Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation awards $55,000 to charities and non-profits
WHITE PLAINS (September 27) The Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS®, recently announced the awarding of $55,000 in donations to 17 charities and non-profit organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County announces annual award winners
POUGHKEEPSIE (September 14) - Rebuilding Together Dutchess County announced the recipients of their annual volunteer awards:
Serge Cryvoff will receive the special recognition award for his lifetime achievement and 20 plus years of service to RTDC.
The Brothers That Just Do Gutters, Ken and Ryan Parsons will receive the Tradesperson of the Year award for their continued support of RTDC through both labor and material donations.
Volunteer of the Year, Terry Temple will be recognized for her dedication to Rebuilding Together Dutchess County through her leadership and volunteer opportunities.
Matthew Keegan Trott, Entergy will accept the Rookie of the Year award for his overachievement during his first year with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County.
The award winners will be honored at the 10th annual Hammers, Nails, Laughs & Cocktails Comedy Night on Thursday, September 22nd at The Grandview.
To receive an application for home repairs or to find out how you can help support RTDC’s programs and events, visit www.RTDutchess.org
Mayor Decker, left, with Maria and William Mann
Port Jervis Business of the Month for September
PORT JERVIS (September 14) - The Port Jervis Mayor’s Office announced that our Business of the Month for September 2016 is The Gun Lady which is owned and operated by Maria and William Mann, who will celebrate 24 years in business the 15th of this month. Other than just guns and ammo, they provide professional and certified instructors in gun safety, NYS DEC hunters education and an armorist is also available.
UPS and FEDEX services also on site. This business is located at 41 Front Street in Port Jervis and is open Monday – Saturday.
Ulster County Business Recognition Award recipients for 2016 announced
KINGSTON (September 14) - The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance have announced the recipients of the 12th Annual Business Recognition Awards. The awards recognize Ulster County entrepreneurs and businesses that are leaders in their sectors, have achieved outstanding results, or shown dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County and in the Hudson Valley Region.
The 2016 Ulster County Business Recognition Award recipients are:
Business Person of the Year - Kevin Pitcock – Peak Trading Corporation
Business of the Year - Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
Small Business of the Year - J & A Roofing
Tourism Business of the Year - Kelder’s Farm
Commitment to the Community - Bruderhof
Len Cane Heart of Ulster County - Ed Ford - Historian
“The Chamber would like to congratulate the recipients and to offer special thanks to those who provided the nominations and the independent panel for the final selections,” said Chamber President Ward Todd. “Tthese Best of Ulster County awards are peer-driven and an excellent way for the business community to recognize outstanding efforts.”
The awards will be presented on October 20, 2016 at The Chateau.
Super Lawyers recognizes Four Jacobowitz and Gubits attorneys
WALDEN (August 16) - The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits announced that Kelly Pressler, Jennifer Echevarria, Alanna Iacono, and Andrea Dumais have all been recognized by Super Lawyers as 2016 Upstate New York Rising Stars.
Super Lawyers uses a patented vetting process that is based on peer nominations and independent research among twelve key categories. Nominations are extensive and the Rising Stars list makes up only 2.5% of the original pool of candidates.
“We are proud to have four attorneys from the firm receive this distinguished recognition,” said Michele Babcock, Managing Partner. “J&G has long been acknowledged for the legal capabilities of its attorneys and we are pleased to see that tradition continue.”
These four associates offer a wide range of legal services to J&G clients. Dumais, who was also recognized as a Rising Star in 2015, concentrates in criminal law, matrimonial and family law. Pressler focuses on general civil litigation and complex commercial litigation, including contract litigation, municipal litigation and probate litigation. Iacono practices real estate law, concentrating on commercial and residential real estate transactions, landlord-tenant, and foreclosure. Echevarria works with the firm’s Spanish-speaking clients in all areas of the law concentrating in employment and immigration.
Wolff, left, accepts the award from NSTA President Todd Monteferrario
Rick Wolff of Ethan Allen Transportation honored by National School Transportation Association
KINGSTON (August 9) - Ethan Allen Transportation General Manager Rick Wolff recently received The Golden Merit Award from the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) at its annual meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina. Established in 1969, NSTA’s Golden Merit Award recognizes school bus employees for their achievements in safety, driver training, business practice, vehicle maintenance and superior service to their school district, community and pupil transportation industry.
Located in Kingston, New York, Ethan Allen Transportation provides school bus service to the Kingston School District and is a member of The Trans Group family of bus operations. Trans Group Executive Vice President Tim Flood congratulated Wolff on receiving The Golden Merit Award.
