Local domestic violence non-profit honored by Mid-Hudson Subaru
POUGHKEEPSIE (May 13) - Grace Smith House, the domestic violence non-profit located in Poughkeepsie, NY, was chosen as this year’s Mid-Hudson Subaru recipient of the 2015-2016 Subaru Share the Love event.
NEW CITY (May 11) – Autobahn Indoor Speedway is up and running in the Palisades Mall. Town of Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann joined Councilman Frank Borelli, County officials, and the Rockland Business Association at the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the indoor speedway located at the Palisades Center.
“I am pleased to welcome the Autobahn Indoor Speedway to the Town of Clarkstown,” said Hoehmann. “This is a great example of what can happen when visionaries and government work together for the common purpose of economic development and creating jobs.”
The Autobahn Indoor Speedway is a premier indoor karting center. The European-style go-karting takes place in a 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Palisades Mall. The Grand Prix style provides real racing experiences. Racers take to the tracks in unique, high-speed electric Italian pro-karts. These F1-inspired karts reach speeds of up to 50 mph. For more information, visit: www.AutobahnSpeed.com.
Zipcar officially launches in Hudson Valley
POUGHKEEPSIE (May 5) - Zipcar, a popular car sharing network, announced a new partnership with the cities of Poughkeepsie and Beacon to bring its “wheels when you want them” membership service to area residents, businesses and visitors.
Five Zipcars, available for reservation by the hour or by the day, are now parked in easily accessible locations throughout Hudson Valley in popular areas such as along the Hudson River near the train station and in downtown at Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie, as well as near popular restaurants and shops on Henry St. and by City Hall at One Municipal Plaza in Beacon. The vehicles are parked in designated spots for convenient pick-up and drop-off and can be reserved in seconds on Zipcar’s mobile app, online or over the phone.
County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess Tourism, Inc. President & CEO, Mary Kay Vrba
and municipal officials welcomed Zipcar
“Zipcar is thrilled to be expanding our ‘wheels when you want them’ service to Hudson Valley,” said Zipcar New York General Manager Erica Bacon. “Area residents now have all the benefits of car ownership without the cost and hassles, while helping the area reduce congestion and alleviate parking demand.”
The Zipcar Hudson Valley fleet features a variety of makes and models, including a Subaru Crosstrek named “Cammy,” great for a weekend getaway, a Honda Civic dubbed “Basurto” to zip around town or a Nissan Sentra called “Shalamar” for a business meeting. Each reservation includes gas, insurance and 180 miles of driving per day, making it a great option for those looking for ways to save money on the high cost of car ownership.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Zipcar to the City of Beacon,” said Beacon Mayor Randy Casale. “As Mayor, one of my top priorities is to help provide safe, flexible forms of transportation for our residents and visitors. Zipcar is a cost effective and environmentally responsible alternative to car ownership.”
Zipcar’s launch in Hudson Valley builds on successful programs at Vassar College, Marist College, the Culinary Institute of America and SUNY New Paltz.
Local businesses in Hudson Valley can benefit from Zipcar’s presence through the Zipcar for Business (Z4B) program that offers discounted driving rates Monday through Friday. The Z4B program helps businesses save money, meet environmental sustainability goals and reduce parking requirements by providing employees with access to Zipcar for business needs and other uses.
Prospective members can join the service instantly on Zipcar’s mobile app. For more information on Zipcar in Hudson Valley please visit: www.zipcar.com/hudsonvalley
Rondout Savings Bank appoints new Chief Lending Officer
KINGSTON (May 3) - John Veleber joined Rondout Savings Bank in April 2016, bringing 15 years of financial experience from Wall Street working with firms including Cantor Fitzgerald, Garvin Guybutler and JP Morgan.
Prior to joining Rondout Savings Bank, John held various leadership positions at other area financial institutions, first with Catskill Hudson Bank and most recently as Senior Managing Director at Sterling National Bank managing the Hudson Valley commercial lending team.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with amazing business owners and have been successful in helping them grow and succeed,” Veleber said. “There’s no greater professional reward.”
Residing in New Paltz, John is active in the community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for Monticello Academy of Finance and Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Past community leadership includes Secretary for New Hope Community and Treasurer for Sullivan ARC.
