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Amazon’s New HQ Is Coming to New York’s Long Island City



For over a year, rumors have circulated as to where the next Amazon headquarters could be located. At one point, a number of Hudson Valley spots were under the online retail giant’s radar, including Rockland County’s Ramapo and the old East and West IBM campuses in East Fishkill. Although both cities were eventually ruled out of the running (giving the IBM campus time to turn into iPark, the new home of Sloop Brewing), Amazon kept New York in mind for its ultimate settling grounds. Now confirmed, the company’s two new offices will be in Long Island City, Queens and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. 

“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” says Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”

According to Amazon, the company will invest $5 billion and provide more than 25,000 jobs to both the New York City and Virginia locations, paying an average of $150,000 a year. Hiring for both headquarters will begin in 2019. 

“This is a giant step on our path to building an economy in New York City that leaves no one behind. We are thrilled that Amazon has selected New York City for its new headquarters,” says Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City. “New Yorkers will get tens of thousands of new, good-paying jobs, and Amazon will get the best talent anywhere in the world.”

While the new HQ location is slightly south of the Hudson Valley, its impact will undoubtedly resonate northward. In a statement addressing Amazon’s announcement, Marsha Gordon, the president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, outlined the economic impact the development could have on the Westchester community at large.

“Amazon employees are going to need housing and services, and all are not going to be able to find that within five minutes of the new Queens HQ site,” she says. “Westchester has three excellent train lines linking it to the city, as well as a well-developed overall transportation infrastructure.”

Additionally, she notes that the influx of Amazon workers throughout the Westchester region could accelerate the revival that is currently making its way through downtown communities in the Hudson Valley.

“The possibilities Amazon brings are exciting and endless,” she observes.

Northern Dutchess Hospital Installs 3-D Mammography Unit 

Photo courtesy of HealthQuest 

Photo courtesy of HealthQuest 

The radiology department at Northern Dutchess Hospital just got a major upgrade in the practice of breast cancer detection. The hospital recently installed a 3-D mammography unit that provides enhanced clarity and accuracy over the traditional two-dimensional imaging system.

According to the Radiological Society of North America, no matter the patient’s age or breast density, 3-D imaging is proven to increase the detection of invasive cancers by 40 percent.

“Our goal is to continuously evaluate and add advanced imaging technology to improve our diagnostic capabilities at the hospital, and the addition of 3-D mammography means patients can stay local to receive state-of-the-art imaging services,” says Paul King, director of radiology at the hospital.

During the 3-D screening, an X-ray tube captures high-resolution images from multiple angles to get more precise details and increased clarity of the breast tissue.

“Our new 3-D mammography unit is capable of collecting images that can be analyzed in 1-millimeter slices, allowing for better detection of breast abnormalities,” explains Jacquelyn Decker, the radiology department’s lead mammography technician.

To schedule an appointment, call 845.790.8855 or visit the hospital’s website.

Westchester’s Powerhouse Auto Group Expands to Rockland County 

Photo courtesy of Pepe Auto Group

Photo courtesy of Pepe Auto Group

The largest luxury auto group in Westchester officially made its way across the river to Rockland County.

Pepe Auto Group took over the former Palisades Audi and re-branded it to Audi Nyack. The dealership offers new and pre-owned vehicles, along with a full-service center. 

Joseph Pepe, owner of Pepe Auto Group, is excited to add another dealership to his auto group and believes that the Audi brand is moving in the right direction. 

“[I’m] honored to open our new store in the premier Nyack shopping location,” says Pepe. “We look forward to becoming a member of the local community and building our reputation for excellence in Rockland County.”

Audi Nyack joins six other dealerships in the group offering customers luxury automotive service.

The dealership is open Monday -Thursday from 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Columbia Memorial Health Partners With Surrounding Hospitals to Benefit Local Patients 

Photo provided by Columbia Memorial Health 

Photo provided by Columbia Memorial Health 

The alliance of Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) with Albany Med and Saratoga Hospital gives more specialty and subspecialty care to residents in Greene and Columbia counties. The partnership, which has only been in existence since 2017, has already achieved several milestones, including the establishment of shared radiology and pathology service.

According to a press release, the bond between CMH and Albany Med benefits the community the most through the unification of the CMH and Albany Med’s cardiology practices. The partnership gives specialty cardiological care to CMH patients, thereby reducing or eliminating their need to travel to Albany Med to receive it. 

CMH recently implemented a program that provides patients with a home monitoring device to check blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and other key health indicators. If this program is effective in detecting warning signs of potential health problems, it could be used at Albany Med and Saratoga Hospital. 

Similarly, an advancement at Saratoga Hospital caught the eyes of Albany Med representatives during a recent visit to the hospitals state-of-the-art intensive care unit. Saratoga Hospital currently uses devices that make it possible for the healthcare team members to communicate over text message or by calling from anywhere in the hospital. Both Albany Med and CMH are interested in implementing the wearable device in the hospitals. 

“We’re planning for the future together—sharing knowledge, developing best practices, and laying the foundation for a less-fragmented patient experience,” says Jay P. Cahalan, CMH President and CEO. “We’ve already achieved a great deal through this affiliation, and we see even greater things ahead for the communities we serve.” 

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