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Hudson Valley Region, April 2016

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

April 2016

New York State Department of Labor
Division of Research and Statistics
120 Bloomingdale Road, Room 218
White Plains, NY 10605
914-997-8798

This briefing provides information on firm-specific hiring and layoff announcements in the Hudson Valley. The information in this report is derived from press releases, newspapers, business journals, newsletters and other public sources. It does not include all expansions and contractions in the region – only those for which public information has been obtained. An attempt is made to present only current information – events that have recently occurred or will occur in the near future.

BUSINESS EXPANSIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
The Dutchess County IDA is considering a resolution for sales and mortgage tax exemption for a hotel project in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Empire Hotel Development is seeking incentives for a $10.5 million, 93-room hotel project. No job numbers were announced.

ShopRite opened a new store at the former A&P site in LaGrangeville. The grocery store will be similar to other ShopRite stores, featuring deli, seafood and bakery sections as well as a wide range of both national and local products. The new store created 175 jobs.

Tilted Kilt, a Celtic-themed franchise known for the revealing, tartan uniforms worn by its female staffers, will open a new sports bar and restaurant at the former Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse location in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The new eatery is scheduled for a September opening. No job numbers were announced.

Orange County
Castle Fun Center
is moving forward with its $3 million renovation of its amusement park. The 18-month project will add new rides and reconfigure old ones. The project will create 20 new jobs to its existing workforce of about 48 employees.

Rhinebeck Bank plans to officially open a new branch in Goshen on June 3, 2016. The Poughkeepsie-based bank already operates nine branches in Dutchess County and one in Ulster County. No job numbers were announced.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Empire Resorts
is seeking tax incentives for its planned $15.9 million upgrade of The Monster Golf Course in Kiamesha Lake. The company is asking for $591,408 in sales-tax exemptions from the IDA, and an estimated $200,000 in mortgage-tax exemptions, as well as an unspecified abatement on property taxes. Empire Resorts promises to create 20 – 35 temporary construction jobs and 55 full and part-time jobs at the golf course.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Starwood Capital
has resubmitted a zoning proposal that would nearly double the allowable size for development, thereby paving the way for the $300 million makeover of the former United Hospital in Port Chester. The zoning amendment would give Starwood the option to increase the allowed project size at the former hospital site from 536,659 sq. ft. to 939,153 sq. ft. Starwood is looking to build 1.05 million sq. ft. of apartments, hotel space, restaurants, shops and office space on the 15-acre site near Interstate-287. The developer will build a total of 730 apartments, of which 500 will be marketed toward millennial and 230 apartments will available to tenants 55 years or older.

Touro College was recently granted state approval to establish the Touro College of Dental Medicine at its New York Medical College campus in Valhalla. The new school will be New York State’s first dental school in nearly half a century. The school is expected to begin this fall with an anticipated enrollment of 110 students. Touro anticipate hiring new faculty staff for the new school.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Sears Holdings
, the parent company of K-Mart announced plans to close 78 stores nationwide this summer, including 68 K-Mart and 10 Sears stores. The company will close six stores in New York, including a K-Mart store on South Road in Poughkeepsie. Employees that are being laid off at the closing stores will have an opportunity to apply at other stores that will remain open.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Pfizer Inc.
filed a WARN notice on April 7, 2016 with the NYS Department of Labor in anticipation of another round of layoffs. The pharmaceutical giant will lay off 200 employees including 40 non-bargaining unit and 160 bargaining unit employees. The layoffs will commence on or after July 9, 2016.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Vivint Solar
announced plans to close its Kingston office. The facility was primarily being used as a warehouse and sales center. No announcements were made as to how many jobs were lost as a result of the closure.

Westchester County
Rosenthal Jewish Community Center of Northern Westchester, Inc.
filed a WARN notice on March 14, 2016 with the NYS Department of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff. The Jewish Community Center will lay off 61 employees at its facility in Pleasantville. The layoffs will occur between June 17 and June 30, 2016. Some additional layoffs will also occur at its facilities in Yorktown Heights (6) and in Pound Ridge (5).

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

About 39,000 Verizon landline and cable workers in the Northeast recently went on strike after negotiations lasting almost a year failed to produce a contract. The 39,000 workers, members of two unions – the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers had been working without a contract for nearly eight months. In White Plains, about 500 workers were picketing outside the Verizon building on Main Street, across from the Galleria Mall. Another 200 workers from Orange, Ulster and Dutchess Counties were picketing in front of a Verizon garage off Route 300 in the Town of Newburgh.

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