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WPCNR STAGE DOOR. Theatrical Review from White Plains Performing Arts Center.October 15, 2021:
Broadway World Review: MASQUERADE: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER at
White Plains Performing Arts Center
A new musical review by Peter Danish Oct. 12, 2021
“Masquerade” at the WPPAC has more great songs in it than any show currently on
Broadway – by far.
That said, any review of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, (for readers who have been on Mars for the last half century: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Song and Dance”, “Aspects of Love”, “Evita,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and “School of Rock”) must struggle with the dilemma of not what to include – but rather what to leave out.
“Masquerade” succeeds in touching on most of the “greatest-hits” as well as some nice “deep-cuts” as well. Over thirty numbers are performed (either in their entirety or as part of a medley), thus, if you can’t find something to like in this show, frankly, you’re just not listening.
The composer, appearing in voice over throughout the show, immediately informs the audience that “nothing bothers him more” than shows that present songs in a chronological order. Thus giving the creators license to leap back and forth in time and presumably present the music in a more effective dramatic order – as least I think that’s why. The voice over bits act as the glue connecting the various sections from the different shows. In truth, the script of the VO is probably the weakest part of the evening (he warns the audience you don’t like musical theater you should “please leave now, but please do it quietly”).
I won’t share any of the anecdotes so as to avoid any spoilers, however, Kevan Loney’s projected graphic visualizations that accompany the little spoken bits are wonderful; extremely clever and they keep the visuals aspects of the show consistently interesting.
But let’s face it – NOBODY came to hear Lord Andrew’s little ruminations. The songs are the
stars and they are performed by a myriad of first-rate voices.
Pound for pound, Andrew Lloyd Webber has written more great musical theater songs than any
other composer in the last half century (sorry Sondheim fans – get over it.) And Masquerade
does a superb job of presenting them in fresh new orchestrations by Musical Director Stephen
Ferri. Re-creating, re-imagining, and re-arranging songs that are so well-known and beloved is a
herculean endeavor, but Maestro Ferri was up to the task, delivering lush, often ravishing sonic
creations to accompany his cast.
Speaking of the cast…
In a word, it was wonderful. First rate voices from top to bottom, a cast of eight deftly handled the almost ridiculously expansive breadth of musical styles covered in the show. Beginning with the title number from “Jesus Christ Superstar”, it was clear the cast was not merely a collection of soloists, but a groups of pros perfectly capable of handling all the harmonic chores of the choral parts.
Cartreze Tucker kicked off the evening with a delightfully energetic take on Judas. Following in succession by Emily Royer’s Mary Magdalen in “Everything’s Alright,” and a powerful “Gethsemane” from Aaron Richard Burt.
Similar groupings of songs from Webber’s most popular shows followed. Five numbers from “Evita” were a particular highlight, capped by a touching “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” by Rebecca Kuznick.
There are simply too many great numbers to discuss every individual tune, but there were several standouts, including a “mash-up” of three songs from three different shows, called the “Love Medley” that easily could have been individual highlights. “Love Changes Everything” (Aspects of Love), “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” (Superstar) and “An Unexpected Song” (Song and Dance) were presented in solo, then cleverly woven together into an interesting and powerful combination.
A host of numbers from “Cats” concluded the first act, highlighted by a heart-breaking rendition of the evergreen chestnut, “Memory,” by Brandi Burkhardt.
Act Two began with an entr’acte of melodies from “Starlight Express”, followed by a choral
version of the title number of the show “Masquerade” from “Phantom of the Opera”. Keeping
with the Phantom theme, Julian R. Decker delivered a wonderfully impassioned “Til I Hear
You Sing” from the Phantom’s sequel: “Love Never Dies.”
Although she may be a bit young to be the chronologically ideal choice for Norma Desmond,Brandi Burkhardt gave a strong argument for some producer to create a new production of “Sunset Boulevard” with her as the star.
Andrew Foote was a swaggering Joe Gillis delivering a sensational take on the title number from the show. Bookending Mr. Foote’s number, Ms. Burkhardt sang the two big numbers from “Sunset Boulevard” with heart-rending poignance and almost pitiful grace.Kudos to director Antoinette DiPietropolo for her especially touching treatment of these moments.
The numbers from “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” were charming and well-done, but suffered a bit from having to follow the depth and pathos of the “Sunset Boulevard” set.
Shannon Rakow’s bright, full-voiced Christine shined in the collection of songs from “Phantom of the
Opera” that concluded the show. She and Julian R. Decker were a powerful combination as the Phantom and Christine, with Rakow exhibiting some truly gleaming high notes.
Decker’s robust, full-blooded “Music of the Night” put a fitting capstone on a delightful evening.
The highlight of most musical theater shows is the “eleven-o’clock” number. But this show literally had eleven “eleven-o’clock” numbers. While that many “big numbers” can be a bit overwhelming at times – it is always entertaining – very very entertaining!
WPCNR CANNABIS FORECAST. By John F. Bailey. October 13, 2021:
A meeting was held by the Council of Neighborhood Associations at request of the Rosedale Residential Association on the City of White Plains consideration of approving medical marijuana.dispenaries and cannabis retail outlets in the city. A total of 15 attended
There are two kinds of marijuana outlets proposed: dispensaries of medical prescribed marijuana or cannabis lounges that will sell New York grown marijuana exclusively recreational variants, (or both kinds of establishments) in White Plains. The atmosphere was tense with apprehension simmering all evening of how approval of such establishments or denial of them will affect White Plains.
It ended with a statement by a resident who said that there was not enough information for citizens to feel confident about allowing the introduction of these businesses in. She said it was the responsibility of the Common Council and the Mayor to make clear the terms and regulations, conditions the city will be accepting these establishments.
Her statement summed up the mixed concerns voiced throughout the hour and a half meeting, overriding was a lack of information from the city on specifics of deployment of the establishments, regulation, enforcement and quality of life.
Michael Bowers owner of White Plains Vapors (in business since 2014) , 210 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, was invited to the meeting to explain how the new state-approved cannabis law would work though the Office of Cannabis Management
Listeners learned that the Commission is now formulating regulations that Bowers expected would be ready by January, then submitted for comment to organizations, growers, possible franchisees, cities and towns, with final regulations expected by Spring, 2022, but timetable is uncertain.
(Governor Hochul just appointed the commissioner last week.)
Cities and towns under the new law must choose to opt out of medical dispensaries or “cannabis lounges” by December 31, Bowers said.
White Plains has 78 days for the Common Council to either accept only medical dispensaries, or Cannabis Lounges, or both, or opt out altogether. However, Bowers said the city could change its mind and accept them later.
It is the responsibility of the Common Council to deny them by the 31st or accept them by doing nothing or ceremonially approving. No referendums are planned at this time.
Councilperson Justin Brasch in attendance was asked if the council had received details from the city administration on how the establishments, if approved would be run and the benefits.
Brasch said the Mayor had talked with several councilpersons including himself about it and given him and the other councilpersons a lengthy document on the proposal. He said he had not read it thoroughly yet.
Asked repeatedly if a forum could be organized for residents to learn about the project, Brasch was understanding of the need for full information but could not commit whether a forum was possible. (Regulations issued by the state, as Bowers the White Plains Vapors owner said, were not formed yet.)
Bowers in response to questions said that the 13% excise tax on marijuana sales would be shared with the cities and said only about 1% to 3% of the 13% would go to the cities and towns “opting in.”
Lauren Yates of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise Lake Placid News in Elba, NY confirmed the tax split Bowers spoke of last night in today’s October 13 issue reporting that the town of Elba and the Lake Placid summer resort community so concerned they were holding a public forum meeting on it to wit: :
In their meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 14, members of the North Elba Town Council moved to hold a joint public round-table discussion with the Lake Placid village board on the new state cannabis law.
North Elba town Supervisor Jay Rand cited the law that states, “cities, towns and villages have the ultimate choice of whether they would like to allow dispensaries and on-site consumption lounges within their limits.”
To opt in, municipalities do nothing. To opt out, they pass a local law saying so by Dec. 31. If a municipality chooses to opt out, the decision can be rescinded, but once rescinded, it could not opt out again.
“That’s the one shot we have if we want to do that,” Rand said.
“There will be a 13% tax on sales of marijuana products — with the state giving a 3% cut to municipalities and 1% to counties.“
“While town board members refrained from voicing their direct opinions on the decision Tuesday, they did express the need for broad community input before finalizing anything. Rand said the Association of Towns of the State of New York recommends that communities experiencing some hesitation from residents or lawmakers regarding the new law should hold a public meeting on the topic. The Association of Towns has “A Town Officials’ Official Guide to Cannabis” PDF available on its website.
Rand spoke with Lake Placid Mayor Art Devlin on the matter, and they decided that North Elba and Lake Placid would benefit from a joint public forum.” Ms. Yates reports in The Lake Placid News.
Bowers reported the cost of CBD was high in the dispensaries around $58, and the recreational variants of cannabis, again grown exclusively in NY by NY “cultivators” would sell recreational cannabis varieties at more expensive or less expensive prices. He said the medical dispensaries were tightly secured with three identity checks before a prescription could be filled.
Handful of towns opt out so far OFFICE OF CANNABIS MANAGEMENT MUM ON NUMBER:
Tiffany Cusaack-Smith in a USA Today syndicated article reported the Office of Cannabis Management did not respond to her request to reveal how many towns and cities across the state had already opted out of the program. She quoted Gerry Geist, the executive director of the State Association of Towns as saying,
“While a handful of towns have already decided to opt out, right now most towns are in the process of trying to gauge how their residents feel about the potential of having retail dispensaries and on site consumption establishments in the area”
It was not clear how the “cannabis lounges” would secure their sales. Sales are only allowed to persons over 21. It was unclear whether liquor could be sold in cannabis lounges to supplement the Cannabis purchase. Police he said now will not arrest you for possession of less than three ounces of marijuana and that a person could purchase 15 ounces individually from an approved establishments coming.
Those in attendance wondered why purchases at cannabis lounges to come could not be resold in parking lots. Bowers said the packages were marked and could be traced to the establishment selling it.
It is unclear how this would actually would work from an enforcement and tracing standpoint.
Currently in White Plains it is legal to smoke anything in open air outdoor seating, or open air upper decks or rooftops of establishments. Smoking is also o.k. outdoors anywhere in the city.
” GOOD MORNING FROM WHITE PLAINS NEW YORK USA WHERE ITS 70 DEGREES AND SUNNY WPCNR DEGREES.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN THIS MORNING IS MARIJUANA IS MOVING IN.
THE COUNCIL OF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS TONIGHT WILL HOLD A NON ZOOMED MEETING AT EDUCATION HOUSE AT 7 IN WHITE PLAINS TO EXPLORE WHAT THE CITY COMMON COUNCIL WILL DECIDE ON MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES AND RETAIL OUTLETS IN WHITE PLAINS.
“TO BAN OR NOT TO BAN IS THE QUESTION. THE CITY HAS UNTIL DECEMBER 31 TO TAKE A POSITION FOR OR AGAINST. ACCORDING TO THE MARIIJUANA LAW SIGNED BY GOVERNOR CUOMO CREATING AN OVERSIGHT COMMISSION JUST STAFFED RECENTLY IF WHITE PLAINS APPROVES SUCH OUTLETS THEY CANNOT RESCIND APPROVAL.
IF THEY TURN IT DOWN THEY CAN ALWAYS APPROVE IT SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE. THE CITY HAS NOT TAKEN A POSITION BECAUSE AS OF NOW THERE HAS BEEN NO POSITION TAKEN ON MARIJUANA BY THE CITY BECAUSE—SURPRISE –NO CONDITIONS OF OPERATION HAVE BEEN SET YET BY THE STATE COMMISSION.
THIS MEANS BIG MONEY LOSS TO WHITE PLAINS IF THE CITY DOES NOT APPROVE IT. IF HARRISON APPROVES MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES AND RETAIL OUTLETS AND THERE IS NO INDICATION THEY HAVE AND GREENBURGH FOR EXAMPLE –PEOPLE IN WHITE PLAINS WILL GO TO GREENBURGH AND HARRISON TO BUY THE MARIJUANA.
THE STATE HAS APPROVED A 13% SALES TAX ON THE PRODUCT, FOR COMMUNITIES WHO ALLOW THE ESTABLISHMENTS .
OF COURSE, WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HOURS OF THE DAY THESE EMPORIUMS WILL BE ALLOWED TO OPEN. CONSIDERING THE WHITE PLAINS IS THE SOCIAL FOCUS OF THE COUNTY NIGHT HOURS WOULD BE A PARTICULAR CONCERN.
MARIJUANA LOUNGES ALSO POSE THE QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUE THE SWEET SMELL OF ON THE CORNER OF MAMARONECK AVENUE AND RENAISSANCE SQUARE MIGHT BE AN ISSUE IF NIGHT HOURS PARALLEL THE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT IN FULL SWING.
