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Purchase Performing Arts Center to Host Pageant

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Two popular New York beauty pageants will claim Harrison's Performing Arts Center at Purchase College next January. Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Keith Lewis, co-director of K2 Productions of California announced the event Monday.

The Miss New York USA and Miss New York Teen USA pageants will be hosted at the P.A.C. Jan. 13 to 15 for the first time in Westchester in almost 30 years.

Astorino and Lewis made the announcement Tuesday in White Plains. New York.

"I am delighted that Westchester County was selected to host the 2012 Miss New York USA Pageant and Miss New York Teen USA Pageant," Astorino said. "This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Westchester County to hundreds of visiting contestants and their families."

Lewis said that close to 300 contestants were expected to compete in the pageants and it could help generate nearly $3 million into the local economy.

Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R-Goldens Bridge) helped in the early stages to bring the pageant to Westchester.

"As a strong supporter of the Miss Westchester Pageants, I am pleased to see the pageant grow here in Westchester, and am thrilled our county will host the Miss New York USA Pageant as well," Castelli said. "I believe they will bring much needed revenue and attention to our county and give the young women of Westchester a chance to shine."

For more information on qualifications and the application process, go to or call (310) 275-4339.

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