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Column: Common sense doesn’t cost a cent

Frequently, readers call or email, and ask me if they can ask a stupid question. As I used to tell my students, when you’re learning about something new, there are no stupid questions, (other than asking if you can ask a stupid question). This especially holds true when it comes to remodeling. However, many a question can be answered by using “common sense,” and if you just think about it for a minute, sometimes the answer just pops into your head.

In the dictionary, common sense is defined as sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts. For example, you are about to cross the street and an 18-wheeler is barreling down the street toward the intersection. Should you cross or wait for the truck to pass by? If you chose to cross the street, you’re probably reading this column in your hospital bed, after being crushed by the truck, because you didn’t use your common sense.

Unfortunately, you can’t go to a convenience store to buy common sense. You get your allotment when you’re born and that’s it, but, most people have at least a modicum of this priceless attribute. The real trick is to use every bit of it that you were born with, and never ignore it just to save a buck or take the easy way out. You should know better.

So, you’re getting estimates for new semi-custom kitchen cabinets. Diligently, you get three estimates and two are about the same at $10,000 and one comes in at $5,000. What does your common sense tell you? There has to be a reason one estimate is considerably cheaper than the other two. Common sense dictates that you must evaluate what the cabinets are made of, where they are being manufactured, and most importantly, who you are buying them from. Most likely they are made from sub-standard materials, from a country that doesn’t pay its workers a living wage and the dealer has a less than stellar reputation and will probably be long gone before cabinets are delivered or your warranty expires.

Comparing appliance prices is not as complicated as the cost of cabinets, but even the appliance companies are making it more difficult to make “apple to apple” comparisons. If you choose a certain brand of dishwasher from a box store (big home center that’s shaped like a box), often it is not the same model as one you find at your local appliance dealer. The model number may be KCMA1223QV34-W1543 for one and KCMA1223OV34-W1543 for the other. Deceptive, isn’t it? (Why can’t the appliance companies call it a model “5” instead of a hundred numbers and letters? But that’s another topic.) Check the model numbers carefully if you want an accurate comparison.

Common sense is not limited only to pricing; it has to be used when dealing with every aspect of a remodeling project. An equally exciting example is the location of a wine rack in the design of your new kitchen. I’ve had clients insist that it be positioned over the refrigerator (model #X123ABF25Q15a-2b) or next to the dishwasher. Although I’m not a wine connoisseur, my common sense tells me it gets hot over the fridge and next to the dishwasher. Find another place, so your wine won’t turn to vinegar.

One last example before I let you go. When you empty your dishwasher, you can stack several plates on the counter and then bring them all to the cupboard where they are stored. But, you can only carry two glasses at a time, unless you want to risk breaking them. So, which cabinet should the glasses be stored in and which should be used for dishes? Think real hard and let your common sense answer this question for you.

Most of the remodeling basics will be taken care of by your kitchen designer, because with training, experience, and common sense they will know what to do. It’s your job to use your common sense when picking the right kitchen designer and contractor. If you choose strictly by price, you usually get what you pay for, and you may end up drinking vinegar.


Business Briefs 5-22-2015

RobersonFoundation board appoints Nancy Roberson Jasper

The Board of Advisors of the Westchester Community Foundation announced the appointment of Nancy Roberson Jasper, M.D., a resident of New Rochelle, to the board. Dr. Jasper’s volunteer interests concentrate on efforts concerning local healthcare for women. She holds a B.A. from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a M.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine. She is an assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center in the Department of OB/GYN. Her practice is in the areas of obstetrics and gynecology with New York Physicians, New York.

“We are happy to welcome Dr. Jasper to the board,” said Theresa Kilman, chairwoman of the Board of Advisors. “Her medical background, along with her focus on issues affecting women’s health, brings a unique perspective to our work as a community foundation board of advisors. We are looking forward to working with her.”

In accepting the appointment, Dr. Jasper commented, “I’m delighted to join the Westchester Community Foundation board and look forward to contributing my time and efforts toward improving local healthcare for women and their families.”

Dr. Jasper joins fellow advisory board members Venetta Amory, James Ausili, Denise S. Farrell, Paul Jenkel, Theresa Beach Kilman, Anahaita Kotval, Michael Markhoff, Jose Reynoso, Lee Roberts, Kathy Rosenthal, David Shover, Drusilla van Hengel and Karen Walsh.

This year, the Westchester Community Foundation will distribute nearly $4 million to charities, of which nearly $2 million will be distributed to Westchester County nonprofit organizations through a competitive grants process. These grants are available to nonprofit organizations that submit applications, and whose work falls within the various guidelines for these grant-making programs. Competitive grants for 2015 will cover the following categories: academic opportunity, the arts, community development, education, environment, health, youth, women and girls, and technical assistance to nonprofit agencies.

For more information on applying for grants, please check the Westchester Community Foundation website at or call 948-5166.

For more than 40 years, Westchester Community Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in Westchester by addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy and connecting donors to critical, local needs. The Foundation enables people with philanthropic interest to easily and effectively support the causes they care about—immediately or through their estate plans. It provides donors with maximum tax savings, professional staff support, in-depth knowledge of Westchester and permanence within the community. Westchester Community donors benefit from the investment and financial management of its parent, The New York Community Trust, a 90-year-old institution with assets of more than $2.6 billion.

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s welcomes Cindy Goodstein-Frazier

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Cindy Goodstein-Frazier, a sales agent from New York City with a former career on Wall Street, has joined the company and will be based in the firm’s Larchmont brokerage.

Goodstein has been a real estate agent since 2012, previously working for Corcoran Group Real Estate in Manhattan. She has been involved in various deals ranging from new construction and older houses to apartments and townhouses, specializing in the markets of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye and New Rochelle, as well as Manhattan.

Prior to her career in real estate, Goodstein worked on Wall Street in the financial services industry for nearly two decades. During most of her tenure there, Goodstein was a bond trader, though she also sold financial products, marketing and providing advice for several hedge funds. She has worked at firms including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Cantor Fitzgerald, Millennium Global and Decagon Advisors. In part because of this background, Goodstein brings significant experience in relationship management, investing, marketing, strategy development and negotiating to her real estate practice.

“Cindy continually makes sure to cater to her clients’ needs and requests,” said Carolyn Fugere, manager of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty’s Larchmont brokerage. “She knows that finding a home can be a complicated process, and uses her demonstrated work ethic, patience and personal life experiences to successfully offer the smoothest transactions possible. I’m excited to welcome Cindy to the team, and know that the firm will greatly benefit from her many areas of expertise.”

“Helping my clients to achieve their dream home is my ultimate goal,” Goodstein said. “Having experience in finance on Wall Street, I know the importance of relative value and effective negotiation. Now fully invested in my real estate career, I try to leverage the skills from my business past to greatly benefit all future homeowners who come my way.”

Goodstein has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in urban studies from Brown University. She currently resides in the Orienta area of Mamaroneck with her husband and three children. In her spare time, Goodstein can often be found running through neighborhoods of Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Rye and visiting local parks and recreation areas with her children.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes more than 16,570 sales associates located in 760 offices throughout 60 countries and territories. To contact the Larchmont Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty brokerage, call Carolyn Fugere at 327-1522 or email

SullivanStephen Sullivan named to Westchester Food Bank program

The Food Bank for Westchester, the county’s largest provider of services, resources and education to meet the needs of the 200,000 Westchester residents that face chronic food insecurity, has announced the appointment of Stephen Sullivan as coordinator of the Food Bank’s Retail Recovery Program.