“Rick is usually a behind-the-scenes hero,” explained Flood, “devoting his career to school bus safety and advocating for his passengers, in particular those with special needs. He is a valuable member of our management team whose passion for school transportation and the children he serves is evident in everything he does. Rick is uniquely deserving of The Golden Merit Award and everyone at The Trans Group joins me in congratulating him on this important honor.”
Wolff began working in the school transportation industry for Ethan Allen Transportation in 1993, quickly establishing himself as proficient in dispatch, safety, routing, and driving. He has served on the Onteora School Board and the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy, both in Ulster County, New York.
With more than 1,700 employees, The Trans Group operates over 1,200 school and public transit buses in lower New York State and Long Island. www.thetransgroup.com.
Central Hudson appoints new directors
POUGHKEEPSIE (August 1) - Two experienced local business leaders have been appointed to the Board of Directors of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, the combination electric and gas utility serving New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. IBM Vice President of Sales Transaction Support Kevin Cleary of Poughkeepsie and Central Hudson President & C.E.O. Michael Mosher of Red Hook have joined the board, effective immediately.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Kevin and Mike to our board,” said Board Chair Margarita Dilley. “Their experience, business acumen and commitment to the local communities we serve will benefit our operations and our customers immensely. The Central Hudson board is focused on ensuring that the company delivers exceptional service, diligently manages expenses and adds maximum value. Both Kevin and Mike will make important contributions to achieving those goals.”
Cleary has three decades of experience in IBM leadership roles and currently manages IBM Sales Support in the Americas, as well as serving as Senior Location Executive at IBM’s manufacturing and development site in Poughkeepsie. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Syracuse University and serves on the board of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, the Poughkeepsie Alliance and the United Way of Dutchess-Orange.
Mosher joined Central Hudson as a Junior Engineer in 1985 and was appointed to positions of increasing responsibility until named its President & C.E.O. on April 1, 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College. He serves on the boards of the Business Council of the State of New York, SUNY New Paltz Foundation, and the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation.
Arnoff Moving and Storage named “Employer of the Year” by American Legion for hiring veterans
TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE (July 28) - In a workforce of 133 employees, Arnoff Moving & Storage has 14 employees who are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. For this achievement, Arnoff has received the “Employer of the Year” Award by the American Legion Department of New York at a recent gala event in Binghamton, NY.
American Legion Department Employment Chair, Thomas Rielly, presented the award, among others, before American Legion delegates from across New York. Former Marine Tyrone Davis and former Coast Guardsman Chris Haig accepted the award on behalf of Arnoff Moving & Storage along with Human Resource Director Alyssa Bergenson. Poughkeepsie-based, Arnoff has multiple locations in the Hudson Valley and beyond to service its customers together with an online presence at www.Arnoff.com.
According to Arnoff President, Mike Arnoff, the company’s choice to hire veterans originally came about because, “it’s a way for an employer to give back to our country for the service that these young men and women have given to ensure our freedom. They have sacrificed time and taken risks for us.”
However, says Arnoff, “we soon discovered that veterans make exemplary employees in a business like ours where we are driven by customer expectations of excellent service. Many of our veterans, during their time in the armed forces, learn a level of respect and pride in workmanship that’s very beneficial in our service culture. At Arnoff, we’ve seen that this pride in good workmanship and on-the-job performance rubs off on to other employees. When we team veterans with non-veterans, it’s very beneficial for all concerned.”
Another benefit to employers hiring veterans is that “they are workforce ready” says Arnoff. “They understand regimentation, schedules and rules of engagement. We don’t have to tell a veteran to arrive on time and wear their uniform. They suit up and show up and take pride in their work. You don’t have to teach a Vet how to work.”
Pattern for Progress graduates inaugural Community Builders Class
NEWBURGH (July 25) - For Valerie Maginsky, shared perspectives made for a rich experience. For Suzanne Reider, it was a matter of thinking regionally - knowing that what happens in New Rochelle, for instance, might have an effect in Port Jervis.
The two were among the first graduates of "Community Builders," a new program formed at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress to teach skills and make strong and lasting connections across the Hudson Valley. Participants from Beacon, Middletown, Port Jervis, Newburgh, New Rochelle, Yonkers and two Hudson Valley social services agencies participated as well. Community Builders is one of the education and training programs offered as part of Pattern's Urban Action Agenda to revitalize the Hudson Valley's cities and urban centers.
