WHITE PLAINS, NY—Members of Westchester County's commercial realestate industry came together this month to honor MontefioreMedical Center and Simone Development Companies at the 23nd annualHall of Honor Awards Dinner. The two honorees were recognized fortheir contributions to Westchester's economy. The event was held atAbigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown.

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Montefiore is an academic medical center nationally renowned forits clinical excellence, scientific discovery and commitment to itscommunity. It includes four hospitals, 1,491 beds across130locations. In Westchester, Montefiore recently acquired Sound ShoreMedical Center in New Rochelle. Montefiore also recently announcedan affiliation with White Plains Hospital. Last year, Montefiorepurchased a 300,000-square-foot office facility from Kraft Foods inTarrytown for administrative and back office operations.

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Simone Development Companies is a full service real estateinvestment company specializing in the acquisition and developmentof office, retail, industrial and residential properties in the NewYork tri-state area. Simone owns and manages more than five millionsquare feet of property in the Bronx, Westchester, Queens, LongIsland and Connecticut.

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The company's portfolio includes more than 100 properties andranges from multi-building office parks to retail and industrialspace. Simone, along with partner Fareri Associates, isconstructing an 85,000-square foot medical office building at 3030Westchester Avenue in Purchase. The building, which is the firstnew office building to be built along Westchester's Platinum Milein more than 25 years, is being leased by WESTMED Medical Group.Accepting the award for Simone Development was Patricia Simone, VPof leasing and operations, Simone Development Companies.

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Michael Siegel, executive managing director, ColliersInternational, was the evening emcee. In addition to the Hall ofHonor Awards, the Best of BOMA Signature Awards also were presentedto recognize excellence in property management. This year's awardsand their winners are: Tenant Fit Out, Xylem, Inc., RecksonExecutive Park, 1100 King St., Rye Brook, NY; Creative Real EstateDeal of the Year, Scarsdale Medical Group, Saxon Woods CorporateCenter, Harrison, NY; and Signature Building Team of the Year,Robert Weisz, Lorraine DeMaria, Nik Ilic, Dan Hannon, ItamarSimoes, Glenn Walsh and Larry Ruggieri, RPW Group, 1133 WestchesterAve, White Plains;

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The BOMA Westchester President's Award?pwas resented to thefounding members of BOMA Westchester: Joel Cardillo, Bill Friedman,Denis Guerin and Tony Lifrieri.

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.