Monthly Archives: February 2019

Con Ed’s Natural Gas Moratorium Would “Unequivocally” Halt Development in Westchester, Local Officials Warn

A lot is on the line for Westchester County as it eyes a Con Edison natural gas moratorium that could halt all new connections starting March 15. In response, the Business Council of Westchester immediately convened a high-level task force of major developers that will continue to advocate for both short- and long-term solutions. During [...]

By | 2019-02-21T15:46:25-05:00 February 21st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Simone Development’s $61 Million Proposal to Convert a Platinum Mile Office Building into a Pediatric Outpatient Center for Montefiore Medical Center Wins IDA Backing

Simone Development’s $61 million proposal to transform 104 Corporate Park Drive on the Platinum Mile in Harrison has won the financial backing of Westchester County’s Industrial Development Agency. The Bronx-based developer is calling to renovate the 118,000-square-foot office building to create a four-level health care center that will be leased by Montefiore. Plans include urgent [...]

By | 2019-02-21T14:45:01-05:00 February 21st, 2019|News|0 Comments

BCW Stresses Safety Concerns in Urging County to Repave Airport Runway

The Business Council of Westchester’s Coalition for Westchester Airport (CWA) continues to be the driving force in engaging key stakeholders on the importance of enhancing, not expanding, the airport. John Ravitz, head of the CWA and Chief Operating Officer of the BCW, this week called on members for assistance on an important airport matter – [...]

By | 2019-02-21T15:45:08-05:00 February 21st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Statement by John Ravitz, Executive Vice President/COO to the NY State Public Service Commission

Good Afternoon. My name is John Ravitz. I am Vice President and COO of the Business Council of Westchester, the only business membership organization whose focus is on economic development and advocacy in Westchester County. I appreciate the opportunity to address the Commission on this urgent matter. With hundreds of millions of dollars in new [...]

By | 2019-02-14T15:10:07-05:00 February 14th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Amazon Pulling Out of New York City is Also Westchester’s Loss

Amazon announced Thursday that mounting local opposition was behind its decision to cancel its plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City that would have created 25,000 new jobs. Business Council of Westchester Vice President and COO John Ravitz called it a “missed opportunity,” saying we will now never realize the full extent of [...]

By | 2019-02-14T16:14:30-05:00 February 14th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BCW Urges Public Service Commission to Expand Existing Supply Pipelines in Light of Con Ed Natural Gas Crisis

As Westchester County’s only business membership organization whose focus is on economic development and advocacy in Westchester County, The Business Council of Westchester continues to take action on the Consolidated Edison natural gas crisis, this week speaking up at the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) public hearing. With hundreds of millions of dollars in new [...]

By | 2019-02-14T13:57:59-05:00 February 14th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Remembering Leonard N. Spano

Leonard N. Spano, who served as a Westchester County legislator for 22 years and County Clerk for another 11 until retiring in 2005, passed away Sunday at the age of 88. The patriarch of a Westchester County political dynasty, Spano and his wife, Josephine, raised 16 children in Yonkers. His son Nicholas served as a [...]

By | 2019-02-14T13:58:13-05:00 February 14th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Greyston: Fighting for Economic Inclusion in Westchester County

For 37 years, Greyston has been fighting for economic inclusion in Westchester County, creating opportunities for disenfranchised people, battling against systemic inequities, fighting for social justice, and advocating for equity for individuals regardless of their past. Greyston's mission is to create thriving communities through the practice and promotion of Open Hiring. Greyston is dedicated  to [...]

By | 2019-02-07T21:10:06-05:00 February 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Revenue Shortfall Causing $2.3 Billion Headache for Cuomo Budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo has blamed the rollback of state and local tax deductions by the federal government as the reason behind a $2.3 billion revenue shortfall which is wreaking havoc on his $175 billion spending plan for 2020. "Everything we did economically is right," Cuomo said Monday. "We tightened our belt, we cut taxes, we're [...]

By | 2019-02-07T15:06:45-05:00 February 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments

BCW Jumps into Action on Natural Gas Crisis with Con Edison Briefing

With hundreds of millions of dollars in new development and thousands of residential housing units in jeopardy, the Business Council of Westchester (BCW), the county’s only business membership organization focusing on economic development and advocacy,brought together more than 50 leading developers with projects planned for Westchester to a top-level briefing and discussion with representatives of [...]

By | 2019-02-07T15:05:40-05:00 February 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments