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Hudson Valley Region, July 2017

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

July 2017

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
Chipotle Mexican Grill
recently opened its first restaurant in Dutchess County in Fishkill. The fast-casual eatery opened its new location at 10 Westage Drive in the Hudson Valley Town Center. No job numbers were announced.

Olivet University, an evangelical Christian school headquartered in California recently applied to the Dutchess County Local Development Corporation for $35 million to $40 million in tax-exempt bonds to develop a college campus on the grounds of the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale. The school plans on rehabilitating some of the existing buildings in addition to constructing new facilities. Since Olivet is a non-profit entity it will not apply for a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, but will seek an exemption from mortgage tax filing fees. No job numbers were announced.

Smoothie King recently open a new eatery on Route 9, in Wappinger Falls. The New Orleans-based chain has locations across the United States, as well as hundreds of international shops. The new store will be the company’s 900th location. Smoothie King offers a variety of fitness and wellness smoothie blends as well as more traditional options. No job numbers were announced.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
New Planet Energy
plans to build a $700 million biofuel plant on a 39-acre property on Holt Drive, near the border of the Town of Haverstraw. The 250,000sq. ft. recycling facility will convert the region’s garbage into fuel using gasification process. The facility would process about 4,500 tons of garbage a day from municipalities in New York City and Westchester County, among others, but none from Rockland County. The plant will create 150 jobs. The plan is currently in the permitting process and undergoing an environmental impact study with the state Department of Conservation, the lead agency for the proposal. If approved, the facility will be built in two phases. The first phase of the plan could be operational by the second quarter of 2019, after which the second phase would be completed within 18 months.

Sullivan County
Resorts World Catskills
announced plans to operate casino dealer schools in Sullivan, Orange and Ulster Counties in the coming weeks. The dealer schools will be used to train people to enable them to apply for table games dealer positions at the new Resorts World Catskills casino. The schools will be located in Monticello, Stewart Airport/New Windsor, and Ellenville. All table game classes will be free of charge. Resorts World Catskills expects to hire an estimated 600 dealers prior to opening its door to the public in March 2018.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Hospital for Special Surgery
, a Manhattan-based orthopedic hospital is nearing the completion of its 50,000sq. ft. outpatient facility in White Plains and anticipates an official opening in the fall. The facility, which will be its largest outpatient center, will offer convenience for the 10 percent of its patients that comes from Westchester County. The Specialty Hospital operates several locations, including facilities in Stamford, CT., Queens, Long Island, New Jersey and several sites in Manhattan. No job numbers were announced.

A new boutique hotel is coming to Westchester County. “V” Hotel, part of the Choice Hotel’s “Ascend” Collection is being built on Church Street in New Rochelle. The eight-story facility will include 80 luxury guest rooms, full-service restaurant and bar, meeting space, an exercise room and open lounges. The new hotel is expected to open in late fall 2018. No job numbers were announced.

RXR Realty announced plans for a $300 million mixed-use development in downtown New Rochelle. The proposal calls for two 28-story towers, consisting of 650 to 700 apartments and 35,000 to 40,000sq. ft. of retail space. The towers will be the largest-scale project yet under a master plan that calls for attracting $4 billion in investments around downtown New Rochelle Transit Center. RXR expects to submit site plans later this year and if the city approves them, it will try to break ground on the first of the two towers in mid-2018. No job numbers were announced.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Nothing to report.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Employees at the Grand at Pawling, a nursing home in the local community, held an informational picket outside the company offices on Thursday July 6, 2017 to voice their concerns over decent wages and affordable health benefits. The employees are members of the local 1199SEIU healthcare workers union.

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