As Chief Lending Officer, John is responsible to strategically manage all areas of the Bank’s Lending functions including loan portfolio management, risk analysis, and driving loan growth. John is excited to be working for Rondout Saving Bank, a highly respected community bank with a rich history.
Orange County job fair on May 18
GOSHEN (May 3) – Orange County will hold its annual job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at The Galleria at Crystal Run in the Town of Wallkill.
“Orange County’s job fair has become a very popular event and we expect another great turnout this year of both employers and job seekers,” said County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “The job fair provides those seeking employment or career advancement with a wonderful opportunity to speak with respected companies and firms that are hiring. Orange County appreciates the continued support from the employers participating in our job fair.”
Approximately 60 employers and recruiters from Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan and Westchester counties will be at the Galleria to speak with potential job candidates. Businesses that will attend the event include Time Warner Cable, Crystal Run Healthcare, Elant, Inc., C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation, Amscan, Willcare and ShopRite Supermarkets. The companies will represent multiple sectors, including healthcare, distribution, manufacturing, hospitality, transportation, and government, and will be hiring for a wide range of positions.
Last year, approximately 1,000 job seekers attended the event.
“Our job fair continues to grow, which is exciting,” said Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Director Steve Knob. “I think that’s a testament to the talent of Orange County’s workforce and the great companies that have been represented at the job fair. We are looking forward to another great event.”
Orange County Chamber of Commerce names new director of events
MONTGOMERY (April 18) - Erin Pascual, a local event planner, food and beverage director, and consultant, is the new Director of Events for the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
“Erin Pascual has a remarkable amount of experience in planning and managing special events,” said Chamber President Lynn Allen Cione, “She is recognized and well-respected for the extraordinary quality of her weddings and events, as well as for her professionalism, creativity and work ethic.”
Pascual is the Owner, Chef and Designer for You’re the Boss! Weddings & Events, based in Goshen. She is also Creative Consultant for Equilibrium Brewery, set to open in summer 2016, and former: Food and Beverage Director, Executive Chef and Pub Manager at Catlin Gardens; Maitre D and Event Planner for Salute Tuscan Grill in Manhattan; General Manager of Halligan’s Public House in Warwick; and General Manager and Owner of Club Ontaroga in Goshen.
She is the planner and committee chair for the annual “Light It Up Blue Hudson Valley” event, which supports organizations that educate and supports those living with autism.
A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Pascual was also a double major in management and marketing at Fairfield University. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including being ZAGAT rated 2008-09 “Noteworthy Newcomer.”
As the voice of Orange County business, the Orange Chamber delivers value to members by providing opportunities to learn about the progress of business in the county.
Eleven attorneys from Finkelstein & Partners named 2016 Super Lawyers
NEWBURGH (April 6) - Howard Finkelstein, founder of Finkelstein & Partners LLP, one of New York State's largest personal injury law firms, announced that eleven of the firm’s attorneys have been named 2016 Super Lawyers. This is the tenth year in a row that the firm has had several attorneys earn this prestigious recognition.
Finkelstein & Partners' managing partner Andrew G. Finkelstein, is on this year's list for the tenth consecutive year. Also receiving the Super Lawyer recognition are: Greg Blankinship, Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, Kenneth Fromson, Todd Garber, Victoria Lightcap, Nancy Morgan, Ronald Rosenkranz and Sharon Scanlan. Recognized as Rising Stars on the 2016 Super Lawyers list are attorneys Amber Cambio and Melody Gregory.
The 11 attorneys have been recognized for outstanding achievement for their work in the field of personal injury law. The complete list of Hudson Valley and Albany Super Lawyers is available in Albany Super Lawyers and Hudson Valley Magazine – on newsstands now.
Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Those named to this prestigious list have been chosen by their peers and through independent research. To be eligible for inclusion as a Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
“Finkelstein & Partners is proud to have such a strong showing on the Super Lawyers' list again this year," said Howard Finkelstein.
Aurochemicals expands operations with purchase of building in Chester
WASHNGTONVILLE (March 30) - Aurochemicals, a Washingtonville-based manufacturer of natural aroma chemicals for the flavor and fragrance industry, is expanding operations with its recent purchase of a 25,000 square foot industrial/office building in the Chester Industrial Park on Leone Lane in the Village of Chester.
