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Chazen welcomes new staff

POUGHKEEPSIE (August 7) – The Chazen Companies announces the addition of two new employees to its Poughkeepsie office.

Amanda Vescovi has joined Chazen’s Natural Resources group as an Assistant Environmental Scientist. She provides wetland delineation, permitting and threatened and endangered species services.

Doug Upright has joined Chazen as an Assistant Project Engineer. Upright was an intern back in 2013, and we are welcoming him back to the Poughkeepsie Municipal Team.

Founded over 70 years ago, The Chazen Companies is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary firm providing civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, code services, landscape architecture, construction services, transportation planning and traffic engineering to clients in the private and public sectors.


Marshall & Sterling promotes five new vice presidents

POUGHKEEPSIE (August 7) - Marshall & Sterling Insurance recently announced the promotion of five employees to the position of Vice President within the agency. The new Vice Presidents are: Chris Harris, Branch Manager of the Kingston, NY office; Yvonne McCrea, Director of Personal Lines; Katy Pagano, Director of Loss Control; Dan Round, Sr. Sales Executive in the Scotia, NY office, and; Tim Tarpey, Branch Manager of the Poughkeepsie offices.

Chris Harris has served in leadership roles for a number of industry leading insurance companies including Travelers, Aetna, Nationwide, Preferred Mutual, Merchants and others.

Yvonne McCrea is a 15-year veteran of the insurance industry and has also held several client support and management positions for other insurance agencies over the years.

Katy Pagano is responsible for the introduction, oversight and coordination of all risk management and loss control services offered to current and prospective clients.

Dan Round has served as President of the Capital Region Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association (IIABA), and a member of the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) Association Capital Region Advisory Council.

Tim Tarpey’s diverse background includes in-depth sales and account management experience with a Fortune 500 company, where he served as District Manager.

Founded in 1864, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, a 100% employee-owned company, is currently ranked 33rd among more than 40,000 privately-held insurance agencies in the United States, with total annual written premiums in excess of $900 million.


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Orange Bank & Trust Company appoints first Vice President and Senior Credit Officer

MIDDLETOWN (August 3) - The Board of Directors and CEO Michael Gilfeather of Orange Bank & Trust Company announce the hiring of Michael Listner as 1st Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.

Listner comes to the Bank with more than 15 years in banking, credit, finance and relationship management. He joined the Bank most recently from Sun National Bank as Senior Vice President. There his responsibilities were both on the credit and relationship sourcing side. In addition, he has many years of experience in credit ratings and structured finance with Standard & Poor’s.

“We are very fortunate to bring Michael to our senior team as we continue to grow our loan portfolio,” said Michael Gilfeather, President & CEO of Orange Bank & Trust. “His wide-ranging background and deep experience in credit analysis will help the Bank execute its strategy of working with regional businesses to accommodate their credit needs.”

Listner has a Master of Business Administration from NYU Stern School of Business and a BS in Finance and Economics from Villanova University.


Rolling V offers convenient training, competitive initatives for school bus drivers

SOUTH FALLSBURG (July 26) – Rolling V Bus Corp., a Catskill Region-based school bus transportation company, recently launched an expanded recruitment effort for school bus drivers in preparation for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Since 2016, school bus operators nationwide have been experiencing a shortage of drivers, leading to decreased bus routes in a school district and increased frustrations among resident parents. Rolling V Bus Corporation has taken a proactive approach to meet the demand for drivers in Orange and Sullivan counties.

“In order to continue our commitment to the region and accommodate the company’s projected growth, we have introduced convenient training options and services for interested candidates,” said Rolling V President Phil Vallone. “Our programs help to not only provide assistance to our employees, but ensure the area’s students have a safe, dependable mode of transportation.”

