Putnam County Savings Bank announces Julie Prevost as New City branch manager
BREWSTER (December 2) - Putnam County Savings Bank announces Julie Prevost as the Branch Manager of their newest office located in New City, Rockland County. The branch, located at 76 North Main Street, opened Monday, November 18th and is PCSB’s first in Rockland County.
Ms. Prevost, a Rockland County resident, has more than twenty years’ experience in the financial services industry. Julie began her career in banking as a part-time teller at PCSB’s Brewster branch while still in high school. Julie comes to PCSB from Key Bank in New City where she was the branch manager for over four years.
“We’re very fortunate to have someone with Julie’s experience and understanding of the local community to open our first branch in Rockland County,” said Joseph Roberto, President & CEO of PCSB. “She will be a true asset to our organization.”
Ms. Prevost is a graduate of Leadership Rockland and the former President of the Nyack Rotary. She served on the Board of Directors of the Rockland YMCA, serving as chairman for three years. She is an active member of the Rockland Business Association and a regular volunteer at local non-profit organizations.
“I am thrilled to return to a local community bank, “said Ms. Prevost. “I like the family feel of the bank and the fact that they know what’s truly important – helping people with their finances, instead of trying to sell them a product.”
PCSB is a full-service community bank with nine other locations serving communities throughout Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess Counties. To learn more about Putnam County Savings Bank, visit them at pcsb.com.
Walden Savings Bank adds to mortgage lending team
MONTGOMERY (December 2) – Walden Savings Bank announced today the appointment of Daniel A. Lusignan to the position of Mortgage Loan Officer for its mortgage lending team.
Lusignan brings to WSB 21 years of experience in financial and mortgage consultant services. Over the course of his career, he has held the position of Mortgage Loan Officer at JP Morgan Chase Bank, Senior Retail Mortgage Consultant at HSBC Mortgage Corporation, and most recently served as Assistant Vice President Mortgage Originator at Lakeland Bank.
“Daniel brings a strong background in mortgage lending and has a proven track record of client satisfaction and quality service,” said Derrik Wynkoop, President and CEO. “We look forward to adding his strong skill-set to our mortgage lending team.”
"The addition of Mr. Lusignan will also enable Walden Savings Bank to further its lending capabilities in southern Orange County." said Daniel Downing, Vice President of Retail Lending for Walden Savings Bank.
Lusignan received his Bachelor’s Degree from Siena College in Loudonville, NY, and currently resides in Chester.
Walden Savings Bank, established in 1872, is a federal chartered mutual savings bank headquartered in Montgomery, New York. With a total of 11 full-service branches serving Orange and Ulster Counties
Career path internships: Opportunity in community development
POUGHKEEPSIE (December 2) - Gateway to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows, Inc. (GET) --a nonprofit community development organization with offices in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh-- is seeking young interns with a desire to jump-start a career promoting economic development among women and minorities.
Best suited to college students in the fields of social services, marketing, media and communications, and finance. Knowledge of Spanish preferable.
GET is expanding its offerings in the Mid-Hudson region and this might be your opportunity to start new projects from the ground up. Learn entrepreneurial traits that will help you for life, or receive free assistance in starting your own business/organization. These internships might lead to employment.
Putnam County Savings Bank opens first branch in Rockland County
BREWSTER (November 20) - Putnam County Savings Bank (PCSB) announces the opening of their newest branch on Monday, November 18th in New City, NY. The branch, PCSB’s tenth, is located at 76 North Main Street in New City, and will be their first in Rockland County.
“We’re very excited to be expanding our footprint across the river and into Rockland County,” said Joseph Roberto, President & CEO of PCSB. “We offer a very special brand of banking we call ‘True Local’ banking which is highly personalized with a true commitment to serving the local community.” Mr. Roberto added that “PCSB has a long standing history of immersing themselves in the local communities they serve and contributing on a meaningful level.”
The full service branch is conveniently located on Main Street adjacent to the ShopRite Plaza and will feature a drive-thru window and a drive-thru ATM.
