Susan Fox is in her third year leading the Westchester Institute for Human Development, the county’s largest private provider of child welfare services which provides medical services to more than 5,000 people with disabilities each year. In addition, the organization provides education and training on best practices in the field. Fox also serves on the state Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the state Department of Health, Disability and Health Program Stakeholders Group.
The 2019 Westchester Power 100; 51 - 100
The 2019 Westchester Power 100; 51 - 100
Assemblyman David Buchwald has been an advocate for ethics reform in government since being elected to the state Legislature in 2012. In 2017, voters approved an amendment he introduced enabling courts to strip corrupt officials of their government pensions. One of his bills, which would allow several congressional committees to request state tax returns, was recently challenged in a lawsuit by President Donald Trump. Buchwald is also active in the White Plains Historical Society.
William Harrington has represented oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, casinos and financial institutions on everything from criminal to environmental matters. His clients include Fortune 500 companies. In addition to serving as chairman of the executive committee at the White Plains-based law firm, he chairs the Westchester County Association and is a member of the finance committee of the Archdiocese of New York. He is head of the firm’s Litigation and Toxic Tort/Complex Litigation Practice Groups.
An expert in banking and finance with a practice focused on real estate and loan portfolios, Thomas Leslie is a leading figure in Greenberg Traurig’s Westchester office. Over the course of his career, Leslie has represented some of the largest financial institutions in the country, guiding banks, lenders and other clients through everything from securing million-dollar loans to financing development. He previously served as a member of and special counsel to Bronxville’s Planning Board.
A 45-year veteran of the construction and real estate industries, Louis Cappelli has built his development firm into a regional titan. The Cappelli Organization has developed more than 10 million square feet of properties in Westchester and Connecticut, with a value exceeding $3 billion. Its portfolio includes notable complexes like Renaissance Square in downtown White Plains and City Center at White Plains. Up next: a new 14-story residential building in New Rochelle.
Mary Dolan took over as news director of one of Westchester County’s best-known news outlets in 2014, overseeing major investigations, including an article about the glitches in the New York State Thruway Authority’s cashless tolling system. Since Dolan began her current role in February, The Journal News has published in-depth reporting on for-profit companies’ cashing in on decommissioning nuclear plants and the impact of state laws like the Child Victims Act.
When the College of New Rochelle closed this year, Timothy Hall accepted 1,700 of its students and several of its employees with open arms. Now Mercy College is temporarily holding on to the New Rochelle campus, in addition to its two Westchester locations. Since 2014, Hall has overseen a 10% increase in the retention of first-time, full-time freshmen at the college. In 2015, the White House dubbed the college a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education.”
Pleasantville resident Anthony Viceroy has led Westmed for nearly five years, overseeing a multispecialty medical practice that employs 500 physicians and provides care to more than 500,000 patients every year. Almost half of all the medical group’s locations are based in Westchester, with its administrative headquarters in Purchase. Viceroy previously spent 10 years at the global marketing and communications firm Omnicom Group, and prior to that worked for Danish biopharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk.
The public relations and government affairs duo has led Nicholas & Lence Communications since 2007, representing Westchester-based clients ranging from Empire City Casino to the Jacob Burns Film Center. A seasoned public relations professional, Cristyne Nicholas manages communications while George Lence leads lobbying efforts. Both partners are involved at the local and state levels: Nicholas chairs the New York State Tourism Advisory Council and Lence serves as vice chairman of the Business Council of Westchester.
With more than 25 years of experience building corporate and political communications strategy, Bill O'Reilly has earned a reputation as a go-to conservative political consultant. He’s worked on Rob Astorino’s campaigns for county executive and governor as well as Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro’s gubernatorial bid last year. O’Reilly has made his name known in the media, with regular columns in Newsday and amNewYork and regular appearances on the Fios1 show “NewsBreakers.”
Marvin Krislov is in his second year leading Pace University – including its Westchester County campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains, which together serve 5,039 students. A frequent commentator on higher education issues with a recurring column in Forbes, Krislov is a member of the National Council on the Humanities and serves on the board of directors for ArtsWestchester. Previously he spent 10 years as president of Oberlin College.
William Mooney Jr. plans to step down from the Westchester County Association at the end of the year, but he wants to remain involved in the county’s business community. The 50-year banking and business industry veteran is credited with shifting the association’s focus from a business membership network to economic development. Since 2004, Mooney has overseen the creation of several advocacy campaigns such as Blueprint for Westchester, which focused on repurposing underused spaces in Westchester.
Kathy Halas has earned a reputation as one of the most prominent child care advocates in the county. At a time when many Westchester parents struggle to find affordable child care, Child Care Council of Westchester provides resources and referrals throughout the county, fielding about 2,500 calls each year. Employers are realizing that “child care and business are closely linked” – impacting productivity and attendance – Halas told Westchester Magazine in 2017.
William Balter has been at the forefront of a number of residential projects throughout Westchester County over the past 30 years. One of Wilder Balter Partners’ most noteworthy projects is Chappaqua Crossing, a $21 million mixed-income housing project located at the former Reader’s Digest headquarters. Up next in the Chappaqua-based firm’s pipeline: a $190 million mixed-use tower in downtown New Rochelle and 82 units of affordable and workforce housing in Peekskill.
William Cuddy Jr. heads the Westchester/Fairfield office for the world’s largest real estate services and investment firm – where he has worked for nearly 37 years. Cuddy provides brokerage and consulting services to corporate and institutional clients, including Entergy Nuclear, Xylem, IBM and Mercy College. He is a past director and chairman of the Westchester County Association and a past chairman of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.
Open Door’s impact doubled under Lindsay Farrell’s tenure, with the organization now helping more than 50,000 patients per year. The nonprofit health center established new offices in Sleepy Hollow and Mamaroneck in recent years and expanded its sliding-scale health services throughout the county. Farrell has been building up the organization since 1986, beginning with fundraising and development. Her work has been recognized by U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey and Westchester Magazine, among others.
Martin Berger and Michael Klinger have been collaborating on real estate investment and development projects for more than eight years. Among the Armonk-based company’s latest local projects is a $136.2 million complex near the Westchester Mall. The project is a partnership with Chauncey White Plains and features 276 apartments and about 25,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The firm is also pursuing another joint venture featuring a total of 127 units.
Corey Rabin is a founding partner at the real estate law firm Rabin, Panero & Herrick and a co-founding partner of Chauncey Station Partners, which pairs up with local development companies like Saber Real Estate Advisors on projects like a recent $136.2 million mixed-use complex in White Plains. The companies previously collaborated on Rivertowns Square, a $130 million development in Dobbs Ferry with 202 luxury apartments, alongside retail stores, restaurants, a hotel and a daycare center.
Seamus Carey recently became Iona College’s ninth president, overseeing 3,926 students at the school’s New Rochelle campus. The philosopher and academic comes to Westchester after five years as president of Transylvania University in Kentucky and another four years as dean of arts and sciences at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. But Carey, a Bronx native who attended Vassar College and Fordham University, is no stranger to New York.
With affordable housing in high demand in the county, companies like MacQuesten Development and MacQuesten Construction Management are there to provide. Rella Fogliano founded the interrelated companies about 16 years ago, inspired by the work she grew up doing with her general contractor father. Among her recent projects is an 189-unit mixed-income housing complex in Mount Vernon, which is expected to start housing residents by spring of next year.
The 11 years that John Tolomer has led The Westchester Bank and The Westchester Bank Holding Corp. have seen notable growth. When Tolomer took on the role in 2008, the bank had only eight employees and $39 million in assets. Now, it employs 70 people and manages more than $900 million. Headquartered in White Plains, the bank manages seven branches throughout the county. Tolomer also serves on the board of the New York Bankers Association.
One of Westchester’s most recognizable local journalists, Tara Rosenblum has more than 200 industry awards to prove her reporting chops. She leads “Turn to Tara,” the station’s first investigative unit, where she’s interviewed powerful regional figures including state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Hillary Clinton. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Israel this year, Rosenblum got an exclusive interview for News 12 – the only American TV station to accompany the governor on the trip.
One of the county’s best-known political commentators, Richard Brodsky is often featured on the Fios1 show “NewsBreakers” and regularly pens columns for the Times Union and other publications. Drawing from his three decades of experience as an assemblyman (he was one of the Assembly’s longest-serving members), the former Democratic legislator is ready to offer input on issues that affect Westchester residents, like congestion pricing, and other trends in state politics.
A key player in Westchester’s banking industry, Joseph Markey oversees markets throughout the Northeast. About 35% of the bank, which holds $140 billion in assets, is based in New York state, with 10 Westchester branches from New Rochelle to Ossining. Before Markey was promoted to his current position, he served as market president of the Hudson Valley and New York metro area. He is also a board member of the Business Council of Westchester.
John Cahill has long been a fixture in New York’s political sphere. The Yonkers resident served as former Gov. George Pataki’s chief of staff for five years before running for state attorney general in 2014. (He lost.) Since 2007, he’s teamed up with Pataki on the Pataki Cahill Group, a business development organization focused on energy and the environment. His latest role involves coordinating legal and legislative matters for the Archbishop of New York.