In addition to making connections, Community Builders is designed to increase the knowledge and capacity of participants as they seek to advance to advance specific projects to help their cities and urban centers. In regard to Beacon, for instance, the discussion centered on restoration of the Incline Railway; in Port Jervis, the class talked about river access to kayakers. Pattern President Jonathan Drapkin and Senior Vice President Joe Czajka led the classes, held every other week January through June at the Pattern office in Newburgh.
L-R: Valerie Maginsky, Maria Bruni, Christopher St. Lawrence, Jeff McHugh, Ali Church, Michele McKeon,
Lisa Silverstone, and Suzanne Reider
Members of the 2016 class were Maria Bruni, director of community development for the City of Middletown; Ali Church, city planner for the City of Newburgh; Valerie Maginsky, director of the Port Jervis Community Development Agency; Jeff McHugh, president of the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Society; Michele McKeon, chief operating officer of the anti-poverty agency RECAP; Suzanne Reider, senior project manager for the City of New Rochelle; Lisa Silverstone, executive director of Safe Harbors of the Hudson; and Christopher St. Lawrence, director of waterfront development for the City of Yonkers.
"Anytime that we are able to collaborate with other representatives in the region it is helpful. It reminds us that we are not on an island in our own communities," said Reider. "What stood out to me the most was how encouraging each of us were about the projects that we brought to the table. No one’s project was less important than the one before it or the one that came after it."
Maginsky said: "The course provided the opportunity to present ideas and receive immediate feedback and suggestions from a variety of perspectives. Conversely, it provided the opportunity to observe a variety of plans, projects and information for future ideas."
Registration is now open for the next Community Builders class. Government officials, staff at nonprofit organizations and community leaders with a project idea for their locality are welcome to apply. Acceptance is competitive and limited; applicants must submit a short bio and a one-page description of the project they are seeking to advance. Contact Joe Czajka, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-565-4900 for more information.
Dutchess Chamber, Foundation hires, promotes staffers
KINGSTON (July 25) - The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber Foundation, Inc. announce the promotion of two staff members and welcome two new employees to the team.
Louise McLoughlin has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Services. McLoughlin has been with the Chamber for 8 years, serving most recently as Vice President of Workforce Development. With her promotion, she will continue to supervise the day-to-day operations of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center and Youth One Stop, and will also lead the member services team of Director of Membership Elena McPhee and the new Director of Business Services, Nancy DeWitt, formerly of The Chamber Foundation.
DeWitt educates businesses on the resources and benefits of their membership. She assists with facilitating networking connections as well as evaluating and developing strategic marketing plans. Nancy is also the staff liaison for the Ambassador Committee. DeWitt has more than 20 years experience in the healthcare and marketing industries.
Joining The Foundation is Brianne Kelly as the new Programming Coordinator. She will be responsible for coordinating all Foundation programming, development and event management. A Hudson Valley resident, Kelly recently returned from a 27-month tour with the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in Bouarfa, Morocco, working with youth and women on topics such as leadership, empowerment, gender development, AIDS/HIV awareness, health and fitness, volunteerism, employability skills, and English as a foreign language.
Jean Harris also recently joined the Chamber as Director of Events. Harris oversees all Chamber events, coordinating services such as venues, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and helping with promotion. Harris has 26 years experience in marketing and advertising at the Poughkeepsie Journal before she joined the Chamber.
“We’re thrilled to continue our culture of promoting from within as well as welcoming new, talented additions to our team. I am confident each will play an important role in our ongoing efforts to serve our local business community,” said the Chamber’s President and CEO Frank Castella, Jr.
KINGSTON (July 25) - For some young residents at Birchwood Village in Kingston, it may well be a fireman or policeman after spending time with First Responders from the Kingston Police and Fire Departments at their community BBQ on Saturday, July 23.
POUGHKEEPSIE (July 25) – TEG Federal Credit Union today announced that relocated their Fishkill branch to a convenient and easier to find location on Route 9, which opened July 25, 2016.
After many years of being housed at 196 Old Route 9, Fishkill, this facility will move to a new and brighter site at 1145 Route 9, just down the street. The 2368 square-foot branch is at the intersection of Smithtown Road and Route 9, and offers a full range of business and consumer banking products and services.
“We are very excited to be moving into our new building that will make the credit union more accessible and convenient to our members.” said Ronald A. Flaherty, President & CEO.
