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Composto smiles as Low-Hogan, left, reads tribute

Rockland legislator congratulates local newly installed state President of Women's Bar Association

NEW CITY (June 25)  -  The Rockland County Legislature recently proclaimed June 16, 2015 a day in honor of Andrea Composto, Esq. in recognition of her recent installation as the 33rd President of the Women's Bar Association of New York (WBASNY).  Legislator Nancy Low-Hogan presented the proclamation to Ms. Composto, who resides in South Nyack within Low-Hogan's Legislative District 17.

Ms. Composto is a graduate of Albany Law School (2002) and was admitted to the NYS Bar in 2003 and the Bar of the US Supreme Court in 2006.  She is the third generation to practice in a family-owned law firm and has held many positions within WBASNY.  WBASNY advocates for the equality and fair treatment of women, promotes the advancement of women in society and within the legal profession and works to change laws focused on domestic violence, equality in marriage dissolution, custody fairness, and sexual violence in crimes.  Ms. Composto is also active in the Rockland County Women's Bar Association, the Columbian Lawyers Association of Rockland and the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association.

"It is an honor to recognize Andrea Composto on her installation as the President of the WBASNY," said Low-Hogan. "We congratulate Andrea for her leadership and recognize her dedication to the promotion of fairness and equity for women and children."


Autism Speaks receives $160K through ShopRite fundraising efforts

FLORIDA (June 22) - Through in-store fundraising efforts, ShopRite customers and associates partnered to raise more than $160,000 in support of Autism Speaks in recognition of April as National Autism Awareness Month.

Full details on our Health Page


Orange County Chamber of Commerce celebrates June as Women in Business Month

TOWN OF MONTGOMERY (June 2) - In its third annual observance of June as Women in Business Month, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a number of events that promote and/or educate women in business. The events are coordinated by the Chamber’s Minority and Women Business Committee and M&T Bank is the title sponsor for the entire month.

On Thursday, June 11, Dr. Julieta Ross, Chief Technology Officer for M&T Bank and one of the original developers of Bluetooth technology, will be the guest speaker at the Chamber’s monthly membership breakfast. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at West Hills Country Club in Middletown.

“Friday Night Pampering for Women on the Go” will be held on June 12 at Tredora Salon & Spa on Route 17K in Newburgh. A presentation by Caron Hadge, a financial advisor for New York Life, will start the evening at 5:00 p.m. with simple tips on how to manage personal finances. From 6:00-7:00 p.m., a professional makeup artist will provide make-up tips for professional women. At 7:00 p.m., Laura Dimino, owner of Tredora, will give hairstyle tips, and at 7:30, there will be a presentation on how to make simple, tasty meals using just two ingredients.

On Tuesday, June 16 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. at Pamela’s Traveling Feast on the Hudson in Newburgh, Hadge will again make a presentation about personal finances, followed by a mixer with Pamela’s hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, networking and prizes.  

Women in Business Month will conclude with the Chamber’s annual Women in Business Golf Outing on Tuesday, June 23 at Winding Hills Golf Course in Montgomery. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10:15. Women who don’t play golf can enroll in a golf school taught by a Hudson Valley golf pro at the same time the players are on the course. A buffet lunch and awards presentation for all will start at 1:00 p.m.

Admission for “Friday Night Pampering for Women on the Go” and the June 16 workshop/mixer is free. Admission for the June 11 breakfast is $25 for members in advance and $50 for non-members. June 23 golf (or the golf school) is $125 per person. Reservations for any of the events should be made by calling the Chamber at 845-457-9700 or visiting


Supporters push Pattern past half-way mark in 50th anniversary campaign

HUDSON VALLEY (May 21) - Pattern for Progress has reached an important milestone in raising $1 million in its 50th Anniversary Campaign, "Pattern for the Future."

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Jennifer Meyer joins Orange Bank & Trust to support expansion into Rockland County

MIDDLETOWN (May 19) –The Board of Directors of Orange County Trust Company announces the hiring of Jennifer Meyer as Branch Manager of the New City Office at Orange Bank and Trust Company, a division of Orange County Trust Company. Meyer’s hiring supports the firm’s recently announced expansion plans into Rockland County.

“We are pleased to have Jennifer join the Orange Bank and Trust team,” said Michael Gilfeather, Orange County Trust President and CEO. “Her experience, commitment and dedication to providing an excellent client experience and support of our community are a true asset to the bank.” 

Jennifer joins Orange Bank and Trust Company from Hudson Valley Bank (HVB) where she most recently served as Branch Manager responsible for the overall management and growth of the New City branch. Prior to HVB, Jennifer worked at Union State Bank, as a Branch Operations Manager.

“I am really happy to be working with a community bank again,” said Meyer. “My clients value that “hometown” feel and I’m excited that I can continue to provide that at Orange Bank & Trust.

Jennifer is a former member of the Rockland Business Women’s Network. Jennifer also served as a member of United Way committee, an organization that focuses on helping the community and families.

The Rockland office is temporarily located on 49 Maple Avenue in New City and is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit 

Orange County Trust was founded in 1892 and adheres to conservative banking practices.



PC Construction hires Edward Kellogg as regional manager

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 6) – PC Construction has announced the hire of Ed Kellogg as regional manager responsible for leading the company’s Hudson Valley operations in New York. A 30-year construction veteran who built some of the landmark projects across the Hudson Valley, Kellogg brings to PC Construction a wealth of experience in construction project management and a deep understanding of the region’s business climate.

Kellogg will focus primarily on developing construction projects in and around the Hudson Valley while applying his expertise in project management, design-build project delivery, cost control, business development, and managing owner relationships throughout the Hudson Valley and Upstate New York.

His drive and commitment to growth extend beyond his professional work in the construction industry. He has been involved in the Dutchess County community for years, serving on the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, of which he is currently the chair. 

Kellogg is a graduate of Harvard College and a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of the Hudson Valley’s Executive Committee, where he served as chair of the Schools and Scholarships Committee for nearly a decade. He resides in Poughkeepsie with his wife and two children.

“We are thrilled to have such a dynamic individual join our Hudson Valley team,” said Jay Fayette, senior vice president of PC Construction. “Ed brings an invaluable wealth of local knowledge with his decades-long history in the Hudson Valley as well as an owner’s perspective in approaching new projects.”


BBG&G Advertising wins prestigious tourism industry awards

CAMPBELL HALL (May 4) - BBG&G Advertising, Inc. has been recognized for advertising excellence for its work with two clients in the travel and hospitality industry, Dutchess Tourism and The Garrison, with two medals at the 12th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIA Awards).

The integrated campaigns developed by the regional agency were selected from more than 1,500 entries for their execution, creativity, quality, consumer appeal and overall breakthrough advertising content. BBG&G was honored with Silver and Merit awards for Dutchess Tourism and The Garrison, respectively.  

“Dutchess Tourism continues to partner with BBG&G to promote the many things to see and do that are ‘Distinctly Dutchess,’ marketing our tourism businesses to the region, the nation and the world,” Executive Director of Dutchess Tourism Mary Kay Vrba said. “We continue to see an increase in visitation to Dutchess and we’re working hard every day to continue that trend.”

This year’s Silver Award follows the prior year’s pair of Gold Awards for BBG&G’s campaign and television series. The award-winning 2014 campaign includes banner ads, print ads, a digital tablet site and YouTube videos.

“We continue to hone Dutchess Tourism’s brand and drive increased interest and visitation through an integrated TV, digital and print marketing program,” said Deborah Garry, a principal in BBG&G Advertising. “We love showcasing the distinct culture, great food and beauty of Dutchess County. We’re very proud and grateful for these awards, of course, and believe it really reflects the success of our strategic approach to destination marketing and the excellent team dynamic between BBG&G and Dutchess Tourism."

Based in Campbell Hall and Poughkeepsie, BBG&G is a full service advertising, marketing, and public relations agency serving a wide range of local and regional clients within a broad range of industries. Visit our new Website at  


Galligan, center, with Consolidated Edison, Inc. Chairman and CEO
John McAvoy, left, and O&R President and CEO Tim Cawley

O&R’S Galligan named a Con Edison top award winner

PEARL RIVER (May 4) - To complete a difficult task successfully, give it to a busy person.  That old adage could have been composed with O&R’s Vincent C. Galligan III in mind because Vinny is both very busy and extremely effective.

He’s the hard-working point man for O&R’s gas marketing efforts, a high-energy adjunct professor for introductory community college computer classes, a popular community leader and an effective fund raiser

In recognition of his productive and constructive efforts on behalf of the company and the community, Galligan was recently honored with Con Edison’s prestigious “Living Our Values” (LOV) award.

Consolidated Edison, Inc., O&R’s parent company, created the annual award 23 years ago to recognize and honor the values and work ethic of outstanding employees who consistently serve as role models.

Galligan, a second generation O&R employee, is the 14th O&R employee to receive the LOV award. The award is given to Con Edison men and women who exemplify the Company’s values of service, honesty, courtesy, teamwork, excellence, and concern for the quality of life in their community.

“It’s easy to see why Vinny is one of this year’s LOV Award winners,” said O&R President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Cawley. “He’s highly motivated, smart, creative, resourceful, determined and an exceptional team player. He gets the job done. He also has enormous energy and enthusiasm, and his strong community involvement is in keeping with the best traditions of the company.”

As a Senior Natural Gas Project Manager, Galligan spearheads O&R’s successful natural gas marketing effort. As the primary contact for customers interested in obtaining natural gas service, he’s in the field regularly promoting the gas service in target neighborhoods and is the customers’ guide to the various incentive programs available to them.

He also works closely with gas engineering to analyze the gas distribution system to identify areas ripe for more expansion and further marketing. That effort broadens customer opportunities for gas service and helps to drive the company’s gas infrastructure investment.

Galligan taps his teaching experience to help with structuring those training programs. He began teaching computer courses part-time at Sullivan County Community College in 2005 and currently teaches part-time as an adjunct professor at Orange County Community College, a post he has held since 2008.  


Regional Economic Development and Government Links


The Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, Inc.:

City of Beacon:

City of Newburgh:

City of Port Jervis:

Council of Industry

Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation:

Dutchess County Government:

Empire State Development:

Greene County:

Hudson Valley International
Trade Association, Inc.: 

Hudson Valley Materials Exchange Community Warehouse

Hudson Valley World Trade Center
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Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress:

Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center:

NYS Small Business Development Centers

Orange County Business Accelerator

Orange County Government:

Orange County Partnership:

Orange County Citizens' Foundation

Poughkeepsie Area
Chamber of Commerce

Putnam Economic Development Corporation:

Putnam County Government: 

Rockland Business Association

Rockland Economic Development Corporation

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce

Sullivan County Government:

Sullivan County Partnership

Ulster County Development Corporation:

Ulster County Government:

Ulster County Workforce Development System

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