Qué está pasando: tercer trimestre de 2022

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Consejo de Construcción, Bienes Raíces y Desarrollo (CRED)

Economic Development Government Affairs (EDGA)

Consejo Verde

Alianza de Hotelería y Turismo

HR Connexions

Consejo de marketing profesional

Rockland Emerging Business Owners & Professionals (REBOP)

Iniciativa Tecnológica

Women’s Leadership Council




Consejo de Construcción, Bienes Raíces y Desarrollo (CRED)

CRED supports and empowers RBA members who are in real estate, development, and construction through networking, resource sharing, education and advocacy.

The new Co-Chairs for CRED are Michael Chang, Howard Hanna Rand Realty/Rand Commercial, and Tivona Cunningham, PTS Contracting. They have a vision for the future of CRED: meetings consisting of on-location events, participation from town officials, and panels of speakers who are experts in real estate, development, lending, government, and planning.

During the July Round Table discussion, each introduced themselves and how they saw the future of CRED. The attendees were asked to identify what they would like to see for future topics.

The September CRED Council meeting was hosted at the newly remodeled RCC Hospitality & Culinary Center in Nyack, where we heard from RBA Members about Commercial Real Estate and happenings in Rockland County. Speakers were Mark Davidoff, Director of the RCC Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center, and Joseph Rand, Chief Creative Officer, Howard Hanna Rand Realty. Afterward, Mark led the group on a tour of the facilities.

The October 25th meeting will include Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny with an update on happenings in Orangetown and Rick Tannenbaum, a realtor with Houlihan Lawrence Commercial Real Estate and a writer for the Rockland Business Journal,

Economic Development / Government Affairs

Our Economic Development/Government Affairs Council addressed some very prominent subjects that we expect will influence our plans for a legislative agenda to be discussed at our 4th quarter meetings.

A major topic of conversation centered around the state’s Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act. There are concerns, in many quarters, that the timelines for achieving the goals of this act are too aggressive and that it could cause major disruptions in the labor market.  Also, that the current plan lacks a complete cost analysis and plan for grid reliability. In fact, four major NY organizations have come together to advance a “realistic, achievable joint roadmap to meet CLCPA goals.” Those groups are The Business Council of New York State (the RBA is a member of this organization), the Independent Power Producers of New York, the New York State AFL-CIO and the Building & Construction Trades Council.

We also took a look at the outcome of the state’s primaries; who won, who lost and why. And, what effect those outcomes could have in the November elections.

Another hot topic was the MTA’s planned Congestion Pricing Plan that could result in Rocklander”s having to pay as much as $23 more in tolls each time they drive south of 60th Street. One of the goals of this plan is to get commuters out of their cars and into public transportation.  Unfortunately, Rockland comes up extremely short when it comes to public transit. And, what’s more, we already have a $40 million a year value gap with the MTA. Gov. Hochul supports this plan, yet she might be the only one who can provide us with relief from it’s onerous effects. We will continue to address this issue in the next quarter.

Alianza de Hotelería y Turismo

Our Hospitality & Tourism Alliance heard some very thorough and positive reports from several sectors. Bruce Tucker, Mayor of Piermont, was particularly upbeat when speaking about the new restaurants coming to the village. He was extremely positive when discussing how a landmark business, Otto’s Garage was being converted into a restaurant.  It was exciting to hear how this project was moving forward and how the village’s tourism business is expected to grow as a result of the new restaurant openings.

Joseph Rand, a member of the Nyack Village Board and Chair of the Mayor’s Business Council, gave us an especially detailed look at the Village’s issues and opportunities as it emerges from the effects of the Covid crisis.  Nyack has a truly dedicated group of business people who have great resilience and vision. And, there is a good working relationship with the village government. We look forward to a continued strong relationship with our riverfront communities.

One of Nyack’s most important entities is Rockland Community College’s Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center.  The RBA has been an advocate for this facility since it’s early stages of conception and believes it will make major contributions to the world of culinary arts and the workforce needed to operate it’s food service facilities. We were privileged to get a report on the status of the innovative partnerships already being established. The report was given by Dr. Beth Coyle, VP of Operations at the college; Kevin Stump, VP, Economic Mobility & Workforce Innovation and Marc Davidoff, Director of the Center.



Consejo Verde

Green Council Discussion on Rockland’s Water Emergency.

On September 13 the Green Council hosted a round table discussion on water issues in Rockland County.  Bill Madden of Veolia, the Sponsor for Green Council, provided an update on the status of the water supply and steps being considered by the County Executive in anticipation of a prolonged drought. Measures included banning watering of lawns and instituting, if needed, tiered water rates which would discourage excessive water use through out the county. Interestingly, a day or so after our meeting Rockland declared an end to the water emergency.