The Retail Recovery Program is one of the cornerstones of the Food Bank’s hunger relief efforts, managing large scale collection of food donations from supermarkets, grocers and specialty food storesfood that would otherwise go to waste, and getting it directly into the hands of Westchester’s hungry through local member programs.

New to the Food Bank’s Retail Recovery Program is a16-foot Freightliner truck, made possible through a generous grant from PepsiCo, that will double the current program’s capacity of 271,000 meals provided.

“The recent acquisition of our new PepsiCo funded truck will help the Food Bank maximize the impact of our retail recovery efforts, letting us reach even more retail locations to feed even more needy people in every corner of the county,” said Ellen Lynch, president and CEO of the Food Bank for Westchester. “We are thrilled to welcome Stephen on board to underscore our commitment to the expansion of this critical program, and are confident that his experience, resourcefulness and dedication to community service will be a great asset to our organization,” Prior to joining the Food Bank, Sullivan performed building inspections for Technical Insurance Services and served as construction manager for Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. Sullivan is a resident of White Plains.

Incorporated in 1988, The Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight regional food banks in New York State. It acquires, warehouses and distributes more than 7.2 million pounds of food annually to 265 frontline hunger-relief programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and residential programs serving an estimated 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of being hungry. The Food Bank’s 37,000-square-foot distribution center in Elmsford includes the largest refrigerator and freezer in Westchester County.

New Crystal Restoration helping those with special needs

When Louis Cordasco founded Crystal Restoration in 1960, his dream was to help Westchester County property owners after a fire or water damage disaster. Retiring in 2008, this octogenarian happily passed the baton to his daughter, Lisa Cordasco, who reinvented the business and established Westchester’s first green restoration company. New Crystal Restoration is a three-generation strong local family business which uses eco-friendly and non-toxic products to safely restore property. The company is a proud supporter of the special needs community and an avid member of Westchester County’s green initiative program.

“In conjunction with Autism Awareness month, New Crystal Restoration is proud to announce that we are able to help Westchester families safely restore their property by providing a green, non-toxic alternative to the products used each and every day by other restoration companies,”  Lisa Cordasco said. “As a mom of a son with autism, I was determined to offer a better and safer option to the chemicals used in the restoration field. The products New Crystal Restoration uses are highly effective and reasonably priced delivering property owners with pleasing results.”

New Crystal Restoration shares the vision to keep harmful chemicals away from kids. As a champion for children, Dr. Philip Landrigan, director of Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is part of a national network of research facilities that study the effects of environmental toxins on children’s growth and development. “Sometimes it takes a lot of work to change a scientific discovery into public policy,” Landrigan said. “It took years and years to get lead out of gasoline and a long time to ban asbestos, but at least when you know a chemical causes a disease, the possibility is quite real that you can act to prevent exposure, and then prevent the disease.”

To contact New Crytal Restoration, call 937-0500.

Farmers-Logo-ResizedFarmers Insurance opens in New Rochelle

The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed a new business into the area. Bob Marrone, executive director of the Chamber, and New Rochelle City Councilman Al Tarantino cut the ceremonial red ribbon of Farmers Insurance which opened a new branch on 780 Main St., not far from Home Depot.
Janet Martinez, the main agent with 13 years of experience is fluent in English and Spanish and will surprise you with how young she is for all of her insurance knowledge. After being presented with a plaque courtesy of JanMar Trophy from the Chamber, Janet Martinez handed out welcome kits to all who attended.

Farmers Insurance has services for auto, home, renters, motorcycle, boat, life, flood and business/commercial insurance. For more information on Farmers Insurance in New Rochelle, call 331-0000 or email


Business Briefs 4-24-2015

SchultzBetter Homes and Gardens
welcomes John Schultz

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty welcomes John Schultz, licensed real estate salesperson, to our White Plains office.

Schultz was born in Westchester, raised his family in Rye Brook and now lives and works in White Plains. Since graduating from college, he has spent almost 30 years in sales and marketing. Although the world has changed a great deal, Schultz still believes in old world core values like being on time, over-delivering and service. Schultz has successfully completed transactions as a listing agent, buyers agent, landlord’s agent and renters agent. Those transactions have included single family homes, coops, condominiums and multi-family homes.

At Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, you get the best of both worlds: a world-class real estate company widely recognized as an industry innovator and a family-owned firm now celebrating our 30th year of commitment to our local communities, honored as a “Company of the Year” by such organizations as the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels.

To contact John Schultz, visit, email or call 584-4868.

wmlogoNew 3-D mammography
at WESTMED in Rye

WESTMED Medical Group is excited to offer Hologic 3-D mammography for breast cancer screening. This system offers exceptionally sharp breast images and an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort. Its ground-breaking, 3-D mammography platform is designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.

“WESTMED is committed to the fight against breast cancer,” Dr. Barney Newman, WESTMED’s medical director, said. “In offering Hologic 3-D mammography, WESTMED is providing the latest in imaging technology.”

The Hologic 3-D mammography screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram.  During a 3-D mammography exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3-D reconstruction of the breast, without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

“I have specialized in breast imaging since 1995, and this is the biggest technological advance in mammography during my career,” said Dr. Rand Stack, WESTMED radiologist. “We believe Hologic 3-D mammography is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening who have dense breast tissue and women with a personal history of breast cancer.”

When the breast exam is over, the WESTMED board-certified radiologist meets with the patient to review the results, answer any questions and outline next steps.

Dr. Stack recalls, “Back before this technology was approved by the FDA, I was part of a team of mammography experts who reviewed the 3-D images of 350 patients and compared them to conventional mammograms of the same patients. We were immediately struck by the superior ability of Hologic 3-D mammography to show early signs of breast cancer. For five years, I have looked forward to the day when I could bring this new technology to my patients.”

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please speak with your doctor.

WESTMED Medical Group is a large multi-specialty group medical practice, with headquarters in Purchase, N.Y.  It is staffed by a team of 260 physicians dedicated to providing coordinated, efficient and the highest quality of patient care at its nine locations in central and lower Westchester County. The practice, known for its one-stop-shopping medical experience for patients, uses state-of-the-art systems and electronic medical records. WESTMED has medical offices in White Plains, Rye, Yonkers, Purchase, Scarsdale, New Rochelle and West Harrison.

 BarryJordanDr. Barry Jordan named to NYC Honorary Police Surgeons Corps

Barry D. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H., the assistant medical director at Burke Rehabilitation Center, has been appointed to the Honorary Police Surgeon Corps with the New York City Police Department.
Dr. Jordan was sworn in by Police Commissioner William J. Bratton at a ceremony held at police headquarters in Manhattan on Friday, March 20. He was one of 40 physicians inducted into the program that day. Historically, the first honorary surgeon was appointed by the police department in 1917 and the strong tradition continues today, with a total of 403 physicians in the program.
“We are proud that Dr. Barry Jordan was appointed to the Honorary Police Surgeon Corps and congratulate him on this achievement,” said Mary Beth Walsh, CEO and executive medical director of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. “Dr. Jordan represents the very best of Burke and, every day, demonstrates his commitment to helping patients make the fullest possible recovery.”
In addition to his position as assistant medical director, Dr. Jordan is also director of the Memory Evaluation Treatment Service and the former director of Burke’s Brain Injury Program. He is a board certified neurologist with specialized interests in sports neurology, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Jordan is currently the chief medical officer of the New York State Athletic Commission and a team physician for U.S.A. Boxing. He is also an associate professor of Clinical Neurology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Jordan received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his Masters of Public Health at Columbia University.
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. The hospital is part of Burke Rehabilitation Center, which also includes Burke Medical Research Institute. Burke’s world-renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art treatment while its research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological and rehabilitation medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay. For additional information on Burke Rehabilitation Center, please visit

New fitness facility opens in Mamaroneck

SET Fitness, a new, cutting-edge fitness facility, has opened its doors in Mamaroneck. Located at 125 Spencer Place on the corner of Philips Park Road, SET Fitness utilizes a revolutionary approach to fitness training called High Intensity Training, HIT.

