Mamaroneck, Rye, Larchmont, part of New Rochelle, part of Harrison
After winning reelection in November 2011, Legislator Judy Myers continues to work on the issues of particular importance to 7th District residents – flood control, property tax relief, and the environment chief among them – during her fourth term on the County Board of Legislators.
As a 30- year Town of Mamaroneck resident, Myers’ work represents her deep understanding of the needs and expectations of district residents.
One of the hallmarks of Myers’ tenure as legislator was securing $4.5 million in county funds for area flood control projects, including important storm water-related improvements in Rye and Mamaroneck. This accomplishment was part of Myers’ larger work on the county’s Flood Action Task Force, established after the devastating floods of 2007 to implement a five-year, $50 million flood mitigation effort.
Myers also has a keen interest in improving public health. In May, 2009, Westchester County became one of the few areas in the country requiring chain restaurants to post calorie count information under legislation sponsored by Myers. As Chair of the County Board’s Family, Health and Human Services Committee in 2006 and 2007, Myers tackled a wide range of critical issues, from childcare to AIDS to saving the Westchester Medical Center. She successfully increased access to quality childcare through a county scholarship program that was terminated in 2010. Additionally, she served on the County Board of Health for 6 years, insuring that the Board of Legislators and the Department of Health worked together in their public health initiatives.
To ease the playing field shortage in Larchmont and Mamaroneck, Myers successfully secured $1.5 million to help build a new athletic field that opened in 2008 in Larchmont’s Flint Park. She has represented Rye’s interests in Playland through her membership in the Request for Proposal Review Committee in 2011 and has successfully advocated on behalf of dog lovers to open Playland’s beach to dogs and their owners for two years in a row. Further, through Myers’ efforts, the Westchester Children’s Museum has a lease on the newly restored North Bathhouse at Playland on the Boardwalk.
As an advocate of greater regional planning, inter-municipal cooperation and open government, Myers has fought to keep taxes under control in the face of rising medical and retirement costs, served as co-Chair of the legislature’s Health Insurance Review committee, and its Government Reform, Efficiency and Savings Committee.
After serving as the Majority Whip for the Democratic caucus for 4 years, Myers now serves as Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee. This committee is charged with maintaining the fiscal integrity of the County and ensuring that Westchester’s taxpayers receive the most efficient and effective government. The B&A Committee reviews the county budget, monitors all operational and capital expenditures, analyzes and reviews all fiscal matters, recommends matters to the full Board for consideration and seeks opportunities for operational reform that will lead to better and less costly county government. The committee seeks regular advisory input through its subcommittee on capital projects, through public hearings, and through the monthly meetings of the Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee.