Two new partners at law firm
Helen Collier Mauch and David Cooper have become partners in the Zarin & Steinmetz law firm in White Plains.
Cooper brings more than 10 years experience to the firm’s litigation practice, which includes both trial and appellate matters in local, state and federal courts. Prior to joining Zarin & Steinmetz, Cooper served as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Mauch has extensive experience representing private interests and municipalities in the areas of land use and environmental law. Her practice includes brownfield site remediation, complex cost recovery litigation and real estate and land-use transactions. Prior to joining Zarin & Steinmetz in 2005, Mauch worked at Rosenman & Colin in New York City.
Nonprofit receives grant
Westchester Independent Living Services, which serves Westchester and the Hudson Valley has received a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation to improve the lives of people living with paralysis.
The $6,000 grant will help buy sport wheelchairs for new members of the NY Rollin’ KNICKS basketball team, which is a team of mixed-age athletes playing wheelchair basketball. The chairs, not for everyday use, are specifically designed for contact sport and are lightweight, quick, strong and can turn rapidly.
The Rollin’ KNICKS are a wheelchair basketball team co-sponsored by WILC and the New York KNICKS/Madison Square Garden. The team, consisting of individuals with varying physical disabilities is in the championship division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and plays in tournaments throughout the United States.
AT&T employees awarded volunteer service award
Lucas Arzilli, Thomas Bogue, Maureen Britt, William Brown III, Nicolas Cannistra Jr., Ron Feely, Darren Joseph, Michael Kane, Jerilyn Lewis, Joyce Li, Louisa Marullo, Steven Moetzinger, Raymond Petrilli and Denise Pilla of the White Plains region of AT&T are 14 of the 4,031 members of its dedicated workforce to receive a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Established in 2003, the award gives presidential recognition to U.S. citizens who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service each year. This achievement is a way to inspire others to contribute to their communities through volunteer service and to make volunteer service a central part of their lives. The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President George W. Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make to our nation.
To be eligible to receive the award, AT&T submits a record of employees’ annual volunteer service hours to be verified and considered eligible for the award. AT&T employees are eligible after 100 hours of annual volunteer work.
Enea elected president of county bar foundation
Elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea, managing partner of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano L.L.P. in White Plains and Somers, has been elected president of the Westchester County Bar Foundation. For the past 30 years, the foundation has served as the charitable arm of the bar association, contributing to the improvement of the administration of justice and encouraging a better public understanding of the law.
A strong leader in Westchester County’s legal community, Enea has been a member of the foundation for many years and was previously vice president. He is also a past president of the Westchester County Bar Association and co-founder of its elder law section.
Named Westchester County’s Leading Elder Care Attorney at the 2013 Above the Bar Awards, Enea has spent three decades protecting the rights of seniors, the disabled and their families. He is the immediate past chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section.
He is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a past president of the organization’s New York chapter.
Junior league fundraiser a success
The Junior League of Central Westchester’s (JLCW) spring fundraiser, Glitz & Glamour March 28, was attended by more than 270 people and raised funds to support the JLCW’s programs that help improve the community. The evening was co-sponsored by Pepe Infiniti and 42 The Restaurant and was held at the auto dealership in White Plains.
Proceeds from Glitz & Glamour support the JLCW’s programs that promote health and literacy, provide food and necessities to the underprivileged, empower low-income families, help preserve sponsors. Sponsors included Tiffany & Co. at The Westchester, Neiman Marcus, Ruby Sponsors Sportime, Houlihan Lawrence, TD Bank, Simon Properties and American Airlines.
Public service award
Amalgamated Life Insurance Co. in White Plains announced that its President and CEO David Walsh and Chairman of the Board Noel Beasley have been named recipients of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial’s Clara Lemlich Public Service Award.
Walsh and Beasley received this honor at the TSFFM’s 2014 annual dinner March 25 in the New York City Fire Museum.
The award recognizes individuals whose work and spirit have resulted in better wages and working conditions for members of the ILGWU. In the early 1900s, Lemlich participated in efforts to improve the wages and working conditions for her co-workers in the garment industry. Even after receiving violent beatings orchestrated by factory owners, she persisted in her efforts, which ultimately resulted in a strike by 20,000 garment workers that lasted several months and finally culminated in the workers receiving better wages and working conditions.