The concept behind HIT is that performing quality resistance training with good technique and high levels of effort will produce a dramatic effect on your physique in a short time. It will also improve athletic performance and significantly reduce the chance of injury. Recent scientific studies show that this type of training regime is superior to the current maxim of longer workouts, done multiple times a week. SET Fitness’ methodology involves just one training session a week for 30 minutes.

To ensure clients get the maximum benefit from their workouts, they are done in a private, one-on-one setting with a HIT trainer, who closely monitors and tracks a client’s performance on each exercise, varying the training routine and weight to generate the greatest benefit in the shortest period of time.

SET Fitness came about when Don Johnston, president and founder, experienced first-hand the benefits of high intensity workouts when he trained at a New York City facility. He saw there was an opportunity to open a similar facility in Westchester. While there were many gyms, personal trainers and fitness centers, none offered the High Intensity Training method Johnston sought.

“Imagine an exercise program that is perfectly safe, gets you great results and requires a minimal time investment,” Johnston said. “That is exactly what we offer.

“Before being introduced to High Intensity Training, I was spending so much more time exercising and I wasn’t seeing nearly as good results. By performing just one 30-minute HIT workout a week, I feel stronger, my stamina is better and I am more toned than ever. I felt Westchester could really use this type of training facility. It is perfect for busy professionals, stay at home parents or baby boomers, who would rather spend more time enjoying their favorite sport or activity then stuck in a gym.”

SET Fitness is holding a grand opening on April 30 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and can learn more about the science-based training regime offered by SET Fitness. For further information about SET Fitness, visit their website at or call 341-1101.

Toby Pidgeon promoted to vice president, operations of Westchester Food Bank

The Food Bank for Westchester, the county’s  largest provider of services, resources and education to meet the needs of the 200,000 Westchester residents that face chronic food insecurity, has announced the promotion of Toby Pidgeon, director of operations, to the position of vice president, operations.

An employee of the Food Bank for the last 10 years, Pidgeon played a major role in moving the organization to its Elmsford location from a smaller facility in Millwood, N.Y., helping the Food Bank increase its capacity and expand its resources to meet the chronic demand for hunger relief throughout Westchester County.

In his new position, Pidgeon will serve as a key member of the leadership team and will oversee all food distribution programs and food sourcing from donors and vendors.

“This is a much deserved recognition of Toby’s contribution to the success of the Food Bank over the years,” said Ellen Lynch, president and CEO of the Food Bank. “In his new role, Toby will leverage his extensive knowledge of all aspects of our operations to help the Food Bank take major steps in addressing the critically serious issue of hunger in Westchester County.”

A resident of Yorktown Heights, Pidgeon was previously a project manager for Glenmanor Designs, a company that remodeled low-income apartments. Pidgeon began working at the Food Bank for Westchester as a nutrition resource manager before moving into the position of director of operations.

Incorporated in 1988, The Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight regional food banks in New York State. It acquires warehouses and distributes more than 7 million pounds of food annually to 265 frontline hunger relief programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and residential programs serving an estimated 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of being hungry. The Food Bank’s 37,000-square-foot distribution center in Elmsford includes the largest refrigerator and freezer in Westchester County.




Business Briefs 3-27-2015

Collaborative workshop in Rye

Ivy Eisenberg, a leading innovation consultant and founder of the White Plains-based Our IdeaWorks, LLC, will host “Connect 2 Innovate 2 Grow,” an innovation workshop for business or organization leaders at Serendipity Labs, Inc., in Rye on Thursday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eisenberg, an accomplished innovation process expert, market research consultant and speaker, will provide tools and hands-on activities that will help businesses grow and increase productivity, all presented in a clear, concise and fun way.

“In this hands-on workshop, you will learn about the latest strategies and techniques to tap into your customers, industry experts, businesses or inventors worldwide to help achieve your company vision,” Eisenberg said. “Innovation is the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value.”

Eisenberg founded Our IdeaWorks in 2013 as a way to help enterprises, entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes by providing innovation management consulting, hands-on workshops and qualitative market research. “It’s all about creating value,” she reiterated.

Eisenberg has worked with Eric von Hippel of MIT on his groundbreaking “Lead User Research” model, the forerunner of worldwide phenomenon of user-developed products and services. She has worked with companies in healthcare, financial services, consumer goods, manufacturing and telecommunications, and new technology, infusing everything she does with passion, humor and warmth.

In 2013, Eisenberg founded the Connecticut Open Innovation Workshop, COIN, together with the Stamford Innovation Center, a consortium that brings together local enterprises to discover best practices for working with startups and other outside entities. She will be speaking at the 2015 Front End of Innovation USA Conference, and she is one of their most popular bloggers on the topics of Innovation, Design Thinking and Lean Customer Research.

In Eisenberg’s own words, “Nothing stays still. If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind. I want to shake things up and teach companies how to move forward to innovate and grow.”

For more information on “Connect 2 Innovate 2 Grow,” please visit or contact Prices start at $199 per person.

Houlihan Lawrence acquires
Shore and Country Properties

Houlihan Lawrence, the leading real estate firm serving New York City’s northern suburbs, announced today that it has acquired Shore and Country Properties, a residential brokerage in Greenwich, Conn. Shore and Country’s 20 agents brokered about $165 million in home sales in 2014. The Shore and Country office in Riverside, Conn., will become Houlihan Lawrence’s second office in Greenwich.

The Shore and Country acquisition comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the former Kelly Associates offices in Darien and Rowayton, Conn., have joined the Houlihan Lawrence network. In less than 18 months since first entering Connecticut, Houlihan Lawrence has opened four Fairfield County offices and established itself as a force in southern Connecticut.

In 2014, the Houlihan Lawrence Greenwich office surpassed $500 million in sales and was ranked the No. 2 office in Greenwich. The company expects to exceed $1 billion in Connecticut home sales in 2015, just its second full year of operating in the state.

“As we continue our growth in the Connecticut market, we are proud to welcome the team from Shore and Country Properties into our expanding family,” Stephen Meyers, president and CEO of Houlihan Lawrence, said. “In addition to combining two cultures that share a commitment to outstanding client service, we have now gained a physical presence on the eastern side of town. The addition of the Riverside office will allow Houlihan Lawrence to strengthen our roots in the community, allowing us to better assist our clients with a new level of expertise.”

Shore and Country Properties focuses on the entire Greenwich community with an emphasis on the Riverside, Old Greenwich and Cos Cob, Conn., markets. The firm has been recognized for selling listings quicker and at a higher list price to sales price per agent than any other Greenwich firm.

Houlihan Lawrence ranks among the top 20 of all brokerages nationally in sales volume and is the long-standing leader in the markets it serves. The company sells about one-third of all homes in New York City’s northern suburbs, more than double the sales of its closest competitor in the region.

