Issue Date :: October 1, 2020
Nearly 50 Attend Real Estate & Housing Task Force Meeting
On September 30, nearly 50 members of the WCA's Real Estate & Housing Task Force met virtually to discuss the implementation plan of the newly released Affordable Housing Initiatives chapter of the WCA Policy Playbook. This diverse group of public and private stakeholders will spend the next 6-12 months providing educational forums and continue to cultivate partnerships to addressing the urgent need for diverse and affordable housing stock for the regional workforce. Contact Julia Emrick to get involved.
Important State Program Alert:
'Shared Work' lets you keep staff and avoid layoffs
New York State Senator Shelley Mayer and WCA President & CEO Michael Romita joined the New York State's Department of Labor for a live webinar on the Shared Work Program and how it can support businesses, including assisting them during slow periods or when they're reopening after a COVID-19 pause, and helping them to avoid layoffs of employees, which in turn enables employees to retain their fringe benefits, like healthcare and pensions. Contact WCA for more information.
WCA Receives Workforce Grant from Entergy Foundation
The WCA has recently been approved for a $7,500 workforce grant from Entergy Foundation. The grant, which will be manged by Jason Chapin, director of workforce development, will be used to help 25 Westchester Community College (WCC) students in their Respiratory Care program pay for their exams and licenses. Most of the students are first generation college students and had to overcome many obstacles to complete the program during the pandemic. With the expenses taken care of, the WCA will help students find jobs at local hospitals.
ICYMI: WCA Releases "Towards a Stronger Future" Report
WCA's Towards a Stronger Future report was recently issued from our Post Pandemic Working Group (PPWG), who is working collaboratively to support the recovery and long-term prosperity of the region. The report sets forth a clear advocacy and action agenda in four Foundational Pillars of Economic Recovery where the WCA is well-positioned through its proven expertise and deep professional network to achieve significant impact: healthcare & bioscience, real estate & housing, digital connectivity, and energy & sustainability. Click to read full press release
WCA Video Library: On Demand Content 24/7
Since the start of the pandemic, we have shifted from our regular scheduled live events to a virtual model of free and exclusive programming including live streaming webinars that are full of rich and informative content. To watch our most recent webinars and live video chats on demand, see links below or visit the WCA YouTube channel:

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The Building & Realty Institute is one of the largest construction, development and real estate-related industry trade associations in New York State. There two main goals are to improve the image of the industry and its relationship with government and the community and to promote relationships among builders and real estate business owners to the mutual advantage of the industry. Click Here for More Info.
HSS Public & Patient Education are offering virtual community education programs this fall. A wide range of educational programming with topics such as pain and stress management, exercise classes, children's health and more are available for the general public for free or at low cost. More Info Here.
Joan Cusack-McGuirk, president/CEO of Montefiore St. Luke's Cornwall, was named chair of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet).  NorMet represents hospitals in seven counties in the Hudson Valley. It advocates for reasonable and rationale healthcare regulation and legislation. NorMet is a division of the Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State. More Info Here.
PKF O’Connor Davies recently announced that Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Company, a certified public accounting firm located in Hauppauge, New York, has joined the Firm. Led by co-managing partners, Joseph Ferreira and Jeffrey Davoli, the Long Island firm brings nine partners and 45 staff to the PKF O’Connor Davies team and expands the Firm’s presence in the area. This is the latest move as part of PKF O’Connor Davies’ ongoing strategic growth initiative. More Info Here.
CohnReznick will be hosting a virtual event to kick-start a dialogue about the promise and challenges related to Opportunity Zones. The webinar will take place on October 15th and will have three different panel discussions. More Info Here.
RM Friedland, the commercial real estate brokerage in Westchester and Fairfield County, has expanded by establishing an office brokerage division. The company had considered venturing heavily into office brokerage for some time but it wasn’t until long-time commercial office broker Chris O’Callaghan agreed to join the firm that the pieces fell into place. Read More Here.
Marsha Rand, founder and President of Rand Realty, and Helen Hanna Casey, CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, recently announced that the two real estate companies have joined forces in the creation of a new partnership - Howard Hanna | Rand Realty. The announcement finalizes a partnership between Rand Realty, the No. 1 real estate brokerage firm in the Greater Hudson Valley, and the nation’s largest independently owned brokerage firm, Howard Hanna. Read More Here.
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