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A New Leader for New Times
“The pandemic hijacked everyone’s plans, but it has exposed challenges and opportunities for growth. Affordable housing, access to high-speed internet, the digital divide, ramping business up for telecommuting, and supporting the healthcare industry have jumped to the forefront,” says Romita, who admits that any other agenda he may have had coming into his new job got summarily changed by the pandemic. It has been a big pivot for Westchester and how business will be done here. Still, Romita remains optimistic about the future. “Sure, we are going through a very difficult period here, with over 14 percent unemployment in the county and somewhere between $90 million and $160 million in reduced tax receipts. Yet, a recent WCA survey showed a clear majority of folks remain optimistic about Westchester’s future and feel the economy will bounce back within the next three years. Only 10 percent were pessimistic about the county’s economic future.”
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lohud, Westchester County Association to host forums for Democratic CD-17 candidates on June 4
The Journal News and lohud have partnered with the Westchester County Association to host two forums for Democratic candidates seeking their party's nomination to run in November's general election for the 17th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Nita Lowey, who plans to retire at the end of the year. The nomination will be determined by a June 23 primary vote. The forums, planned for June 4 and to be introduced by WCA CEO Michael Romita and hosted by veteran lohud/Journal News political correspondent Mark Lungariello, will be hosted live on lohud.com, as well as on our Facebook page: facebook.com/lohud.
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Westchester County Association forms group for post-pandemic recovery
Although there still is no definitive time line for the reopening of Westchester County businesses, an effort to help lay the groundwork for economic recovery has been launched by the Westchester County Association (WCA). The Post-Pandemic Working Group (PPWG) is a committee of business, nonprofit and academic leaders. Among the initial members are representatives of Nonprofit Westchester, BCM Corp., Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, CBRE, Cuddy & Feder LLP, Entergy, Mercy College, Simone Healthcare Development, Sterling National Bank, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Rand Commercial, Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State and White Plains Hospital.
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Westchester County Association's Post-Pandemic Working Group Will Take the Long View
Reopening our businesses and institutions will be a precursor to the necessary action. Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley is one of the state’s leading economic drivers and it will need to lead the economic road back. While there will be challenges, the post-pandemic environment will also present opportunities to reevaluate and advance priorities to rebuild a stronger and more resilient economy. In order to address these challenges and opportunities head on, the Westchester County Association has convened a Post-Pandemic Working Group (PPWG) of businesses, non-profit, and academic leaders to help our professional institutions recover and prosper in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Working collaboratively, the PPWG will cultivate a series of pragmatic legislative, regulatory, and developmental solutions for our region that will focus on the regional business and nonprofit issues both caused and highlighted by the current crisis.
Congress just passed the largest stimulus in history. It's not going to be enough. featured image.
Congress just passed the largest stimulus in history. It's not going to be enough.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities or CARES Act is a sweeping two trillion-dollar federal stimulus passed in response to a sudden financial crisis caused by a poorly understood enemy. The Act focuses more on the acute economic impacts of the crisis than its long-term implications. It is more triage than treatment. Accordingly, once the damage is stabilized and the economic harm can better discerned, the federal government will need to step up again, and in a big way.
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Small Business Loans Discussed on WCA and Community Capital NY Facebook Live
The Westchester County Association and Community Capital New York streamed a Facebook Live event Thursday about loan programs for small-business owners strapped for cash during the coronavirus crisis. Kim Jacobs, executive director of Elmsford-based Community Capital New York, hosted the informational session on the Westchester County Association's Facebook page. She was joined by WCA President Michael Romita at the event.
Mar 28, 2020
SOURCE: LoHud
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Day One: Michael Romita takes over Westchester County Association
Michael Romita settles into a chair on Day One at the helm of the Westchester County Association, ready to talk about priorities and concerns, from the digital divide to the coronavirus to the shutting of Indian Point and housing in Westchester
Mar 3, 2020
SOURCE: LoHud
Michael Romita Named President/CEO of the Westchester County Association featured image.
Michael Romita Named President/CEO of the Westchester County Association
A partner in a Washington, D.C.-based federal government affairs and public policy consulting firm has been selected to become the next president and CEO of the Westchester County Association, taking the position formerly occupied by William M. Mooney Jr., who recently retired after 15 years on the job. Michael N. Romita, who is a resident of Harrison, will assume the position effective March 1, it was announced today by William P. Harrington Jr., WCA’s chairman.
Jan 30, 2020
SOURCE: Westchester Business Journal
684 Toll Plan Adds Unwarranted Financial Burden: Bill Mooney featured image.
684 Toll Plan Adds Unwarranted Financial Burden: Bill Mooney
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed plan to charge tolls to people who pass through a very short stretch of Greenwich while driving on Interstate 684, which is mostly in New York, will add an unwarranted financial burden to hundreds of thousands of people in our region.
Dec 9, 2019
SOURCE: Journal News
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WCA Celebrates Outgoing CEO/President Bill Mooney
If the turnout of more than 600 business, community and political leaders on Nov. 13 to honor William M. Mooney Jr., retiring president and CEO of the Westchester County Association, didn’t send a strong enough message, New York’s Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo attended and presented Mooney with the Excelsior Medal, the state’s highest honor for public service.