The branch will be managed by Julie Prevost a Rockland County resident who has been an active member of the local banking community for many years. Ms. Prevost with more than twenty years experience in the financial services industry comes to PCSB from Key Bank. In addition, Ed Horan an Orange County resident and with PCSB for approximately eight years will manage the Commercial Lending activities for the branch.
PCSB is a full service community bank with nine other locations serving communities throughout Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess Counties. To learn more about Putnam County Savings Bank, visit them at www.pcsb.com.
S. Orangetown Rotary, O&R donate 300 dictionaries
PEARL RIVER (November 9) - The South Orangetown Rotary Club and O&R presented dictionaries to nearly 300 third graders at the Tappan Zee Elementary School yesterday at the school.
Chris Lewis becomes Secretary/Treasurer of World Sign Associates
SLATE HILL (October 24) – Chris Lewis, operating manager of Lewis Sign Company, was officially welcomed as 2013-2014 secretary/treasurer of World Sign Associates at the nonprofit organization’s 66th annual meeting in Baltimore this month. As World Sign Associates’ secretary/treasurer, Lewis will help lead the premier trade organization’s direction over the coming year.
World Sign Associates’ members represent some of the industry’s top sign manufacturers. Members craft custom signs as well as signs for regional and national programs, either by working independently or by combining the strengths of nearly 200 sign manufacturers and suppliers throughout North America. Founded in 1947, World Sign Associates offers a forum for fellowship, support and the exchange of ideas. WSA members adhere to the highest ethical business standards and bring the utmost value to their customers.
Lewis Sign Company (www.lewissigns.com) is a full-service sign manufacturing, design and installation company based in Slate Hill, New York. Founded in 1924, Lewis Signs serves the entire Hudson Valley with a range of products, including neon signs, vinyl graphics, vehicle lettering, changeable letter signs, flag and flagpoles, dimensional signs, message centers, scoreboards and billboards. It maintains a fleet of service trucks, buckets and crane trucks which carry a full inventory of supplies for on-site installation and repairs.
For more information, please contact World Sign Associates at 800.421.0641.
SUNY Ulster launches new Entrepreneurship Certificate program
STONE RIDGE (October 24) - Aspiring and current entrepreneurs will learn what is takes to start and run a successful business through a new two-semester Entrepreneurship Certificate program with an accelerated online option.
Orange County Trust Company names Pecorale trust operations officer
MIDDLETOWN (September 30) - The Board of Directors of Orange County Trust Company announces Andrea Pecorale has been named trust operations officer. Ms. Pecorale will oversee the daily operations within the trust department relating to trust, estates and custody accounts.
"Andrea is a valuable employee of the Bank and displays in-depth knowledge and experience in trust operations," said Terry Saturno, president and CEO of Orange County Trust Company. "Our Trust Department is a very specialized division of the Bank, so having someone with Andrea's skill set is vital to the success of that division."
Ms. Pecorale received her bachelor's degree from St. John's University. She is also a graduate of NY Bankers Association Trust Administration School. She began her career at Orange County Trust Company as a part time teller in 2006. Soon after, she progressed to Trust Operations Assistant followed by Trust Operations Supervisor in 2009.
Gidaly Reelected to the board of directors of Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development
NEWBURGH (September 20) – Glenn Gidaly, AICP, of Barton & Loguidice, P.C., has been reelected to the board of directors for the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development for the 2013 – 2016 term. The function of the Partnership is to promote economic development and job creation in Sullivan County.
Gidaly, an Associate at B&L, focuses on project development and funding assistance, inter-municipal cooperation, grants administration, downtown revitalization, historic preservation, open space preservation, municipal water/sewer, and park development for clients in the Hudson Valley and Capital District.
A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, Gidaly earned his B.A. in sociology, and has completed Pace University’s Land Use Leadership Alliance Training in Urban Revitalization. He is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners. A resident of Gardiner, Gidaly is an active member and volunteer of the Mohonk Preserve, Inc.
Barton & Loguidice, P.C., is an engineering, planning, environmental, and landscape architecture firm with offices in Newburgh, Ellenville, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Watertown, New York, and an office in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Visit www.BartonandLoguidice.com.
"Work together" the mantra of Pattern Lifetime Achievement winner
NEWBURGH (September 30) - When Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress presents its first round of Henry Awards to business, government and nonprofit leaders in the region, former Riverside Bank President Dave MacFarland will be honored for Lifetime Achievement.
The award recognizes a former Pattern board member who has remained active in the Hudson Valley. MacFarland was involved for more than 20 years with Pattern, a regional research and policy group. While the title of the award refers to a life's worth of achievement, many point to the more recent years of MacFarland's life for their impact on the organization he chaired from 2008 to 2011.
"For three years during the height of the recession, Dave helped guide Pattern through this turbulent period to insure its stability and even its growth. It wasn't simply his chairmanship, but a level of commitment that is rarely seen in an individual," said Jonathan Drapkin, president and CEO of Pattern. "I have been involved in many organizations, but I have seldom seen an individual make himself so available in a volunteer capacity to insure that we would weather the economic storm. The organization owes Dave a debt of gratitude."
It's true, MacFarland says, the recession marked a time when it became critical to have members and supporters stand by the work of the organization. "Phone calls, personal outreach," says MacFarland. That's what it took. And it was not just him, but the board and staff were involved as well.
The effort came naturally to MacFarland. He saw the recession as a time when the work of Pattern was needed more than ever. Whether it was seeking shared efficiencies among small towns or examining consolidation of services on a bigger scale, for bigger savings. "It was a time to work together instead of ignoring each other," said a man who, in his professional life, was part of 16 mergers in the banking world.
MacFarland's involvement in the Hudson Valley goes well beyond Pattern. MacFarland's roster of board service includes the names of 26 organizations, among them the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Partnership and the Stewart Regional Alliance.
"Because he served on well over two dozen boards, there are thousands of individuals whose lives were made better by Dave," said current Pattern Chairman Larry Wolinsky, managing partner of Jacobowitz and Gubits. "Many of these individuals will never be aware that it was Dave who made a difference in their lives. Please join us in saying thank you to Dave on November 7th. It will be a special evening."
Pattern will present MacFarland with a Lifetime Achievement Award this fall. Awards in a number of categories will also go to Alan Seidman, Ross Pepe, Sean Eldridge, Diego Aviles, Richard Rowley, Linda Muller, Dominic Cordisco, John Lavelle, Mary Kay Vrba, Mike Hein, Thomas Endres and Michael Finnegan. The Pattern for Progress annual awards reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor. Reservations are accepted at 845-565-4900. Event sponsorships are also available.
Pattern for Progress is a not-for-profit policy and planning organization that promotes regional, balanced and sustainable solutions to enhance the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley. Founded in 1965 by business, academic and civic leaders, and based in Newburgh, N.Y., Pattern works within the nine-county area that includes Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.
HVFCU names new branch manager
POUGHKEEPSIE (September 30) - Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) announced that James Perales has been named Branch Manager of HVFCU’s Montgomery Branch. In this role, Mr. Perales will oversee all day-to-day activities at the branch, as well as work with commercial accounts in the surrounding area. He reports to John Carola, Area Retail Manager for HVFCU.
Mr. Perales has over 14 years of retail banking experience in Orange and Rockland Counties, including previous management positions with Chase and Key Bank. He is a graduate of Queensborough Community College and studied Business Administration at Baruch College. Since 2011, Mr. Perales has been a volunteer for the Community Arts Grant Decentralization Panel for the Arts Council of Rockland. The Panel provides funding for quality arts projects available to the entire Rockland Community with an emphasis on reaching under-served populations. He resides in Orange County.
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union providing personal and commercial financial services to more than 273,000 members. HVFCU offers savings and loan programs to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship, volunteer or attend school in Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, and Ulster Counties. Visit www.hvfcu.org.
