Cortlandt, Croton on Hudson, Ossining, Briarcliff Manor, Peekskill
Catherine Borgia (Majority Leader) represents Legislative District 9 on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, which encompasses Ossining, Briarcliff, Croton,and parts of Cortlandt and the City of Peekskill.
Majority Leader Borgia is the Co-chair of the Rules Committee, Co-Chair of the Families Task Force, and a member of the Legislation; Infrastructure; Labor, Parks, Planning, Housing; Community Services; and Environment and Energy Committees, and the Hispanic Task Force and Minorities Task Force. As majority leader, Catherine works with her colleagues to ensure that the Democratic Caucus is representing the values of Westchester.
In her first term she served as the Chair of the Government Operations Committee. Under her leadership, the Committee evaluated and approved over 200 capital projects, translating into hundreds of millions of dollars of critical infrastructure improvements and thousands of jobs for Westchester residents. As a member of the Board’s Budget & Appropriations Committee, she worked tirelessly to insure a county budget that used county resources wisely. Borgia also sponsored major legislative initiatives to improve Westchester’s green economy, protect the watershed by banning hydrofracking byproducts, and enhance government efficiency and shared services to save taxpayer dollars, all of which passed with broad bipartisan support.
In Legislator Borgia’s second term, and first term as Majority Leader, she worked with her colleagues from both the Democratic and Republican Caucuses to pass legislation that has a meaningful impact on all residents of Westchester County. Borgia authored bills to protect children from harmful chemicals in toys and other items, the Childrens' Products Safety Act, and to amend the Westchester County Workplace Smoking laws to include electronic cigarettes, both of which passed with bipartisan support. In her capacity as Majority Leader, she supported legislation authored and advocated by her Democratic Colleagues, including the creation of a county wide Energy Director position. Legislator Borgia’s current legislative initiatives include the formation of a Westchester County Veterans’ Treatment Court and to ensure that the county’s budget maintains the level of services needed to have a flourishing, diverse, and vibrant community while also utilizing smart practices to pinpoint areas for savings.
Prior to service on the County Board of Legislators, she served two terms as the Town Supervisor of Ossining. In that time, she engineered a financial turnaround of the Town by reducing expenses, increasing the “rainy day” fund balance to the NYS Comptroller-recommended level of 20% of budget, and using innovative management practices to restore the Town to financial health in the worst economic climate since the Great Depression while providing two tax cuts to all Ossining property owners. She increased government transparency and increased community participation in several new committees including the Citizen’s Finance Advisory Committee and the Green Ossining Committee.
Before becoming Town Supervisor, Borgia worked for seven years as chief of staff to NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, and served four years on the Ossining Village Board. She spent 15 years as a marketing and communications professional assisting Fortune 500 companies and major law firms. A long-time community volunteer, Borgia co-founded the Ossining Microfund, and also serves on the Rotary Club of Ossining, the Junior League of Northern Westchester, Ossining Communities that Care, the Bennett Conservatory of Music, and the Teatown Advisory Board. Prior leadership roles have included the PTA, Girl Scouts, Westchester County Youth Board, and the United Way of Westchester/Putnam. Borgia has an MBA from NYU-Stern School of Business and a BA from Binghamton University (SUNY). She lives in Ossining with her family.
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