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Suburban Surprise:  Has the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the Westchester commercial real estate market? Or has it launched a boom? (As Seen in Westchester Magazine:  WestchesterMagazine.com) featured image.
Suburban Surprise: Has the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the Westchester commercial real estate market? Or has it launched a boom? (As Seen in Westchester Magazine: WestchesterMagazine.com)
“Overall, there is a diversity of real estate sectors in Westchester, so it’s hard to address [the effects of coronavirus] in generalities,” says Michael Romita, president of the Westchester County Association. “The pandemic influenced various sectors in different ways. Clearly, there was a softening in activity in commercial office space, but I wouldn’t say [the impact has been] terrible.”
WCA revises guidelines for housing initiatives, economic growth featured image.
WCA revises guidelines for housing initiatives, economic growth
The Westchester County Association has revised its Policy Playbook, a guide for development and economic growth, to include insights, resources and examples of how to develop successful housing initiatives with the goal of helping municipalities meet the needs for more diverse, affordable and available housing. The new Housing Initiatives chapter of the playbook points out that businesses have a stake in solving housing issues.
Westchester County Association Real Estate Playbook Addresses Affordable Housing featured image.
Westchester County Association Real Estate Playbook Addresses Affordable Housing
The business and nonprofit community, led by the Westchester County Association’s Real Estate and Housing Task Force, is developing solutions to this massive problem. A multi-faceted assemblage of real estate, planning, land use, financial, legal, academic and government stakeholders are working collaboratively to generate multi-disciplinary solutions.
Oct 1, 2020
Westchester County Association Issues Report on Recovery From the Pandemic featured image.
Westchester County Association Issues Report on Recovery From the Pandemic
Michael N. Romita, president and CEO of the WCA, said, “The advocacy agenda and initiatives outlined in this report are the result of a collaborative effort of some of the region’s most dedicated professionals from business, nonprofit, education, labor and government. As we implement these initiatives and continue to collaborate with key stakeholders across industry sectors and throughout the region, we will achieve tangible progress toward a stronger, more resilient economy for our region.”
A New Leader for New Times featured image.
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.”
lohud, Westchester County Association to host forums for Democratic CD-17 candidates on June 4 featured image.
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.
Westchester County Association forms group for post-pandemic recovery featured image.
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.
Westchester County Association's Post-Pandemic Working Group Will Take the Long View featured image.
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.
Small Business Loans Discussed on WCA and Community Capital NY Facebook Live featured image.
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
Five Ways to Rein in Health Insurance Rates featured image.
Five Ways to Rein in Health Insurance Rates
The WCA calls for statewide implementation of five measures designed to rein in ever-rising insurance costs and increase the efficiency of our healthcare delivery system.
Jun 11, 2018
The WCA Hosts 2nd Annual Real Estate Summit featured image.
The WCA Hosts 2nd Annual Real Estate Summit
Over 250 business and municipal leaders gathered to address the future of commercial and residential real estate in Westchester.
May 24, 2018
WCA Calls for New York State Land Use Reforms in Effort to Spur Economic Development featured image.
WCA Calls for New York State Land Use Reforms in Effort to Spur Economic Development
The Westchester County Association issued a call for much-needed reforms to New York State’s outdated land use regulations: a move intended to bolster smart growth across the county.
May 14, 2018
Photos: WCA Hosts Conversation with 37th State Senate District Candidates featured image.
Photos: WCA Hosts Conversation with 37th State Senate District Candidates
The Westchester County Association hosted a candid conversation with 37th State Senate District hopefuls: Democrat Shelley Mayer and Republican Julie Killian Wednesday.
Apr 19, 2018
Photos: Westchester County Association Holds Forum On Rising Cost of Healthcare featured image.
Photos: Westchester County Association Holds Forum On Rising Cost of Healthcare
America’s Chronic Condition: The Rising Cost of Your Healthcare was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, NY as part of the WCA's ongoing All Access Healthcare Series.
Apr 12, 2018
Westchester County Association Appoints Three New Members to the Board of Directors featured image.
Westchester County Association Appoints Three New Members to the Board of Directors
Joining the Board of Directors are Anthony Viceroy, CEO, WESTMED Medical Group, Marvin Krislov, president, Pace University, and Steven Parisi, vice president, Bronx/Westchester Electric Operations Consolidated Edison Company of New York.
Mar 19, 2018
Land Use Development Playbook Launched featured image.
Land Use Development Playbook Launched
The WCA launches an initiative with Pace University’s Land Use Law Center to design, validate and deploy land use policies and strategies to streamline and improve the planning, zoning and approval processes across municipalities in the county.
Feb 13, 2018
Photos: 67th Annual Fall Leadership Dinner featured image.
Photos: 67th Annual Fall Leadership Dinner
The Westchester County Association (WCA), Westchester’s preeminent business membership and advocacy organization, held its 67th Fall Leadership Dinner on Thursday, November 16 at the Westchester Marriott at 670 White Plains Road in Tarrytown.
Nov 21, 2017
George Latimer Makes First Appearance as County Executive featured image.
George Latimer Makes First Appearance as County Executive
Incoming Westchester County Executive George Latimer addresses the Westchester County Association (WCA) at their 22nd annual breakfast event.
Nov 15, 2017
WCA Holds 67th Annual Fall Leadership Dinner featured image.
WCA Holds 67th Annual Fall Leadership Dinner
Westchester County Association holds 67th Annual Fall Leadership Dinner at Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown on November 16.
Oct 30, 2017