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The Rent is Too Damn High. Blame the Suburbs.
Long Island and Westchester build housing at some of the lowest rates of any suburban area in the country, fueling high rents and home prices across the region.
Oct 6, 2022
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Op-ed: We need to face climate change's economic realities
The newly passed federal Inflation Reduction Act, a climate, health and tax measure, will bolster New York's efforts to aggressively reduce carbon emissions under the state's own landmark 2019 Climate Act. Some in the business community have been slow to embrace the pathway to a clean-energy economy. They view New York's ambitious road map as impractical, unrealistic and threatening to the state's economic future. However, indictments of the council's work coupled with calls to amend the underlying state statute are shortsighted and misdirected. Either we face the economic realities of climate change and address them head-on or we pay an even greater price in the long run.
Sep 8, 2022
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Bona Fide Masks emphasizes trustworthy distribution in a confusing marketplace
Since the Covid-19 pandemic took root in 2020, Bona Fide Masks has provided national distribution of masks direct from manufacturers Powecom, DemeTECH, Chengde and Harley.
Sep 5, 2022
NY's climate goals need the business community's cooperation — not condemnation | Opinion featured image.
NY's climate goals need the business community's cooperation — not condemnation | Opinion
The newly passed federal Inflation Reduction Act, also known as the Climate, Health, and Tax Bill, brings an end to decades of national legislative inaction on climate change.
Aug 10, 2022
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Sustaining enthusiasm for sustainability
The Harvard Business School defines sustainability in business as doing business without negatively impacting the environment, community or society as a whole. For the Westchester County Association (WCA), sustainability no longer is something its members can afford to keep off their radar screens and deal with only when unavoidable.
Aug 1, 2022
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Amendments to Allow Solar Energy Systems in White Plains Debated
Members of the public expressed both support and criticism for proposed amendments to White Plains’ zoning ordinance during a public hearing at the White Plains Common Council meeting on June 6. Michael Romita, President and CEO of the Westchester County Association, voiced his support for the proposed amendments to the ordinance, citing their forward-looking nature.
Jun 15, 2022
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The Clean Energy Economy is Hot For Westchester Job Prospect
With clean energy in the spotlight more and more, job opportunities in this sector look promising in Westchester and beyond.
Jul 7, 2022
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County Executives Are Upbeat in State of the County Messages
It may come as no surprise, but county executives in Westchester and the Hudson Valley have upbeat views of where their counties stand financially, in the recovery from Covid, as hosts to businesses and in helping residents enjoy the highest possible quality of life.
May 2, 2022
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Weathering the Storm: Westchester Grapples with Climate Consequences and Solutions
When Hurricane Ida smashed into Mamaroneck in September 2021, businesses across the town faced some of the worst flooding in living memory. "We had six feet of water in our two front buildings and four feet of water in our shop building," recalls Michael Murphy of Murphy Brothers Contracting, a 50-year-old, family-owned and Mamaroneck-based general contracting firm. "That storm was a monster."
May 1, 2022
It's a job-seekers market in the Lower Hudson Valley. Here's why and who's hiring. featured image.
It's a job-seekers market in the Lower Hudson Valley. Here's why and who's hiring.
Leslie Hollingsworth has 16 years of experience teaching third grade in New York City. She enjoyed the position — it’s easier to mold their minds in third grade, she said of teaching young children versus teenagers — but circumstances have led her back to the job market.
Apr 6, 2022

Press Releases

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.
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
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
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
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
Toasting to a Healthy Westchester Dinner
Westchester County Association hosts annual wine pairing dinner to support healthcare advocacy initiatives
Sep 6, 2019
Talent Development Professional Jason Chapin Joins WCA
White Plains, N.Y. (July 22, 2019) – Jason Chapin has joined the Westchester County Association (WCA) as Director of Workforce Development. Before joining WCA, Mr. Chapin coordinated and managed federal, state and foundation grants for The City University of New York, The State University of New York and The WorkPlace, a nationally recognized not-for-profit based in Connecticut. In addition, he has managed state-wide education, training and employment programs in New York and Connecticut that have served more than 25,000 adults and their families.
Jul 22, 2019
WCA Hosts Third Annual Real Estate Summit to Discuss Development Projects, Energy’s Future and Economic Incentives
Westchester County Association (WCA) brought together nearly 300 regional leaders in commercial and residential real estate, as well as government and planning officials and community organizations, for its 3rd Annual Real Estate Summit
May 14, 2019
County Executive and John Fareri Sign North 60 Lease Agreement at WCA Breakfast
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (January 10, 2019) – Westchester County Executive George Latimer this morning at the Westchester County Association Breakfast signed signed a 99-year lease agreement for the North 60 project. The agreement for the county-owned land is the key to the development of a $1.2 billion biotech project on the Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla.
Jan 10, 2019
WESTCHESTER’S TOP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP EYES NEW LEADER
The Westchester County Association (WCA), Westchester’s most powerful economic development organization, has embarked on a search for a new leader to succeed longtime president and CEO William Mooney Jr., a giant in the region’s business and banking communities whose storied career has spanned more than 50 years.
Oct 29, 2018

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