In addition to providing fair pay, holiday pay, benefits and retirement programs, Rolling V recently expanded its employee initiatives to include:

  • English language training program
  • Entry-level job training: For those retired, looking for supplemental income or just new to the industry
  • CDL training program
  • Day care offering: Rolling V has a working partnership with Best Friends in Monticello
  • Employee shuttle service

Those interested in learning more about current openings, or to discuss further details on any of the above programs, are encouraged to call 845-434-4102.  More information can also be found at


Splashdown Beach named among the top water parks worldwide

FISHKILL (July 26) - SplashDown Beach, “America’s Biggest Little Water Park,” has been named the #8 Best Water Park in the United States, and #22 Worldwide, according to TripAdvisor.

This recognition comes following the addition of a brand new attraction, The Megalodon, which made its debut this season. 

“We focus on delivering the best experience for our guests here at SplashDown Beach, and it means a lot to be recognized among the best in the world” said Steve Turk, the park’s owner. 

The Turk family purchased the underperforming water park in 2004 and has since invested nearly $25 million into the now ranked #1 water park in the state of New York.

Operating seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, SplashDown Beach features attractions for all ages. 


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Orange Bank & Trust hires new Chief Financial Officer

MIDDLETOWN (July 25) – Orange Bank & Trust Company announced Robert Peacock has joined the Bank as Chief Financial Officer. Peacock reports to Michael Gilfeather, President and Chief Executive Officer. He will be responsible for finance, accounting and IT.

“We conducted an extensive search to find the right leader to compliment the bank’s senior team as we effectively implement the bank’s strategy to be the premier business bank and private bank service provider in the Hudson Valley,“ said Gilfeather. “Robert has the right combination of experience, talent and enthusiasm for the job and we are delighted to have found him.”

Peacock is joining the Bank with an extensive background in financial management and strategic planning. He has previously worked as an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Spencer Savings Bank, headquartered in Elmwood Park, NJ with $2.7 billion in assets and 21 branches.

Peacock has a Master of Business Administration and a BS in Finance and Statistics both from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


New Windsor welcomes D.A. Collins Companies

NEW WINDSOR (July 25) – The Town of New Windsor helped welcome D.A. Collins Companies by partaking in an official ribbon cutting of their new regional office located on Executive Drive.

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Town Chief of Staff Colin Schmitt cut the ceremonial ribbon along with Assemblyman James Skoufis and other local officials, business leaders and members of the D.A. Collins Companies. “We welcome D.A. Collins Companies and their regional office to New Windsor. This is yet another example of how New Windsor is open for business,” Schmitt said. 

“New Windsor is proud to have D.A. Collins Companies make New Windsor home of their regional office,” said Supervisor George Green. “This is yet another example of New Windsor leading the way for business development and expansion opportunities in the region.”

If any business is interested in expanded or re-locating to New Windsor they should feel free to contact Colin Schmitt (email) or (phone) 845-563-4620 to discuss exciting opportunities available in New Windsor.

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HGAR welcomes new director of professional development and industry relations

WHITE PLAINS (July 19) - The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) welcomes Theresa Hatton, CAE, RCE of Greenwich, CT as its Director of Professional Development and Industry Relations.  In this newly created position, Hatton will be responsible for developing curriculum for the Hudson Gateway School of Real Estate and will be involved in HGAR’s Global Business Council and Commercial & Investment Division.

Prior to joining HGAR, Hatton served as the Executive Vice President of the Greenwich Association of REALTORS® and the Greenwich Multiple Listing Service, Inc. since 2010.  During this time she created a real estate school licensed by the CT Department of Consumer Protection and worked with local subject matter experts to create Continuing Education Classes that were relevant to members and provided CE credit. Before that, she was the Executive Vice President of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® in Franklin, TN for four years.

Hatton currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association of REALTORS® and Greenwich Green and Clean. Hatton formerly served on the Board of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee of the National Association of REALTORS®, along with several other Association Executive committees and workgroups.

The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) is a not-for-profit trade association consisting of over 11,000 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties as well as the Bronx and Manhattan.  It is the second largest REALTOR® Association in New York, and one of the largest in the country. The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS), owned by HGAR, offers some 22,000 properties in the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. It is among the top 50 largest MLSs in the country.