The roundtable discussion included measures that builders can employ to properly size distribution systems, particularly domestic hot water systems in homes and multifamily projects to reduce overall water demand. Water consumption with efficient distribution design can reduce water consumption by 30% or more with no sacrifice in comfort or convenience, with an added benefit of lower domestic water heating costs. We hope to have follow up discussion on this topic with industry experts sometime next year.

Respectfully submitted,
Tony Lisanti, CEM, CPHC
Integral Building and Design
Jan Degenshein, AIA, FAICP, LEED AP
Degenshein Architects
Green Council Co-Chairs

After being off for the summer HR Connexions was back in September with an open forum meeting where all RBA members were welcome.

We had a great discussion with business owners sharing their perspective with HR and seems each company has responded in their own unique ways to the pandemic and the aftermath in the workplace.  The group discussed topics around what attendees were experiencing from their workforce and included:

  • The impact the economy was having on employees
  • Compensation challenges for new hires and current employees
  • Re-engagement – getting employees back into the office and be productive
  • The Revolving Door – why employees are willing to quit
  • Creating an environment around psychological safety

HR Connexions recently conducted a survey of existing HR participants and among the questions asked was whether or not attendees would like in-person meetings and based on the responses, we will keep our meetings on ZOOM for now.

We will be posting our meetings on the RBA calendar so that you can keep abreast of when we are having our meeting since we don’t meet every month. Our meetings are every other month, 5x a year, in February, April, June, September, and November.

HR Connexions was formed in 2013 and  we would love to see the group continue to grow.  Please reach out to one of us to be added to our invitation list. Meetings are open to all who are either in the HR profession or are involved with the HR role at their company or owners of their company.


Liz O’Halloran & Lena Bodin


Doreen:  db@rocklandbusiness.org

Lena:  lena@4prs.com

Liz:  ohalloranl@coned.com

In September Risa Hoag and Jeff Lewis presented tips for planning year-end marketing. Some of the takeaways included: sharing what happened in your industry during the year – prepare a newsletter or social posting or even a press release to share the information with clients, prospects and colleagues;  redefining your objectives, how close are you to reaching your goals and objectives? Offer year end specials and loyalty rewards. Share your forecasts for 2023 for your industry or market or tell the world your plans for 2023 and get them excited. Buy your premium items or client gifts for the holidays now to save rush charges and avoid supply chain issues. Grab a partner and do some year-end promotions together – everyone loves a collab!


Rockland Emerging Business Owners & Professionals

We want to cultivate ambition and passion and create a comfortable, educational environment to help guide younger business professionals get acquainted with reality, and onto the proper path to success.

Chaired by David Palma, Payed Processing, Jason Horowitz, Triforce Commercial Real Estate LLC

REBOP has held monthly Zoom calls to network and connect with our peers.

To learn more about REBOP visit the REBOP Facebook page facebook.com/reboprba

On Sept 21st, TD Bank presented Protecting your Assets: Part 2 – Common Fraud Schemes and How to Avoid them. Part of having a healthy financial outlook is educating yourself on the potential risks to your finances that are out there. The risks presented were those associated with fraud schemes and scams which may potentially negatively impact your banking relationship and overall financial health. Knowing what to look for and how to avoid these potential fraud risks will help you build a stronger financial outlook. 

We discussed different types of scams, who is a target, and how to avoid being one. Some of the most common types of scams are Telemarketing Fraud, Phishing Scams, Family Emergency Scams, Romance/Online Dating Scams and Advanced Fee Scams. The best ways to protect yourself are: KNOW who you are dealing with. UNDERSTAND FULLY the transaction you are conducting. NEVER provide your personal information in response to an unsolicited request. VERIFY the Contact is legitimate by contacting the financial institution yourself. NEVER provide your password over the phone or in response of an unsolicited internet/email request 


Report a possible fraud to www.ftc.gov/complaint or 1-877-FTC-HELP. 

Tips for Prevention: https://www.uspis.gov/tips-prevention/ 

Common Fraud Schemes:  https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes

Questions? Contact Barbara Shapiro – Barbara.Shapiro@TD.com 


Women’s Leadership Council

Fuel your business aspirations with the help of Women’s Leadership Council

Philanthropy Is Good for Business

The September 29th Women’s Leadership Council Zoom, featuring Kim Cross of The Nyack Center, presented a new spin on growing community and branding.The secret sauce?Philanthropy.Kim shared a plethora of examples and ideas on how to engage staff members and business leaders in supporting causes and efforts spear-headed by the many terrific nonprofits in Rockland County.

Designed for female business owners and professional women. WLC provides networking, inspiration and resources. Keeping in mind the safety and wellness of all participants, both in-person and zoom presentations are scheduled to provide information and stimulate discussions about topics that, especially now, impact women in business.


Stephanie Madison, madisons@mharockland.org;

Julie Sadowski, julie@rocklandgives.org