Joe Simone once told The New York Times he hoped Simone Development Cos. would become the No. 1 developer of health care facilities in the tri-state area. In the five years since that interview, the firm has certainly built a niche. One of Simone Development’s upcoming projects in New York is a four-level pediatric ambulatory care facility in Harrison. To date, the company owns more than 100 commercial properties in the tri-state area.
Newly minted as head of the 34-year-old firm he acquired earlier this year, David Richman has been key to Rakow’s success for some time – having negotiated more than 500 commercial property transactions at Rakow since 2002. The firm is a major player in the county’s real estate industry, with clients including IBM and White Plains Hospital. Richman volunteers with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, in addition to his work with other organizations.
Barry McGoey isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with elected officials in Yonkers – which is home to the county’s largest fire department – when it’s in the best interests of his members. Whether he’s fighting for a new firehouse or negotiating a contract, McGoey is an outspoken ally for Local 628 members and other unions in the city. He is an attorney and head of the Mutual Aid Association.
Since 1975, the influential Westchester faith leader has overseen a growing congregation and Grace Baptist Church’s expansion beyond Mount Vernon into Yonkers and even Florida. Through its community development corporations, the church has built about 400 units of affordable and senior housing. W. Franklyn Richardson also serves as board chairman for the National Action Network and the Conference of National Black Churches, and offers input on diversity and equity to companies like Pepsi and Comcast.
Bill O’Shaughnessy has been one of the biggest names in Westchester radio for more than half a century. As head of Whitney Global Media, he oversees two of the New York area’s few remaining independent radio stations: WVOX and WVIP. And though O’Shaughnessy has firm political opinions, he’s supported Democrats, such as Gov. Mario Cuomo and County Executive George Latimer, as well as Republicans like President Donald Trump and former County Executive Rob Astorino.
Startups looking to boost their profile turn to Heidi Davidson for help. A marketing and communications professional with 20 years of experience, she has led Galvanize through significant growth since 2015, handling various projects for companies throughout the New York metro area. In addition to her work with the Harrison-based company, Davidson is set to become the next chair of the Business Council of Westchester. She previously held various leadership roles at Mastercard.
With dozens of locations from Texas to Colombia, luxury aviation firm Million Air has helped shape the future of the Westchester County Airport. Three years ago the county legislature approved a 30-year lease with Million Air, kickstarting its expansion. Last year, Million Air unveiled a new $80 million hangar financed by the county. And earlier this year, Roger Woolsey led the ribbon-cutting of the firm’s new 22,000-square-foot private terminal in the county airport.
This trio handles it all for big-name clients like New York-Presbyterian, Westchester County Parks, ArtsWestchester and the Archdiocese of New York: public relations, crisis management, marketing, special events and government relations. Dean Bender and power couple Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson and Geoff Thompson co-founded the agency in 1987, bringing with them experience at what is now The Journal News. Outside the office, each of the three partners serves on various Westchester-area boards and organizations.
Aviation consultant Millie Hernandez-Becker has piloted Skyqueen Enterprises since 2004. In addition to helping clients with aircraft management and airport development, the company specializes in supporting private jet travel. Earlier this year, its client Million Air opened a new terminal in Westchester County Airport, where Skyqueen is based. Hernandez-Becker, who is Skyqueen’s sole employee, is also on the board of directors of the Business Council of Westchester and Westchester Medical Center.
Now in its 70th year of operation, Volunteer New York has partnered with more than 600 nonprofits in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. Just last year, the organization mobilized 26,000 volunteers who contributed their services to hundreds of local nonprofits. A key figure in Westchester’s nonprofit world, Alisa Kesten also serves on the boards of Nonprofit Westchester and the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Westchester and Putnam.
Anthony Justic runs one of the biggest accounting groups in Westchester: Maier Markey & Justic, the auditing and taxation arm of financial services firm M Group Consulting. He was one of M Group’s first employees, and in the 32 years since the company’s staff size has grown from three to more than 70. Justic serves as an outsourced chief financial officer for a wide range of companies and is chairman of the Business Council of Westchester.
Louie Lanza’s impact on Peekskill is hard to miss. In fact, Westchester Magazine once asserted – as an April Fools' joke – that Lanza bought every single piece of property in town. The entrepreneur co-owns more than 20 buildings, including a number of trendy restaurants like the Eagle Saloon and Buns-N-Bourbon. His Hudson Hospitality Group is in the process of creating a new Italian eatery in the city’s Metro-North station.