BIG NEWS FROM BROOKLYN NEW YORK USA. THE APPELLATE COURT IN THE 2ND DEPARTMENT IS ASKING CITY OF WHITE PLAINS ATTORNEYS AND GEDNEY ASSOCIATION LEGAL COUNSEL FOR COURT DATES THE COUNSELS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE APPELLATE COURT TO HEAR AFTER 2 YEARS — AFTER THE GEDNEY ASSOCIATION APPEAL ON THE JUDGE LEFKOWITZ FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK DECISION APPROVING FASNY CONSTRUCTION –
SOURCES TELL THIS REPORTER THE CASE COULD HAVE ORAL ARGUMENTS BY DECEMBER—WHAT A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR FASNY OR THE GEDNEY ASSOCIATION—
WHAT’S AT STAKE HERE IS WHETHER AN 85-YEAR OLD COVENANT THAT GOES WITH A PROPERTY SHOULD BE OBEYED AND WHETHER A SCHOOL IS AN INSTITUTION, AND WHETHER ADEQUATE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED APPROPRIATELY BY THE DEVELOPER OR WERE GLOMMED OVER WHEN THE PLANS CHANGED. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.
COVID NUMBERS IN THE LAST 4 WEEKS IN WESTCHESTER SINCE SEPTEMBER 12, 3,499 PERSONS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID. BY THIS DATE OCTOBER 12 THE INCUBATION PERIOD FOR THE PERIOD OF SEPTEMBER 12 TO SEPTEMBER 26 SHOULD BE IMPACTING THE NUMBERS. THE SPREAD RATE SHOULD BE JUST ABOUT 1 PERSON INFECTED FOR EVERY PERSON TESTED POSITIVE 4 WEEKS AGO WHICH WOULD MEAN 2,051 INFECTIONS BUT WE HAVE SEEN ONLY 1,362 NEWLY INFECTED OVER THE LAST 4 WEEKS.
97,563 HAVE BEEN TESTED IN 4 WEEKS AND 2,137 HAVE TESTED POSITIVE—THAT IS 2.2% BUT OVER THE LAST 2 WEEKS—1,362 PERSONS HAVE GOTTEN COVID—AN AVERAGE OF 97 NEW INFECTIONS PER DAY FROM SEPTEMBER 26 THROUGH SUNDAY OCTOBER 10. THIS MEANS VACCINES ARE PREVENTING MORE PEOPLE FROM GETTING THE DISEASE FROM THOSE GETTING COVID FROM SEPTEMBER 12 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 26, AND PERSONS INFECTED ARE GETTING LESS SICK.”
THAT’S MY SELECTIONS FROM THE SMORGASBORD OF THE NEWS BUFFET IN WHITE PLAINS NY USA”
WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From the Rosedale Residential Association. October 11, 2021:
|Are Marijuana Dispensaries coming to White Plains? We don’t know and the residents have not been asked.|
|In March of 2021, Governor Cuomo and the NY State legislature approved legislation to legalize marijuana for anyone 21 years or older, but municipalities can opt-out of allowing cannabis retail dispensaries and/or on-site consumption licenses (cannabis lounges) from within their borders before the December 31, 2021 deadline. If a municipality does NOT opt-out by 12/31, it CAN NOT opt-out in the future, but if a municipality DOES OPT-OUT before 12/31, it CAN always opt back in at a later date by repealing the local law.|
This will be the major topic of discussion as well as Ladder 34 at the next CNA Meeting on Tuesday 10/12 at 7pm. The meeting will be in person at the White Plains Board of Education. Safety Commissioner Chong unfortunately is not able to attend, but we are hoping that some Common Council members will be in attendance. Since we will not have a special guest, we will not be using Zoom, thus we hope that you can attend in person Whatever your opinion is on the issue, marijuana dispensaries/cafes have the potential to change the character of the city. Whether you are in favor of or against marijuana dispensaries/cafes, this is a discussion that the city should be facilitating so that residents can provide input. To date, Mayor Roach and the Common Council have not taken a public position, nor have they held public meetings to debate the issue. Eleven Westchester towns have already opted-out, and five more are in the process of holding public town meetings.
Westchester towns that have opted-out:
Towns considering opting-out:
Please email our elected officials and ask them to provide the residents with information on the potential impacts on our city and request public forums before the above deadline.
WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. By John F. Bailey. October 9, 2021:
Attorneys litigating the Gedney Association vs. City of White Plains over the French American School of New York effort to build a new school campus on the former Ridgeway Country Club property were contacted Friday by John F. D’Amico Calendar Clerk, Appellate Division, 2nd Department , Brooklyn, to declare dates when they are not available for a hearing of the case, or any other developments in the case affecting the scheduling of the court appearance.
The in-person presentations may take place within the next two months.
This hearing is the next legal level in the 11 year controversy over the French American School of New York plan to build a school campus on the former Ridgeway Country Club property in the Gedney Farms neighborhood in White Plains.
The significance of this appeal is whether or not a covenant associated with the future use of a property would take precedence over future plans for the property (i.e. a school, if the nature of the proposed prohibited construction was not specifically mentioned in the covenant). would be upheld or dismissed (because of passage of time or convenience of the present owner).
A secondary matter is the Gedney Association contention the environmental review was inadequate,
Should the Appellate Court rule the covenant forbidding “institutions” on the property be found non binding in perpetuity (forever) this would mean restrictions on property going forward would set precedents going forward opening up all sorts of legal gambits involving properties going forward.
MAYOR ROACH ON COVID IN THE CITY
GEORGE LATIMER’S COVID BRIEFING
THE SUICIDE MEMORIAL
SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME
REAL ESTATE TREND IN WHITE PLAINS
WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2021. From Chairman of the County Board of Legislators Benjamin Boykin. October 7, 2021 Updated 12:45 pm EDT with details on County Proposition 1:
Know Your Ballot Propositions Before You Vote!There are four State-wide proposals and one County proposition on the ballot. Read and know before you cast your vote.
Ballot Proposal 1: FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER ONE, AN AMENDMENT
Amending the Apportionment and Redistricting Process
This proposed constitutional amendment would freeze the number of state senators at 63, amend the process for the counting of the state’s population, delete certain provisions that violate the United States Constitution, repeal and amend certain requirements for the appointment of the co-executive directors of the redistricting commission and amend the manner of drawing district lines for congressional and state legislative offices. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
Ballot Proposal 2:
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER TWO, AN AMENDMENT
Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment
The proposed amendment to Article I of the New York Constitution would establish the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
Ballot Proposal 3: FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER THREE, AN AMENDMENT
Eliminating Ten-Day-Advance Voter Registration Requirement
The proposed amendment would delete the current requirement in Article II, § 5 that a citizen be registered to vote at least ten days before an election and would allow the Legislature to enact laws permitting a citizen to register to vote less than ten days before the election. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
Ballot Proposal 4:FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER FOUR, AN AMENDMENT
Authorizing No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Voting
The proposed amendment would delete from the current provision on absentee ballots the requirement that an absentee voter must be unable to appear at the polls by reason of absence from the county or illness or physical disability. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
County Proposition 1:
Should the County of Westchester amend its laws to enact a new and comprehensive code of ethics, including a detailed code of conduct, updated disclosure requirements, and clarifying the structure and authority of the Board of Ethics to oversee, implement and enforce the law?For a more detailed explanation, please visit the NYS League of Women Voters Guide at https://lwvny.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Voters-Guide-2_2021_Aug31.pdf
For a detailed explanation of County Proposition 1: Go to
en Español¡Conozca las Propuestas de su Boleta Electoral Antes de Votar!Hay cuatro propuestas a nivel Estatal y una propuesta del Condado en la boleta. Lea y sepa antes de emitir su voto.
Propuesta de Votación 1:FORMA DE PRESENTACIÓN DE LA PROPUESTA NÚMERO UNO, UNA ENMIENDA
Modificación del Proceso de Reparto y Redistribución de DistritosEsta propuesta de enmienda constitucional congelaría el número de senadores estatales en 63, enmendaría el proceso para el contando de la población del estado, eliminaría ciertas disposiciones que violan la Constitución de los Estados Unidos, derogaría y enmendaría ciertos requisitos para el nombramiento de los co-directores ejecutivos de la comisión de redistribución de distritos y enmendar la manera de trazar las líneas de distrito para las oficinas legislativas estatales y del Congreso. ¿Se aprobará la enmienda propuesta?