Built upon 125 years of family tradition, Houlihan Lawrence, the leading brokerage in New York City’s northern suburbs, is committed to exceeding expectations in every aspect of the real estate process. The firm today serves more than 90 communities with 30 offices and more than 1,200 agents, leveraging global partners on six continents and in 56 countries. The company ranks among the top 20 of all brokerages nationally and achieved a total sales volume of $5.3 billion in 2014. For more information, visit

empirecitylogoEmpire City Casino honored 

Empire City Casino has been awarded four distinctions from “Casino Player Magazine,” America’s premier gaming lifestyle magazine based in Las Vegas, Nev., in its “Best of Dining and Nightlife” Awards in the March 2015 edition.
Nonno’s Trattoria, Empire City’s “must-stop” for Italian cuisine, was the big winner, taking home two separate honors. The restaurant was awarded “Best Italian,” thanks to the culinary work of Executive Chef Gaurav Navin, who is also the executive chef of Empire Terrace

Nonno’s was also selected for the “Best Happy Hour” category.

Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub took home the “Best Place for Cocktails” award. The $50 million expansion that added Dan Rooney’s to Empire City in 2013, has step-back-in time ambiance and atmosphere.

Patrons can watch sporting events from the 40 HDTVs offered, a plethora of seating
options, as well as a varied menu.

Empire Terrace Restaurant was selected for the “Best View” award, thanks to the great view overlooking historic Yonkers Raceway and its century-old half-mile harness oval.

Empire City Casino, one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast, features 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, year-round harness racing and international simulcasting, as well as live entertainment and comedy.

A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning.

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is located at 810 Yonkers Ave., in Yonkers, N.Y. The casino is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. For more information, call 968-4200.

White Plains Hospital recognized
as a ‘fit-friendly worksite’

WhitePlainsHospitalWhite Plains Hospital has been recognized as a platinum level fit-friendly worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat healthier and move more. Platinum is the highest level of fit-friendly recognition from the American Heart Association.

“The fit-friendly worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority,” according to Jennifer Gelick, regional director of Westchester and Putnam counties for the American Heart Association. “White Plains Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to and investment in its employee’s health in several impressive ways.”

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at White Plains Hospital. We are honored and excited to be recognized once again by the American Heart Association as a platinum level fit-friendly worksite,” said Frank J. LoCastro, wellness program coordinator at White Plains Hospital.

To receive recognition, platinum level employers must offer employees physical activity options in the workplace,  increase healthy eating options, promote a wellness culture,  implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture and demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

White Plains Hospital offers employees on-site exercise classes such as yoga and walking groups, discounts on gym memberships, a weekly wellness newsletter, stress reduction seminars, Weight Watchers at work, a smoking cessation program and other programs to promote a healthy lifestyle. An example was the successful “Walking Wednesdays” program the hospital implemented this summer that brought out dozens of employees each week for half hour brisk walks around the campus and surrounding community.

For more information about the fit-friendly worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, call 694-6464 or visit

A member of the Montefiore Health System, White Plains Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit healthcare organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William and Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal and Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing more than 55,000 visits a year.

White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County to perform lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2013. The hospital is also an 11-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

In 2014, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades, given to only 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. For additional information, visit


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Business Briefs 2-20-2015

NYPA adds senior VP 

Kristine Pizzo, formerly an executive at Columbia University, has joined the New York Power Authority, NYPA, as senior vice president of Human Resources.

Pizzo will oversee all employee benefits, programs, services and talent development at the Power Authority, which has 1,700 employees in New York State, including 600 at its administrative headquarters in White Plains.

“We have a diverse mix of employees from the Canadian border to eastern Long Island and ensuring they all have the proper benefits and training is a complex task.” said NYPA president and CEO, Gil Quiniones said.

Pizzo, a resident of Eastchester, was previously chief of administration at Columbia University where she led several key departments including human resources, finance, marketing, communications and information technology. She had previously been the executive vice president of human resources and chief administrative officer at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Pizzo has also worked in managerial roles in human resources at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the United States Olympic Committee, and was a judicial fellow at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

She has a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a law degree from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law School at Touro College.

“NYPA has already established itself as a leader in the utility industry when it comes to providing a comprehensive array of benefits and programs for its employees,” Pizzo said. “I’m excited to build on that already robust foundation.”

NYPA is the nation’s largest state power organization, with 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. Its low-cost power supports hundreds of thousands of jobs statewide while reducing costs for the public sector.

NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart N.Y. plan to reduce energy used by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020.

Family Services of Westchester
opens Lanza Family Center

Family Services of Westchester, FSW, celebrated the opening of the Lanza Family Center for All Ages in White Plains, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The center, modeled after My Second Home, FSW’s award-winning Intergenerational program in Mt. Kisco, will bring children, teens and seniors together at one site to participate in programs, share experiences and benefit from one another, just as they would in a family setting.

“We are thrilled to see this longstanding dream of opening an intergenerational center in lower Westchester become a reality,” FSW’s president and CEO, Susan Wayne said. “This is a tremendous milestone not only for FSW, but for all the community members who can now take advantage of this unique programming.”

The Lanza Family Center for All Ages is named for Patricia Lanza who generously provided a $1 million challenge grant that enabled FSW to embark on this project. Thanks to the enthusiastic response of many generous donors, FSW was able to meet this challenge, purchase a property in White Plains, and renovate the existing building to create a warm and inviting new center that will meet the needs of a diverse group of participants—older adults, young children and teens.

“We are so grateful to the donors who shared our vision and enabled us to reach this moment,” director of special projects who spearheaded FSW’s fundraising efforts, Lynn Green said. “We also appreciate the support we have received from the City of White Plains, which has enthusiastically welcomed us to the community.”

The building will be comprised of two wings, The Marjorie and Richard Dammann Youth Wing named after the founders of FSW and The Sperling Family Adult Wing.  Programming at the center will include adult day services with caregiver support, early childhood education and a home base for FSW’s many youth development programs.  Importantly, the center will include space where the diverse age groups can come together.

Participants will interact during planned intergenerational activities as well as through informal encounters throughout the day. Together, children, teens and older adults will enjoy gardening, sharing meals, singing songs, cooking side-by-side, and participating in special events that allow them to break down age barriers and form lasting impressions.

For more information about the Lanza Family Center for All Ages, or to make an appointment to see the flagship facility, contact Lynn Halpern, director for communications and development outreach.

FSW was founded in 1954 and runs more than 50 social service and mental health programs for all ages, including adoption, head/start/early head start, adult and youth residences and veterans outreach and support. Please visit for more information.

Pelham Picture House
announces new board officers

The Picture House Regional Film Center announced an anniversary, a change in board leadership and the naming of a new organization president following the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board on Feb. 9. The transition began with a unanimous vote for the new officers at the full meeting of the board in December and continued at a celebration later that month at the home of James Palmisciano, the new chair of the Board of Directors.

At the meeting, the outgoing board members and founders of the organization, Kathy Corton, Tom Peer and Ann Sorice, as well as Chair Emeritus John Calvelli and longtime board members Thomas Canning and Dale Hisiger were toasted, applauded and given director’s chairs emblazoned with their names and the Picture House logo.

“I am deeply honored to be stewarding this incredible organization into its second decade,” chair-elect Palmisciano said.

Palmisciano is the chairman and chief investment officer of Gracie Asset Management. Brian Eccleston, newly elected treasurer for The Picture House, is northeast assurance managing partner at BDO U.S.A. Ellen Chandler was re-elected as board vice chair, as was Tracie Cohen as secretary. Laura deBuys, executive director of The Picture House since January 2014, was named president of the organization.

The Picture House will celebrate its 10th birthday as a nonprofit organization at events throughout the year and at The 10th, a festive mid-May birthday party for the organization honoring co-founder Ann Sorice.