Orange County bed and breakfast makes list of Top 25 B&Bs across the United States

SALISBURY MILLS (July 19) - The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in New York’s Hudson Valley is the winner of two prestigious awards. The B&B has earned its spot as one of the top 25 B&Bs in the country in the 13th Annual Awards list for B&Bs and Inns by, the most comprehensive global site for B&B travel. Separately, the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast has just received a Hall of Fame induction notice from TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. A Hall of Fame award denotes a property has earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

“We’re excited that our dedication to our guests and their experience here really shines through,” said Dena Finneran, who co-owns the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast with her husband, John.  

Finalists for top 25 B&Bs list were chosen based on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of traveler reviews on from the past year, and winners were selected by an independent panel of guest judges.

Similarly, TripAdvisor’s Certificates of Excellence are also largely based on reviews. Hall of Fame status means the property has won a certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. The Caldwell House has consistently maintained a Five Star rating from TripAdvisor.

“We’re really trying to keep ourselves front of mind as a destination in itself,” explained Dena. “We’re constantly coming up with interesting add-ons, new packages, and cozy events. Right now the B&B has a drive-in movie theater package, complete with a date-box for guests. This fall it resumes its popular “pie on the pillow” turndown service.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is located at 25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills,  


Wendy’s to return to Galleria at Crystal Run; Gertrude Hawk to reopen

TOWN OF WALLKILL (July 19) - The Galleria at Crystal Run’s former Wendy’s space, which operated in the Food Court for 25 years, will again open as Wendy’s but under a new operator and new management.

The Galleria’s original Wendy’s closed in January. Now, mere months later, Wendy’s has made official its return to the Food Court, where the hamburger chain has been a customer favorite since the Galleria opened in April 1992.

“The return of Wendy’s to the Galleria after a brief absence speaks volumes,” said Ethan Weber, the Galleria’s marketing director. “Not only was the original operator a successful tenant for a quarter century, but the chain has demonstrated its desire to have a continued presence at Crystal Run.”

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates will soon reopen in a new location on the Galleria’s lower level after a two month hiatus.

At the end of May, the popular chocolate shop and long-time Galleria tenant temporarily closed after its former upper-level space near the soon-to-be Gold’s Gym was incorporated into their plan.


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First row: Councilwomen Gina Fitzpatrick & Maria Mann, Mayor Kelly B. Decker and
owner John Altadonna. Second row: employees Brandon Roesch, and Jared Heckman.

Brother Bruno’s Pizza is the Port Jervis Business of the Month

PORT JERVIS (June 15) – The Port Jervis Mayor’s Office announces that the Business of the Month for June 2018 is Brother Bruno’s Pizza at 17 Front St. in Port Jervis, N.Y. which is owned by John Altadonna. This Italian restaurant has served the Port Jervis area since 1974. It has a menu to please the whole family. You can eat in or out on the sidewalk café and local delivery is available.

Hours are 11:00 am to 11:00 pm – Monday through Sunday.


People’s Place Food Pantry gets donation from Shoprite

KINGSTON (June 13) - Representatives from ShopRite present a check for $500 to the People’s Place Food Pantry during ShopRite of Kingston’s recent grand reopening celebration.

Full details on our Community Page


T.Webber celebrates nearly 30 years of service by re-branding                                                                                 

POUGHKEEPSIE (June 13) – T.Webber Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric, a BBB A+ accredited business is celebrating nearly 30 years of service in the Hudson Valley by re-branding. Residents can enjoy the same tried and true quality of service through an expanding scope of services that now includes electrical and bathroom remodeling.

“My father started this company in 1989 as a one-truck plumbing and heating company,” said Tommy Webber, owner of T.Webber Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric. “The company continued to grow as we earned our customers’ trust, repeated business, and referrals. We have never been content with the status quo, and this re-branding can reaffirm to our clients that we are continually examining and improving the quality and value of our services.”



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