The Chester complex gives Aurochemicals additional warehouse, manufacturing, office and compliance laboratory space.
Aurochemicals Chester facility
“This building purchase is a readily available option of our business continuity plan, said Sagar Lachmansing, Aurochemicals’ vice president, food safety and quality assurance. “This gives us the capacity and space and requirements for our immediate and future operational activities should emergency circumstances dictate. It’s strategically located close to regional highways, Stewart Airport in Newburgh, the Port of Newark (N.J.) and shipping vendors. From a delivery standpoint, this building is an asset.”
The expansion is the first of Aurochemicals’ long-term growth plans. The company plans to present a proposal to expand on the 1.1 acre lot adjacent to its Washingtonville world headquarters. Assuming Town of Blooming Grove and related approval processes follow normal timetables, Aurochemicals officials expect to open that building in late 2018 or early 2019.
BioHiTech Global appoints Dennis Soriano as Director of Business Development & Strategic Relationships
CHESTNUT RIDGE (March 30) - BioHiTech Global, Inc., a green technology company that provides innovative data-driven solutions for food waste disposal, has appointed Dennis Soriano to the position of director of business development & strategic relationships to expand the company’s portfolio of Fortune 500 customers and innovative clean technology solutions.
Soriano joins BioHiTech after five years with Waste to Water LLC, one of the company’s competitors in providing on site food waste disposal solutions, where he served as the company’s CEO.
Over the course of his 40-year career in the waste and recycling industries, Soriano has developed significant experience in contract negotiation, environmental permitting, facility operations, mergers and acquisitions as well as government and corporate account management.
“As we continue to expand our domestic and international presence, Dennis’ proven leadership skills at fast-growing international organizations will ensure our ability to continue expanding on our existing relationships while introducing new sales channels across the globe,” said Frank Celli, CEO of BioHiTech Global. “His extensive career in the waste and recycling industries along with experience building commercial relationships will make him a great addition to the team, especially during this transformative time for BioHiTech.”
“BioHiTech is embarking on the next phase of its growth cycle with the recent expansion in key global markets along with the addition of new technology solutions,” said Soriano. “The company’s unique combination of data transparency and its Eco-Safe Digester provides a powerful solution to its clients. I look forward to helping expand on the current customer base and evaluating opportunities for future growth in the green technology industry.”
The Company, headquartered in Chestnut Ridge NY, is a technology company that provides the transparency needed to prevent food waste as well as offer a sustainable means for its disposal. BioHiTech’s data-driven solution offers businesses insight into their waste stream creating immediate opportunities to identify inefficiencies, improve operating budgets and advance sustainability initiatives within their company
Dutchess Chamber celebrating 10 years of Think Local First with ‘How do you TLF?’ videos
POUGHKEEPSIE (March 23) - The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has been promoting Think Local First for 10 years in the Hudson Valley. It has grown into a community consciousness and promotes pride in our hometown. The Chamber has teamed up, again, with Momentum Advertising & Design to refresh the logo and slogan and is work together to grow what has become so much more than just a marketing campaign.
The logo is reminiscent of the original shopping bag, but includes a new tag with the hashtag #iTLF. The refreshed slogan— ‘Shop here. Play here. Click here. Stay here. Think Local First.’ — is also included in the logo design.
The Chamber is asking the community, “How do you Think Local First?”
“We have asked our members and the community as a whole to create short videos sharing how you ‘TLF,’” said President & CEO Frank Castella, Jr. “From giving and dining to shopping and flying, I know everyone who has been here holds a special place in their heart for Dutchess County and we want to show the world that love.”
Post a video to the Chamber’s social media demonstrating how you Think Local First and use #iTLF. Yours might be chosen to win a prize from a local business!
The Chamber, along with Momentum also released a video requesting submissions to social media and The Chamber’s website: visit www.dcrcoc.org/video or visit the Facebook page.
“This campaign speaks volumes about the craft of the professional team at Momentum when the endurance of a campaign is as lasting, and as impactful, as Think Local First,” Castella said. “Businesses like Momentum are a consistent reminder that you don’t need to go to New York City for incredible talent – a perfect example of Think Local First.”