Greyston may be best known for supplying Ben & Jerry’s with the brownies vital to their ice cream flavors. But Mike Brady’s Yonkers-based bakery has had an impact locally as well, with an initiative to hire people who often face barriers to employment. As of this year, its Open Hiring initiative created 3,500 job opportunities and paid $65 million in salaries – training and helping to place more than 500 people in various positions.
Jim Cavanaugh, who oversees the policies and operations of city departments in Westchester’s largest city, has long been a key political figure in the county. Now serving alongside Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the former Eastchester town supervisor got his political start working for the mayor’s father, Leonard Spano. In addition, he recently served as an associate at the government relations and lobbying firm owned by Spano’s brother, Nick Spano.
Doug Colety has become one of the most powerful Republicans in Westchester since County Executive Rob Astorino left his seat. He’s headed the county’s Republican Party since 2007, and successfully boosted Astorino and other Republican elected officials in the predominantly blue county. Although the party’s influence has declined, Colety continues to hold some sway as co-chair of the county’s Board of Elections. He previously led the party’s operations in New Rochelle for 14 years.
Michael Fosina has led the Bronxville-based NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital for four years, distinguishing himself as a local health care leader. The facility, which provides emergency care to about 42,000 people per year, has recently undergone an expansion, including a $65 million cancer center and surgical suite. Fosina, who also serves as senior vice president at NewYork-Presbyterian in New York City, was elected chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives in January.
Cristle Collins Judd began the school year on a high note in 2019, as the liberal arts college selected its freshman class from its largest pool of applicants ever, reflecting a trend of growth that began five years ago. The school recently unveiled its first new building in 15 years, a $35 million, 34,800-square-foot gathering space. Now in her second year leading Sarah Lawrence, Judd oversees 1,675 students at the Bronxville-based college.
Mariano Rivera is best known as a baseball Hall of Famer who played for the New York Yankees for 23 years, but since retiring from baseball he’s cemented his reputation as a philanthropic leader in Westchester. His Mariano Rivera Foundation is in the process of building a youth learning center in New Rochelle. In addition, Rivera has donated to local charities and renovated a century-old church – earning accolades from elected officials.
Now in his third year as president of Manhattanville College, Michael Geisler has found some success despite a challenging overall outlook for higher education: stable enrollments and a small but growing endowment. Manhattanville, which enrolls 2,492 undergraduate and graduate students at its campus in Purchase, has become increasingly connected to the Westchester community. The college recently partnered with county government to host a program aiming to give a voice to local businesses.
Ralph Martinelli grew up in Westchester’s publishing business. His father and former Yonkers Mayor Angelo Martinelli started a number of regional magazines that grew into Today Media – a company now led by Ralph Martinelli and two of his brothers. He now oversees the publication of both Hudson Valley Magazine and Westchester Magazine, including its 914INC business lifestyle magazine. Martinelli is also a board member of the Business Council of Westchester.
Whether through grants or community programming, ArtsWestchester has cemented its position as one of the most influential arts organizations in the county. Much of this success can be credited to Janet Langsam, who has led the organization for nearly three decades. ArtsWestchester’s annual budget more than tripled during this time. Langsam previously served as first deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts.
The YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester is undergoing a major transformation. Under Cynthia Rubino’s guidance, the organization recently sold its aging White Plains headquarters in order to save money on repairs and now plans to use the savings to expand services to non-YMCA facilities for its 1,800 members. Since taking the reins at the YMCA five years ago, Rubino has also grown its board of directors and raised $2 million for infrastructure repairs.
One of Stacey Cohen’s proudest accomplishments – spearheading a campaign to rebuild the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (formerly the Tappan Zee Bridge) – also happens to have had a big impact on the county. But it’s hardly the only work the 22-year-old public relations and marketing firm has done in Westchester. Manhattanville College, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and The Arc Westchester are a few of the clients that have benefited from Co-Communications’ services.
The recent measles outbreaks in Westchester and Rockland counties have shown the importance of disaster preparedness. An expert in this field, Robert Amler served as regional health administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he controlled federal medical emergency funding, and has coordinated anthrax response teams at the Centers for Disease Control. Amler also served as an adviser to the U.S. surgeon general and Environmental Protection Agency administrator.
Dennis Craig took the reins at Purchase College last year after the school’s longtime president stepped down. Formerly the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the school, Craig had already helped the college rebrand itself in order to attract more students interested in the fine arts and liberal arts. He recently oversaw a $15 million improvement project to the campus that is home to most of the college’s 4,264 students.
Correction: Westmed Medical Group's profile has been updated to more accurately describe the nature of the organization. Also, the title Dennis Craig had before his current position has been corrected.