Since 1921, The Picture House has served as a cultural center and community hub and is the oldest, continuously running movie theater in Westchester County. Today, after an extensive renovation and the addition of state of the art technology, The Picture House shows the best in new, independent and classic cinema and provides students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the art, science and business of film.

In a world where you can carry a movie screen in your pocket, The Picture House preserves the sense of community, wonder and engagement that has existed since the formation of the first theaters. The Picture House is located at 175 Wolfs Lane in Pelham,,, via phone at 738-3161. The Picture House is a community-based, mission-driven, nonprofit 501(c)
(3) organization.

Westmed receives national
recognition for cancer care 

WESTMED Medical Group has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. This is a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

“WESTMED is the only oncology practice in Westchester County with QOPI Certification.“This means that WESTMED is in an elite group of outpatient oncology practices, signaling our strong commitment of quality to patients and to our referring physicians,” WESTMED Oncologist Dr. Stuart Feldman said.

WESTMED voluntarily chose to participate in the QOPI certification process, which was designed by ASCO to measure the quality of care that oncology practices provide to their patients. To become certified, medical practices are evaluated to determine whether they meet core standards in all areas of treatment, including treatment planning, staff training and education,  chemotherapy orders and drug preparation, patient consent and education, safe chemotherapy administration, monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. WESTMED Practice Parners is located at 2700 Westchester Ave., inPurchase. Contact via phone at 681-5282 or go online at

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Business Briefs 12-19-2014

logoStark Office Suites celebrates
10 years in business

Stark Office Suites has been providing premium turn-key office space and high-end amenities for professionals and entrepreneurs in the Metropolitan New York area for a decade. Ten years of continued success and business innovation has positioned Stark as the premier provider of executive office suites for entrepreneurs and professionals in the region, serving more than 600 clients.

Stark Office Suites enables entrepreneurs and professionals to establish and maintain a polished professional image without the cost and commitment of a traditional office and staff. Stark offers premium turn-key, full-time and virtual office options, multiple conference room venues and state-of-the-art technology including a complete fiber-optic solution. The company serves a broad clientele including attorneys, financial professionals, consultants and various other professionals and entrepreneurs.

Stark Office Suites has quickly catapulted to the top of the industry since its 2004 debut at 445 Hamilton Ave. in White Plains. Stark’s growth in recent years has been spectacular, with over 50-percent revenue growth over the past two years. Further, by offering a cost-effective, high caliber virtual office solution during the recession, Stark tripled its number of virtual office clients during that period.

The company currently is one of the top 20 businesses of its kind across the nation and the second largest in the metro New York region.

Throughout its 10-year tenure, Stark has celebrated many milestones. In 2005 Adam J. Stark, president of Stark Office Suites, was selected by the Business Council of Westchester to receive a “Rising Stars – Westchester’s Forty Under Forty” award for his professional accomplishments, leadership qualities and outstanding success. That same year, he was also named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to the business world and the community at large. Stark also received the Westchester County Association’s inaugural APEX award for young
professionals in 2007.

Stark Office Suites has also been profiled in several leading publications including The New York Times, 914 Inc., The Journal News and other prominent publications.

Reflecting on this milestone, Stark credits his company’s growth to his team’s keen focus on pleasing clients and creating work spaces where they can thrive. “The secret to our success is the impeccable service we work hard to provide each and every day,” Stark said.  “On this special anniversary, I want to acknowledge our dedicated team for providing unmatched service and thank each of our clients for being such an important part of the Stark community.”

Moving forward, Stark said the company is looking to continue to grow its offering while retaining the warmth and personal touch that have been Stark Office Suites’ hallmarks.

The Stark Office Suites in Harrison is located at 500 Mamaroneck Avenue. The Stark Office Suites in Scarsdale Village is located at 2 Overhill Road. The Stark Office Suites in Rye Brook is located at 800 Westchester Avenue. For additional information, call 428-0500, or visit

Susan-FullerSusan Fuller Joins TD Bank

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, has named Susan C. Fuller as Store Manager of the Larchmont store located at 1289 Post Road in Larchmont. She is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers throughout a region that includes New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Harrison.

Fuller has 40 years of retail and business banking experience. Prior to joining TD Bank, she served as Business Banker at Citibank in Mamaroneck, and as a Branch Manager at Dime Savings Bank in Scarsdale.

A Harrison resident, Fuller is a member of the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club of Mamaroneck. She is a 1979 graduate of Pace University in Pleasantville. Fuller is originally from Yonkers, where she graduated from Lincoln High School.

TD Bank focuses on delivering legendary customer service by providing seven-day branch banking with extended hours, Penny Arcade coin-counting machines, hassle-free products, free online banking and bill pay at, and treats for kids and dogs. Customers also have access to a network of 2,700 ATMs from Maine to Florida.

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at approximately 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit Find TD Bank on Facebook at and on Twitter at

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD.” To learn more, visit

The Hispanic Resource Center
honors Nicole Sheindlin 

The Hispanic Resource Center (HRC) honored the founding Executive Director of Her Honor Mentoring, Nicole Sheindlin, on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 pm at the Larchmont Shore Club. Nicole was presented with the Amiga Award for her extraordinary work and dedication to young women through the Her Honor Mentoring Program. The Fiesta which featured a live Latin Jazz band as well as Latin American cuisine, was well attended with over 200 guests.

Nicole Sheindlin is the daughter of the famous “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, retired Supervising Judge of the New York State Family Court. Nicole worked for 15 years as a public defender in New York City for the Legal Aid Society.  In 2006, in an effort to encourage and support young women in the community, Nicole and Judith Sheindlin launched the Her Honor Mentoring Program.  In 2007, the first class of mentees consisted of 8 Mamaroneck high school seniors.Today, the program is offered in 7 Westchester schools and works with 51 young women, 17 of whom are from Mamaroneck High School.

The Hispanic Resource Center and Her Honor Mentoring have a longstanding relationship with HRC being one of the first partners to mentor young women from Mamaroneck High School back in 2007.  Since then HRC staff members—exceptional leaders in their fields, have served as mentors to 11 young women. The two organizations will celebrate their shared vision, successes and fruitful partnership at HRC’s annual Fiesta.

The HRC was founded in 1998 in response for the needs of the area’s growing immigrant population. It offers a vast array of programs and services not only to the recently arrived, but also to the low-income and struggling members of the community. Programs include English as a Second Language, adult literacy, G.E.D / high school completion, computer classes, job training, youth leadership development as well as social services including immigration assistance, eviction protection, domestic violence counseling and referrals, among others.

To learn more about the organization or make a donation, contact Gail Vidales at 835-1512 or


Business Briefs 11-28-2014

Jocelyn Dillon joins Prudential Centennial Realty 

Jocelyn Dillon has recently joined Prudential Centennial Realty as a licensed salesperson. The announcement was made by President/Principal RE Broker, Prudential Centennial Realty Mark Nadler.

Dillon will be responsible for residential real estate sales in Southern Westchester. Dillon’s years in the business world shapes her approach to representing buyers and sellers. Dillon, known to her friends as “Joy”, climbed the corporate ladder for 18 years at a Fortune 500 industry leader. Having extensive experience in sales finance, she brings a strong business acumen and work ethic to providing customer satisfaction. Dillon offers an important quality when representing buyers and sellers.

Having earned a college degree in both industrial psychology and information systems, Joy possesses great people skills and thoughtful attention to detail, to each and every one of her real estate assignments.

