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Commerce & Community: Oct.4, 2013

Commerce & Community: Oct.4, 2013

Halstead named president, CEO of First New York

Halstead named president, CEO of First New York

Lucy Gottung Halstead has been named president and chief executive officer of First New York Federal Credit Union.

Halstead previously held the position of senior vice president and chief operating officer at First New York FCU.

Prior to joining First New York in 1998, she was vice president of marketing and branch administration for Ballston Spa National Bank.

During her tenure at First New York, Halstead has been instrumental in supervising branch operations and the management team, and continuously upgrading technological banking opportunities for the membership. She also has been on the forefront of overseeing business development and marketing strategies for the credit union.

Halstead holds a bachelor of arts degree in public communications from The College of Saint Rose and is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Ellis honored for stroke care

SCHENECTADY — Ellis Medicine has been recognized for its quality stroke care for the seventh consecutive year.

The Schenectady-based hospital system was named a 2013 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“Get With The Guidelines-Stroke” is an in-hospital program launched in 2003 to improve stroke care by promoting adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Hospitals that follow the guidelines start patients on aggressive risk-reduction, aimed at reducing death and disability and improving lives of stroke patients.

Studies have shown that patients treated at hospitals that follow these guidelines end up with a higher quality of care and better outcomes than other stroke patients, said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital.

BID announces new board, officers

SCHENECTADY — The Upper Union Street Business Improvement District has announced its recently elected board and officers.

Marie DeBrocky, owner of Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, was elected chair. She will replace outgoing chair Christopher DiCocco, of DiCocco & Associates. Peter Musler, owner of Musler’s Fine Women’s Wear, was elected vice chair. He will replace outgoing vice chair Rosemary Prock, owner of Sow’s Ear Studio & Gallery. Maureen Gebert, a community volunteer and founder of Stockade Walking Tours, was elected secretary. Lisa F. Tamburello, of Trustco Bank, was elected treasurer.

The following new board members were elected: Joe DiFilippo, owner of JD Computer Systems; Tim (Rocco) Zabin, of Gershon’s; and Madelyn Thorne, the City Council’s appointee.

Other board members include: Ray Feurstein, chief of the Schenectady County Auxiliary Police Force; Anthony Kaczmarek of Sondra’s Fine Jewelry; photographer Brian Burt representing the neighborhood; and Melissa Kelly, branch manager of AAA Travel. Gregg Kelly of Northeastern Fine Jewelry was appointed to fill an unexpired term.

Three long-term members — DiCocco, Prock and Peter Dorgan, branch manager of First Niagara — are leaving the board due to term limits.

The BID includes about 90 businesses along Union Street between Garner Avenue and the Niskayuna town line at Van Antwerp Road. It sponsors special events, beautification, streetscape and facade improvement projects.

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