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Board of Legislators Announces 2016 Jandon Scholarship Recipients

Board of Legislators Announces 2016 Jandon Scholarship Recipients

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) During a press conference on Thursday, May 19th, the Jandon Foundation and the Westchester County Board of Legislators announced the recipients of the 2016 Jandon Foundation Scholarships. 16 Westchester high school students will each receive $12,000 in scholarship funds from the Jandon Foundation in preparation for their next educational steps.  In order for students to qualify for the awards, their families must meet financial eligibility guidelines established... Read more

Released:05-19-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester County Legislators Applaud Opening of New Family Court

Westchester County Legislators Applaud Opening of New Family Court

The new Yonkers Family Court Facility is open at 131 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers.  The Board of Legislators approved the plan for the new facility in September of 2015.  The new court which is located approximately half a mile from the old court vastly improves the safety and efficiency of the Yonkers Family Court operations.  The move will save County taxpayers $14 million in operating costs compared to the previous... Read more

Released:04-18-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Chairman Kaplowitz Proposes $30 Million Capital Investment at Playland Amusement Park

Chairman Kaplowitz Proposes $30 Million Capital Investment at Playland Amusement Park

Following Friday's joint meeting of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, Labor Parks Planning and Housing Committee and Infrastructure Committee, Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz presented a financial analysis of the proposed amendment to the management agreement for a private investor to operate Playland Amusement Park. Read more

Released:03-22-2016 | See More _Newsroom

The Board of Legislators Celebrates Irish History Month

The Board of Legislators Celebrates Irish History Month

In proclaiming March as Irish History Month in Westchester County, the County Board of Legislators celebrated the outstanding contributions of individuals within the Irish-American community at our second March Board meeting. Read more

Released:03-16-2016 | See More _Newsroom

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Bernice Spreckman

Bernice SpreckmanDistrict 14

Yonkers, Mount Vernon

Bernice Spreckman is a longtime resident of Yonkers. She was first elected in 1995 to the 14th district’s county legislative seat.  Prior to becoming a county legislator, Bernice served in several posts in Yonkers city government, including three terms as 2nd ward councilmember, councilmember-at-large, vice mayor and chair of the city council's committees on rules and real estate. Bernice was also elected the first female president of the New York State Councilman's Association

Bernice currently serves as a member of the committees on Infrastructure and Public Safety & Social Services.    She was the chair of the board’s former committee on Seniors which then became the committee on Generational, Cultural and Ethnic Diversity and is now the committee on Seniors and Constituencies. She is also the chairperson of the Westchester County Council for Seniors and its federal counterpart, the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.  Bernice was also named Senior Affairs Liaison to the City of Yonkers Mayor, Mike Spano.  A tireless advocate for senior citizens, Bernice has initiated several successful and innovative programs, lead an annual lobby day in Albany for Westchester citizens to express their concerns, worked in a bi-partisan manor to pass Universal Design legislation to benefit senior citizens and the disabled community, and co-hosts an Annual Legislative Speak-Out with the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

Bernice organized an information drive to make seniors aware of the “balanced billing” law, and works closely with the New York State Attorney General’s office on ways to combat elder fraud and abuse.  In 2002, she was inducted into the Westchester County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and in 2003, she was designated “Woman of the Year” by the Westchester County Federation of Women’s Clubs, as well as being selected the 2004 recipient of the Rose Kryzak Advocacy Award by the New York State Senior Action Council.  She has also been honored by the 12th Ward Republican Club, received the 2010 Community Service Award from 55 Plus Yonkers for her years of dedicated service to the Yonkers Community and most recently received the 2015 Women of Distinction Award from the City of Yonkers.

In keeping with her passion of having seniors stay active and engaged in their community, Bernice has, for the past 29 years, been the producer and coordinator of a senior show that takes place twice a year and is enjoyed by more than 300 local attendees.  These shows are performed by senior citizens, who spend months rehearsing, for a largely senior audience; after the main show, the group does an abbreviated version at local nursing/assisted living homes.  

Through all her endeavors, Bernice has enjoyed the love and support of her wonderful family; her devoted sons Alan, and his wife Jill, Rory, Howie, and his wife Dana.  She is the proud grandmother of Andrew, Evan, Jake, Jaclyn, Brian, Craig, Mason, Jackson and Julianna.


Bernice's Newsletters:

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Winter 2012 Newsletter

Summer 2011 Newsletter

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