For the past 8 years Joy has been an active member of her Larchmont community where she and her family live. She is also an active Mom who enjoys volunteering in her children’s school’s various projects, activities, and sports.

“Joy shares Prudential Centennial Realty’s commitment to quality and customer service,” Mark Nadler, broker/owner at Prudential Centennial Realty, said, “She is exactly the type of sales professional we are seeking, as we continue to grow the company and increase our presence in the local community.”

“Prudential Centennial Realty’s focus on the customer and its goal to provide the best products and services for its sales professionals are what make affiliating with Prudential Centennial Realty the best choice possible,” Dillon said.

Prudential Centennial Realty, which is independently owned and operated, has been a leader in Westchester’s residential real estate market since 1981. Dedicated to creating winning results for its clients and agents delivered with integrity, professionalism and caring, Prudential Centennial has consistently ranked among the top realtors in Westchester. The family owned firm established Global Real Estate Connections, a wholly owned subsidiary in 2006.

Prudential Centennial has approximately 75 agents. For more information, call Mark Nadler at 723-5225, or go to

Prudential Real Estate franchises are independently owned and operated. Prudential Real Estate is a network brand of HSF Affiliates LLC, of which Home Services of America, Inc.TM 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, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities and are used under license, with no other affiliation with Prudential.

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty welcomes Sharon Zanzano

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Sharon Zanzano, formerly of Houlihan Lawrence, has joined the company as a sales agent and will be based in the firm’s Bronxville brokerage.

Zanzano brings 13 years of award-winning real estate professionalism and experience to the company. Having previously sold homes in the Bronxville and lower Westchester area, Zanzano is well-acquainted with the region and all of its offerings.

“Sharon is an exceptional addition to our Bronxville team,” said Virginia Doetsch, manager of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty’s Bronxville brokerage. “Her strong, professional background and track record of luxury home sales are undeniably impressive, and will certainly benefit the firm. We look forward to working with Sharon, and proudly welcome her aboard.”

“Having been involved in the Bronxville real estate market for many years, I have come to realize the unparalleled advantage of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, and how much its international reach offers my valued clients and business,” Zanzano said. “My experience and expertise in the lower Westchester market has been the key to my success. I always strive to provide my clients with the utmost in professional yet personal service, and will continue to do so as I begin this new chapter.”

Zanzano currently resides in Yonkers with her husband and two children. She contributes to her local Westchester community as the Parishioner of Saint Ann’s Church in Yonkers, and is a sponsor of the local Yonkers recreational league known as the Bryn Mawr Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

For more information, visit the website at Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes more than 15,000 sales associates located in 720 offices throughout the United States and 52 other countries and territories.


Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic benefit honors local supporters

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic honored Larchmont residents Judith and Roger Widmann at the Oct. 23 Empower Luncheon at the Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison N.Y. The event was co-chaired by Larchmont resident and PPHP Board Member Joan Rosen, and helped raise $275 for the organization’s quality, affordable and non-judgmental health care and vital education programs in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, and Suffolk counties.

The Widmanns were lauded for their unwavering leadership and support for more than 25 years, including Widmann’s years as a PPHP volunteer and Board Member. In her acceptance remarks, Widmann emphasized the ongoing need for Planned Parenthood’s reproductive health services through changing times from when she was in college decades ago to today.

PPHP operates health centers in Brewster, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Spring Valley, White Plains, Yonkers, Huntington, Patchogue, Riverhead, Smithtown and West Islip.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) is the 20th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 11 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. 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. For more information about PPHP’s services and programs, visit


WESTMED launches NeoGraft Hair Restoration Service 

WESTMED Medical Group’s Department of Plastic Surgery announces the availability to the community of a new hair restoration service called NeoGraft.  A highly skilled WESTMED surgeon replaces the patient’s own hairs one by one from the back of the scalp to the balding areas in the front.

The minimally invasive technique, known as follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is performed by Dr. Adora Fou, a WESTMED surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.  She is one of the only female doctors in the country doing hair transplant restoration, specializing in this treatment for both men and women.

“This advancement in hair restoration surgery has made a positive impact on men and women seeking a permanent and completely natural treatment for hair loss,” says Dr. Michael Suzman, WESTMED’s plastic surgeon. “The NeoGraft machine offers faster recovery and technological advances that can reduce the time and cost of transplants.”

For more information, call 848-8880 and go to

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Business Briefs 10-24-2014

Westmed receives National Recognition for cancer care

Westmed Medical Group has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology This is a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care. Westmed is the only oncology practice in westchester county with qopi certification. “This means that WESTMED is in an elite group of outpatient oncology practices, signaling our strong commitment of quality to patients and to our referring physicians,” said Dr. Stuart Feldman, WESTMED oncologist. WESTMED voluntarily chose to participate in the QOPI certification process, which was designed by ASCO to measure the quality of care that oncology practices provide to their patients. To become certified, medical practices are evaluated to determine whether they meet core standards in all areas of treatment, including: treatment planning;  staff training and education; chemotherapy orders and drug preparation; patient consent and education;  safe chemotherapy administration;  monitoring and assessment of patient well-being. ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer.

The Rye Arts center welcomes new staff members

Noah Opitz joins the RAC as the associate director of development. Noah comes to Rye from Baltimore and the Walters Art Museum, where he was responsible for online giving, membership and the annual appeal. He has also worked with the Juilliard School and is a co-founder of the People’s Theatre. Noah studied arts and cultural management at the Pratt Institute, and music and theatre at Skidmore College. He is excited to work with the community to help grow and sustain the work of the rye arts center.

The Rye arts center is a community-based, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire interest and maximum participation in the arts in Westchester and the surrounding region. The center is committed to offering programs that are characterized by artistic tradition, educational value and a spirit of innovation.
Jeanette Rudolph

Jeanette Rudolph joins as the new half day for half pints coordinator. Jeanette, who is originally from Westchester County returns to the area after teaching first grade in California for 10 years. Jeanette holds 20 years of teaching and administrative experience ha-
ving worked as a former head teacher for the 4’s at Rye Pres Nursery School. She has also worked as director/teacher at St. John’s early Learning Center in South Salem and as a head teacher at Purchase Children’s Center in Purchase.Jeanette is eager to bring a wealth of ideas to the RAC’s preschool

The Rye arts center is a community-based, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire interest and maximum participation in the arts in westchester and the surrounding region. The center is committed to offering programs that are characterized by artistic tradition, educational value and a spirit of innovation.

Mario Randazzo continues tradition at Chef Antonio’s

Tucked away just half a mile from the hustle and bustle of Mamaroneck Avenue, lies a longtime secret of Mamaroneck: Chef Antonio’s. Chef Antonio’s has been around for over 5 decades, but in October 1984, Mario Randazzo bought it with his business partner, Silvestro del Peschio.  Mario and Silvestro set out to serve the locals, while opening their arms to others coming from around Westchester, across the river, over the border in Connecticut and beyond.