Brokerage appoints a digital marketer
Houlihan Lawrence has welcomed digital marketing expert Anne Marie Gianutsos to the company’s corporate management team in Rye.
Gianutsos will lead all digital and mobile marketing, product and strategy efforts for the firm. Gianutsos brings 10 years of experience in media and expertise in digital marketing, communications, video, creative services, sales and strategic partnerships, among other critical areas.
“As more consumers expect an integrated digital experience, we’ll continue to ensure that our services, tools and customer experiences meet the needs of an always connected marketplace. People increasingly supplement the agent experience with self-service tools and we need to remain a leader in innovation,” Gianutsos said.
Prior to joining Houlihan Lawrence, Gianutsos was the associate publisher for Epicurious and ZipList, digital divisions of Condé Nast, where she managed marketing and account management.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and resides in Larchmont. Gianutsos is a founding member of W.O.M.E.N in America, a professional development organization aimed at advancing promising professional women.
WJCS gala honors supporters
Linda Plattus and Penny Goldsmith were recently honored by Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison.
Goldsmith was honored for her passionate advocacy for WJCS in recruiting fellow board members and enlisting support for many programs, while Plattus was recognized for exceptional leadership in developing and shoring up programs that improve the lives of children and youth.
The gala raised more than $600,000 to enable WJCS to continue providing more than 70 mental health, home care, residential, special needs, educational and other programs to the Westchester Community.
Daly named COO at Rose Cos.
Jonathan Rose Cos. L.L.C., formerly located in Westchester County and now in New York City, has named Michael Daly, one of the real estate industry’s successful residential and office development experts, chief operating officer. In this capacity he will manage the company’s operations and the expansion and diversification of the Rose Companies’ nationwide portfolio.
“Mike Daly is an outstanding real estate professional who brings tremendous experience and leadership skills to the company, as well as someone who shares our passion and mission for creating extraordinary communities of opportunity,” President Jonathan Rose said.
Most recently, as president of Forest City Enterprises’ affiliate Mesa del Sol, Daly was responsible for the overall master plan and development for a 9,000-acre, urbanism mixed-use project in Albuquerque, N.M., that will ultimately include 38,000 homes and 18 million square feet of commercial development. Prior to that, he founded Sterling Glen Communities, a joint venture with Forest City Enterprises created to develop, own and manage luxury senior housing. At completion, the portfolio included 11 buildings, more than 1,200 residents and employed more than 800 people. Ultimately, the company was sold to Lazard Feres (Atria Senior Living). Daly started his real estate career working at Forest City Ratner Companies, where he was responsible for leasing and development of the firm’s commercial properties in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
New partners at Eckert Seamans
The members of the national law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott L.L.C. recently voted to elect five attorneys to the firm’s membership (partnership), effective April 1. Of the five members Riyaz G. Bhimani will be practicing in the firm’s White Plains office. His practice covers a broad range of complex and general commercial litigation matters, and his experience includes representing lending institutions, loan servicers, financial services companies, accounting firms, broker-dealers, as well hospitality and airline companies.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott has more than 375 attorneys in 14 offices throughout the United States.
Nonprofit Westchester announces new members
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and the Center for Career Freedom have joined Nonprofit Westchester (NPW), an advocacy organization that represents nearly 100 nonprofits in the county.
“We are so pleased to welcome Caramoor, which provides exceptional musical and artistic experiences to our region, and the Center for Career Freedom, which helps those with disabilities find employment, to our growing organization,” said Joanna Straub, NPW executive director. “As we near 100 members, we are excited that our membership includes nonprofit organizations that provide such a breadth of valuable services to Westchester County.”
For more information about Nonprofit Westchester, call 914-332-6679.
Hamilton to receive award
Marian Hamilton, founder of The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at Northern Westchester Hospital, will receive the Quality of Life Award during the 34th annual Volunteer Spirit Awards held by the Volunteer Center of the United Way. The ceremony will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, April 24, from 8 to 10 a.m.