Nov 15, 2019
SOURCE: Westchester County Business Journal
SURVEY FINDS MAJORITY ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT WESTCHESTER’S ECONOMIC FUTURE AND ANTICIPATE ONE-TO-THREE YEAR PANDEMIC RECOVERY PERIOD featured image.
SURVEY FINDS MAJORITY ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT WESTCHESTER’S ECONOMIC FUTURE AND ANTICIPATE ONE-TO-THREE YEAR PANDEMIC RECOVERY PERIOD
Optimism for Westchester’s economic future, combined with a sense that the region’s financial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will take between one and three years, are among the key findings from a public survey conducted by the Westchester County Association (WCA), the results of which were announced today. The survey also found that healthcare, entrepreneurship, higher education and hospitality are among the most important industry sectors to the region’s economic future, while high taxes, unemployment, broadband/digital technology, and affordable housing are key economic issues moving forward.
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION AND WESTFAIR COMMUNICATIONS LAUNCH LIVE VIDEO CHAT SERIES: “BUSINESS INSIGHTS”
The “Business Insights” live video series will feature hosts from the WCA and Westfair Communications interviewing business leaders from throughout the region and discussing topics related to the challenges and opportunities organizations are encountering. Episodes will stream live on the WCA’s Facebook Page, LinkedIn Page, and YouTube Channel, and also on Westfair Communications’ website, Facebook Page, LinkedIn Page, and YouTube Channel, and be available for on-demand viewing.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION’S POST PANDEMIC WORKING GROUP TO HOST VIRTUAL EVENT SERIES:  “BEST PRACTICES FOR REOPENING WESTCHESTER” featured image.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION’S POST PANDEMIC WORKING GROUP TO HOST VIRTUAL EVENT SERIES: “BEST PRACTICES FOR REOPENING WESTCHESTER”
The “Best Practices for Reopening Westchester” online event series will support the ongoing efforts of the WCA’s Post-Pandemic Working Group (PPWG) to rebuild a stronger and more resilient economy for the region.
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES POST-PANDEMIC WORKING GROUP TO FOSTER ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND LONG TERM PROSPERITY
The Post-Pandemic Working Group is pursuing a comprehensive and cooperative approach to the region’s economic development challenges that were both created and made more apparent by the coronavirus crisis. It will cultivate and advance a series of legislative, regulatory, and developmental priorities focused not just on getting our economy restarted but also making sure it grows stronger and more resilient for the long term.
REMARKS OF THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION TO THE NEW YORK STATE BUDGET FORUM (February 18, 2020) featured image.
REMARKS OF THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION TO THE NEW YORK STATE BUDGET FORUM (February 18, 2020)
We await the findings of the Medicaid Redesign Team and we are dedicated to working with our State representatives to ensure that the team’s recommendations do not unduly burden Westchester’s health systems or place patients and others in need at unnecessary risk.
MICHAEL N. ROMITA, DYNAMIC BUSINESS LEADER WITH EXTENSIVE PUBLIC POLICY EXPERTISE, NAMED AS NEXT PRESIDENT/CEO OF THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION featured image.
MICHAEL N. ROMITA, DYNAMIC BUSINESS LEADER WITH EXTENSIVE PUBLIC POLICY EXPERTISE, NAMED AS NEXT PRESIDENT/CEO OF THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION
William P. Harrington, Jr., Chairman of the Westchester County Association (WCA), announced today that Michael N. Romita will become the next President & CEO of the WCA, the County’s leading economic development and business advocacy organization, effective March 1, 2020.
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION APPOINTS TWELVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND NEW VICE CHAIR
The Westchester County Association (WCA) – Westchester’s leading economic development and business advocacy organization – today announced the appointment of twelve new members to its board of directors, a new vice chair of its board of directors, and three board members to its executive committee.
Experts to Share Innovative Solutions to Employer Recruitment and Retention Challenges at Regional Workforce Development Summit January 16, 2020 in Tarrytown featured image.
Experts to Share Innovative Solutions to Employer Recruitment and Retention Challenges at Regional Workforce Development Summit January 16, 2020 in Tarrytown
Nationally-renowned experts and local stakeholders will convene to discuss innovative solutions to the region’s employer recruitment and retention challenges at the Westchester County Association’s (WCA) first-ever Regional Workforce Development Summit, to be held at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY, on Thursday, January 16th at 8 a.m.
WCA Will Name John Ritacco as Interim President/CEO as Search for New Leader Progresses featured image.
WCA Will Name John Ritacco as Interim President/CEO as Search for New Leader Progresses
William P. Harrington, Chairman of the Westchester County Association (WCA), announced today that John E. Ritacco, a financial services executive who was the former President and CEO of CMS Bancorp Inc., a publicly traded financial institution, will be appointed as Interim President/CEO of the WCA, effective January 1, 2020, as the search for a new leader progresses. Ritacco will remain in the position until a successor to William M.  Mooney, Jr., the current President and CEO, is found.
Nov 6, 2019
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WCA Begins Active Search to Fill Position of President & CEO
County’s leading business advocacy association embarks on a vigorous process to find its new leader as economic activity burgeons in the region.
Sep 23, 2019