In September 2014, Silvestro retired but Mario is continuing his culinary journey, along with his dedicated staff who has been there from the start. Mario was just 16 years old when he emigrated from a small town in Sicily, called Sciara. Since then, he has never forgotten his Sicilian roots, and exudes great passion when it comes to two things: food and family. Mario pours every bit of love and pride in each and every one of his dishes. While most of his recipes are old Southern Italian dishes passed down from his mother, he also delves into modern day fare. His extensive menu and weekly specials ensure that there is something for every palate. Mario and his wife, Emilia, who emigrated from Pietraferrazzana in Abruzzo as a young girl, have been working hard to revitalize the restaurant, highlighting the incredible influence of family. Visit and enjoy a personal touch of old family photos from Mario and Emilia’s hometowns. Learn about Italian traditions the Randazzo and DelPeschio families continue to this day. Try the old and new Italian cuisine, served by a group devoted wait staff. In honor of Mario’s 30 years in business at Chef Antonio’s, he is offering a prix-fixed dinner running from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. For $30 per person, enjoy an appetizer, soup or salad, entree, coffee/tea, dessert and a glass of complimentary house wine. When it comes to Chef Antonio’s, remember one thing: though you may come as strangers, you will always leave as family. Chef Antonio Ristorante is located  551 Halstead Ave., in Mamaroneck. Contact via phone at 698-8610. Check the restaurant online at and Like on Facebook at


Estee Lauder features couple in 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Because of the powerful and uplifting story of Jeanette and David Cuevas they have been selected and featured in The Estee Lauder Companies’ 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, launched by the New York Times last month.

This year’s Campaign expands the theme, “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together.” With the global call-to-action to Hear our stories. Share yours” by honoring the authentic stories of relatable, inspiring families one from Westchester, each has become the support system for a woman in their lives who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Campaign is built around a unique digital storytelling platform and a series of documentary-style video tributes that turns the lens to focus not only on those diagnosed with breast cancer, but on the loved ones that keep them strong and are with them every step of the journey For more information about the campaign go to


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Business Briefs 8-22-2014

DriscollHarrison resident elected Power Authority vice president

Last week, the New York Power Authority trustees elected Justin E. Driscoll as NYPA executive vice president and general counsel. In that capacity, he will serve as chief legal officer of the statewide public power utility, which owns and operates 16 hydroelectric and clean natural-gas-fueled power plants, more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines and administers major efforts for improving New York State’s energy efficiency and clean energy use.

Before joining the Power Authority, Driscoll was in private practice. For over 30 years, he represented Fortune 500 corporations and governmental entities, tried cases in state and federal court, argued appeals and served as underwriters’ counsel in transactions involving the issuance of state and local debt.

Most recently, he was a partner in Brown and Weinraub PLLC in New York City.

“The NYPA trustees’ election of Justin Driscoll to executive vice president and general counsel will provide another seasoned professional to an already outstanding NYPA executive management team,” John R. Koelmel, chairman of the New York Power Authority, said. “Justin’s substantial experience in state government matters and extensive knowledge of public authorities will prove to be very useful in helping to navigate the significant and transformative changes occurring in the electric power industry.”

“I look forward to working closely with Justin for the continued successful stewardship of the Power Authority’s statewide operations,” Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer, said. “Justin’s outstanding legal and policy council will be of great benefit in carrying out the New York Power Authority’s major initiatives for modernizing the state’s electric power system and advancing clean, economical energy supplies and economic development.”

Driscoll has had significant public authority experience, having acted as outside litigation counsel for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York from 1995 to 2003 and serving as senior vice president and general counsel of the New York State Housing Finance Agency and the State of New York Mortgage Agency from January 2005 to August 2007.

As NYPA executive vice president and general counsel, Driscoll will serve as an advisor to the NYPA trustees and executive management and represent the Power Authority on all legal matters and proceedings. His oversight responsibility of NYPA’s Law Department includes an ethics and compliance division, which upholds the authority’s commitment to the highest standards of governance.

Driscoll received his law degree in 1981 from New York Law School and received his bachelor’s degree from American University School of Public Affairs.

He is a resident of Harrison, N.Y., in Westchester County.

The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart N.Y. plan to reduce energy use by state facilities 20 percent by 2020.

NYPA is the nation’s largest state public power organization through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. Seventy percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean, renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.

For more information. visit or follow it on Twitter @NYPAenergy as well as Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and LinkedIn.


BarachMamaroneck resident launches new stock fund

On July 1, Daniel Barach, a Mamaroneck resident, launched a new stock fund called Turnaround Stocks, L.P. based in Rye.

Barach moved to New York City in 1990 shortly after earning an MBA from Harvard University. After working for seven years at two prestigious investment management firms, he launched his first hedge fund, called MLT Capital, L.P., based in New York City. Barach single-handedly built the firm from six investors with $2 million under management to 99 investors with $157 million under management.

Barach was always focused on achieving excellent investment performance versus just spending his time gathering assets. His focus paid off as his fund’s stock portfolio roughly tripled the average annual performance of the S&P 500 over its first 10 years; about 21 percent versus 7 percent annually.

After temporarily retiring, Barach decided to launch a new stock fund with a very similar style and approach. He now hopes to give back to residents who live in the communities in which he raised his three teenage children.

The residents must be accredited investors.

Learn more about the new fund by visiting Also, please feel free to contact Barach directly at or call 630-4503.

Houlihan Lawrence launches innovative real estate mobile app

Searching for a home has never been easier thanks to a brand new real estate app just launched by Houlihan Lawrence, the leading real estate firm serving New York City’s northern suburbs.

Bringing cutting-edge technology to the fingertips of consumers and agents alike, the state-of-the-art app is compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. As the newest real estate app to hit the scene, it allows house hunters to search, share and tour homes for sale while on the go.

The app features highly interactive map search functionality, GPS enabled searches and the unique ability for users to draw customized search areas with the touch of a finger. Results yield full listing details and large photos, and allow users to save their favorite properties and receive notifications on price and status changes in real time. Saved searches are accessible on the user’s mobile device as well as Houlihan Lawrence’s website, so the user will not have to begin the process from scratch when
switching between devices.

“The Houlihan Lawrence mobile app will allow people to discover their dream home from the palm of their hand, creating a seamless and efficient user experience,” Anne Marie Gianutsos, director of digital at Houlihan Lawrence, said. “With interactive content and in-depth information, the Houlihan Lawrence app will keep users ahead of the game. It’s also a great collaboration tool to increase instant sharing and communication between agents and their clients.”

“Our innovative real estate app is a great companion tool to our company’s intuitive new website, which launched earlier this summer to great success,” Chris Meyers, managing principal of Houlihan Lawrence, said. “We’re continually striving to improve upon the technology and functionality of our digital offerings to remain at the forefront of our industry and serve our clients in the best way possible.”

Standout search features of the Houlihan Lawrence real estate app include:

Augmented Reality: By using your smartphone’s camera, simply hold up your device and explore the surrounding area. Objects you look at will overlay on the camera’s display, offering additional interactive content and information.

GEO Location Search: Use your phone’s built-in GPS device to search for properties around you. Refine your search using property or community filters to find the property you are looking for.

Journey Search: Allows you to view properties within close proximity of your current location while you’re on the go. This search will continue to update available properties as you travel.

Houlihan Lawrence ranks among the top 20 of all brokerages nationally, and is the longstanding leader in its market, selling about one third of all homes north of New York City, more than double the sales of the closest competitor in the region. For more than 125 years, Houlihan Lawrence has been committed to providing an exceptional real estate experience by combining unsurpassed local expertise with the most comprehensive level of support available. Founded in 1888, the family-owned company has steadily grown to 26 offices and 1,200 agents across New York City’s northern suburbs. Houlihan Lawrence harnesses its smarter data, advanced marketing resources, global reach and hyper-local insights through dedicated divisions in key real estate areas to provide superior service to clients. Houlihan Lawrence’s specialized service areas include: Private Brokerage, which reaches beyond the local marketplace to attract discerning buyers from around the world; Global Relocation, which works closely with local Fortune 1,000 companies to provide full-service relocation assistance; Houlihan Lawrence Project Marketing, which works exclusively with and for developers of single-family and multi-family projects and the Commercial Real Estate Group, which provides full-spectrum services to owners, purchasers and tenants of commercial land and property.


