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BOL Majority Leader Borgia Introduces Children’s Product Safety Act

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Introduces Children’s Product Safety Act

  White Plains, NY - Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) recently introduced legislation requiring retailers to test toys for sale which may contain certain dangerous chemicals, thus potentially preventing them from ever reaching county residents, and today, along with several of her colleagues from the Democratic Caucus, she joined health and environmental advocates to unveil a report at a special press conference detailing the presence... Read more

Released:12-10-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Budget Committee Issues Final Report, Vote Set for Tuesday December 9th

Westchester Legislators Budget Committee Issues Final Report, Vote Set for Tuesday December 9th

                          White Plains, NY - On Friday December 5th, the Board of Legislators (BOL) Budget and Appropriations Committee voted out their final report on the 2015 Westchester County Operating and Capital Budgets.  At the start of the budget process Board Chairman Michael Kaplowitz directed that the final report be posted to the BOL website for the public to review at least 48 hours prior to the Budget vote.  The Document was... Read more

Released:12-05-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Announce Significant Progress Toward Bipartisan 2015 Budget

Westchester Legislators Announce Significant Progress Toward Bipartisan 2015 Budget

  Budget and Appropriations Committee votes out “Budget Additions Report” White Plains, NY - The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Budget and Appropriations Committee made their additions to County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed 2015 budget. The Budget and Appropriations Committee will make their corresponding deletions to the budget and then release the final budget report on Friday. In what Legislators described as a productive and bipartisan, all-day negotiation, a number of important issues... Read more

Released:12-02-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Approve Major Reform to County Budget Process

Westchester Legislators Approve Major Reform to County Budget Process

White Plains, NY - Westchester Legislators approved a major reform to the County budget process on Monday evening.  The reform measure is meant to bring greater transparency and opportunity for public review of the final budget before it is voted on.  The change was recommended by the Charter Revision Commission and was first championed by Legislator Sheila Marcotte ( R ) Tuckahoe, New Rochelle, Eastchester.  Legislator Marcotte is Chair of the... Read more

Released:11-25-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators and Staff Donate Thanksgiving Baskets to Domestic Violence Shelters

Westchester Legislators and Staff Donate Thanksgiving Baskets to Domestic Violence Shelters

This past week Legislator Alfreda Williams (D) Greenburgh and Legislator Gordon A. Burrows ( R ) Yonkers, Bronxville along with their staff members donated full Thanksgiving dinner baskets including frozen turkeys to Westchester  families.  The dinners were donated through two Domestic Violence shelters, My Sisters Place and Hope’s Door.  Each shelter received six baskets.   Read more

Released:11-26-2014 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators Honor Yorktown High School Student for Science Achievement

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) honored Priya Mohindra, a Yorktown High School student participating in the school’s science research program, at its regular meeting earlier this week. Mohindra had been named recently as a regional finalist in the prestigious Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition.


Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers), who represents Westchester County’s 4th Legislative District, where Ms. Mohindra lives with her parents and two younger siblings, presented a proclamation to the young student scientist in recognition of her achievement, and announced that the BOL had declared December 13, 2011 to be “Priya Mohindra Day” in Westchester County.
“This remarkable student reminds us that the great innovations and discoveries of tomorrow will come from the young men and women who are being taught and inspired in our schools today,” said Kaplowitz. “We will be rooting for Priya in the Siemens competition, and look forward to seeing where her ingenuity, hard work and determination take her in life.”
Ms. Mohindra is the only student in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties to be named a regional Siemens finalist. In November, she presented her research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
“I essentially created a new strategy to target cancer,” Ms. Mohindra told the legislators before thanking “everyone in Westchester,” her parents, science research teacher at Yorktown High School and members of the radiology department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for help with her research.
In the hope of being able to detect cancer at cellular levels, Ms. Mohindra is working on utilizing Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging to create a database of various agents interacting with cells for faster diagnoses—which can potentially save lives.
The Siemens competition, administered annually by the College Board, awards college scholarships for high school students involved in original math, science and technological research projects.

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