Hamilton founded the KHCC after losing her husband, Ken, in 2004 to mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. While she knew that Ken was receiving great care, she felt isolated and overwhelmed navigating the complex health care system, all while raising two teenage daughters.
She envisioned an oasis for caregivers within a hospital where they could “escape and recharge,” as well as find trained, caring individuals to talk to. From that vision The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at NWH was developed. The center offers free supportive services to family caregivers experiencing new or chronic care-giving needs, monthly caregiver support groups and community resource referrals are also available.
“Marian’s dedication to helping family caregivers is incredibly inspiring and I am so proud that she is receiving this recognition from the Volunteer Center of the United Way,” said Joel Seligman, president and CEO, Northern Westchester Hospital.
When the KHCC opened in 2007, it was the first of its kind in the New York metropolitan area. Today, the KHCC has become a model for other hospitals around the country.
Murphy named director of planning
Kelly Murphy has joined VHB as director of planning in the White Plains office. Murphy will help VHB expand its planning practice throughout the region and bolster the firm’s ability to provide comprehensive services to its municipal and private clients in New York and Connecticut.
She will direct VHB’s planning and design efforts, including land use, zoning, affordable housing, grant writing and economic development. Over the last 18 years Murphy has worked with major urban governments, formerly serving as deputy mayor for economic development with the city of New Haven, deputy director with the New York City Department of City Planning and division director of the Department of Housing & Economic Development in Chicago.
Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from James Madison University and a Master of Urban Planning degree in economic development and finance from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is a member of the American Planning Association and Urban Land Institute.
Hearing loss group honors Glazer
Robert Glazer, CEO of ENT and Allergy Associates in Tarrytown, has been honored by the Westchester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).
Known as the “voice for people with hearing loss,” the HLAA honored Glazer as its 2014 Health Hero of the Year at an event April 6. The occasion marked the kickoff for the organization’s 9th annual Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing; a 5K event that will be held May 17 at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights.
“Our Westchester Chapter was delighted to recognize Robert Glazer as this year’s Health Hero,” co-chair David Goldwasser said. “His work and the work of his practice’s otologists, neuotologists, otolaryngologists and audiologists on behalf of hearing health stands as an inspiration for all for our medical and local communities, and Bob serves as a true role model.”
Glazer, with more than 35 years of health care administrative experience in finance and operations, information technology and health care marketing, joined ENT and Allergy Associates in December 1997.
Exchange Club to present service award
The Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess will present its 47th annual Meritorious Service Award to a couple who have together devoted decades to the betterment of southern Dutchess County. Brigid and Wayne Nussbickel will be presented the club’s highest award in recognition of their outstanding commitment to community service at a May breakfast.
“Brigid and Wayne epitomize what it means to be dedicated community servants – they are committed to serving others and giving back to make this an even better place to live and work,” Exchange Club President Andrew Trivero said. “As recipients of our service club’s highest award, which honors longtime and exemplary dedication to improving the quality of life in our community, they personify the highest values of community involvement and dedication.”
Wayne Nussbickel is president and CEO of N&S Supply, and Brigid has devoted more than two decades as a teacher, currently serving as fourth-grade teacher/assistant to the principal of the Arthur S. May School in the Arlington Central School District. The Nussbickels will be recognized for their longtime devotion to such important causes as the Norman and Rita Nussbickel Scholarship, the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Arts Council Fund, the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, the Millbrook Free Library, the Mill Street Loft, the Vassar College Science Education Internship Program, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Dutchess County Economic Development Corp. and many others.
The award will be presented at a breakfast May 13 at Villa Borghese in Wappinger. Reservations must be made in advance. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, contact Denise Doring VanBuren at email@example.com.
ORMC chosen Livestrong finalist
Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown has been selected as a finalist to receive The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program as part of the Livestrong Community Impact Project, which was created to bring proven cancer-support programs to communities across the U.S. Grantees will be determined through a public, online voting campaign that ended April 11.
If chosen ORMC will receive up to $15,600 to replicate and implement one of three sustainable programs dedicated to supporting people living with cancer. Since 2001, the Livestrong Foundation has funded more than 200 programs nationwide, helping millions of patients, survivors, families and caregivers affected by cancer from the moment of diagnosis through survivorship.