“We were thrilled that (The Chamber) called on us to help develop the initial Think Local First campaign 10 years ago. They did an amazing job of bringing the concept to life and growing it into an amazing program that spanned the entire region,” said Steve Mayhew, president of Momentum Advertising & Design. “We’re thankful they have once again called upon us to help enhance the program as it enters its second decade of success!”
Dutchess Chamber announces 2016 Headliner Award winners
The Chamber’s seventh annual Headliner Awards will be presented at the April Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 a.m. Outstanding Dutchess County organizations and individuals, nominated by the community they live and work in, will be recognized.
The Headliner Award Selection Committee reviewed more than 40 nominations submitted by employees, customers, friends, neighbors and organizations’ leaders. Winners were chosen in the categories of Best Place to Work, Customer Service, Green & Lean, Leadership in Business & Community, and Outside-the-Box Innovator.
The 2016 Headliner Award winners are:
Best Place to Work for a business with more than 50 employees: MidHudson Regional Hospital
Best Place to Work for a business with less than 50 employees: The Brothers that just do Gutters
Customer Service: Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Dutchess
Green & Lean: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (2015 Walkway Marathon)
Leadership in Business & Community (awarded to an individual): Jeff Feldman of Feldman, Kleidman, Coffey, Sappe & Regenbaum LLP
Tickets for the Contact Breakfast are $25 for members in advance, $30 at the door. Non-members can attend for $35. Call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 to register.
Founded in 1907, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to the growth and development of local businesses and the economy. For more information about Chamber happenings, the complete events calendar, or to find out how we might best serve as an advocate for you and your business, please visit www.dcrcoc.org
Neuhaus visits El Mariachi restaurant in Newburgh on “Open for Business” tour
NEWBUGH (March 23) – Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus visited El Mariachi restaurant in Newburgh as part of the “Open for Business” initiative.
L-R: Wayne Booth, Nolly Climes, Martha Mora, Steve Neuhaus, Angel Figueroa.
El Mariachi opened three months ago at 410 Broadway in Newburgh, serving a variety of Latin American dishes. The restaurant can be reached at 787-5267. El Mariachi is operated by Martha Mora and her four daughters – Fatima, 28, Maria, 22, Ashley, 18, and Taisz, 17.
Martha Mora also works full-time as a housekeeper at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. Her shift at Good Samaritan usually starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. From there, Mora heads to the restaurant to work every day.
“Martha’s hard work and dedication are inspirational,” Neuhaus said. “It is clear that she takes pride in everything she does. I enjoyed having an opportunity to meet Martha and her hard-working family. They are really close and I know they will be successful. I’m certainly rooting for them.”
Neuhaus was joined at El Mariachi by Deputy County Executive Wayne Booth, Angel Figueroa, second vice president of Latinos Unidos of the Hudson Valley, and Nolly Climes, a Latinos Unidos volunteer and program director of Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS).
“I am pleased that the County Executive is reaching out to the Latino community with this program,” Figueroa said. “We appreciate him recognizing all of Martha’s hard work and determination. It means a lot to all of us and we look forward to collaborating with Mr. Neuhaus in the future.”
Whether you are a large firm or a smaller family operation, Neuhaus invites new businesses in Orange County to contact his office to schedule a time for him to visit your establishment as part of the “Open for Business” program. He will take a picture with the owner(s) and post it on his Facebook page to help promote the business. Neuhaus unveiled the initiative, which highlights new businesses in the community, last October.
Westchester Business EXPO attracts more than 1,500 visitors
RYE BROOK (March 21) – More than 1,500 people got an up-close look at the products and services provided by some of the area’s elite vendors and merchants during The Business Council of Westchester’s annual EXPO, held March 17 at the Hilton Westchester.
The EXPO, in its 14th year, featured more than 180 exhibitors, “experience stations” and “Ask the Expert” booths. Exhibit spaces were buzzing with business leaders and decision makers, cementing the EXPO’s status as the most influential business-to-business trade show in the Hudson Valley.
Visitors mingled with representatives of leading brands in education, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, real estate, banking, not-for-profits, law, marketing and more. Many carried premium items ranging from stress balls and pens to lint brushes and towels. And when they weren’t milling about the booths, attendees could be seen sampling pulled pork, Italian ices and other delicacies from the ample food stations.