Propuesta de Votación 2:FORMULARIO DE PRESENTACIÓN DE LA PROPUESTA NÚMERO DOS, UNA ENMIENDA
Derecho al Aire Limpio, Agua Limpia y a un Medio Ambiente SaludableLa enmienda propuesta al Artículo I de la Constitución de Nueva York establecería el derecho de cada persona a tener aire y agua limpias y un medio ambiente saludable. ¿Se aprobará la enmienda propuesta?
Propuesta de Votación 3:FORMA DE PRESENTACIÓN DE LA PROPUESTA NÚMERO TRES, UNA ENMIENDA
Eliminación del Requisito de Registro de Votantes con Diez Días de AnticipaciónLa enmienda propuesta eliminaría el requisito actual en el Artículo II, § 5 de que un ciudadano esté registrado para votar al menos diez días antes de una elección y permitiría a la Legislatura promulgar leyes que permitan a un ciudadano registrarse para votar menos de diez días antes de la elección. ¿Se aprobará la enmienda propuesta?
Propuesta de Votación 4:FORMULARIO DE PRESENTACIÓN DE LA PROPUESTA NÚMERO CUATRO, UNA ENMIENDA
Autorización del Voto en Ausencia Sin ExcusasLa enmienda propuesta eliminaría de la disposición actual sobre las papeletas de voto ausente el requisito de que un votante ausente no debe poder comparecer en las urnas por motivo de ausencia del condado o enfermedad o discapacidad física. ¿Se aprobará la enmienda propuesta?
Propuesta 1 del Condado:¿Debería el Condado de Westchester enmendar sus leyes para promulgar un código de ética nuevo y completo, que incluya un código de conducta detallado, requisitos de divulgación actualizados y aclarar la estructura y autoridad de la Junta de Ética para supervisar, implementar y hacer cumplir la ley?Para obtener una explicación más detallada, visite la Guía de Votantes de la Liga de Mujeres del Estado de Nueva York en https://lwvny.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Voters-Guide-2_2021_Aug31.pdf
WPCNR REALTY REALITY. From Houlihan-Lawrence. October 6, 2021:
Driven by historically low inventory levels and persistent buyer demand, 2021 is proving to be an extremely strong year for single-family home sales in Westchester, according to the Houlihan Lawrence Westchester Putnam & Dutchess Q3 Market Report released today.
Greater White Plains
(Greenburgh, Valhalla and White Plains)
Homes Sold: Up 28%
Median Sale Price: Up 3%
In Westchester County, sales have increased 28% this year and 8% in Q3, with lower Westchester standing out with an increase of 39% year-to-date and 24% in Q3.
The lack of inventory combined with strong demand has resulted in a decline in pending sales in the third quarter and an increase in median sales price with buyers often competing for the same properties.
The median sale price increased in Q3 by 6% in Westchester County, 14% in Putnam County, and 18% in Dutchess County. While it is an excellent time to list a home, pricing is critical as buyers have become more discerning as the urgency at the beginning of the pandemic has waned.
“While New York City is offering attractive pricing and experiencing increased buyer activity, helping to fuel its recovery, many buyers desire more square footage, outdoor space, and the respite that our counties offer,” said Liz Nunan, President and CEO of Houlihan Lawrence. “It is yet to be determined what percentage of the workforce will continue to work from home, be it full-time or part-time, but the ability to do so comfortably remains top of mind for today’s buyers.”
OTHER Q3 MARKETS AT A GLANCE
Homes Sold: Up 8.2%
Median Sale Price: Up 5.8%
New York City Gateway
(Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham and Yonkers)
Homes Sold: Up 14%
Median Sale Price: Down 1%
(Bronxville, Eastchester, Edgemont, Scarsdale and Tuckahoe)
Homes Sold: Up 24%
Median Sale Price: Up 7%
(Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Mount Pleasant, Pleasantville, Tarrytown, Briarcliff Manor, Elmsford, Irvington Ossining and Pocantico Hills)
Homes Sold: Up 2%
Median Sale Price: Up 7%
(Blind Brook, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye City and Rye Neck)
Homes Sold: Up 8%
Median Sale Price: Up 13%
(Bedford, Byram Hills, Chappaqua, Katonah-Lewisboro, North Salem and Somers)
Homes Sold: Down 6%
Median Sale Price: Up 11%
(Croton-on-Hudson, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland, Peekskill and Yorktown)
Homes Sold: Up 14%
Median Sale Price: Up 13%