HGAR benefit raises over $17,000 for Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley
WHITE PLAINS (September 30) - The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) recently raised $17,100 for Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley at its “Wish Upon a Star” cocktail party held at the Clubhouse at Patriot Hills in Stony Point, NY. Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley, a non-profit group, grants the wishes of Hudson Valley children who are suffering with life-threatening medical conditions.
Walmart announces store manager for new location in Napanoch
NAPANOCH (September 30) – Walmart has announced John Peters as the store manager for its new store in Napanoch, slated to open Oct.16.
Peters has been with Walmart for ten years. He began his Walmart career in the Middletown, N.Y. store and later moved on to other locations in the Hudson Valley district. In addition to his time with Walmart, Peters brings with him eight years of retail experience at other retailers, where he served as an hourly associate and moved on to become a store manager. A High Point University graduate with a degree in Business Administration, Peters looks forward to bringing his experience to his new position in Napanoch.
“I’m proud to be a part of a team that is strengthening our local economy by bringing new jobs to the community at such a critical time,” said Peters. “In addition to creating about 200 new jobs, the store will offer convenience and savings, offering Napanoch families a new option for their everyday shopping needs at affordable prices.”
The approximately 125,000-square-foot store, located at the Napanoch Valley Mall, will include a full line of groceries in addition to apparel and general merchandise.
Monticello Casino & Raceway donates to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
MONTICELLO (September 25) - Members of Monticello Casino and Raceway staff joined Thunder- 102FM in their annual County Cares fundraising radio thon if an effort to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to help end childhood cancer.
NYS Storm Recovery Center established at Orange County Chamber of Commerce
MONTGOMERY (September 17) - As part of its ongoing efforts to assist in Orange County’s economic recovery in the wake of Superstorm Sandy as well as Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce announced in a press conference Monday the establishment of the NYS Storm Recovery Center to administer the New York State Small Business Storm Recovery Program at the Chamber.
“The NY Rising storm relief effort is open for business,” said Dr. Arnaldo Sehwerert, Regional Director of the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center, noting that $65 billion is available for businesses affected by the storms. Also participating in the announcement were Sen. William Larkin, Assemblyman James Skoufis, County Legislator Roxanne Donnery, Chamber President Dr. John D’Ambrosio and Mid-Hudson SBDC Business Advisor Vanessa Primus.
“By partnering with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, we can cut through red tape, secure federal investments, and get results for the Hudson Valley small businesses that make up the backbone of our local economy,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
L-R: Assemblyman James Skoufis, County Legislator Roxanne Donnery, Sen. William Larkin, Chamber President
Dr. John D’Ambrosio, Regional Director of the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center Dr. Arnaldo Sehwerert,
Mid-Hudson SBDC Business Advisor Vanessa Primus and Chamber intern Ethan Weber.
The NYS Storm Recovery Center will work with small businesses (those with 100 or fewer employees are a priority), farms and non-profit agencies in counties affected by Sandy, Irene and Lee to allow them to benefit from the recovery program.
The state-funded recovery effort provides two forms of relief: grants of up to $50,000 with the possibility of doubling that amount under certain circumstances and loans of up to $1 million with two percent interest over seven years. “The electronic application process is no more complicated than that for an ordinary loan,” said Sehwerert. A case manager is assigned to each applicant to guide him or her through the process.
The program’s manager, Vanessa Primus, is available several times a week at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at 845-339-0025, x 16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nine from Finkelstein & Partners named 2013 Super Lawyers
NEWBURGH (September 11) - Howard S. Finkelstein, founding partner of Finkelstein & Partners LLP, one of New York State's largest personal injury law firms, announced today that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been named 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and two more as 2013 “Rising Stars”.
Managing partner Andrew G. Finkelstein was named to the list for the fourth year in a row. Partners Nancy Y. Morgan and Ron Rosenkranz of the Newburgh office have been recognized for the third year. Kingston-based partner Kenneth Fromson was named for the second year. Partner Thomas Pronti was recognized again as an Albany Super Lawyer.
