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Hudson Valley Region, June 2016

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

June 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
Nothing to report.

Orange County
After months of exploring several options sites, Merlin Entertainment recently announced plans to build a Legoland theme park off of Harriman Drive in the Town of Goshen. The company’s first choice in the Hudson Valley was in the Town of Haverstraw in Rockland County, but the town pulled out because of a multitude of concerns raised by its residents. The $800 million project will be the largest Legoland park in the world, and once in operation, the park will employ an estimated 1,500 people. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017, with an anticipated opening for spring, 2019. Representatives from Merlin Entertainment will present their plans to the Goshen town Planning Board in mid-June 2016.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Warby Parker
, a designer of high-quality and yet very affordable eyewear, will move into a new 34,000 sq. ft. optical lab in Sloatsburg, creating an estimated 128 new jobs over the next five years. The Manhattan-based company will invest $15 million to build and outfit the new factory. Empire State Development Corporation will give the company $1.32 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits with the possibility of additional credits if the company creates 145 new jobs while maintaining its current NYC workforce of 271 through 2025.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Marriott Residence Inn
is scheduled to open on June 30, 2016 in the Town of Ulster. The 92-suite hotel on Frank Sottile Boulevard will offer complimentary breakfast daily and a variety of meal options. No job numbers were announced.

Westchester County
Alma Realty Group
, a real estate development company has filed a demolition permit for an old school building that it is targeting for housing. The real estate developer, which purchased the facility for $662,350 in 2014, wants to raze the former school 19 building at Jackson Street in Yonkers and build a 91-unit apartment complex. No job numbers were announced.

Balducci’s, the upscale gourmet grocery store, will open a new location in Rye Brook. The new 18,000 square-foot store, in the former D’Agostino’s location at the Rye Ridge shopping center, will be a full-service grocery store, with a butcher, fishmonger and a produce department. No job numbers were announced.

Barnes & Noble is slated to open a concept store in the former Borders location in Eastchester in October, 2016. The new store will have an assortment of books, in addition to a full-service restaurant, which will also serve beer and wine. No job numbers were announced.

RXR Larkin Tower L.L.C., the developer behind the $197 million housing project in Yonkers, has begun demolition work for the new facility. Contractors have begun razing the former Rising Media building at 25 Warburton Avenue to make way for the new 442-unit housing complex. The new facility will feature two towers, a parking garage, retail space and rooftop lawns with a gym. No job numbers were announced.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers proposed to build an 80-unit affordable apartment complex in Yonkers. Part of the building will have apartments for those who have had mental illness but are stable and can live independently, with the rest of the building geared for affordable housing. The building will not provide treatment services, but there will be a 24-hour supportive staff for those special needs residents. No job numbers were announced.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Sodexo Inc.
filed a WARN notice on June 17, 2016 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company lost its contract to provide food services at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Newburgh, and, as a result, will lay off 72 employees. The layoffs are scheduled for July 31, 2016.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Pfizer
filed a WARN notice on June 28, 2016 in anticipation of another round of layoffs at its Pearl River campus in Rockland County. The pharmaceutical giant will lay off about 151 employees, including 103 non-bargaining unit and 48 bargaining unit employees. The layoffs will occur between August 20 and October 28, 2016.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Nothing to report.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Union workers, members of 1199SEIU at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, continued their informational protest on June 15, 2016, with regards to staff shortages at the facility. The workers have long expressed their concerns about inadequate staffing at the medical center which has resulted in employees working longer shifts.

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