“Bringing The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program to Orange Regional through the Livestrong Community Impact Project will allow people in our community affected by cancer to receive the extra support they need to beat the disease on their own terms,” said Sandra Iberger, vice president of oncology services and outpatient operations.
March of Dimes honors founder: FDR
The March of Dimes recently unveiled a new exhibit commissioned to tell the story of its history and that of its founder – FDR – at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.
Created to celebrate the March of Dimes 75th anniversary in 2013, the exhibit includes an interactive touch screen that highlights FDR’s personal struggles with polio, the foundation’s scientific breakthroughs and celebrity support. Major donors to the FDR Legacy Campaign also are listed.
“Congress honored FDR and commemorated his founding of the March of Dimes by placing him on the U.S. dime in 1946, but few people remember this today,” says LaVerne H. Council, chairman of the March of Dimes board of trustees, “The FDR Legacy Exhibit stands as an enduring testimonial to this important aspect of FDR’s life’s work.”
The March of Dimes was founded by FDR in 1938 to combat polio. The March of Dimes funded the discovery of the Salk and Sabin vaccines and launched an immunization campaign that eliminated polio from the United States by the 1970s. In 2013, there were 404 cases worldwide.
“FDR also was famous for articulating Four Freedoms – freedom of speech and religion and freedom from want and fear. But his living legacy in today’s world is the fight for freedom from disease,” March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse said.
“The conquest of polio was one of my grandfather’s dearest wishes,” said Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, granddaughter of FDR and National Honorary Chairwoman of the March of Dimes Roosevelt Legacy Campaign. “He would be so proud to receive this recognition and to know that the institution he created – the March of Dimes – continues to improve the health of
Parisio joins Focus Media
Goshen-based Focus Media Inc. has hired Marla Parisio as an associate account executive.
Parisio earned her bachelor’s degree in communications, with a concentration in public relations and advertising, from SUNY Cortland. Most recently, she worked with GroupM as an assistant broadcast negotiator and junior buyer, negotiating local spot buys for radio and television markets, in addition to a wide range of responsibilities.
“I am excited and honored to join the Focus Media team,” Parisio said. “I believe the experience I have acquired through my recent positions will be an asset to Focus Media, and I’m looking forward to expanding my own knowledge of marketing and communications through my work in this new position.”
Central Hudson appoints vice president of IT
Mark J. Holtermann, an experienced professional with decades of expertise in technology solutions has been appointed vice president of information technology for Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. in Poughkeepsie. He joined the regional utility April 7 and has responsibility for all facets of information technology, including hardware, software and communication strategy and implementation.
“We are delighted to welcome Mark to lead our information technology group. I’m confident that he’ll bring great value to our operations and to our customers,” said James P. Laurito, president. “Mark’s experience will be extremely beneficial as we continue to identify and leverage advancements in information technology to enhance system efficiency and resiliency.”
Holtermann most recently served as senior director of global enterprise technology solutions for Jarden Consumer Solutions, a $6 billion manufacturer of consumer products.
Holtermann holds a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memphis State University.
Jewish Federation celebrates “Honorable Menschen”
Ten outstanding Honorable Menschen from the Newburgh Jewish community were honored by their respective organizations at Temple Sinai. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County more than 120 guests attended. The word mensch literally translates to man, but usually refers to a decent human being, a good, honest person who always takes the high road. Being called a mensch is the ultimate compliment.
At the event, photojournalist David Burnett presented a slide show of his years documenting history.
The honorees included (alphabetically by synagogue):
• Congregation Agudas Israel, Newburgh, Jack Dabrusin
• Congregation Beth Hillel, Walden, David Lustig
• Congregation B’nai Torah, Greenwood Lake, Gary Birnberg
• Congregation Eitz Chaim, Monroe, Jerome Spector
• Monroe Temple Beth-El, Monroe, David Levine
• Newburgh Jewish Community Center, Ian Rieger
• Noar of Newburgh Hadassah, Dr. Robert Lustbader
• Temple Beth Jacob, Newburgh, Steven Pearl
• Temple Beth Shalom, Florida, Mike Miller
• Temple Sinai, Middletown, Bernd Solomon