedicated team at Douglas Elliman. It’s a local brokerage with global reach and that’s extremely important in today’s real estate market, which is increasingly growing on an international scale,” Oestrich said.

Douglas Elliman Real Estate is New York’s largest residential brokerage, with more than 70 offices in New York City, Long Island, the Hamptons, Westchester/Putnam, Los Angeles and south Florida and more than 4,000 real estate agents and a network of national and international affiliates. They are strategic partners with London-based Knight Frank LLP for residential business in all of their New York markets. Douglas Elliman ranked in the top four of all real estate companies in the nation in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The company also controls a portfolio of real estate services, including Manhattan’s largest residential property manager, Douglas Elliman Property Management, as well as DE Title and DE Capital Mortgage. For more information on Douglas Elliman as well as expert commentary on emerging trends in the real estate industry, visit the  Douglas Elliman site at

CasseseWomen’s Council of Realtors awards Patricia Cassese Entrepreneur of the Year
Patricia Cassese of Prudential Centennial Realty was honored by the Women’s Council of Realtors, Empire Chapter with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Patricia Cassese was recognized during the installation dinner held in December.

The Women’s Council of Realtors is a national organization, whose mission is to deliver pertinent information and resources to its members to effect positive change in the profession and in the broader community.

“We congratulate Pat on this outstanding achie-vement. She is admired by her peers in our organization and in our local market,” Mark Nadler, president/principal RE bro-ker of Prudential Cen-tennial Realty, said.

Patricia Cassese ente-red the real estate field and joined Prudential Ce-n-tennial in 1984. Pat has won numerous awards during her real estate career and has attained the prestigious CRS and GRI designations.

Prudential Centennial Realty was founded in 1981 and became a member of the Prudential Real Estate network in June 1994. Since that time, it has earned a host of honors.

Prudential Real Estate franchises are independently owned and operated. Prudential Real Estate is a network brand of HSF Affiliates LLC, of which HomeServices of America, Inc. is a majority owner. HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is the second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm and one of the largest providers of integrated real estate services in the U.S.

Prudential Real Estate provides franchisees with business strategies using operation reviews as well as numerous benefits, including access to Prudential Real Estate’s Online Seller Advantage program, which is designed to provide real-time information to sellers with the touch of a keystroke; and Online Buyer Advantage, which enables consumers to easily search for property in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

HastieNew members appointed to PPHP and PPHP Action Fund boards
Planned Parenthood Hudson Pec-onic has appointed four new members to its Boards of Directors. Jeffrey Hastie and Ramon Padilla were appointed to the PPHP Board, which oversees the non-profit organization that provides sexual and reproductive health care, and Augustine Backer and Tom Gardner were appointed to the PPHP Action Fund Board, the agency’s political and advo-cacy arm.

Jeffrey Hastie, a New Rochelle resident and former vice president at JP Morgan Chase & Co., is active in the community and currently serves on the New Rochelle Board of Education. He is a board member and Nominating Committee chair for National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Fairchester region. Jeffrey also serves on New Rochelle’s Telecommunications Advisory Council. At JP Morgan Chase & Co, his responsibilities included information technology risk and control measures, business management and planning and budgeting. He also started a consulting firm specializing in call center strategy, operations and management and spent 10 years overseeing the global technology infrastructure at The Associated Press. Jeffrey earned a BS in systems engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and an MBA from Col-umbia University.

PadillaRamon Padilla of Bronxville is an active member in the Latino and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. He has worked at Pfizer for 10 years and was recently promoted to manager, quality assurance for the PGS-Quality Operations-Oncology department. He is well versed in both the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical business, most notably in the areas of vaccines and oncology. Ramon is a microbiologist by education and has a strong compliance and investigative background. Ramon received his BS in 2000 at Binghamton University and is currently taking graduate courses at Columbia University.

BackerAugustine Backer of New Roc-helle is currently on the PPHP Board of Directors. He has worked for IBM since 1999 and his areas of expertise include conflict resolution, finance, suicide prevention counseling and contract negotiations. While earning his Ph.D. in physics, Augustine served as graduate student employees’ union president at the University of Massachusetts. He also holds an MBA in finance. He currently chairs the PPHP Investment Advisory Committee and serves as a member of the Budget & Finance Committee.

GardnerTom Gardner of Bedford Hills is a retired executive with extensive board experience and a life-long interest in politics. He held a variety of senior management pos-itions at The Reader’s Digest Association, including serving as president of Reader’s Digest International from 2003 to 2007. Since 2009, Tom has served on the boards of Dex Media, a publicly traded company, and Guideposts, a privately held publishing company. He has previously served as a trustee of the Northern Westchester Hospital and the Reader’s Digest Foundation. Tom received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford University.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. is the 20th-largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 11 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. In 2012, PPHP provided services to more than 33,000 patients in more than 66,000 visits. PPHP has served the community for 80 years and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The PPHP Action Fund is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization formed to serve as the political arm of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. Each year, more than 30,000 women, men and teens in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties come to Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic for their reproductive and sexual health care needs. The PPHP Action Fund engages in education and electoral activities including issue education, legislative advocacy and voter education campaigns. Visit Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Karlinsky LLC expands with Murray D. Schwartz
Karlinsky LLC has tapped New Rochelle resident Murray D. Schwartz as corporate counsel, further strengthening the firm’s business operations and initiatives and enlarging its practice to encompass corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.

While the New York City-based firm continues to focus on civil and business litigation, this acquisition will enable a broader range of service offerings and a deeper level of client support in both litigation and corporate practice.

Schwartz will advise Karlinsky LLC on governance and management, strategic planning and growth, and marketing and public relations. He will likewise continue an almost 40-year practice in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, principally to mid-market entities. His combined business and legal experience derive from his serving at counsel and partner level for leading law firms, including Herrick, Feinstein LLP; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; and Pryor Cashman LLP as well as senior executive for publishing concerns.

Schwartz’s input on the firm’s structure and development and policy implementation will deepen its leadership role in dispute resolution.

“Mr. Schwartz and I practiced law together as partners during 2006 and 20077 and found that we were a good fit. His substantive expertise as a lawyer expands our ability to offer additional services to existing litigation clients and our existing platform and client base offer him new clients that can use his expertise,” Martin E. Karlinsky, the firm’s managing member, said.

A member of the New York State Bar Association, Schwartz is a 1974 graduate of New York University School of Law where he was an editor of the NYU Law Review. He is active with the Advisory Board of the New York University Medical School Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain.

Karlinsky LLC is a New York City-based litigation firm, specializing in business, civil, commercial, constitutional and personal litigation, trial and appellate work, alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration, and corporate and mergers and acquisitions. The firm provides litigation expertise, experience and judgment and will henceforth offer corporate services at an equivalent level.

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