OSHA 30-hr. General Industry Training Course
MONTICELLO (July 25) - The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering a 30-hour OSHA General Industry Training course starting on Monday, August 1st and continuing through August 23rd. The course will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm at the St. John Street Education Center in Monticello. The cost is $195.
Two Hudson Valley Hannaford, three Stop & Shop supermarkets to become Tops markets
WILLIAMSVILLE NY (July 22) –Tops Friendly Markets, a full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northwestern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont today announced that the company has entered into agreements with Stop & Shop and Hannaford to acquire five supermarkets located in the Hudson Valley, New York area and one in Massachusetts. Four of the supermarkets are from the Stop & Shop banner and two are from the Hannaford banner respectively.
The five Hudson Valley stores are in the following locations:
Hannaford 16 Jon J Wagner Way LaGrangeville,
Hannaford 1936 US Route 6 Carmel,
Stop & Shop 6726 Rt. 9 Rhinebeck,
Stop & Shop 271 Main Street New Paltz,
Stop & Shop 1357 Rt. 9 Wappingers Falls,
These transactions are contingent on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s approval and clearance of the merger between Ahold and Delhaize Group. This will bring the number of corporate stores operated to 171 along with an additional five supermarkets operated by franchises. This will also expand Tops’ footprint further into areas of northern and eastern New York State and into its fourth state in Massachusetts.
“We are very excited about this growth opportunity for Tops, especially since these stores are a natural extension of our current footprint,” said Frank Curci, Tops Markets’ chairman and CEO. “We are looking forward to having these stores, the associates and the surrounding communities become part of the Tops family, and for both our customers and us, it will be business as usual.”
Upon completion of these purchases, current plans call for the six stores to be rebannered and operated under the Tops Markets name. There are more than 750 associates in total employed at these locations, which will bring Tops associate totals to over 16,000, and Tops will offer all associates continued employment with Tops and operate all six stores without any interruption in service. -More-
“Upon completion of these purchases, we plan to invest in the stores and the surrounding communities in an effort to best serve our associates and customers,” said John Persons, Tops’ president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to meeting the needs of our new neighbors and customers, providing them with a positive shopping experience that focuses on variety, freshness, convenience and exceptional value.”
The purchases are expected to close in the next few months and are subject to customary closing conditions. Specific terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Karate and kickboxing school opens in Middletown
MIDDLETOWN (July 18) - The City of Middletown and the Business Improvement District welcome America’s Finest Karate and Kickboxing school to the neighborhood.
Mayor Joseph DeStefano shared the ribbon-cutting honors with owner Sensei Kevin Mendez.
Health and Technology Camp for young adults at HealthAlliance Hospital
KINGSTON (July 18) - The Benedictine Health Foundation received a generous grant from Ulster Savings Bank to fund a Health and Technology Camp at HealthAlliance Hospital, Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, to be held July 25 - 29.
Central Hudson, executive, receive Corporate Social Responsibility Award
POUGHKEEPSIE (July 12) - City & State Reports presented Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation and Denise Doring VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations for the energy company, with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award in the Tech, Energy and Utilities sector. This second annual event, held at the New York Law School in New York City, honors tech and energy executives who have demonstrated excellence in social responsibility. Honorees are nominated by partners, clients, friends and colleagues for their contribution and dedication to corporate social responsibility.
Barbara Finkelstein, CEO of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, said, "Legal Services of the Hudson Valley was delighted to nominate Denise VanBuren for the Outstanding Corporate Citizens Award because of her commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for residents in the Hudson Valley – a commitment we share as the only provider of free, comprehensive civil legal services to those that cannot afford them when basic human needs are at stake. Denise and the entire team at Central Hudson take pride in serving the community we all share by investing in and volunteering at a number of local nonprofit organizations, including Legal Services of the Hudson Valley."
Central Hudson and its employees follow a longstanding tradition of community support by assisting local human service agencies, advancing the local economy through business attraction and retention incentives, serving as environmental stewards and offering programs to help local residents and businesses manage their energy use. During the last ten years, Central Hudson and its employees contributed more than $7 million to local not-for-profit agencies and small business organizations, and employees regularly provide volunteer services.
City & State Reports, an affiliate of City & State Magazine, promotes the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility through premier custom conferences and awards events, publications and innovative college-certificate and CLE training programs. Its annual award series showcase the outstanding accomplishments of leading corporations and executives in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility. For more information about City & State Reports, visit www.cityandstateny.com/csr/about-csr/; and for more information on Central Hudson in the community, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Community.
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