Mike-MontskoWeichert, Realtors nominated as a 2014 Inman finalist

Weichert, Realtors, a family of full-service real estate and financial service companies and one of the nation’s leading providers of homeownership services, was recently nominated as a 2014 finalist in the “Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise” category of the Inman News Innovator Awards. Weichert was recognized for its one-of-a-kind WeichertPRO customer relationship management system.

As a leader and pioneer of internet marketing, customer responsiveness and an enhanced open house program, Weichert, Realtors has taken innovation to the next level with WeichertPRO, its exclusive web-based customer relationship management system. WeichertPRO was developed with the distinct needs of the company’s agents in mind and provides them with a place to manage interactions with current and future customers. As such, it combines innovative technology, like contact management, MLS and email integration, mobile syncing, online business plan integration, calendaring, eMarketing and an unmatched open house program to create a truly one-of-a-kind, easy-to-use system that outperforms other CRMs on the market.

Inman News is one of the nation’s leading independent real estate news services. The annual “Innovator Awards” list recognizes companies and individuals who move the industry forward by making the most of new technologies and ideas that can increase the productivity, efficiency and transparency of the real estate industry.

Since 1969, Weichert, Realtors has grown from a single office into one of the nation’s leading providers of homeownership services by putting its customers first. A family of full-service real estate and financial services companies, Weichert helps customers buy and sell both residential and commercial real estate, streamlines the delivery of mortgages and home and title insurance. Weichert leverages its customer website,, one of the most visited real estate websites in the nation, to help families and individuals realize the dream of homeownership through quick, easy access to listing information and the services of its real estate professionals nationwide.

For more information about Weichert, Realtors, or to find your local office, visit You may also reach Weichert’s customer service center at 1-800-USA-SOLD. Weichert franchised offices are independently owned and operated.

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Business Briefs 7-25-2014

Mary Jo Jacobs joins USI Insurance New York metro office

USI Insurance Services, LLC’s New York metropolitan office welcomes to the brokerage Vice President Employee Benefits Advisor Mary Jo Jacobs.

With more than 25 years of experience in human resources, Jacobs will apply her benefits knowledge to serve as a producer at USI. For nearly 10 years, Jacobs served as the director of benefits and facilities at MediaOcean LLC, directing the company’s benefits, HRIS, compensation and various HR projects as well as the management of their facilities. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years at Scudder, Stevens & Clark, eventually serving as the vice president of human resources directing operations and compliance of health, welfare and work-life benefits for more than 5,000 employees.

“With extensive experience as an HR executive, Mary Jo knows firsthand the challenges of managing benefit programs,” USI New York President Robert Reers said. “She will tap into her unique personal experience to offer consultative knowledge that will no doubt set her apart as a premier benefit advisor in today’s complex marketplace. We look forward to seeing her contributions to the team here at USI.”

A recent candidate for the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Jacobs obtained endorsements from local unions, including the AFL-CIO Central Body and both public safety unions, the Westchester Police Benevolence Association and Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester.

Her current volunteer positions include serving on the Board of the New Rochelle Day Nursery and as a member of the Westchester County Association. She has held numerous board positions on the New Rochelle Parent Teacher Association. She also served as co-chair for various special education PTA fundraisers and the New Rochelle Community Service and Open Space Committee. The New Rochelle Chapter of the Salvation Army is recognizing Jacobs with a Community Service Award in September.

Jacobs attended Fordham University and recently completed a United Way Volunteer Center program on non-profit leadership in
Westchester. She resides in New Rochelle.

USI has been recognized for its innovation by Information Week 500 the last three years and Best’s Review January 2014 Innovation Showcase. USI is headquartered in Valhalla, N.Y., and operates out of more than 140 offices across the United States. Additional information about USI may be found at and regional information may be found at

ENT and Allergy Associates welcomes otolaryngologist/rhinologist

Nothing is more important to a community than its access to the finest medical care. In fact, many people choose a neighborhood based on local resources like schools and nearby medical facilities.

That’s why ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, has spread its clinical wings to more than 40 office sites throughout New York and New Jersey, ensuring that hundreds of communities can benefit from its uniquely comprehensive offering of ear, nose, throat, allergy and audiology services, delivered by the 150-plus board certified physicians and 80-plus licensed audiologists in the practice. It’s also why ENTA is constantly searching to recruit additional physicians who possess the credentials and expertise which meet its standards of superior care.

And today, ENTA announced it has once again been able to do just that.

Effective Sept., 1, 2014, otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon/fellowship trained Rhinologist Alexis M. Jackman, MD, FACS, will join the practice’s Purchase office, located at 3020 Westchester Ave., Purchase.

Alexis Hope Jackman, MD, FACS, is a board certified otolaryngologist head and neck surgeon with a sub-specialty in rhinology and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. She received a BA with honors in chemistry from Mount Holyoke College. She studied at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, before earning her medical degree with distinction for George Washington University. She went on to complete her internship in general surgery and residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jackman completed her fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She is a recipient of the Ruth L. Kircschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health. Dr. Jackman is a board certified otolaryngologist and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Rhinologic Society and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In addition, Dr. Jackman has authored numerous research publications and presented several studies related to otolaryngology and advanced sinus/skull base surgery. She has also been awarded multiple honors for her studies and has been named one of the nation’s “Top Physicians” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.

Dr. Jackman joins ENT and Allergy Associates following eight years as a clinical instructor and assistant professor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

At ENTA’s Purchase office, she will treat adult and pediatric patients, offering general ENT services as well as those related to her sub-specialty, and join an extraordinary team of physicians including otolaryngologists David B. Lawrence, MD, FACS; Jeffrey H. Jablon, MD, FACS; Irene Yu, MD; Allergist/Immunologist Ricardo Arayata, MD, FACAAI; and Audiologists Angela Riemma, Au.D.

In addition, Dr. Jackman will become a member of ENTA’s Advanced Sinus/Skull Base Center, a subdivision of ear, nose, and throat surgical specialists who dedicate a portion of their practice to diagnosing and endoscopically treating nasal and sinus disorders.

“I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Jackman to our Purchase family,” Dr. Jeffrey Jablon, fellow ENT Partner in Purchase, said. “Her credentials and her sub-specialty training in Rhinology are a perfect complement to what our team offers.”

To learn more about the benefits of ENT and Allergy Associates, or to conveniently find an ENT or allergy doctor and then easily book an appointment at the nearest New York or New Jersey location, please visit or call 1-855-ENTA-DOC.

Local architect featured
on NBC television

The award winning local architecture firm of Keller/Eaton Architects was featured on the popular NBC television show “Open House NYC,” hosted by Sara Gore. One of Robert Keller’s designs for an estate in Purchase, N.Y, was filmed and shown to an audience of millions of viewers.

This home, which listing agent Louis Katsoris described as “without peer,” featured the beautiful foyer, which Keller/Eaton designed for the 17,000-square-foot home. Katsouris is quoted as describing the entrance as setting the tone for the home.

“The style and sophistication of this magnificent home is evident from the moment you enter this glorious entry hall,” he said.

In addition to the glass walled staircase, leather wrapped handrail, and stately gazebo overlooking the 5 acres of manicured grounds, Keller/Eaton also designed the pool house and made room for an indoor bowling alley.

“We are thrilled that NBC recognized the value of the entrance as setting the tone for the home. The entrance informs the visitor of the visual experience they will have in the rest of the home,” Keller said.

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