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Astorino Announces Incentives To Help Businesses Move

Rob Astorino
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- County Executive Rob Astorino announced Friday that Westchester’s Industrial Development Agency has approved a series of incentives that will help Flexjet relocate its fractional jet charter operations from Teterboro, N.J., to Westchester County Airport in White Plains.

The move will bring an initial 38 high-wage permanent jobs to Westchester and create an additional 55 permanent jobs over the next five years. In addition, 20 construction jobs will be created during the four-month renovation of Flexjet’s new home at hangar F.

“We are thrilled that Flexjet has decided to move to Westchester,” said Astorino. “Flexjet is rolling out a red carpet runway to corporate executives and entrepreneurs from around the globe, which will encourage further investment and job creation in Westchester.”

The financing and tax exemptions made available through the IDA help defray the cost of the move from Teterboro and support the $5 million renovation project. The construction project is expected to begin in May and transform the hangar into a state-of-the-art facility and convert the current office space into a modern, technologically advanced passenger lounge.

“Westchester is an ideal location for Flexjet as we expand our programs and continue to deliver an exceptional, world-class customer experience,” said Kenneth Ricci, chairman of Flexjet.

The highly skilled and high-paid positions that Flexjet expects to create over the next two to five years range from pilots to maintenance technicians and supervisors to facility managers and inspectors.

Astorino also announced that Friedland Realty Advisors, a leading commercial brokerage firm, decided to keep its corporate headquarters in Westchester. The company, having outgrown its current location in Yonkers, has chosen to relocate to a larger space at 440 Mamaroneck Ave. in Harrison.

“Westchester positions us to be a dominant regional player with close proximity to our target customers and desirable inventory,” said Ayall Schanzer, Friedland Realty Advisors president and CEO.

The firm anticipates hiring four executive-level employees and contracting with seven real estate brokers over the next year, adding to its existing seven full-time employees and 26 brokers.

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