New to the 2013 Super Lawyers list are Partners Eleanor Polimeni and Thomas Yatto.
Named to the 2013 Upstate New York Rising Stars list are Melody Gregory, based in Newburgh, and Elizabeth Wolff, located in the firm’s Albany office.
The ten attorneys have been recognized for outstanding achievement for their work in the field of personal injury law. This is the seventh consecutive year that Finkelstein & Partners has had attorneys nominated to the list.
Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The selection process is rigorous and results in third party validation of their professional accomplishments.
“Being named Super Lawyers, many for a second time or more, is clear evidence that these attorneys provide a high level of expertise and dedication to meet the needs of our clients,” said Howard Finkelstein. “They have the experience and proven track record that's necessary to win the toughest cases for our clients.“
To read more about these attorneys, visit www.lawampm.com/our-attorneys.html.
Headquartered in Newburgh, NY, Finkelstein & Partners, LLP has been successfully winning serious injury cases for more than 50 years. To learn more, visit the firm’s website at www.lawampm.com
Milton Chazen Scholarship awarded to Michael Stinson
POUGHKEEPSIE (September 11) – As part of its commitment to the future of engineering, The Chazen Companies announces Michael Stinso as the recipient of the Dutchess Community College Milton Chazen Scholarship for 2013.
MONTICELLO (August 29) - Knack, Pavloff & Company, Certified Public Accountants announces that Rebecca L. Nash has joined their firm as a staff accountant.
Ms. Nash majored in Accounting and Finance, earned a Bachelor’s degree from the SUNY New Paltz, and received the College’s Spring 2013 Outstanding Graduate Award. The Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants selected Ms. Nash as the Outstanding Accounting Graduate in 2013.
Ms. Nash is an associate member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Knack, Pavloff & Company has offices in Monticello and Goshen, New York.
Astorino, right, with Adelo and two staff employees
Port Chester entrepreneur get ‘big break’ through MWBE
WHITE PLAINS (August 26) - When Adelo Ramirez started Los Gemelos, the Port Chester restaurant and tortilleria, he dreamed of selling his handmade, authentic tortillas in the big supermarket chains. That was 13 years ago. Today, thanks to the Minority and Women Business Enterprise program (MWBE), Ramirez’ dream is one step closer to reality.
“I am so proud of Adelo,” said County Executive Robert Astorino. “There are many creative and hardworking entrepreneurs in Westchester. Sometimes they just need to be connected to the right people at the right time.”
That is what Jim Coleman, MWBE liaison officer, was able to do for Ramirez.
This spring, Ramirez sat down with Coleman to get his help on how to grow the sales of Los Gemelos soft shell corn tortillas. Ramirez’ previous success included serving large event venues, such as CitiField in Queens, Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York, and Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., but his food store distribution had been limited to local bodegas and small grocery stores.
Coleman was able to get Ramirez a meeting with White Plains based Krasdale Foods, one of the major grocery wholesale food retailers in the New York City Metropolitan area. The meeting resulted in Los Gemelos tortillas contracting for distribution in 12 C-Town supermarkets throughout the Westchester, Connecticut and New York City area.
“We needed a big break,” said Ramirez. “I really have to thank Mr. Astorino’s team. They not only set up the meeting, they helped prepare me for the meeting, and they went with me. I’m really thankful for how invested they are in my success.”
Minority and women business enterprises are strongly encouraged to register their business online to receive:
A listing in the county’s MWBE database, which is utilized by the county’s departments, private contractors, and others who are looking to do business with MWBE’s
Email notifications of business opportunities
Special invitations to workshops, seminars and training to help your business succeed
As for Ramirez, the success continues. Last month, he opened a second restaurant, serving grilled and rotisserie chicken, called Pollos Al Carbon, also in Port Chester.
Abilities First School to Work Program gets donation from Key Bank
POUGHKEEPSIE (August 26) - The KeyBank Foundation has awarded $15,000 to Abilities First, Inc. in support of its School to Work Program.
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