Westchester County Legislators

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District 2

Peter B. Harckham

Peter HarckhamDistrict 2

Somers, Bedford, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge

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Hon. Peter Harckham was first elected in November 2007 to the Westchester County Board of Legislators, representing the 2nd Legislative District, comprising all of northeast Westchester. Pete has been a leading voice for reducing the size and cost of government while maintaining vital services; protecting our fragile drinking water supplies and environment; and safeguarding our families.


In 2010, Pete was selected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Leader of the Board of Legislators. He was selected because of his work ethic, organizational skills and for being a bipartisan consensus builder willing to reach out and work across party lines. He served as Majority Leader through 2013, honoring his pledge to serve only two terms.


Currently Harckham is the Chair of the Committee on Parks, Labor, Housing & Planning, He is the founding Chair of the Subcommittee on Septics and also serves on the Committee on Budget & Appropriations, Committee on Public Safety & Security, Committee on Environment & Energy and the Committee on Infrastructure.


Over the past seven years, Pete has helped to cut taxes by 2.2%, slash spending by $100 million and reduce the size of the county workforce by more than 18%. At the same time, Pete understands that it is more cost effective to keep people off of expensive social services so he has been a fierce defender of investments that assist the working poor to keep working and to help families on the cusp to stay in their homes. He also passed legislation creating a Westchester County Local Development Corporation to enable non profits to obtain low interest financing to expand facilities and create jobs.


Pete has focused extensive energy into protecting our fragile drinking water supplies. He coauthored ground-breaking legislation to ban the waste from hydrofracking from being treated in any wastewater facility in Westchester and prohibits the brine from hydrofracking from being used on any road in Westchester for deicing or to control dust.

He also got NYC DEP to agree to a pilot project to test alternative septic technologies in the watershed. Further, he successfully led critical negotiations between the county, municipalities, New York State and New York City regarding formulation and implementation of new MS4 septic requirements that will save municipalities hundreds of thousands of dollars. He also successfully led the effort to release over $20M of NYC DEP funds to address water quality challenges in northern Westchester. He also helped to pass groundbreaking phosphorus reduction legislation to further protect our drinking water.


Pete introduced and passed key legislation that will toughen the penalties for DWI in Westchester and will reduce recidivism and the financial burden to taxpayers for the cost of these offenders. He has been at the center of legislative efforts to improve water and air quality, advance human rights and fair housing law as well as to protect young people from alcohol and drug abuse. He is recognized countywide as a leading advocate for the creation of affordable housing for seniors, emergency first-responders and others in our communities.


Before being elected to the BOL, Pete served as President of A-HOME (2004 to 2007), a not-for-profit housing corporation that builds affordable housing in northern Westchester. From 1992 to 2005, Pete served as Vice Chair of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, a San Francisco-based foundation that supports the sustainable management of natural resources, the reduction of harmful toxins from the environment, and promotes arts and environmental education to underserved communities.


Pete has been a communications professional since 1983 when he started his career on Madison Avenue and worked for ten years for major advertising agencies. From 2002 – 2008 he was President of Harckham Media Group, LLC, a strategic partnership of advertising, communications and production professionals. He also founded K&E Farms, a small horse farm in Katonah, NY, where he donated conservation easements from the farm to the Westchester Land Trust. He also converted his prior residence and farm to solar power.


In addition to his professional work, Pete serves on the President's Council for the Northern Westchester Hospital, is a board member for the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, the Junior League of Northern Westchester Community Advisory Council, the Livable Communities Council and for many years was a girls soccer coach for the Lewisboro Soccer Club.


Pete is a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, having grown up in Rockland County. Pete moved to Katonah in 1991 and has lived in North Salem since 2012. He has two daughters, Emma, 20, and Kate, 16, who both attended the Katonah-Lewisboro public schools.



Peter's Newsletters:

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Winter 2012 Newsletter

Summer 2011 Newsletter

News From Peter

Peter's Photo Gallery

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