L-R: John Flannery of Wilson Elser; Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson of Thompson & Bender; EXPO co-chair Peter Herrero of
N.Y.Hospitality Group; BCW Chairman Anthony Justic; EXPO co-chair Bridget Gibbons of Gibbons Digital; Deputy County
Executive Kevin Plunkett; BCW President and CEO Marsha Gordon; BCW Executive VP and COO John Ravitz;
Keynote Speaker Lorraine Santoli; County Executive Chief of Staff George Oros; Mercedes Garcia of MasterCard Worldwide;
Brian Avallone of ARC Document Solutions
“This year’s EXPO was one of the best ever. It’s a terrific way to promote business growth and entrepreneurial opportunities,” said Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester. “The EXPO provides a vibrant arena for connecting with potential clients and business partners to forge long-lasting, profitable relationships. I want to thank this year’s sponsors for their tremendous support, and I want to thank our EXPO Committee for a job well done.”
Keynote speaker Lorraine Santoli, the former Director of Corporate Synergy for The Walt Disney Company, kicked off this year’s EXPO with a passionate address about the importance of collaboration among teams within an organization. She told the audience she understands the negative connotation tied to synergy in the workplace, but she also knows that developing synergy among teams can be a springboard to tremendous success.
“Done well, synergy works,” said Santoli, who offered anecdotes detailing wildly successful marketing campaigns she developed around Disney favorites Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. “You will create marketing magic, because it’s all about teamwork. Synergy support must start at the top and work on all levels. And it should be fun, because something that is fun is a better motivator.”
Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP Opens Office in Poughkeepsie
POUGHKEEPSIE (March 14) - The partners at Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP announce the opening of a third location at 3 Neptune Road in Poughkeepsie.
The Poughkeepsie location joins the firm’s two other locations, its main office in Goshen and a satellite office in Warwick. With the addition of the third office east of the Hudson, current or potential clients living in Poughkeepsie or nearby have a convenient location at which to meet with any of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone’s 14 attorneys.
Heading up operations at the Poughkeepsie office will be BSRB attorney and Poughkeepsie resident Raymond Raiche. As a senior attorney, Raiche helped found the firm’s Family Law and Bankruptcy departments, and has practiced law in New York for 17 years.
“I’ve had the pleasure of serving Orange County as an attorney with Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone for five years,” said Raiche. “I’m excited to make myself readily-accessible to my friends and neighbors in Poughkeepsie.”
Raiche focuses his practice on bankruptcy, matrimonial, child custody and support, commercial litigation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate formations, trusts and estates litigation, real estate, lending, and tax certiorari and appeals. He is a graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie.
Blustein, Shapiro, Rich &Barone’s lawyers are known throughout the region as professional advocates who provide one-stop diversified legal services with a strong focus on litigation, business law, municipal law, and wealth preservation. Visit www.mid-hudsonlaw.com
Socially responsible investment advisors open New Paltz office
NEW PALTZ (March 7) - With a growing number of investors demanding “green” and other socially responsible investment options, two financial advisors with a combined 40 years of financial advisory experience recently opened SRI Investing LLC in New Paltz, NY in order to serve a growing list of clients in upstate New York and the New England region. SRI Investing—which stands for “Sustainable, Responsible & Impact” Investing—is believed to be the first investment firm solely devoted to socially responsible investments to open in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
SRI Investing is a collaboration of Gary Matthews, PhD CPA/PFS, and Amy Pender. Matthews, who began his career in finance as a CPA and tax consultant in 1979, earned a PhD in social ethics in an effort to find a “better way of doing business.” Pender began her career as an educator. She put her teaching skills to use aiding non-profit organizations with fundraising and mission-driven work that sought to make the world a better place.
“Our clients are looking for an advisor who can help them do something important and meaningful with their money,” said Matthews.
Pender added: “Our goal in launching SRI Investing was to provide an SRI advisory resource that contrasts the very generic approach to ethical and impact investing provided by most mainstream advisors. We take the time to truly understand each client’s values as well as their risk tolerance, and we develop portfolios that are in sync with both sets of criteria.”
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