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Bree Allen Elected Next President of the New York School Bus Contractors Association

LATHAM (October 24) – The New York School Bus Contractors Association Board of Directors recently voted to elect Bree Allen, of Ethan Allen Transportation, as its new president. 

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Josh Penk Joins Chazen

POUGHKEEPSIE (September 18) – The Chazen Companies announces the addition of Josh Penk to the Code Services group as Assistant Project Engineer.

Penk, a resident of East Greenbush, NY, joins Chazen as a recent graduate of The University of Hartford with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His technical interest includes controls, alarms and life safety systems within buildings.

“We are excited to have Josh join our Code Services team,” said Edward P. Larkin, P.E., Director, Code Services, The Chazen Companies. “Josh will be expanding our overall electrical expertise as well as supporting the Health and Safety Services Group.”

Founded 70 years ago, The Chazen Companies is an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary firm providing civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, code services, landscape architecture, construction services, transportation planning and engineering to clients in the private and public sectors.


Mayor Noble to speak at Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast

KINGSTON (September 11) - Mayor Steve Noble will be addressing the Ulster Chamber's next breakfast meeting on Sept. 27. The breakfast is scheduled for 7:30-9 a.m. at The Chateau, in Kingston. Health Quest is the sponsor.

The Kingston mayor will bring business leaders up to date on some initiatives including the construction of a new parking garage in Uptown Kingston. The Mayor recently announced that JM Development Group of New Windsor has expressed interest in building a new hotel and parking garage complex at 21 North Front Street, to be known as The Kingstonian. The developers include Joseph Jr. and Michael Bonura, Patrick Page with Brad Jordan of Herzog Supply Co.

"We all recognize the need for improved and expanded parking infrastructure and I believe that includes the development of a multi-tiered parking garage in Uptown Kingston," Noble said. "While the City does not have the resources to build a parking garage itself, we have made significant progress in attracting the right developer and investor to create a mixed-use project that will include retail, housing and parking. I'm mindful of the fact that we've been here before, teetering on the edge of development of this property.”

The Mayor said he also wants to use the opportunity to speak to the chamber, to thank local businesses.

"I want the business community to know that my administration is aggressively working to meet their commitment, to grow our tax base, and to break down barriers to economic development."

Chamber breakfast programs are a great way to network with other local business leaders and stay on top of current events. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at<


Wappingers Falls fire (image by Brand-News-Team. Roger Rosenbaum licensed pilot)

Digital firm gains federal approval to fly drones near Hudson Valley airports

RHINEBECK (September 8) - Brand-News-Team, Inc., a digital PR and content creation firm, now has approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly an aerial drone for commercial purposes near the Hudson Valley Regional Airport in the Town of Wappinger and Stewart International Airport in New Windsor and Westchester County Airport in White Plains, according to the company.

Brand-News-Team applied for the authorizations through FAA’s online portal.

“We can now fly closer to client locations and previously off limits due to proximity to airports in FAA controlled airspace. Flying safely is top concern,” said Roger Rosenbaum, president of Brand-News-Team and an FAA certified drone pilot.

The national airspace controlled by the FAA is divided up into controlled and uncontrolled airspace to safely manage the traffic. ”Our drone flights will be carefully planned to steer clear of all active airport flight operations,” Rosenbaum said. “We will fly at safe altitudes and distances to capture client projects and occasionally news.”

Brand-News-Team will use a drone to capture stills, video, data and thermographic information for clients. “We focus on video and aerial content. This brings us very close to our goal of having approval to access airspace from the lower Hudson Valley to northern New York,” said Rosenbaum.

Navigating the complex national airspace system often takes research. “Companies need to be aware of the risks, rewards and potential fines when commercially flying drones. We look forward to guiding clients through the maze of regulations and weather conditions to create amazing aerial content and data collection.”

Brand-News-Team creates PR and marketing for local, national and international clients.


Attorney Paul Goldstein earns super lawyer designation

POUGHKEEPSIE (August 31) - Goldstein and Goldstein LLP, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, announced today that Paul J. Goldstein, Esq., partner and attorney at the firm, has been recognized among the top attorneys in New York State by Super Lawyers.  This marks the tenth year the Poughkeepsie-based attorney and Dutchess County native has earned the designation. Conducted by a division of Thomson Reuters, the attorney review measures success of lawyers throughout the United States using a variety of metrics, including settlements, verdicts, experience, honors, awards, and community service.  

“It is a great privilege to earn the Super Lawyer designation again this year,” said Goldstein. “My work with clients and the community is deeply gratifying, and I feel very fortunate to work in a field that allows all of us at Goldstein Law Firm to make a substantial a difference in people’s lives.”

Goldstein, whose areas of practice include vehicle accidents, construction accidents, nursing home injuries, dog bites, slips/falls, and medical malpractice, is admitted to the New York and Florida State Bars, the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Also a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Dutchess County Bar Association and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Goldstein has served as a delegate with the New York State Bar Association and past president of the Dutchess County Bar Association.

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